Scholarships

YCF offers a variety of scholarships to help students acquire a post-secondary education. Some scholarships are designated for graduating seniors of certain schools or those who reside in certain counties. Others are awarded for specific fields of study such as music, veterinary practice or engineering.  Currently, most scholarships are based in part on financial need, academic achievement, and leadership qualities. Carefully read the criteria listed with each scholarship below.

The 2021 application period has closed.  To check the status of your application and/or accept awards, please log into the scholarship portal here:

For the next round of scholarship opportunities, please check back in January 2022.

A list of 2021 award recipients is available here.

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Scholarship Funds Currently Making Awards

Athletic scholarships

Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship

Provides two approximately $1,000 scholarships to graduating West Virginia high school students planning to participate in cross country and/or track and field at the collegiate level. Must be regularly enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited education institution. This is a non-renewable scholarship.

Angela Scotchel Memorial Basketball Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship for female basketball players who are graduates of University High School in Morgantown, WV, and have a partial basketball athletic scholarship from a college or university in the U.S. for their post-secondary education.  Applicants must complete an essay explaining their enjoyment of basketball, why she wants to receive the scholarship, her degree plans, and what her future goals are upon graduation from college. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

 

Scholarships by affiliation

Jean and Laurence S. DeLynn Scholarship

Provides an approximate $5,000 per year ($2,500 per semester) scholarship to current high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of current or retired full-time employees of Mylan Pharmaceuticals and successor companies, working at the Morgantown, West Virginia, location. Only current high school seniors are eligible to apply; those currently in college will not be considered for this award.  Recipients must be enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program and demonstrate high academic promise by achieving and maintaining a 3.2 overall GPA for all years that the scholarship is received. Applicants must also demonstrate excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement with school and community activities, as well as a financial need. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient continues to meet the required criteria.

Mountain Loggers Group, Inc. Scholarship

Provides an approximate $750 scholarship for an individual nominated by an MLG, Inc. member. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, provide a letter of support from an MLG, Inc. member, and be enrolled to attend an accredited college, university, technical or trade school during the upcoming academic year. Must complete an essay on the topic, “Why the forest products industry is important to me.” This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Margaret L. Spencer Health Career Education Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship for any health career education program which provides a degree, certification, or license. Eligible applicants shall be current caregivers and other service staff who have worked at Sundale Rehabilitation & Long Term Care for at least one year or members of their immediate families. Secondary preference shall be given to department heads, administrators, and persons who already have a degree, certification, or license in a health care profession or members of their immediate families. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Roy and Frances Valentine Family Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship. The scholarship recipient(s) must be the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a member of I.U.O.E., Local #132; a graduate of an accredited public or private school with a minimum “C” average; and show evidence of acceptance to an accredited, licensed or certified post-secondary trade or technical school, junior college, four-year undergraduate college or university. Special emphasis will be given to those displaying personal attributes of hard work, dedication, high moral character and creativeness as evidenced in the lives of Roy and Frances Valentine and to those with financial or personal hardship. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

 

Scholarships available region wide

Ernest Daniel Conaway, Raymond Guy Baker and Everett Reece Baker Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $2,000 scholarship to a West Virginia resident pursuing a medical (M.D.) degree or undergraduate pre-majors or majors in engineering as full time students at West Virginia University. The recipients shall have (a) demonstrated need for financial assistance, (b) exhibited excellence, commitment and leadership qualities through involvement in school and community activities, and (c) shown high academic promise. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

George E. and Joanne R. Davis Memorial Scholarship

Provides a $1,000 scholarship to a West Virginia resident pursuing an undergraduate degree as a full-time student at West Virginia University. Priority is given to Marion and Monongalia County residents. Applicants must be graduating seniors who participated in organized athletics while in high school or during teenage years. Must have achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA), demonstrated academic course rigor, as well as commitment to sports, extracurricular, and community support activities.  Applicants are required to submit two recommendations; one must be from a coach.  In addition, applicants must complete an essay addressing the following: (1) Describe the impact of sports on your teenage years and how that will support your college success, and (2) Why you deserve this scholarship support. This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

William Charles Davis and Dorcas Regina Davis Educational Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to West Virginia residents enrolled full-time at a recognized institution of higher learning in the state of West Virginia, entering into their sophomore year or above. To be eligible, applicants must be in a recognized degree program for education or science, have a GPA of 3.25 or above, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is not open to freshmen, and applicants must show proof of achieving a 3.25 GPA in the immediate prior two semesters. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Lillian A. Devison Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to a graduate student at a West Virginia college or university. Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited four-year undergraduate college or university and show proof of acceptance in the graduate program at a college or university in the state of West Virginia. Special emphasis will be given to those displaying personal attributes of hard work, dedication, high moral character and creativeness and to those with financial or personal hardship. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Brenda B. Hellwig Vocational Development Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,500 scholarship to a West Virginia resident with a documented disability seeking a post-secondary education at a trade, vocational, two-year or traditional four-year college or university, who displays a financial need. Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for renewal for a period of two to four years if the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements and is in good standing at the educational institution that the student is attending. Scholarship does not automatically renew; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Erin Marie Keener Nursing Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship award. The recipient must be a fourth-year nursing student at West Virginia University with a 3.0 GPA or greater from Marion County (if possible) or from North Central West Virginia. This is a non-renewable scholarship. 

 

Scholarships available in Doddridge County, WV

Brandi Kay Bowen Scholarship

Provides two recipients with an approximate $1,500 scholarship. Recipients will be Doddridge County High School graduates with emphasis on, but not limited to, first-year enrollment in a college or university. Preference may be given to female students who are well-rounded individuals and have demonstrated strong work ethic, character and commitment. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Scholarships available in Harrison County, WV

Flora O. Corpening Scholarship

Provides a minimum $500 scholarship for one or more graduating seniors from Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, WV, to attend college, university, or trade school.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  This scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

PFC Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Memorial Scholarship

Provides a one time, approximately $500 scholarship for a Monongalia or Harrison County student to attend an accredited higher education institution. The student must have exhibited commitment and leadership qualities through involvement in school and community activities, demonstrate a need for financial assistance and submit an essay on “What Patriotism Means to Me.”  Preference will be given to a University High School Student in Monongalia County. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

J. Cecil Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $5,000 scholarship award to one or more students from Harrison County, WV (current resident of Harrison County or former resident, only if the applicant has established residency at the location of his/her place of undergraduate or postgraduate education).  Must be enrolled in postgraduate (beyond Baccalaureate) studies in law, medicine or journalism at an accredited college or university. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Rusty Mazzie and Seth Nicholson Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to a Notre Dame High School, Harrison County, WV graduate who demonstrates intent to enroll in a public or private higher education institution. Applicant must have participated in high school athletics and sustained a level of academic success throughout high school. See Mazzie Scholarship additional criteria. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again. 

Catherine Flynn Morrison Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $2,000 scholarship award per year (renewable for up to four years) for deserving students graduating from Harrison County high schools who wish to become certified professional teachers in the state of West Virginia.  Recipients must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in elementary education from an accredited institution of higher education in West Virginia. Must demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is renewable for four years with an award of $2,000 per year, for a total of $8,000, as long as the recipient continues to meet the required criteria.

Bobby Lee Secret Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship award. Applicants must be a resident of Harrison County, WV, and the recipient of a diploma from a Harrison County high school or the successful fulfillment of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The applicant must demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding moral character, leadership and community engagement, and athletic achievement.  The applicant must be accepted at an institution of higher learning, either a college/university or a technical school.  Must provide at least one recommendation from a fellow student, school faculty, or community leader.  This scholarship is non-renewable, and past recipients are not eligible.

Frances Scarcelli Tyler Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship to a Notre Dame High School, Harrison County, West Virginia, graduate who demonstrates intent to enroll in a public or private higher education institution in a two or four-year degree program, either in-state or out-of-state. This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

Woodrow W. Woods Scholarship

Provides an approximate $3,000-$5,000 scholarship to deserving Harrison County residents attending a college, university, technical or trade school in the state of West Virginia. To be eligible to apply you must be an unmarried male or female. Priority in awarding shall be given to those who are in need of assistance because of their limited financial resources. The scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full-time and in good academic standing. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

 

Scholarships available in Marion County, WV

Jacob David Bower “Bower Power” Memorial Scholarship

Provides two approximately $1,000  scholarship awards. Recipients must be graduating seniors from a Marion County high school demonstrating strength of character and high academic promise, participated in at least one varsity sport, and exhibited commitment and leadership qualities through involvement in school and community activities. Students must provide a recommendation from a teacher or counselor and at least one coach. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

William “Will” Charleton Bridges Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship for a graduating senior from Fairmont Senior High School who plans to attend Fairmont State University. In an essay, applicants must describe what they hope to accomplish by attending college. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship for a student graduating from a Marion County public high school.  Applicants shall display personal attributes of leadership, dedication, high moral character and creativeness.  Priority will be given to those with financial or personal hardship.  This is a non-renewable scholarship; applicants must reapply during the next scholarship cycle to be considered again.

EQT Scholarship

Provides five (5) $1,000 scholarships and one (1) $18,000/year renewable (up to four years) scholarship to graduating high school seniors whose primary residence is located in Marion County, WV, or an equivalent home-schooled resident of Marion County.  Recipients must be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in a field related to the oil & gas industry (for example, computer science or information technology; civil, chemical, or petroleum engineering; energy or land management; environmental science; geology; safety science; or welding).  Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.

The $1,000 scholarships are non-renewable.  The $18,000 scholarship may be renewed annually up to three times as long as the recipient maintains a post-secondary, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and remains enrolled in one of the eligible fields of study (see above).

Erin Marie Keener Nursing Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship award. The recipient must be a fourth-year nursing student at West Virginia University with a 3.0 GPA or greater from Marion County (if possible) or from North Central West Virginia. This is a non-renewable scholarship. 

Charlotte and Mary Gail Koen Scholarship

Provides an approximate $2,000 scholarship award. The scholarship is available to residents of Mannington District of Marion County, West Virginia, and nearby areas, for educational purposes with emphasis on, but not limited to, technical or vocational training. Eligible individuals must have successfully completed a high school diploma, obtained an equivalent General Educational Diploma or be honorably discharged from any branch of the United States Military Service with at least one full year of active duty. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Sam McLaughlin Scholarship for the Arts

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School.  The student must be pursuing post-secondary education in fine arts and must demonstrate financial need.  This is a non-renewable scholarship, you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again. Recipients are eligible to reapply for a period of up to 4 years, provided they continue to meet the eligibility requirements and are in good academic standing.

 

Scholarships available in Monongalia County, WV

Sgt. Christopher Dalton Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Morgantown High School planning to major in criminal justice. The student must be planning to attend a college or university within West Virginia, demonstrate academic excellence, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. This is a non-renewable scholarship, recipients must reapply during the next scholarship cycle to be considered for funding again. Recipients are eligible to reapply for a period of 4 years, provided they continue to meet the eligibility requirements and are in good academic standing.

PFC Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Memorial Scholarship

Provides a one time,  approximately $500 scholarship for a Monongalia or Harrison County student to attend an accredited higher education institution.The student must have exhibited commitment and leadership qualities through involvement in school and community activities, demonstrate a need for financial assistance and submit an essay on “What Patriotism Means to Me.”  Preference will be given to a University High School Student in Monongalia County. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

HopeWorks Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000-a-year, four-year renewable scholarship to Monongalia County, West Virginia, high school graduates who are regularly enrolled as undergraduate students in an accredited college or university. The recipients shall have demonstrated need for financial assistance due to loss of parental support from death, divorce, or loss of family income due to special circumstances; excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations; and high academic promise. This scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient continues to meet the required criteria.

North Elementary Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who had completed the fifth grade at North Elementary School, Monongalia County, WV. Applicants must demonstrate their intent to enroll as full-time students in an eligible public or private higher education institution. The recipients shall have exhibited excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community activities, and demonstrated high academic promise as determined by the appointed Scholarship Selection Committee. Applicants will be required to submit for consideration one letter of recommendation.  Applicants must also present proof of graduating fifth grade at North Elementary School in Morgantown, WV.  This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship.

Soundra K. Poling — Brookhaven Elementary Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to high school graduates who had completed the fifth grade at Brookhaven Elementary School. Applicants must demonstrate their intent to enroll as full-time students in an eligible public or private higher education institution in West Virginia. The recipients shall have exhibited excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations and demonstrated academic potential through an active commitment to classroom work and assignments. Applicants will be required to submit for consideration a minimum of one statement from a teacher or counselor addressing whether the student has performed up to his or her potential. Applicants must also present proof of graduating fifth grade at Brookhaven Elementary School in Morgantown, WV. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Micah Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship for graduating seniors of University High School who are enrolled at a college, university, technical, or trade school full-time. Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA or higher if pursuing a technical or trade school or a 3.0 GPA or higher if pursuing higher education from a college or university. Applicant will be required to complete the reference section with at least one recommendation from a University High teacher or counselor addressing whether the student has performed up to his or her potential. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and their intent to enroll as a full-time student in a public or private higher education institution by submitting a verification.  The scholarship committee may choose to accept applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements if recommended by teacher or guidance counselor for special consideration. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Matthew “Biggie” Wolfe Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship for Monongalia and Preston County students enrolled full-time, pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution, majoring in business, hospitality, or culinary arts.  First preference will be given to residents of Monongalia County, second preference given to residents of Preston County. Priority will be given to those applicants who display a financial need. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again. 

 

Scholarships available in Preston County, WV

Angela Shahan Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to a Preston County, West Virginia, high school graduate who is regularly enrolled as a student in an accredited education institution, and pursuing studies in the areas of agriculture, engineering, construction, electrical or related trades. The recipients shall be evaluated based on (a) excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations, (b) high academic promise and (c) submission of financial information to verify need. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Dr. Leo Kotchek Memorial Scholarship

Provides a $250 per semester (total of $500 per year) to a graduating Preston High School senior who will be enrolled as an undergraduate student in a college or university and who intends to study veterinary medicine and practice as a veterinarian in West Virginia. The recipient shall be evaluated based on (a) excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community activities, (b) high academic promise and (c) submission of financial information. Priority may be given to those displaying financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive years, provided the student is regularly enrolled as a full-time student in undergraduate pre-veterinary studies in an accredited educational institution.  The student must report to the Foundation at the beginning of each semester to provide proof of continued enrollment in pre-veterinary studies for that semester. 

John C. and Joann T. Wills Music Educators Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to a Preston High school graduate who is regularly enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college or university and who is pursuing a course of study listed in order of consideration: 1) music education, 2) instrumental or 3) choral/vocal. The recipient shall be evaluated based on (a) excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations with special consideration for demonstrated musical abilities, (b) high academic promise and (c) submission of financial information to verify need. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Joycelyn A. and Robert A. Ayersman Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship award. Recipient must be a graduating senior from Preston High School who is a resident of Rowlesburg (area is defined as living where school bus service is provided to students attending Rowlesburg Elementary School and Preston High School). Applicants must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA. Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited institution. This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship. 

KHS Class of ’59 Scholarship

Provides an approximate $500 scholarship to a Preston High School graduate who is regularly enrolled as an undergraduate student in a four-year college or university. The recipient must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be pursuing studies in science, technology, education and/or mathematics. The applicant must document community service. Priority will be given to those applicants who display a financial need.  This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Terra Alta Presbyterian Church Scholarship

Provides an approximate $2,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Preston High School, who is enrolled full time at an accredited college, university, technical or trade school for the upcoming year. Applicants who display a financial need will be given priority. Scholarship recipients must remain in good standing at the selected institution. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient continues to meet the required criteria.

Note: Terra Alta Presbyterian Scholarship not available for 2021-22 school year

Matthew “Biggie” Wolfe Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 scholarship for Monongalia and Preston County students enrolled full-time, pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution, majoring in business, hospitality, or culinary arts. First preference will be given to residents of Monongalia County, second preference given to residents of Preston County. Priority will be given to those applicants who display a financial need. This is a non-renewable scholarship; you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

 

Scholarships available in Horry County, SC

Scott Argabrite Memorial Scholarship

Provides an approximate $1,000 annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Socastee High School, Horry County, SC. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient continues to meet the required criteria.

 

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The following scholarship funds have not yet met their minimum endowment goal:

Donations to these and any YCF funds may be made by check or online via PayPal.  

For more information on the listed scholarships please contact the YCF office at 304-296-3433 or laurie@ycfwv.org

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In addition to our resources, we suggest you visit the following links for other West Virginia scholarships and resources:

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