YCF Awards $236,850 in Scholarships for 2023-24 Academic Year

June 2, 2023

Morgantown, WV – Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) is pleased to announce 86 scholarships totaling $236,850 have been awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year. Applications were evaluated by scholarship committees of more than 100 volunteers from across the North Central West Virginia region.

YCF currently manages over 40 scholarship funds. New scholarship endowment funds may be established with a minimum donation of $20,000 which donors may pledge over three years. The principal is invested, and the earnings provide scholarship dollars – forever. Donors may suggest award criteria, and the funds may be named in honor or memory of loved ones.

The following new scholarships made inaugural awards this year:

  • Angie and Abir Majumdar Scholarship provides an award for a WV resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who has spent time in foster care or as a ward of the state. The inaugural recipient is Chloe Shoemaker of Glenville State University.
  • William E. Phillips, Jr. Leadership Marion Scholarship provides an award to a graduating senior of a Marion County high school. Recipients must be enrolled in a private or public vocational training program, apprenticeship, technical, two-year, or for-year institution in West Virginia, and must demonstrate participation in leadership development and community service organizations and activities. The inaugural recipient is Zoe Boyles of East Fairmont High School.
  • James A. Womeldorff Vocational Development Scholarship provides an award to a West Virginia resident with a documented disability who displays financial need and is seeking post-secondary education at a trade, vocational, two-year or traditional four-year college or university. The inaugural recipient is Bryar Huff of West Virginia University.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our donors, and the commitment of our scholarship committee volunteers who donate their time to review applications and recommend scholarship recipients,” said YCF President Patty Showers Ryan. “Their thoughtful contribution makes higher education more accessible to students in our community.”

Following are YCF’s new scholarship recipients for the 2023-24 academic year:

Angela Scotchel Memorial Basketball Scholarship – Emily Sharkey, University High School

Angela Shahan Memorial ScholarshipChayce Andrew, Preston High School

Angie and Abir Majumdar Scholarship- Chloe Shoemaker, Glenville State University

Brandi Kay Bowen ScholarshipShelby Dolly, Doddridge County High School; Nora Sias, Doddridge County High School

Brenda B. Hellwig Vocational Development ScholarshipKatie Spohn, Morgantown High School

Catherine Flynn Morrison Memorial ScholarshipSydney Foster, Lincoln High School

Charlotte and Mary Gail Koen ScholarshipKatelyn Carper, North Marion High School; Abigail Smith, North Marion High School

Dr. Leo Kotchek Memorial Scholarship Maura Strahin, Preston County High School

Dr. William E. Phillips, Jr. Leadership Marion Scholarship- Zoe Boyles, East Fairmont High School

Erin Marie Keener Nursing ScholarshipAiden Slusser, West Virginia University

George E. and Joanne R. Davis Memorial ScholarshipNathaniel Flower, Fairmont Senior High School; Lydia Wright, East Fairmont High School

HopeWorks ScholarshipKatie Spohn, Morgantown High School

J. Cecil Jarvis Memorial Scholarship Emily Ogden, West Virginia University; Logan Peck, West Virginia University

James A. Womeldorff Vocational Development Scholarship Bryar Huff, West Virginia University

Jean and Laurence S. DeLynn Scholarship Landon Boone, North Marion High School; Jaeden Hammack, University High School; Alexis Herndon, Lincoln High School; Brooklyn Rodamer, Morgantown High School; Seth Springsteen, Albert Gallatin High school; Sophia Toothman, East Fairmont High School

Jim Dunn Memorial ScholarshipAlexis Lamb, Doddridge County High School; Irene Riggs, Morgantown High School; Amelia Summers, Morgantown High School

Joycelyn A. and Robert A. Ayersman Sr. Memorial ScholarshipAbriel DeBerry, Preston High School

Lillian A. Devison ScholarshipPhilip Smith, West Virginia University

Margaret L. Spencer Health Career Education ScholarshipRayelle Huey, Laurel College of Technology

Micah Wilson Memorial ScholarshipMiranda Miller, University High School

Mountain Loggers Group, Inc. ScholarshipKensey Harper, West Virginia University

North Elementary ScholarshipColin Street, Morgantown High School

PFC Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Memorial ScholarshipLillian Lazzell, University High School; Alexis Tyson, Robert C. Byrd High School

Roy and Frances Valentine Family ScholarshipMegan Barr, Morgantown High School

Rusty Mazzie and Seth Nicholson Memorial ScholarshipMathew McAra, Notre Dame High School

Scott Argabrite Memorial ScholarshipMorgan Mann, Socastee High School

Seth Burton Memorial ScholarshipGage Willis, North Marion High School

Sgt. Christopher Dalton Memorial Scholarship- Jettson Husty, Morgantown High School

Soundra K. Poling – Brookhaven Elementary ScholarshipKatie Spohn, Morgantown High School

Timbuck Shields Legion ScholarshipAndrew Bell, Bridgeport High School; Olivia Lowther, Robert C. Byrd High School

William Charles Davis and Dorcas Regina Davis Educational ScholarshipBryar Huff, West Virginia University

William “Will” Charleton Bridges Scholarship Hanns “Cyrus” von Schmidt, Fairmont Senior High School

Woodrow W. Woods ScholarshipBryar Huff, West Virginia University; Chloe Shoemaker, Glenville State University

YCF’s mission is to promote philanthropy and build endowment funds to benefit our communities. Through financial resources, YCF extends assistance to qualified people, programs and projects in the form of grants and scholarships. Primarily serving North Central West Virginia, YCF’s underlying goal is always to enhance the quality of life for those the organization serves.