YCF Awards $327,000 in Scholarships for 2022-23 Academic Year

June 8, 2022

Morgantown, WV – Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) is pleased to announce 110 scholarships totaling $327,000 have been awarded for the 2022-2023 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 are often named in honor or memory of loved ones.

The Dorothy, Lewis, Anthony and Hilde Betonte Scholarship made its inaugural award this year. The scholarship serves to honor the Betonte family’s value for learning and their hope to encourage residents of Harrison County to pursue higher education. This fund provides an annual scholarship to a Harrison County resident pursuing post-secondary education at a trade or vocational school, or a two-year or traditional four-year college or university. The inaugural recipient is Chloe Shoemaker of Robert C. Byrd High School.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our donors, who help make higher education more accessible to the students in our community,” said YCF President Patty Showers Ryan. “We also extend gratitude to   our scholarship committee volunteers who donate their time to review applications and recommend scholarship winners.”

Following are YCF’s new scholarship recipients for the 2022-23 academic year:

Angela Shahan Memorial ScholarshipJohn Reese, Preston High School

Bobby Lee Secret Memorial ScholarshipBella Rock, Robert C. Byrd High School

Brandi Kay Bowen ScholarshipJack Hutson, Doddridge County High School; Tessa Sleeth, Doddridge County High School

Brenda B. Hellwig Vocational Development ScholarshipBreanna Herrick, Magnolia High School

Catherine Flynn Morrison Memorial ScholarshipMadison Louk, South Harrison High School

Charlotte and Mary Gail Koen ScholarshipQuint Latocha, North Marion High School; Raquel Taylor, North Marion High School

Dorothy, Lewis, Anthony and Hilde Betonte ScholarshipChloe Shoemaker, Robert C. Byrd High School

Erin Marie Keener Nursing ScholarshipZachary Jordan, West Virginia University

Ernest Daniel Conaway, Raymond Guy Baker and Everett Reece Baker Memorial ScholarshipHayley Harman, West Virginia University; Brandon Hornick, Philip Barbour High School

Flora O. Corpening ScholarshipDarrell DeMoss, Bridgeport High School; Ezra Myers, Bridgeport High School

Frances Scarcelli Tyler ScholarshipAnthony Rogers, Notre Dame High School

George E. and Joanne R. Davis Memorial ScholarshipBella Bock, Fairmont Senior High School; Allen Nestor, Clay-Battelle High School

HopeWorks ScholarshipDaniel Campa, Morgantown High School

Cecil Jarvis Memorial Scholarship Margaret Lohmann, West Virginia University; Emily Ogden, West Virginia University

Jacob David Bower “Bower Power” Memorial ScholarshipMadison Alix, East Fairmont High School; Rebecca Cox, Fairmont Senior High School

Jean and Laurence S. DeLynn ScholarshipMackenzie Dalton, Fort Frye High School; Ethan Galicic, Liberty University Online Academy; Kaylie Hegedis, Clay-Battelle High School; Maggie Hurst, Fairmont Senior High School; Madison McClurg, University High School; Julia Pastilong, Morgantown High School; Logan Pierce, North Marion High School; Evan Rice, Trinity Christian School; Ivy Sayre, Morgantown High School

Jim Dunn Memorial ScholarshipDarrel DeMoss, Bridgeport High School; Sierra Lanham, University High School; Tyler Martin, Preston High School; Abigail Reese Masters, North Marion High School

John C. and Joann T. Wills Music Educators ScholarshipEmma Harvey, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Joycelyn A. and Robert A. Ayersman Sr. Memorial ScholarshipJulianna Nesci, Preston High School

KHS Class of ‘59 ScholarshipRiley Poe, Preston High School

Lillian A. Devison ScholarshipSamuel Martino, West Virginia University

Margaret L. Spencer Health Career Education ScholarshipAmy Bolyard, American Academy of Physician Coders

Matthew “Biggie” Wolfe Memorial ScholarshipJack Ernstes, West Virginia University; Madison McClurg, University High School

Micah Wilson Memorial ScholarshipMadison McClurg, University High School

Mountain Loggers Group, Inc. ScholarshipAmelia Messenger, East Fairmont High School

North Elementary ScholarshipElise-Cindel Adjeroh, Morgantown High School

PFC Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Memorial ScholarshipAnthony Rogers, Notre Dame High School; Thomas Yanchak, Morgantown High School

Roy and Frances Valentine Family ScholarshipLogan Decker, Fairmont Senior High School

Rusty Mazzie and Seth Nicholson Memorial ScholarshipElizabeth Renzelli, West Virginia University

Sam McLaughlin Scholarship for the ArtsSidney Apanowicz, Fairmont Senior High School

Scott Argabrite Memorial ScholarshipVictoria Rutenberg, Socastee High School; Mikalee Wedebrook, Socastee High School

Seth Burton Memorial ScholarshipAlexander O’Neil, North Marion High School

Soundra K. Poling – Brookhaven Elementary ScholarshipBenjamin Meyer, Morgantown High School; Michal Murphy, Morgantown High School

Terra Alta Presbyterian Church ScholarshipKiley Christopher, Preston High School

William “Will” Charleton Bridges ScholarshipAllison Broughton, Fairmont Senior High School

William Charles Davis and Dorcas Regina Davis Educational ScholarshipLaura McCray, West Virginia University

Woodrow W. Woods ScholarshipMason Betler, Bridgeport High School; Maci Cook, Bridgeport High School; Amelia Duarte, Bridgeport High School; Matthew Howe, West Virginia University; Bryar Huff, Bridgeport High School; Gene Hutchinson, Notre Dame High School; Madison Lamb, South Harrison High School; Margaret Lohmann, West Virginia University; Samuel Martino, Notre Dame High School; Laura McCray, West Virginia University; Abigail Rinschler, Notre Dame High School; Anthony Rogers, Notre Dame High School; Kallie Shingleton, Lincoln High School; Chloe Shoemaker, Robert C. Byrd High School; Brooke Wagner, West Virginia 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.

Ezra Myers of Bridgeport High School receives a 2022 Flora O. Corpening Scholarship.