Scholarship FAQs

How do I apply for a scholarship from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc.?
Applications are available on our website. Select the appropriate region in the left menu options (Ohio, WV or WV and Ohio), then select the scholarship program and either download the application or contact the listed person/place to obtain an application. Please keep in mind that many of the scholarship funds held at the CFOV have unique applications and application processes. Please call 304-242-3144 for more information about specific scholarships and their requirements.


What is the application deadline for scholarships?
The current year’s application deadline will be listed in the application instructions. Under no circumstances will an application be considered if received after the stated deadline.


What is the best advice you can give regarding submitting a successful scholarship application?
Follow the instructions! Complete your application as neatly as possible, responding to all required elements. If an essay is required, be sure it shows that you’ve put some thought and effort into it. Scholarship committees oftentimes like to see applications from students who have at least held a part-time job during their high school career – it indicates the student’s willingness to contribute to his/her own expenses, even if in a very small way. Finally, if you have questions about the application process, call rather than guessing – it will save both you and the scholarship committee time and effort.


How will I know that my application was received and processed?
Upon receipt of your application, you will receive a postcard acknowledgment from the Community Foundation. For those scholarship awards that are made by the Foundation itself, you will receive notification of scholarship award either way once the awards have been made. For those scholarship awards that come from a committee outside the Foundation itself, it is up to the individual scholarship committees to determine whether or not all applicants will be notified as to award status.


If I receive a scholarship award, will I receive a check?
No – you will receive a student award letter with an attachment that you must complete and sign and return to the Foundation office on or before July 1. Shortly after this date, a check for the amount of your scholarship will be forwarded to the Financial Aid office at your college or university, to be credited to your account. If you fail to return the scholarship acceptance form in a timely fashion, this may cause a delay in processing or even forfeiture of your award.


What happens if I must withdraw from school for academic, disciplinary, or personal reasons?
Although extenuating circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis, in general if you are unable to complete the school year, you are responsible for reimbursing the awarding scholarship fund. This guarantees that future students will have sufficient funding available. You signify your understanding of this policy in the Scholarship Agreement that you sign and return to the Foundation. Military service during the school year is an automatic exception to this policy.