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CFOV Announces Scholarship Awards

$328,314 in Scholarships Awarded to Support Ohio Valley Students
for 2018-19 Academic Year

As the calendar turns to August and back to school sales begin, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) is pleased to announce a record number of area students will be heading to colleges and universities across the country with support from the Foundation’s scholarship funds.

CFOV administers over 70 scholarship funds, each with a competitive application process.  This year, the Foundation will grant $328,314 in scholarship awards to 153 students who will be attending 37 different colleges and universities.  Many of the scholarships are renewable, which extends the impact of these opportunities.

Scholarships are made possible by generous donors who have established funds to demonstrate a commitment to higher education and often represent memorials for loved ones, an affinity for a field of study, school/university, intended career path, financial need and even being a first-generation college student.

“Scholarships are a great way to support young people in our communities as they continue their education whether that be at a four-year institution or one of the many technical, trade or community colleges,” said Susie Nelson, executive director of the Community Foundation.

The 2018 scholarship season was quite active in that five new funds were opened, four funds made awards for the first time and the overall application volume increased.  Each scholarship includes a selection committee and those teams take the application review process seriously.  It is meaningful for everyone involved and donor intent remains at the forefront of process.

“Community foundations serve a variety of roles, with scholarship programs representing just one element. Ultimately, philanthropy in any form makes the Ohio Valley stronger and we wish our scholarship recipients the best as they arrive on campus,” Nelson shared.

A list of 2018 awardees can be found here.

Applications for 2019 scholarship cycle will be available December 1.  For more information about scholarship opportunities, please call 304-242-3144 or email