Community Foundation to Facilitate Civic Leaders Fellowship Program


January 2, 2014

For Immediate Release

Community Foundation to Facilitate Civic Leaders Fellowship Program

Wheeling, WV – The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley will continue a Civic Leaders Fellowship Program during the summer of 2014 in partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program will again be offering a college internship program for a number of students from the Ohio Valley.  Students who have at least completed their freshman year of college or their first year of a technical or trade school will be eligible to participate.  Cooperating businesses in the region will be asked to host the students and provide them with a mentor during their six-week internship.  The interns will work Monday through Thursday at their designated work sites.  On Fridays, the students will convene at the Community Foundation offices for a Leadership Forum, in which students will discuss topics such as personal development, workplace ethics, civic leadership, alternative career choices, and much more.

The goals for the program are to enhance students’ personal skills as well as the students’ ability to find a meaningful position in our region upon graduation; to introduce area nonprofit entities, government entities, and identified businesses to these students through the Fellows placement with their organizations; and to offer a collaborative way for employers, nonprofits, and the foundations of our area to work together to improve our region’s potential workforce for the future.

Businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies are urged to submit an application to be a host organization for one of these students for the summer program by visiting  Applications for students to participate are also available at the same site.  Applications are due by February 28th for first year participants in the program.  Following the deadline, student applications will be evaluated and the students who are selected will be paired with a corresponding business applicant that best matches the student’s field of study.

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Since 1972, The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected people who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $25 million, the Foundation assisted in making more than $1.1 million in charitable grants last year. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at