Community Foundation announces 2008 scholarship awards
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation announced scholarship awards for 28 local students from the Eastern Panhandle totaling $35,500.
President Stew Borger announced the awards at a recent reception bringing together donors and scholarship recipients together. Its very rewarding to meet a student who is on the brink of a whole new future because of a little help from a fund you created.
The Community Foundation provides management and stewardship for 85 funds, 17 of which are dedicated to scholarship awards. Each and every fund is different, explained Borger. Each donor names the fund, creates the qualifications for how the scholarship will be awarded, and then, joins us for our annual reception to meet the recipients of their charitable vision.
Borger says his family recently established a fund named in memory of his father-in-law Clyde E. Smith Jr. The fund is dedicated to a Berkeley County student interested in pursuing a degree in business, honoring the lifetime of business investments of the funds namesake. C.E. Smith Jr. established locally owned and managed Smith-Nadenbousch Insurance.
Amy Owen, executive director of the Community Foundation, noted that not only the family of Mr. Smith added to the fund, by dozens of memorial gifts were made to the fund in his memory. Funds in the Community Foundation become a lasting legacy to people in our community, giving back year after year through grants and scholarship awards.
The 2008 scholarship awards were: Nathan Beard, Hedgesville, Berkeley County Teachers Fund, $1,000; Lauren Crowell, Martinsburg, Terry Lee Walker Jr. Fund, $1,000; Elisabeth Duncan, Hedgesville, The Woods Resort Fund, $2,000; Jennifer Emmert, Martinsburg, N. Blaine Groves Rotary Fund, $1,000, Molli Fitzwater, Musselman, David A. Hawk Hawkens Fund, $500, Jasmine French, Martinsburg, Martin Luther King Jr. Fund, $1,000; Brett Gordon, Hedgesville, Karos Family Fund, $250, Sara Greenfield, Martinsburg, Martin Luther King Jr. Fund, $1,000, Christina Hammond, Jefferson, Susan Wellford Smith Fund, $1,000.
Ashley Hargett, Berkeley Springs, Anna Jo Crosby Fund, $500 and Martin Luther King Jr. Fund, $1,000; Sarah Hernandez, Jefferson, Terry Lee Walker Jr. Fund, $1,000, Kristine Hockman, Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. Fund, $1,000, Emily Hornbaker, Berkeley Springs, The Woods Resort Fund, $2,000, Ian Ivory, Martinsburg, George and Holly Woods Hancock Fund, $2,000, Sarah Lazur, Martinsburg, Edgar McKee and Ethel Downs Sites Fund, $400, Jordan McCann, Hedgesville, Clyde E. Smith Jr. Fund, $500.
Danyell Noll, Hedgesville, Walter and Mary Ziler Brown Fund, $1,000, Morgan O'Brien, Hedgesville, Polly Dillon Fund, $350, Laura Orr, West Virginia University, The Woods Resort Fund, $2,000, Jessica Peck, Martinsburg, George and Holly Woods Hancock Fund, $2,000; WVU Alumni Fund, $200; and Martin Luther King Jr. Fund, $1,000, Angelina Phebus, College of Charleston, The Woods Resort Fund, $2,000.
Heather Ripple, Hedgesville, Terry Lee Walker Jr. Fund, $1,000, Erin Snyder, Martinsburg, Derflinger Earth Sciences Fund, $250, Nicole Taschner, Martinsburg, Berkeley County Teachers Fund, $1,000, Savanna Waller, Musselman, Terry Lee Walker Jr. Fund, $1,000, Lacey William, Musselman, Berkeley County Teachers Fund, $1,000
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, founded in 1995, provides financial stewardship for more than 85 endowment funds and holds $7 million in endowment. It distributes grants and scholarships each year. Donors build the vision to determine how monies in their funds are granted. Community foundations number more than 700 across America and 23 in West Virginia. They benefit local communities by giving back to the community through everlasting endowment.