Grant awarded to foundation

PARKERSBURG — A $5,000 grant has been awarded to the WVU-Parkersburg Foundation’s Purple Pride Scholarship Program for scholarships at West Virginia University at Parkersburg from the Fleming Insurance Agency and the Westfield Insurance Foundation.

The grant will help cover the cost of tuition and fees for St. Marys High School students enrolled in the early college program at WVU Parkersburg who qualify for the scholarship program.

“At Fleming Insurance Agency, we want every member of our community to grow and experience a vibrant future,” said John Fanta, agent. “As a committed community partner, we are honored to help the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation continue its commitment to excellence in the development and education of those in our community seeking to expand their opportunities through education.”

Westfield independent insurance agents, such as Fleming Insurance Agency, each year are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program. The program invests in communities and helps impact disaster recovery, family stability or safety.

“We are so grateful for the generous support of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation’s Purple Pride Scholarship Program,” said Torie Jackson, WVU Parkersburg vice president of Institutional Advancement. “The Legacy of Caring grant will have a direct impact on our educational efforts and will help us provide the support and hope needed to be successful.”

At Westfield, it’s more than writing insurance policies, it’s about going above and beyond to help people and families grow and prosper, the company said. Lending a hand to friends and neighbors during times of need is at the core of the Westfield Insurance Foundation, the foundation said.

This year, the Westfield Insurance Foundation donated more than a half million dollars to neighborhoods in 15 states. Fanta Insurance Inc., dba Fleming Insurance, with locations in St. Marys, Parkersburg and Ripley, is among 76 agencies that nominated a nonprofit for the Westfield Legacy of Caring grant program. Westfield distributed more than $2 million in the last five years.