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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards scholarships

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates has awarded $368,439 in scholarship support to 198 students in the area.

The awards will assist students in their pursuit of post-secondary education and were made possible by the support of individuals and businesses who believe in the importance of education and who have partnered with the foundation to create permanent scholarship funds, the foundation said.

“The average cost of college at both public and private institutions continues to increase annually. Not only are students and parents worried about tuition and fees, but they are also concerned about costs for books, housing, transportation, and much more,” said Rachel Brezler, the foundation’s regional scholarships officer. “We’re here to help parents and students easily navigate the scholarship process and provide meaningful financial assistance for college.”

Brezler said scholarship funds managed by the foundation help students achieve their academic goals.

“Scholarships are sent straight to the college or university to be directly applied to the student’s account,” Brezler said. “This approach minimizes administrative details for students and eases financial worries as well as makes sure that the funds go for their intended purposes. While most existing scholarships are directed to graduating high school seniors, a few exist for students whose undergraduate degree program is already underway or for graduate level education.”

As the cost for post-secondary education rises, the foundation encourages individuals concerned about the academic future of youth in the region to partner with the foundation, volunteer on the Scholarship Fund Committee, donate to a scholarship fund or create a new scholarship fund.

For a list of the 2020 scholarship awards and to learn more about the foundation, go to the foundation’s website at pacfwv.com/scholarships or call 304 428-4438.

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