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WVU-P awards $1.46M in COVID relief grants

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg has awarded more than $1.46 million in funding to 1,424 students from COVID relief funds.

The college awarded a $500 cash grant to every eligible student, plus additional funds to those who indicated greater financial need. Pell-eligible students received $1,100 and non-Pell-eligible students received $500.

Students awarded a grant will receive funds as early as Wednesday through the student’s requested refund method, by direct deposit, BankMobile VIBE deposit or paper check in the mail.

The funding is in addition to the May 2020 allotment that awarded $876,544 to 1,046 students with grants ranging from $650 to $1,300.

“We are delighted to be able to support our students in this way. We know so many are persevering through very difficult times to continue their education,” WVU Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer said. “We are committed to helping keep their dreams alive, and we hope these significant funds will help them to finish the higher education they have started. As always, our students are our primary mission and concern.”

These funds are provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to assist students with financial expenses related to COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021 established the higher education emergency relief funding.

“We are so thankful to our elected leaders and other partners in Washington, Charleston and the Mid-Ohio Valley who are providing WVU Parkersburg with additional resources and support during this pandemic,” Gilmer said. “We especially appreciate their vision to make these funds available so that we can offer enhanced support to our students and to the communities we proudly serve.”

Many students were in some way financially impacted by the disruption of switching to more online courses, Gilmer said.

“We recognize that all of our students have been challenged financially and in other ways by this pandemic, and we want all of them to know that we support them and are here for them,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming a large number of students for summer school in the coming weeks and a large group of new and returning students for the fall semester.”

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