The Eastern WV Community Foundation recently awarded $116,100 in scholarships, the majority of which were presented to 73 Eastern Panhandle students during the annual Scholars & Donors Reception, held at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg. EWVCF President Lisa Welch welcomed the students, parents, and fund donors to the outdoor reception held under the big tent on a beautiful spring day.
Rotary Club of Martinsburg President Amanda Vance Giangola, a 2006 Musselman High graduate and a recipient of the EWVCF Dr. N. Blaine Grover Rotary Scholarship, was the guest speaker. Amanda shared stories about her favorite teachers, degrees she earned from Shepherd University, and how grateful she is to be able to live, work, and raise a family in the area where she grew up. Several donors who established funds in memory of loved ones were on hand to award the scholarship certificates to the students and Amanda presented the 2019 Dr. N. Blaine Groves Rotary Scholarship to Spring Mills High School senior Kaitlyn Radar.
Scholarship coordinator Karin Hammann Dunn kept the program moving along nicely, and still took time to introduce all the students and share a little information gleaned from the “Top 10 Things About Me” they wrote as part of the application process. A record forty scholarship funds presented awards in 2019 and although most of the students will be attending a West Virginia based college or university, several are heading out of state, with one attending Columbia University and another heading off to Vassar College.
Scholarships from the Community Foundation generally range between $500 and $5,000 each and several students received awards from more than one scholarship fund. EWVCF Executive Director Michael Whalton explained how the Community Foundation invests donations they receive and the grants and scholarships that are awarded each year are derived from investment gains. Nearly $1 million in grants and scholarships are awarded annually by the Community Foundation and by focusing on long-term growth, the organization will be able to present scholarships in perpetuity.
Karin Hammann Dunn, program manager for the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, was the announcer for the night.
A list of the scholarship descriptions, amounts and recipients are as follows:
The Overington Scholarship was given to homeschooled student Ashlynn Fisher for $500 and Faith Christian Academy student Jaclynn Guin for $1,500.
The $500 Martinsburg High School Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund was awarded to Manav Patel.
The Morgan and Robert Owens Scholarship, given to Meagan Schmuck, is a $500 scholarship.
The Destiny Baptist Church Patrick J. Walker Scholarship, which is for $500, was given to Bonita Boots and De’Ondre Brown.
The Chad Hammond Memorial Scholarship Fund $500 scholarship was given to Olivia Busey.
The David A. “Hawk” Hawkens Memorial Scholarship Fund was given to three students, Spirit Kolb, Austin Hughes, and Emily Butts, all three receiving $500.
“Our next scholarship was established in 2014 by Lauren Porterfield Oblak’s siblings, Rhonda, Andrew, and Jenni Porterfield, and funded with memorial gifts from family and friends,” Hammann Dunn announced. Taylor Bleigh received this scholarship.
The Rotary Club of Charles Town awarded $500 to two students, Malanie Cline, and Adelaide Amore.
The Mary Frances Secrist Scholarship Fund, a $500 scholarship, was rewarded to Sara Brown.
The Edgar McKee and Ethel Downs Sites Scholarship Fund is a $500 scholarship and was given to Abigail Joseph.
Madison Fultineer was the recipient of the Erin Sponaugle Scholarship.
Fultineer also received The Mary and Walter Duke Teachers Scholarship Fund, which is an $800 scholarship.
The Whalton Family Fund, a $500 scholarship, was given to David Mudge.
The Eastern Panhandle WVU Alumni Scholarship Fund was given to Jessica Hammersla for $500.
The Walter and Mary Jo Ziler Brown Scholarship Fund was awarded to Frank Burner for $500.
The Martinsburg 200th Anniversary Scholarship was given to Bryan Ho for $500.
The Mary ‘Polly’ Coe Dillon Scholarship Fund was given to Hailey Sebastian.
The Karos Family Fund Scholarship Award was given to Raven Powers.
The Clyde E. Smith, Jr. Scholarship Fund was given to Otice Carter, who received $750.
The Todd Mosby Memorial Scholarship Fund, a $1,500 scholarship, was awarded to Tanner Boeckmann.
The Anna Jo Crosby Scholarship Fund, a $1,000 scholarship, was rewarded to Dalas Carder.
The Deborah, Leslie, and Christopher Bright Achievement Award was given to Israel Ellis, Gracie Van Way, and Katie Bellingham.
The Derflinger Earth Sciences scholarship is an $800 reward and was given to Zachary Kelly.
The Emily C. Cooper BeeLine Chapter of N.S. Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship Jefferson, a $1000 scholarship, was awarded to Elisabeth Smiley.
The Emily C. Cooper County ROTC Scholarship, a $1,000 award, was given to Aaron Matlock.
“Every year, caring citizens come together to honor Martin Luther King and to raise scholarship gifts in his name. This year, 12 students have been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund,” Hammann Dunn said.
Sean Albon, Sierra Barrett, Jordan Bohrer, Donavan King, Kayley Brinegar, Emily Butts, Dalas Carder, Joerdyn Cooper, Faith Figgins, Cheyniah Mckey, Maricela Trejo, and Harley Wilkins were the recipients of this scholarship.
The Paul Ropp Memorial Scholarship Fund rewarded a $1,000 scholarship to Hanna Jandrain.
The Terry Lee Walker, Jr. Scholarship went to six students, each receiving $1,000. Natalie Linton, Jordan Trunnell, Nicholas Wright, Zanele Nyabusha, Priyana Patel and Taylor Cenate received the scholarship.
Sean Albon and Sydney Woodring received $1,000 from The George Whitehair Scholarship Fund.
The Berkeley County Teachers Scholarship Fund awarded three $1,000 scholarships given to Julie Snyder, Nathan Schweinebraten and Megan Rogers.
The Woods Resort Scholarship was awarded to three students for $1,000 — Olivia Yates, Stephanie Golden, and Violet Hott.
The Dr. Gwen Steeley Memorial Scholarship was awarded to four students for $1,000, Chloe Campbell, Eden Canby, Brady Michael, and Alicyn Craig.
The Fulton L. Walker, Jr. Scholarship Fund, a $1,250 award, was given to Emily Dodds and Natalie Linton.
Kaitlyn Rader received a $1,200 scholarship from the N. Blaine Groves/Rotary Scholarship Fund.
The South Jefferson Ruritan Club Scholarship was given to Mahayna Garcia and Zachary Kelley, both receiving $1,500.
“Mr. George Hancock was the founding donor of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation when he established this scholarship fund in 1995.
Mr. Hancock died in 2004. But his fund is still awarding scholarships to African American students headed to college,” Hammann Dunn said. Three students received a $1,500 scholarship; Jordan Bohrer, Alisha Joseph, and Janet Jeffreys.
The Susan Wellford Smith Scholarship Fund was given to Bailey Miller, for $2,000.
The Wurzburg Family Scholarship, a $3,500 reward, was given to Donavan King, Priyana Patel, and Justus Pentony.
“Our next scholarship of the evening is named in honor of the founder of Martinsburg’s Berkeley Medical Center and it is the Dr. Theodore K. Oates Nursing Scholarship fund. This fund will award one $5,000 scholarship to Hailey McDaniel.
Established by Floyd Jacques when he drafted his will, The Floyd and Isabel Jacques Memorial Scholarship Fund supports students graduating from Musselman High School in the upper 10% of their graduating class.
“We are happy to award five $5000 Jacques scholarships at $1250 a year for 4 years,” Hammann Dunn said. Victoria Parello, Molly Hull, Tessla Muir, Carley LaPole and William LeMaster received this scholarship.
“Thanks to all of you for helping us celebrate the gathering, growing, and granting we do here at your Community Foundation,” Hammann Dunn said as she concluded the event.
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF) was established in 1995 to help donors create permanent endowments to provide grants and scholarships throughout the region. Since its inception, EWVCF has awarded $9.8 million, including $1 million in 2018 alone. The Community Foundation now holds more than 230 endowed funds with assets of just over $25 million and it is the leading steward of philanthropic giving in the region. EWVCF works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations providing funding for projects from human welfare and scholarships to affordable housing and natural resources conservation; youth and education to animal welfare and historic preservation, and much more.