Our program has over 100 scholarships established by individuals, firms, and organizations wanting to assist West Virginia residents in obtaining a college education. Applicants apply to the competitive program and, if eligible, may be awarded a scholarship.
Applicants will be notified by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation by May 15th of each year.
Monies received for tuition, fees, and books may not incur tax liability; however, monies applied to room and board may be considered taxable income. This award must be applied to direct college expenses at the institution, such as tuition, fees, and books. The recipient is responsible for any tax liability incurred as a result of this award. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation does not provide tax information to the student or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The student is fully responsible for all tax reports.
Scholarship award amounts vary.  The majority of awards are $1,000; however, some are $2,000, others are $350, and one is as much as $10,000.  The average amount that each scholarship distributes is listed under its description on the Available Scholarships page.  Many scholarships are renewable.
Some scholarships are specific to a single college or university; others are applicable at any post-secondary institution.  Many scholarships are for schools in West Virginia; however, some allow students to attend school out-of-state.  All educational institutions must meet applicable federal tax law requirements under Internal Revenue Code, Section 170(6)(1)(A)(ii).   Each scholarship’s criteria is listed in its description on the Available Scholarships page.

No. You may apply for no more than two scholarships; if you are awarded a scholarship, you will be selected as a recipient from only one of the two.

A student who withdraws from school for any reason is expected to notify The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation of his or her status and refund to the Foundation any unused portion of the scholarship award.
Each scholarship has its own selection committee. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s staff processes the application materials for each committee. Those committees then make funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for approval.

Yes. The Foundation will mail the full amount of the award in August. It is applied to the entire academic year. The check is payable jointly to the student and the college, but is mailed directly to the student.

No. Renewals, where applicable, are competitive and at the Committee’s discretion. If you are eligible for a renewal, you must apply again. Academic performance will be considered for renewals. Some of the scholarships are not renewable. The recipient of a one-year award may apply the following year for a different scholarship. Each scholarship description will designate the length of time for which the scholarship is awarded.
Yes. Make sure to scan your household’s most recent IRS Form 1040, 1040EZ, etc. and any other documentation supporting unique financial circumstances.