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7 01, 2020

President’s Letter

2020-01-09T21:20:28-05:00

I always credit my maternal grandmother, Ismay “Mama” Amsterdam, with directly and indirectly instilling in me many of the intrinsic values that make me the person I am today. My generous, loving, hard-working, and supportive Mama only managed to acquire a 4th-grade education while growing up in abject poverty in Guyana, South America. Nevertheless, she instilled in my mom and her siblings the importance of obtaining an education by any means necessary. My mom, Muline Mickle, is a retired educator, formerly with the New York City public school system. She has a master’s degree and many additional literacy specialist certifications. My mom and I had to work while attending college to cover our expenses. I was blessed to receive a few scholarships during my undergraduate years; they meant the world to me as I pursued a bachelor’s degree at the City University of New York.

Since its founding in 1962, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) has made post-secondary education in West Virginia more accessible by providing scholarships throughout the state. To understand the impact of our efforts, we contracted with Midwest Evaluation and Research (MER) in 2016 to conduct an evaluation of the TGKVF Scholarship Program. 

From an analysis of TGKVF’s existing data and a survey of 203 students who received scholarships from 2002-2017, the following five major impacts emerged:

  1. The TGKVF Scholarship Program helps people attend college who would not otherwise have been able to do so (around 25% of scholarship recipients indicate they would not have been able to attend college without TGKVF support).
  2. Receiving a TGKVF scholarship correlates with better grades (3.7 GPA compared to 3.1 GPA national average).
  3. Receiving a TGKVF scholarship correlates with higher rates of graduation from college (96% graduation rate compared to 59% national average).
  4. Upon graduation, TGKVF scholarship recipients have significantly less debt than college graduates who did not receive a TGKVF scholarship (approximately half the debt of the national average).
  5. A TGKVF scholarship correlates with higher income after graduation (approximately 20% higher income than peers). These findings validate the positive effects of our investment of resources in scholarship efforts. They also have potential implications for the management of existing funds, the creation of new funds, and the engagement of past recipients in helping the next generation.

The complete scholarship evaluation report is available at https://tgkvf.org/news-and-publications/publications/

TGKVF currently has 110 scholarship funds. Three hundred and sixty-two scholarships, totaling $736,812, were awarded in 2019 from these funds. We welcome donors who would like to add to existing scholarship funds or invest at least $20,000 to begin a new fund.

Our scholarship application is available online at www.tgkvf.org/scholarships and the annual application period is from November 1 to January 15. A team of 80 volunteers, who serve on 12 scholarship committees, review applications and recommend winners by April. TGKVF scholarship awards are made in August and range between $500 and $10,000. Award checks are mailed to the recipients’ institutions directly.

The Foundation also administers scholarship funds for various colleges and universities. The respective college/university selects the winners of these scholarships.

Susan Hoover is our scholarship program officer and she can be reached at shoover@tgkvf.org or 304.346.3620 with questions. 

Receiving

President’s Letter2020-01-09T21:20:28-05:00
27 08, 2019

Advanced Technical Solutions

2020-01-02T17:11:27-05:00

Eligibility

College/University: Any in WV
Financial Need: No
Renewable: Yes

Specific preferences:

  • Seeking a degree in Information Technology

  • Preference given to Computer Science, Management, Networking, Information Systems, Programing and Security

  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA

2019

Average grant amount: $2,500
Number of Grants: 4
Advanced Technical Solutions2020-01-02T17:11:27-05:00
26 08, 2019

Stuart & Lucille Armstrong

2019-09-05T13:23:57-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: Any
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: Yes

Specific preferences:

  • Qualify as an Episcopalian in the Diocese of WV**
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Continue to pursue same major or degree program (for renewal applicants)
  • Preference given to applicants from St. Christopher, Charleston
  • Seminarians are ineligible for this scholarship
  • **Applicants must submit the name and location of home parish along with Rectors name and contact information on page 5 of application.

2019

Average grant amount: $1,250
Number of Grants:  0
Stuart & Lucille Armstrong2019-09-05T13:23:57-04:00
25 08, 2019

Robert D. Ashworth

2019-09-05T13:39:20-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: Any
Financial Need: No
Renewable: Yes

Specific preferences:

  • Member (or immediate family is a member) of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston, WV

2019

Average grant amount: $1,000
Number of Grants: 7
Robert D. Ashworth2019-09-05T13:39:20-04:00
24 08, 2019

Dale C. Bailey

2019-09-05T13:42:28-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: WVU Institute of Technology
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: Yes

Specific preferences:

  • Be in a 4 year program
  • Must maintain a 2.5 gpa

2019

Average grant amount: $1,500
Number of Grants: 1
Dale C. Bailey2019-09-05T13:42:28-04:00
23 08, 2019

Dr. Joseph C. Basile, II

2019-09-05T13:44:09-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: Any in WV
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: No

Specific preferences:

  • Field of study in Education

2019

Average grant amount: $1,400
Number of Grants: 1
Dr. Joseph C. Basile, II2019-09-05T13:44:09-04:00
22 08, 2019

Bernardine Bess

2019-09-05T14:00:27-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: Any
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: No

Specific preferences:

  • Graduating senior of St. Albans High School

2019

Average grant amount: $2,000
Number of Grants: 1
Bernardine Bess2019-09-05T14:00:27-04:00
21 08, 2019

W. P. Black

2019-09-05T14:02:01-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: Any
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: Yes

Specific preferences:

  • None

2019

Average grant amount: $2,000
Number of Grants: 50
W. P. Black2019-09-05T14:02:01-04:00
20 08, 2019

Boggs

2019-09-05T14:03:13-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: Any
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: No

Specific preferences:

  • Graduates of Clay County High School

2019

Average grant amount: $2,500
Number of Grants: 1
Boggs2019-09-05T14:03:13-04:00
19 08, 2019

Bowles, McDavid, Graff and Love

2019-09-04T19:38:18-04:00

Eligibility

College/University: WVU College of Law
Financial Need: Yes
Renewable: No

Specific preferences:

  • Have a strong academic record
  • Must be entering 1st year of study at WVU College of Law

2019

Average grant amount: $2,000
Number of Grants: 2
Bowles, McDavid, Graff and Love2019-09-04T19:38:18-04:00