Foundation awards 370 postsecondary scholarships totaling $830,155
for the 2020-21 academic year
Through its statewide scholarship program, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) has awarded 370 postsecondary scholarships for a total of $830,155 this year. These scholarships will assist students from all over West Virginia in pursuing postsecondary education during the 2020-21 academic year. The Foundation has 111 scholarship funds available and these funds have varying eligibility criteria (financial need, county of residence, high school attended, intended major, academic achievement, community service, etc.). Those interested in applying should visit the Foundation’s website at www.tgkvf.org and click on the Scholarships tab to learn more about TGKVF’s Scholarship Program. The 2021-22 scholarship application will be available online beginning November 15, 2020 and the deadline to apply will be January 15, 2021. On behalf of TGKVF’s donors, staff, and volunteers, congratulations to all West Virginia students who are investing in their education!
Berkeley: Makenna Cast, $2,000; Molly Hull, $2,000; Brett Linton, $1,000.
Boone: Abby Bolton, $1,400; Gracie Crone, $1,950; Kaylea Egnor, $2,000; Hannah Guthrie, $2,000; Mikayla Kirk, $2,000; Austin Marcum, $850; Corrine May, $2,000; Brooke Phillips, $2,000; Katie Ramsayer, $1,150.
Braxton : Erin King, $2,000; Mary Stewart, $2,000.
Brooke: Mia Marino, $2,000.
Cabell : James Cooper, $2,000; Skylar Davis, $2,000; Kira Hayes, $2,000; Grace Kinder, $2,000; Rachel King, $8,000; Rachel Lake, $2,000; Carlee Lusher, $2,000; Raiven Scott, $2,000; Hattie Sergent, $2,000; Hannah Sullivan, $2,000.
Calhoun: Cassidy Conley, $1,500; Erika Newell, $2,000; Kaitlyn Toney, $1,500.
Clay: Andrew Belt, $2,000; Caitlin Belt, $2,000; Austin Brown, $2,000; Hunter Jones, $2,000; Ely Osborne, $2,000; Sharina Ratliff, $1,000; Darren Ray, $2,000; James Summers III, $6,000; Tailynn Varney, $2,550.
Doddridge: Maci Britton , $2,000; Heidi Lusk, $2,000; Isaac Pringle, $2,000.
Fayette: Jadyn Allen, $2,000; Josiah Baker, $2,000; Carson Cochran, $1,000; Matthew Cortines, $2,000; Dalton Dempsey, $1,000; Jessica Greenwood, $2,000; Makala Hizer, $650; Aiden Jones, $2,000; Rachel Liddle, $885; Elizabeth Lowe, $2,500; Tate Mauzy, $1,000; Dominic Re, $2,000; Tyrese Selinger, $2,000; Kaytlin Wilson, $1,250; Blake Wingrove, $2,000.
Gilmer: Keaton Moore, $2,000; Michael Roy, $2,000.
Greenbrier: Shannon Brunzo-Hager, $2,000; Asa Dick, $7,000; Emma Eisenbeiss, $2,000; Luna Martin, $2,000; Morgan Pendleton, $2,000; Mai Tran, $2,000.
Hancock: Allyson Brothers, $2,000; Zachary Guiddy, $2,000.
Hardy: Brock Dolly, $7,000; Caroline Edelen, $1,000; Cody Turner, $2,000.
Harrison: Miya Lantz, $560; Destiny Lusk, $2,000; Mackenzie Steele, $2,000.
Jackson: Haley Carson, $2,000; Presley Fisher, $2,000; Alecxander Gwynn, $2,000; Mercedes Hackworth, $2,000; Alexis Knopp, $1,300; Fiona Lane, $2,000; Gabriela Martinez, $2,000; Christopher Neil, $4,000; Teresa Riffle, $2,000; Noah Sergent, $2,000.
Jackson: Destiny Thomas, $2,000; Jilliann Throneberry, $2,000; Alexis Whited, $2,000; Destany Wilson, $2,000; Ryan Wratchford, $2,000.
Jefferson: Adelaide Amore, $6,000; Jane Cabbiness, $2,000; Samantha Gonzalez, $2,000; Jordan Phillips, $2,000; Emma Speck, $2,000.
Kanawha: Carleigh Abbott, $2,000; Jennifer Adams, $4,000; Chelsey Adkins, $4,000; Hazem Attal, $1,000; Ian Avis, $2,000; Jemima Ayilaran, $2,000; Haidyn Bare, $400; Chasie Beard, $2,000; Ellen Blackwood, $7,000; Zachary Blankenship, $5,000; Emma Bowles, $1,000; Kezia’h Brown, $2,000; Kennedy Buckley, $2,000; Anthony Carfagna, $1,350; Jarred Carter, $650; Sharmel Cavender, $2,000; Laney Cole, $650; Gannon Cole, $2,000; Mckenzie Counts, $1,000; Harley Coutz, $2,000; Megan Craner, $1,000; Derek Crider, $4,000; Zachary Crouse, $1,000; Kate Cruickshank, $1,000; Lacaya Cyrus, $1,000; Erin Dodd, $2,000; Allison Donato,$2,000; Emma Dooley, $1,000; Katelyn Dorsey, $1,000; Todd Douglas, $1,000; Zeinab Elkhansa , $1,000; Sachleen Elkins, $2,000; Isabel Emch, $1,000; Rylee Fields, $1,000; Cameron Fisher, $1,000; Jarod Fulks, $2,000; Jordan Gibson, $2,495; Jenna Gillenwater, $1,000; Jordan Goble, $1,000; Chase Goldsmith, $1,000; Maisie Gore, $6,000; Alexis Grbac, $2,000; Luke Grimm, $2,000; Layne Gumowski; $2,000; Sydney Hamrick, $1,000; Mason Hamrick, $1,000; Sarah Harding, $1,000; Christoph Hart, $1,000; Vivian Hartwell, $700; David Hartzell, $2,000; Leyla Hatfield, $2,000; Alexa Hawkins, $2,000; Cari Hively, $2,000; Hanna Ho, $2,000; Breanna Hodges, $2,000; Phota Huffman, $1,000; Mahaley Hughes, $6,000; Sydney Johnson, $6,000; Colby Johnson, $2,000; Kaitlyn Jones, $1,000; Jerry Lacy, $2,000; Sierra Lawhorn, $1,000; Hannah Lemon, $1,000; Grayson Lester, $2,000; Madison Litton, $1,000; Alissa Lowe, $1,150; Kylie Lucas, $2,000; Celeste Maddy, $2,000; Connor Mann, $2,000; Kendal Marshall, $2,000; Megan McClung, $1,000; Megan McCullough, $2,000; Jacob McGuire, $1,000; Alexa McPhail, $2,000; Philip Michael, $1,000; Christopher Miller, $480; Kalea Miller, $1,975.00; Charity Mostow, $1,300.00; Matthew Mullins, $1,000.00; Danielle Mullins , $7,500; Malie Munasinghe, $1,000; Kaitlyn Musick, $1,000; Lydia Neidlinger, $1,700; Kaitlin Nester, $1,000; Brooklyn Nunleym, $1,000; Andrew O’Neill, $2,000; Adedamola Oyedokun, $1,500; Evan Page, $5,000; Savannah Parsons, 1,400; Gage Pauley, $1,000; Savannah Pauley, $2,000; Kathryn Pauley, $2,000; Charisse Peck, $1,000; Holli Perdue, $4,000; Lauren Phillips, $1,000; Madeleine Plutro, $1,000; Victoria Porterfield, 1,000; Leslie Proctor, $1,000; Jacey Prowse, $1,000; McKinley Randolph, $2,000; Patrick Reed, $8,000; Katherine Reed, $1,000; Nora Riffle, $2,000; Madison Robinson, $2,000; Elijah Robinson, $2,000; Alaina Rumbaugh, $2,000; Autumn Smith, $2,000; Karlee Smith, $1,500; Kiah Smith, $2,000; Haley Snodgrass, $1,000; Rachael Snyder, $1,000; Megan Spelock, $2,000; Jakob Spruce, $1,000; Hunter Stamper, $1,000; Haley Stanley, $4,000; Emily Stierwalt, $5,000; Angelina Summerbell, $1,000; Lydia Sweat, $900; Joel Sweat, 1,000; Madeleine Swint, $6,000; Megan Tanner, $460; Jacob Taylor, $1,000; Emily Taylor, $1,000; Soleen Tran, $2,000; Madeline Triplett, $650; Madeleine Turley, $2,000; Rhianna Turturice, $1,000; Kayden Upton, $1,000; Sophia Veazey, $5,000; Catherine Walker, $5,000; Emma Ward, $1,000; Jayden Ware, $2,000; Imani Weldon, $2,000; Jay Wessels, $2,500; Savannah Westfall, $2,000; Arianna Whitehair, $1,000; Katherine Whittington, $1,150; Hannah Willey, $2,000; Ostin Williams, $2,000; Abigail Williams, $2,000; Caleb Woods, $2,495; Jared Woods, $2,495; Michelle Zhu, $1,000.
Lewis: Mason Atha, $1,400; Charlotte Dotson; $1,400; Kaleb Gannon, $7,000; Kassandra Hughes, $2,000.
Lincoln: Karah Alberts, $2,000; Bailey Baker, $2,000; Emily Cadd, $2,000; Logan Christian, $4,000; Annika Godwin, $2,000; Amelia Godwin, $1,600; Kaylin Nelson, $2,000; Jerrad Price, $2,000; Ktelynn Sullivan, $2,000; William Thomas, $2,000; Emily Thomas, $2,000.
Logan: James Ellis, $1,000; Tonya McCormick, $600; Philip Mullins, $650.
Marion: Kyra Dukich, $5,000.
Marshall: VisakhaTurner, $500.
Mason: Nazar Abbas, $1,000; Jayla Arnold, $2,000; Monica Cook, $1,000; Justin Holley, $5,000; Peyton Hughes, $5,000; Shannon Lyons, $1,250; Brandi Stroup, $2,000.
McDowell: Kristen Calhoun, $2,000; Logan Kennedy, $1,000.
Mercer: Brian Lowe, $5,000; Dakota Miller, $1,000; Aubrie Peyton, $7,500; Olarotimi Ponder, $2,000; Brayden Quesenberry, $1,000; Victoria Terry, $2,000.
Mineral: Matthew Kenney, $2,000.
Mingo: Abigail Kozee, $2,000.
Monongalia: David Carvajal, $2,000; Tallan Embrey, $2,000; Emily Fisher, $2,000; Heather Willis, $7,000.
Monroe: Cade McMunigal, $2,000.
Morgan: Matthew Chapman, $8,000; Christopher King; $2,000.
Nicholas: Chelsey Adkins,$1,350; Makala Alderman, $1,600; Brandon Amick, $2,000; Amelia Bard, $2,000; Adrienne Bounds, $1,250; Riley Butcher,$5,000; Jordan Cochran, $5,000; Jacob Grose, $2,500; Jacob Holcomb, $2,500; Johnathon Johnson, $5,000; Michael McClung, $1,950; Derek Mullins,$1,250; Eamonn Payton, $7,000; Shade Rader, $2,000; Illysa Sergeon, $5,000; Hayley Short, $625; Karen Truong, $2,500; Makayla Woods, $1,000.
Ohio: Jennavieve Brown, $2,000; Marguerite Demasi, $2,000; Elizabeth Nickell, $2,000; Kylie Pell, $2,000; Veda Wheeler, $2,000.
Pocahontas: Jacob Jones, $6,000; Brady Jones, $8,000; Kelly Pyne, $2,000.
Preston: Leann Carrico, $1,000; Shane Ferrell, $2,000; Abigail Warnick, $2,000; Ethan Wimer, $5,000; David Wimer, $2,000; Jonathan Wimer,$8,000; Haley Zinn, $7,000.
Putnam: Hunter Allen, $2,000; Margaret Bird, $2,000; Jeremy Blake, $2,000; Jacob Blizzard, $1,500; Callen Bostic, $2,000; Chase Casto; $2,500; Kaitlyn Dillard; $2,000; Madison Gillispie, $2,000; Evan Haley, $1,000; Rebecca Hall, $2,000; Travis Hanna, $1,500; Jamie Irvine, $1,000; Bailee Keblesh , $4,000; Faith Lovejoy, $700; Dylan Luikart, $1,800; Jaxon Miller, $2,000; Olivia Moncada, $5,000; Emmelee Newhouse, $2,000; Tylee Oldham, $6,000; Natalie Parra, $2,000; Brooklyn Persinger, $2,000; Lindsey Russell, $1,000; Abigail Short, $2,000; Sydney Smith, $2,000; Kelsey Templeton, $2,000; Jonah Tincher, $2,000.
Raleigh: Madeline Boyd, $2,000; Caitlyn Cormack, $2,000; Kaitlynn Cox, $2,000; Stephanie Hopkins, $2,000; Emily Martin, $1,000; Abigail Boggs, $2,000.
Randolph: Cole Crumm, $6,000; Olivia Ferguson, $2,000; Elijah Jones, $5,000.
Roane: Hannah Stricklen, $635.
Taylor: Charles Davisson, $2,000.
Tucker: Destiny Meador , $2,000.
Tyler: Creed Ammons, $750; Eli Henthorn, $7,000.
Wayne: Olivia Hughes, $1,000; Shawna Lockard, $2,000; Jacob Simpkins, $2,000; Caleb Spry, $2,000.
Webster: Darrian Dominguez, $1,350.
Wetzel: Paige Brill, $2,000.
Wirt: Shawna Ashby, $2,000; Daniel McCloy, $2,000.
Wood: Sydney Bailey, $2,500; Grace Cox, $5,000; Emma Hyson, $7,500; Baileigh Lewis, $2,000; Eleanor Mommessin, $550; Casey Morrison, $2,000; Molly Powney, $5,000; Sidney Strause, $2,000; Bethany Wager, $7,000; Grace West, $6,000.
Wyoming: Logan Bland, $2,000.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who prioritize education and make these scholarships and other grants possible. These approved 2020-2021 scholarships are supported by the following funds:
Advanced Technical Solutions; Stuart and Lucille Armstrong; Robert D. Ashworth; Dale C. Bailey; Joseph C. Basile, II; Bernadine Bess; W.P. Black; James E. and Barbara J. Boggs; Pauline Haddad Bsharah; Adam S. Burford; Adam Michael Burns; Drs. Charlene H. and Charles R. Byrd; Gustavus B. Capito; Cavalier-Nichols Family; Charleston Chapter of the WVSCPAs Accounting; Charleston Rotary Club; Charleston Vandalia Rotary; Class of 1946 Charleston High School; Jahlil Clements; C. Raymond and Delsia R. Collins; J.D. Cutlip; Diana B. Deardorff; Jerry L. Dove; Dunlap-Ellis; Max and Louise England; ; Les and Verna Evans; Brooksie Boggs Fannin; Arthur M. and Laila Maki Ferenz; Norman S. and Betty M. Fitzhugh; Pam Fuller; Dennis Carlton Gandee; Geraldine Gee; Deputy William G. “Billy” Giacomo; Roxanna Glass; Rebecca Beattie Goldman; Helen Moore Goode; Rebecca Hoskins Goodwin; Richard “Dick” Green; Donald S. Groves, MD; Philip A. Haddad; Dr. O.M. and Ruth A. Harper; David Andrew Hood; Paris Hudnall; Lois Geraldine and Charles Edward Jeffrey; Ruth Ann Johnson; Elizabeth S. Johnston; Junior League of Charleston – Rebecca Dickson Goldsmith; Kamm Family; Kanawha Valley Mining Institute; James S. Kessell; Kids Chance of West Virginia, Inc.; King-Alderson Family; James and Marianne Lane; Tressa L. Legg; Joseph Leslie; Lincoln County Hall of Fame; Michael Brian “Boo” Lopez; Joseph Mifflin and Beatrice Stephenson Lorentz; Leopold K. and Elizabeth F. Marmet; Math & Science; Attison McClanahan Academic; Ernest and Iva Mearns; Montgomery Rotary; Ol “Leff” Moore; Drew Morton; Margaret Parsons “Porky” Moss; Coleman Murphy, Jr.; Jesse W. and Elizabeth Rust O’Hair; Bernice Pickens Parsons; J. Roy, Lillian May, John E. and Florence B. Pierson; Paul A. and Grace C. Rhudy; Riverside Math and Science; W. Michael W. Rollins; SCPA; Shepherd Family, R. Ray Singleton; Herb Smith/ Eunice Fleming, Brandon Matthew Sneed; Asa Andrew Stemple; John C. Steven, Jr. Engineering; Kenneth Stollings, Engineering; John H. and Antoinette B. Thomas; Raymond Thompson; Thompson-Bolt; Nicholas and Mary Agnes Trivillian; Elizabeth Underwood; Mabel W. Walker; Kenneth and Mildred Ward; West Virginia Golf Association; WVHFMA; Yeardley Family.
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:
- 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).
- Receiving a TGKVF scholarship correlates with better grades (3.7 GPA compared to 3.1 GPA national average).
- Receiving a TGKVF scholarship correlates with higher rates of graduation from college (96% graduation rate compared to 59% national average).
- 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).
- 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 email@example.com or 304.346.3620 with questions.