Thanks to the generosity of TGKVF supporters, I was able to complete my undergrad degree at WVU without the usual mountains of debt most students deal with. I finished with a BS in Psychology, graduating as a Presidential Scholar from the Honors College. From there, I was happy to accept a scholarship from NYU Law in New York to pursue a career in international law. I believe my future is wide open to build a successful life-long career thanks to my roots in the mountain state from the school that educated me to the generous people in your organization that helped fund me. Thank you.
Through receiving a Greater Kanawha Valley Scholarship my freshman year (2016-17), I gained the confidence to push myself in the academic setting and farther. I aspire to become a prominent leader in the state of West Virginia by pursuing philanthropic activities, being goal-oriented, and making lasting connections. Furthermore, through the help of the Greater Kanawha Valley foundation and all of the individuals involved I understand the potential of altruistic deeds- helping others especially in a time of need and dependency. Without receiving the financial help that the foundation granted my Freshman year, I would not be able to experience college without having to take out loans. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of the funding that I received from the generous foundation. When I am financially able, I am committed to paying it forward, like foundation and others has done for me.
Upon finishing, I will be the first college graduate in my immediate family. With financial help from the GKVF, I am able to attend college with less debt and discover my full potential. I am a dedicated and ambitious second semester sophomore who is maintaining a 4.0 GPA, works as a peer writing and comprehension tutor, does regular volunteer work at the Marion County Humane Society, involved in community and club based activities, and is a part of the Fairmont State Honors Program. I am majoring in finance and my prospects are to be a Financial Assistant. I will help others through the hardest times of their lives by helping them understand the important element of finance.
I wanted to personally thank the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and all benefactors of the Leopold and Elizabeth Marmet Scholarship. I will be graduating from graduate school in Nuclear Engineering this spring and working for the national government in Nuclear engineering. This scholarship, from my home state, truly made my college experiences a reality.
I have been blessed with a plethora of resources and support and I can truly thank The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation for my years of post-secondary
and making my dreams and aspirations a reality. I want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Hoover for always answering my questions and for placing me in a non comfort zone as I talked at many state functions with top delegates around my state. Being a nuclear engineer and helping others from my home state with simple tips and guidance to make it in college, has truly shown me how much of an impact I have had on youth. My sister will even be following in similar
footsteps. I know that college can be a burden and overwhelming for so many and my support systems made it positive and a remarkable experience. I will always find my way back to WV and provide support to all.
As I frequently visit, I want to always make myself available to give back to those that helped me along my pathway to success. If you ever need me as a reference or support to youth, please let me know. I now have 3 patents to my name and travel the world as a help in nuclear securities. Again, your foundation made this possible. Thank you!
Each year The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s Scholarship Program offers many ways for students to pursue a post- secondary education. There are scholarships designated for graduating seniors of certain schools; others are awarded for specific fields of study such as nursing or law. Financial need, not academic achievement, is the basis of others, and some focus on sports and extra activities.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation administers more than 500 Funds with over 100 of those Funds designated for statewide scholarships. In the 2014-15 school year, the Foundation funded 433 scholarships for a total of $521,570. Beginning in November of each year, students may apply through the Foundation’s online application process. Most scholarships are for $1,000; this amount can make a difference for students piecing together a financial package to attend college.
One such student is Angie Settle, who with the aid of a TGKVF scholarship was able to begin an academic journey that would continue through undergraduate, master and doctorate degrees. Angie’s hard work and desire to serve her community have propelled her to reach her education goals and find career success.
In Angie’s own words she tells what receiving a scholarship from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has meant to her:
“As a young newlywed in the fall of 1990 I was awarded a Capito Fund for Nursing scholarship through The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation to help me pursue my dream of becoming a registered nurse at the University of Charleston. I was awarded the scholarship for three years until I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in May, 1993. After graduation, I worked at a local hospital in the trauma ICU before returning to college in the fall of 1994 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse practitioner at Marshall University. When I graduated in May of 1997, I became employed at WV Health Right, a free clinic in Charleston, providing care for the uninsured and underinsured of West Virginia.
I have remained with WV Health Right for the majority of my career and over the past 17 ½ years have cared for literally thousands of needy West Virginians. In the fall of 2013, I again returned to school in pursuit of a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Alabama where I was awarded a full scholarship. This past summer I graduated with a 4.0 from the DNP program and fulfilled my life-long dream of earning a terminal degree in the nursing profession. On July 1, 2014, I became the CEO/Executive Director of WV Health Right, Inc., and am now honored to serve as the leader of an organization that is so vital and important to the most at-risk citizens of our community.
In closing, had it not been for the Capito Fund for Nursing Scholarship and The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, I would not be professionally where I am today. This scholarship gave me the opportunity to pursue my academic endeavors and help lay the groundwork for all of my academic and career successes that came thereafter. I will be eternally grateful that I was granted this scholarship and am so happy that I have been able to give back by caring for the neediest people of West Virginia.
Dr. Angie Settle, DNP, APRN, BC, FNP
Receiving a scholarship from TGKVF and having the opportunity to renew it annually helped me with my ultimate goal of paying my way through college without taking out loans. After graduating with an Accounting degree from WVU this past May, I was able to move across the country to California; a place I’ve always been intrigued with. I would never have been able to embark on this adventure if I was locked down with student debt. Scholarships from donors like TGKVF were extremely helpful in assisting me with staying debt free. As of now, I plan on starting my career with Alliant Insurance Services as an Accounts Receivable Clerk. I am very excited to see where my determination and work ethic takes me.
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.
Susan and the rest of the GKVF,
I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation for helping support my undergraduate education over the last four years. I am more than thankful for the financial support from the foundation and I would not have been able to afford an education at the University of Charleston without your help.
I am eagerly anticipating graduation on April 24th, with a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. I have submitted several applications to graduate schools across the country, with the eventual hopes of pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience. After I get my degree, I hope to continue doing biomedical research for a pharmaceutical or biotechnical company.
Thank you for helping me achieve my goals. Merry Christmas!
– Shannon C. Lyons
Each year The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s Scholarship Program offers many ways for students to pursue a post-secondary education. There are scholarships designated for graduating seniors of certain schools; others are awarded for specific fields of study such as nursing or law. Financial need, not academic achievement, is the basis of others, and some focus on sports and extra activities.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation administers more than 500 Funds with over 100 of those Funds designated for statewide scholarships. In the 2013-14 school year, the Foundation funded 398 scholarships for a total of $446,100.
Beginning November of each year, students may apply through the Foundation’s online application process. Most scholarships are for $1,000; this amount can make a difference for students piecing together a financial package to attend college.
One such student is TylerAnn Jones. TylerAnn is now a junior majoring in Education at West Virginia University-Parkersburg. She is a busy student who set a goal to attend college and earn her education degree. TylerAnn has gone to great lengths to make that happen. During her high school years TylerAnn worked several jobs including student tutor, painter, and maintenance worker.
After beginning her college career she has again proven her determination and work ethic by holding jobs that include part-time cashier and receptionist for a gas station/towing company, babysitting for two young children and part-time bank teller. Tyler Ann’s jobs are in addition to achieving Dean’s List and finding time to volunteer for Boys and Girls Club and the Humane Society.
In Tyler Ann’s own words she tells what receiving a scholarship from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has meant to her.
“Throughout the past year as a college student I have experienced many ups and downs in my college career and personal life, and in the end I have remained successfully on tract to obtaining my degree. This past year has been difficult and yet rewarding for me in my educational career. I have been taking extra classes every semester and even went to school full-time this past summer in order to catch up and stay on track with my degree selection. Taking on this extra burden and school responsibilities has added to my already massive workload, but I successfully undertook the challenge and accomplished almost straight A’s. I have very high expectations and goals set for my future in education. I am still on track to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education along with Social Studies 5-9 Specialization from West Virginia University of Parkersburg. I feel that I have finally found the major and career field that I am passionate about, and this discovery has brought a great deal of joy to me.
As a student, I am a very hard-working and committed young woman. I have been placed on the Dean’s List multiple times. Although it is difficult sometimes, I understand that the dedication I put into my schooling while also working multiple part time jobs will pay off in the end. I am also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Parkersburg, The Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, and the Wood County Jr. Livestock Association Sales committee. I continue to have a financial need for this scholarship. Without it, I am afraid that I would not be able to attend school and achieve a degree in Education. I truly appreciate the opportunity that this scholarship has opened up to me.”
Receiving a scholarship can be life-changing for some students, but establishing the scholarship often stems from a life-changing event for donors. Creating a scholarship and offering the gift of education to others is a way of honoring a lost loved one. The Adam Michael Burns Memorial scholarship was created by his parents to pass on their son’s legacy. Dana and Valerie Burns share their feelings saying “We created the Adam Michael Burns Memorial Scholarship in memory of our son Adam who was killed in a car accident while in college at WVU. Adam was majoring in secondary education and was looking forward to helping educate future generations. What better way to honor him than to provide a scholarship in his name to a student from Sissonville High School attending WVU; in essence Adam is helping future generations!”
Please visit www.tgkvf.org or call Susan Hoover, Scholarship Program Officer, for more information about The Greater Kanawha Valley’s Scholarship Program.