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Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Offers Scholarships, Grants For Teachers

WHEELING — The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley is now offering opportunities to help both students and teachers.

CFOV has launched 2022 scholarship applications, which are available online at cfov.org by clicking the Scholarships tab. The foundation administers more than 70 scholarship funds. Last year, CFOV scholarship funds provided more than $350,000 in support to nearly 200 students pursuing higher education.

Community Foundation scholarships are as unique as the establishing donor. Scholarships offered through CFOV represent memorials for loved ones, an affinity for a particular major, attendance at a particular school/university, intended career path, financial need and even being a first-generation college student.

New this year, most CFOV scholarships will be part of an online platform. This new feature will allow applicants to be matched to available opportunities through completion of a universal application. Scholarships not housed within the online platform will have clear instructions for access or an application available for download.

Additionally, information can be found in guidance offices at area high schools and college financial aid offices. While each application has specific instructions, the application period for most opportunities closes February 23. Application review will then take place and recipients will be informed of awards by the end of May.

Students seeking scholarships are encouraged to visit the CFOV website to explore opportunities. Questions may be directed to CFOV at 304-242-3144 or jess@cfov.org.

CFOV also has continued a strategic grant partnership with Southwestern Energy that will support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. This partnership provides mini-grant opportunities for K-12 public school educators in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties who seek to incorporate STEM concepts in class.

These grants will provide up to $500 for area teachers to explore unique ways to enrich student learning that may not otherwise be possible. Since starting in 2018, the grant program has supported projects in 59 area classrooms. Funded projects share a common theme of exposing students to creative STEM-based experiences and tools.

To date, the fund has awarded $27,300 in grants. The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley administers the fund, with grantees selected through a competitive process.

Applications will be accepted through March 1. For an application and more information on the SWN STEM Grant Program, please visit www.cfov.org/southwestern-energy/, call CFOV at 304-242-3144 or email debbie@cfov.org.

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