Many students are deterred from seeking a college education due to the rising costs of a degree.
Student loan debt has reached a record $1.7 trillion in the United States alone. There are 45 million Americans who hold student loan debt, and the increasing costs of tuition and housing will only increase the number of students who turn to loans to finance their education.
The educational picture is even worse in West Virginia, which has the lowest rate of college-educated people in the United States.
As one small way to support education in West Virginia, the Spirit of West Virginia Scholarship exists to inspire students to prioritize their education and to alleviate some of the financial burden of their pursuit.
Any high school senior who attends school in West Virginia may apply for this scholarship.
To apply, tell us what being a West Virginian means to you or how growing up in West Virginia has impacted your worldview.
What does it mean to you to be a West Virginian or how has growing up in West Virginia shaped your view of the world?
The application deadline is Mar 4, 2023. Winners will be announced on Apr 4, 2023.
The scholarship award is $500 per winner.
The winner will be publicly announced on Apr 4, 2023. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution or future academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
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Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.