Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation shares scholarship information

MARTINSBURG – The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation has a mission to inspire philanthropy, serve donors, strengthen communities and improve the quality of life in Eastern West Virginia now and for future generations.

“Supporting local students is an important part of our mission,” said Karin Hammann Dunn, program manager.

To move its mission forward, the EWVCF has made several changes to its scholarship application process to make it more straightforward for those who apply.

“It is all online now,” Hammann Dunn said. “You go on, create a profile, and you go through the questions for qualification, and they drop you into the scholarships you are eligible for. It is so much easier for both the applicant and for us, and it has made the selection process much smoother.”

She explained that there is an engaged and knowledgeable committee of volunteers that reads through between 30-40 scholarship applications and rates them.

“It is a big job, but they are all top notch, and we are extremely blessed with dedicated volunteers,” she said.

Hammann Dunn also said that now, there is not a required letter of recommendation for applicants, but it has turned into a system where the online recommendation form is sent to the recommender through email, and they fill it out and send it back, with it automatically applying to the application.

With over 45 scholarship funds, Hammann Dunn said that there is no reason people shouldn’t apply in Berkeley, Morgan, Jefferson, Hampshire and Hardy counties.

The application window opens on Nov. 1 and closes Mar. 3.

“Don’t wait until the last minute,” she added.

One of the scholarships available is the West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadet Scholarship Fund, which is a part of the Martinsburg Civil Air Patrol Fund that was established through the EWVCF in 2016 by Col. Dennis D. Barron.

“He wanted it to be one that supported the Martinsburg composite squadron of the Civil Air Patrol,” she explained. “It was important to Dennis that the funds stay and improve the Martinsburg area. (The scholarship) is one of our larger scholarships, but we don’t get a ton of applicants, just because a lot of people don’t know about Civil Air Patrol.”

Hammann Dunn explained that those who apply for this specific scholarship will need to have a 2.5 or higher GPA, be a member in good standing of the WV wing, be graduating or have graduated from high school and get an endorsement from his/her unit commander.

“Preference will be given to the students who have proven leadership skills by earning the Civil Air Patrol Amelia Earhart Award or higher,” she said of the scholarship. “Col. Barron unexpectedly passed in 2019 and left some very generous gifts to the community foundation, which has allowed us to really grow the fund and benefit Civil Air Patrol, the squadron and the participants. His legacy will carry on.”

Hammann Dunn added that the vision of the EWVCF is to build vibrant communities that provide opportunities for everyone living in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

For more information about the West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol Cadet Scholarship or any other scholarship opportunities with the EWVCF, visit https://ewvcf.awardspring.com.

For questions or concerns about the information or application, call Hammann Dunn at 304-671-8167, or email her at khdunn@ewvcf.org.

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