Our Community's Foundation - the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area, Wirt and Calhoun - announces the availability of scholarships through the Women's Opportunity Fund - Linda Culp Memorial Scholarship.

This fund offers scholarships for women seeking to return to school to complete their education or who need additional education to achieve higher-level career aspirations.

Applications are invited from women residing in the service regions of St. Joseph's Hospital where Mrs. Culp worked for 30 years, and the foundation, which includes the counties of Wood, Tyler, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun, Roane, Jackson, Doddridge, Gilmer and Mason in West Virginia, and Washington, Athens, and Meigs in Ohio. Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship advisory committee. The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books or other education related costs.

The fund intentionally seeks applicants who are adult learners and are not recent high school graduates. Applicants may be pursuing any type of post-secondary education, including bachelor's degrees, advanced degrees, certificate programs, or vocational or technical studies in any chosen field. Due to a special challenge grant from the Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund, the fund will offer additional scholarships this year, with a focus on women pursuing education related to health-care fields.

The application form is available on the Foundation's web site   www.pacfwv.com   On the Foundation's home page, click on "Find Scholarships" and then click on "Applications and Forms" to locate the application.

Application forms also are available via e-mail (send your request to info@pacfwv.com) or by calling (304)428-4438. Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2010.

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