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 - announces the availability of scholarships for students from throughout the Foundation's service area (Wood, Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio). Students can access information about scholarships by visiting the Foundation's web site at www.pacfwv.com The Foundation uses one consolidated application for most scholarships; this application can be completed and submitted online this year. To access the application, click "Find Scholarships" on the Foundation's home page. The application deadline for this consolidated application form is March 7, 2012.

The Foundation administers more than 170 scholarship funds; each award has certain eligibility restrictions. For example, some scholarships are restricted to students graduating from a particular high school; others are restricted to students pursuing a certain field of study or attending a particular post-secondary educational institution. Applicants must first review the list of all Foundation scholarships, along with eligibility criteria, to determine scholarships for which they are eligible. The scholarship description list also is available on the Foundation's web site.

To assist students with the preparation of their application, the Foundation is hosting two free webinars on the scholarship process. Students, parents, and other interested individuals can participate in the webinar from any location at which they have a computer with internet access and a telephone.

Founded in 1963, the Foundation serves as a vehicle through which community members can create permanent funds to benefit the charitable needs of the region. The Foundation administers more than 300 funds, supporting a wide variety of charitable purposes throughout the region.

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