The Hardy County Community Foundation recently awarded two achievement awards and three scholarships to East Hardy students.
The awards were made possible through three of the community foundation’s endowed scholarships funds established by generous donors.
Foundation director, Amy Pancake, says the heart of the foundation’s scholarship process is the donor. “When a donor decides a scholarship is the way they want to make a difference in the community, we commit our work throughout the entire process to honoring their wishes for the type of student they want to help. Those wishes may include recognizing students involved in specific activities, such as church participation, or students who are pursuing a certain vocation. Each scholarship is different and each one is set up to last forever,” she said.
The following Scholarship awards were presented:
The Kaylee Grace Whetzel Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a happy and spirited little girl who touched the lives of so many in her community. Scholarships made in Kaylee’s name honor her caring nature and benefit students wanting to go into a healthcare profession. Caitlin Fitzwater was selected to receive a $1000 scholarship from the Kaylee Grace Whetzel Scholarship Fund. Ms. Fitzwater will be attending Fairmont State University this fall to begin her pursuit of a degree in radiation oncology.
[private] The Oscar H. Bean, Bill Clark, Clarence “Hink” Fisher and Tom Hawse II Scholarship was established by the Community Foundation’s 2011 Spirit of Hardy County, George Hott, and reflects the value that Hott places on education and the high regard he has for the four individuals for whom the fund was named. Jessica Parker received a $400 scholarship from the Oscar H. Bean, Bill Clark, Clarence “Hink” Fisher and Tom Hawse II Scholarship Fund. She will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan and will pursue a degree in secondary education.
John and Alvina Pappas grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Washington DC during the 30s. John operated a steam engine and Alvina worked in one of the federal cafeterias. Having discovered Wardensville when their son Nick met and married Pam Emswiller, whose father was principal of Wardensville High School, they made the town their home when they retired. Mr. Pappas started the John and Alvina Chalmers Pappas scholarship in memory of his wife. He will always be remembered in the Wardensville community for carrying change with him and giving each child he ran onto a shiny new dime. In addition to providing two $200 achievement awards to 8th graders SierraMarie Miller and Isabella Payne at East Hardy Early Middle School, this fund is also providing a $500 scholarship award was presented to Holly Fogel who plans to study business management at Potomac State College.
“These scholarships are an expression of hope and encouragement for young men and women as they begin a new chapter in their lives,” said Pancake. “But they carry something more with them – a connection to the people whom these scholarships honor and represent. People whose dreams and work sought realization in lifting others up – people whose lives were lived beautifully and purposely – people who were loved dearly.”
According to Pancake, the Community Foundation is a mechanism for growing and distributing scholarships, and for ensuring that they continue to grow and be distributed every year – forever. “Because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment we offer, our donors are assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but for generations to come,” she said.
The Hardy County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, was founded in late 2007 to build local, permanent endowment to generate annual charitable grants and scholarships forever. Community foundations number more than 700 across America with 26 in West Virginia and focus entirely on working with local people to build local assets to meet local needs. To learn more about how you can honor a loved one while creating a lasting legacy that benefits your community forever please call the office at 304-538-3431.