Community Foundation to award $150,000 in scholarships in 2023

Applications open now

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF) is accepting scholarship applications now through March 3, 2023. University, college, community college and other higher education bound students graduating in 2023 from Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties are eligible to apply for EWVCF scholarships.

For the past 27 years, EWVCF has been committed to assisting students as they pursue their higher education goals. Thanks to donors who share this vision, the foundation offers dozens of scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.

In 2023, 47 different funds will award scholarships totaling more than $150,000 to students from Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties in the Eastern Panhandle. Students can visit the Community Foundation’s website at to learn about the different types of scholarships available and their respective requirements, as some are quite specific. 

The West Virginia Wing-Civil Air Patrol Cadet Scholarship Fund was established by the late Dennis D. Barron to award scholarships to Civil Air Patrol cadets from around the state. Cadets who are chosen to receive these scholarships must be excellent students and proven leaders in their squadrons. The scholarships are renewable so long as the student remains a cadet in the West Virginia Wing throughout his or her college years.

The Theodore K. Oates Nursing Scholarship is for Berkeley County graduates who are currently studying or plan to study nursing at one of the colleges, universities or technical institutes in the Eastern Panhandle. It is one of the few EWVCF scholarships that is available to students who are already attending college.

The Floyd and Isabel Jacques Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by Mr. Jacques to benefit Musselman High School seniors who are in the top 10% of their class. Previous Jacques Scholarship recipients have attended a wide range of colleges and universities, including Shenandoah University, Hagerstown Community College, and Seton Hill University.

The Martinsburg High School Class of 1964 Fund was created with gifts from dozens of Class of ’64 graduates. This fund provides scholarships for Martinsburg High graduates who will attend a West Virginia higher education institution.

The Derflinger Earth Sciences Scholarship Fund was established by the late Jerry Derflinger. This fund provides scholarships for a graduating senior who is planning to attend a West Virginia public college or university and pursue a degree in agriculture, forestry, geology, archeology or environmental science.

The Susan Wellford Smith Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Ms. Smith by her family. This fund provides scholarships for female athletes from Jefferson County who plan to pursue a four-year degree.

The Anna Jo Crosby Scholarship Fund was established by Ms. Crosby’s husband, family and friends as a tribute in her memory. This scholarship supports Morgan County high school graduates pursuing a degree in biology or veterinary science.

Recent college graduates preparing to enter law school may want to apply for the J. Oakley Seibert Scholarship, which was established in his memory to support law school students who reside in and plan to return to the Eastern Panhandle to practice law after graduation.

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation and its affiliates use an online scholarship application hosted by AwardSpring for most scholarships. That application can be found at . For more information, contact Scholarship Program Manager Karin Hammann Dunn at or 304-671-8167.