BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College students – Steven Broadwater, of South Charleston, W.Va., Katherine DeMundo of Moundsville, W.Va., Robert Lowe of Lewisburg, W.Va., Danielle Munas of Wheeling, W.Va., and Ashley Simich of Weirton, W.Va. – are the recipients of a Maier Foundation scholarship.

The Maier Foundation made a gift of $50,000 to the West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities (WVICU) Circle of Vision Scholarship Program. The Maier Foundation has supported the Circle of Vision program since the program began in 1997 and has been an outstanding leader in supporting West Virginia's independent higher education institutions since 1982.

The Foundation has provided nearly $1.1 million to WVICU to date.

Scholarships are awarded to deserving students based on both financial need and merit. Recipients must demonstrate high academic potential, be residents of West Virginia and maintain a satisfactory grade-point average throughout the period of scholarship receipt.

Founded in 1951, WVICU promotes the interests of West Virginia independent higher education through scholarship fundraising, collaborative programming, research opportunities and advocacy. The organization has raised over $31 million for its member institutions and continues to distribute 100 percent of all undesignated funds directly to its colleges and universities for scholarship and financial aid support.

The Circle of Vision Scholarship Program has provided more than $2.1 million in scholarship funds to 1,770 West Virginia college students.