WVICU Announces Bethany Scholarship Recipients:


CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Partnering with 16 corporations, foundations, and individual donors, West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities, Inc. (WVICU), recently announced recipients of the Circle of Vision Scholarship for 2006-07 at Bethany College. This announcement came shortly after WVICU revealed its 2006 fundraising campaign surpassed a $1.1 million goal.

The Circle of Vision Scholarship Program, administered by WVICU, had a record year in 2006, with $279,090 raised for direct scholarship support for 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. A total of 253 scholarships were awarded in 2006-07 at the nine private colleges and universities in the state.

A minimum of $1,000 from each scholarship sponsor was awarded to 28 Bethany students. Recipients of Circle of Vision Scholarships and their sponsors for the 2006-07 academic year include the following:

Shannon Finch, a sophomore psychology major from Wheeling, received the Appalachian Power Co. scholarship; Megan Poland, a senior economics major from Beech Bottom, received the BB&T scholarship; David Cipoletti, a senior physical education major from Weirton, received the Bernard H. and Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation scholarship.

Casey Gray, a sophomore music major from Wheeling, Brandy Kimball, a junior English literature major from Colliers Way, Misty Tweedlie, a junior psychology major from Glen Dale, Shannon Warren, a senior religious studies major from Wheeling, and Christopher Watson, a junior international relations major from Parkersburg, all received the Bernard McDonough Foundation, Inc., scholarship.

James Smith, a junior accounting major from Weirton, received the Chase Bank scholarship; Tiffany Latimer, a senior communication major from Follansbee, and Amanda Tournay, a senior education major from Weirton, both received the Dominion scholarship; Allison Winwood, a freshman chemistry major from Weirton, received the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp, Trust/Fifth Third Bank, Trustee scholarship; Jennifer Miller, a sophomore political science major from Oak Hill, received the Jeanne G. and Lawson W. Hamilton Family Foundation scholarship; Laura Haas, a sophomore political science major from Core, received the Lewis N. McManus Memorial Scholarship.

Katherine DeMundo, a senior education major from Moundsville, Caitlin Dieguez, a sophomore international relations major from Weirton, Robert Lowe, a senior economics major from Bethany, Danielle Munas, a junior political science major from Wheeling, Tasha Sauvageot, a junior education major from Follansbee, and Ashley Simich, a junior communication major from Weirton, all received the Maier Foundation, Inc., scholarship.

Shannon Cerone, a sophomore communication major from Bethany, received the Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort scholarship; Melissa Snyder, a senior religious studies major from Beckley, and Brandon Tonkovich, a junior communication major from Wheeling, both received the Mylan Charitable Foundation scholarship; Rebecca Bateson, a junior communication major from Wheeling, received the Philip E. Cline scholarship; Beth Shaffer, a sophomore French major from Falling Waters, received the Steptoe & Johnson PLLC scholarship; Jeffrey Bee, a senior visual arts major from Parkersburg, received The Ogden Newspapers, Inc., scholarship; and Megan McDonald, a senior interdisciplinary major from Bethany, and Whitney Wilding, a senior international relations/French major from Parkersburg, both received a UPS Foundation scholarship.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support of each and every Circle of Vision Scholarship sponsor,” said Paul Chewning, president of WVICU. “Community-minded corporations, foundations, and individuals open doors for West Virginia students who want to attend college here. We cannot thank our Circle of Vision donors enough for their support of our scholarship program and for their commitment to higher education.”

Since 1997, the Circle of Vision Scholarship Program has provided nearly $2.5 million in scholarship funds to 2,023 West Virginia college students. The program maintains an impressive 78% graduation rate, compared to 61% for the private colleges and 49% for the public colleges in the state.

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 nearly $33 million for its member institutions and continues to distribute 100% of all undesignated funds directly to its colleges and universities for scholarship and financial aid support.

WVICU is located in Charleston, W. Va., and is charged with championing independent higher education throughout the state. The annual economic impact of West Virginia’s private colleges and universities on the state includes $345 million in business volume and direct impact, 6,258 total jobs, $308 million in economic output, $121 in employee compensation, and $7 million in state tax revenue.

For more information on West Virginia’s private colleges and universities, call (304) 345-5525 or visit www.wvicu.org.