The newest class of the Appalachian Leadership Academy (ALA) of Cotiga Fellows was introduced at a special luncheon presentation at the Williamson campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on Monday. Retired U.S. Air Force 4-star General Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, who is president of the ALA Education Foundation, came back to his hometown as featured speaker for the induction. Foglesong, who grew up in Chattaroy and graduated from Williamson High School and West Virginia University, started the scholarship program for local Mingo County students.
AT&T contributed $8,000 to Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation for scholarships that allow rural students to pursue advanced education. The announcement was made during a special presentation by Andy Feeney, AT&T's regional vice president for External Affairs in West Virginia. "Helping students prepare for college and careers is important to AT&T. These scholarships are one more way we can help young people in West Virginia strengthen their skills and prepare for careers," Feeney said.
Employees of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have created a scholarship to honor retiring President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. The scholarship administered through the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation is part of the 2020 Vision Major Gifts Campaign. Tomblin, the driving force behind the fundraising effort, created the campaign to sustain the college and provide more opportunities to students. The fundraising campaign has raised $16.4 million through community donations, Foundations, and grants.
The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. announces the availability of the Appalachian Regional Commission Scholarship for displaced coal miners and their immediate family members. This is a “needs‐based” scholarship for students who have been adversely impacted by the downturn of the coal industry in the West Virginia counties of Boone, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming. The students must demonstrate a financial need for tuition, textbooks, supplies, or other miscellaneous costs. The amount of the scholarship award will vary depending on the financial need.
The annual Scholarship Honor Reception was recently held by The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. The event is held to recognize the generosity of donors and the success of those students receiving scholarships. For their continuous support, recognition plaques were presented to: Word of Life Church, Linda and Willie Akers, and William “Tank” Williams. David LaMotte was guest speaker. He spoke on how any individual could be the change we want to see in the world. Scholarship recipients were recognized in a short video.