The Harry C. Hartleben, III Scholarship Fund, established through gifts from Jo Ann, Kerri, and Andrew Hartleben, provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Parkersburg High School who plan to pursue higher education.
To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Recipients of the scholarships are selected based on academic achievement, motivation, character, and involvement in school and community activities.
A 1963 graduate of Parkersburg High School, Harry Hartleben attended Marietta College, where he graduated with a degree in political science and history. Mr. Hartleben served in the Air Force for 3 1/2 years, then pursued work in the insurance field and later in the real estate appraisal business, where he was President of Real Estate Analysts.
Mr. Hartleben was involved in a variety of community activities. He was a member of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, served on the board of the Parkersburg Art Center, and was a member of the finance committee for The Arc of Wood County. Mr. Hartleben also enjoyed golf, and he was an active member of North Parkersburg Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir.
This fund was merged with the Gordon Page Corbitt Scholarship to help make a more meaningful impact in our region.
Gordon Page Corbitt was a long-time educator for Wood County. Under his Last Will and Testament, he set aside funds for charitable purposes. His son Kenneth Corbitt directed that each year a scholarship be awarded to a qualifying recipient at Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School based on certain criteria. The scholarship recipient must have a 3.0 or better grade point average for the 9, 10, 11 and senior year of high school, and demonstrate leadership qualities in the school and community. In addition, the recipient must be planning to earn at least a four-year degree or equivalent.