The Little Kanawha Regional Council (LKRC) worked to improve the quality of life in this area since its founding in 1946. Sattis Simmons, editor of the Jackson (County) Herald of Ripley, and his fellow-editors from the counties of Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood, formed this organization that sought to improve the social, agricultural, and economic development of the area through private initiative.

The LKRC was recognized for its work in the community, especially during three decades in the middle of the 20th century. It was a grass-roots economic improvement group that was supported by hundreds of individuals, businesses, organizations, and large industries within the nine-county region.

After the organization ceased to be active, the LKRC used its remaining funds to create a scholarship fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. It is known as the Little Kanawha Regional Council Permanent Educational Endowment Fund.

The scholarship is awarded to students attending West Virginia University at Parkersburg, with selection based on academic achievement, enthusiasm toward the business field, and good character and integrity. The recipient must also be a resident of a county within the L-K region, with a preference to students planning to remain in the L-K area.

The LKRC has been known for establishing programs that have been economic builders in the area including the State Vocational Agriculture Center at Cedar Lakes and North Bend State Park. This organization was a valuable asset to economic growth in this community, and now they continue to impact our area through this scholarship fund.