The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is pleased to announce that a total of $368,439 in scholarship support was recently awarded to 198 area students to assist in their pursuit of post-secondary education. These scholarships are made possible by the generous support of individuals and businesses who believe in the importance of education and who have partnered with the Foundation to create permanent scholarship funds.

"The average cost of college at both public and private institutions continues to increase annually. Not only are students and parents worried about tuition and fees, but they are also concerned about costs for books, housing, transportation, and much more," said Rachel Brezler, PACF's Regional Scholarships Officer. "We're here to help parents and students easily navigate the scholarship process and provide meaningful financial assistance for college."

Brezler believes that the scholarship funds managed by the PACF are extremely helpful for students working to achieve their academic goals.

"Scholarships are sent straight to the college/university to be directly applied to the student's account," said Brezler. "This approach minimizes administrative details for students and eases financial worries as well as makes sure that the funds go for their intended purposes. While most existing scholarships are directed to graduating high school seniors, a few exist for students whose undergraduate degree program is already underway or for graduate level education."

As the cost for post-secondary education continues to rise, the PACF encourages individuals concerned about the academic future of our region's young people to partner with the Foundation. Individuals can volunteer on the PACF's Scholarship Fund Committee, donate to build a current scholarship fund, or create a new scholarship fund. Together we can make a meaningful difference for our community's next generation.

To see a full list of the 2020 scholarship awards and to learn more about the PACF, visit the Foundation's website at or call 304.428.4438.