Hinton Area Foundation Scholarships

How To Apply


To apply for one of the following scholarships, you will need to download the Scholarship Application Form and the Scholarship Instructions listed below.


Scholarship Application Form
Scholarship Instructions

Dr. Matthew Ellison Memorial Scholarship Fund


Matthew Ellison was a student at Hinton High School who continued his education to become a medical doctor. He practiced medicine in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His family and his friends, both in Hinton and in Oak Ridge, have made donations to create this scholarship fund in his memory. Scholarships made possible by the Dr. Matthew Ellison Memorial Scholarship Fund are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools for undergraduate study at colleges and universities with priority given to students entering the field of medicine. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information and shall have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA for the four years of high school. Scholarships made possible by this fund are made specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies, with a possibility of continuing such funding for a total of four years of undergraduate work, contingent upon availability of scholarship.
Application requirements: Field of medicine




Bill Van Sant Scholarship Fund


The Bill Van Sant Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Bill Van Sant by his family. Bill was a retired teacher of social studies and American history who believed in the power of education. He took a very strong interest in the Summers County School system. Scholarships are to be awarded to residents of Summers County who have a financial need and a grade point average of at least 3.0 for four years of high school. They must have demonstrated ambition through participation in high school activities. Preference will be given, but not limited to, a student who plans to teach. The student is not limited to a choice of college or university; they may choose the college, university or community college of their choice.
Application requirements: Preference to those who plan to teach




CHPR Gwinn Family Scholarship Fund


The Gwinn Family Scholarship was created by Campbell Gwinn of Green Sulphur Springs. The Gwinn Family was one of the very first families in Summers County with one branch settling in the Lowell area and another in Green Sulphur Springs. Concord University has also contributed significant assets to this fund to make this scholarship possible. Scholarships made possible by the CHPR Gwinn Family Scholarship Fund are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools, or who are residents of Summers County for undergraduate study at Concord University. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information and is not limited to those students who have superior academic records. Scholarships made possible by this fund are made specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies.
Application requirements: Concord University, superior academic records




Claude Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund


This fund was set up in memory of Claude Johnson Jr. by his widow, Vera. Vera had dropped out of school at the age of 16 but then returned to high school to graduate with her eldest son. She continued on at Concord and eventually got a master's degree in education from West Virginia University. Scholarships made possible by the Claude Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools for undergraduate study at colleges and universities. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information, and who maintained at least a 2.75 grade point average for the four years of high school and demonstrates financial need. Scholarships made possible by this fund are made specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies.
Application requirements: Maintain a 2.75 GPA in high school




Stokes/Rotary Scholarship Fund


This fund is a general scholarship, based on need and academic records. The fund is administered by the Hinton Area Foundation with the advice of the Rotary Club of Hinton. This is a one year scholarship.
Application requirements: Rotary recommended




E. Ann Gore Scholarship Fund


This Fund was created by Ann Gore, a local insurance agent and member of the original Hinton Area Foundation Board of Directors, as a result of her receiving from Nationwide Insurance its Corporate Community Service Award. This award was in recognition of Ann's involvement in her community through her work in schools and churches, her support of athletic programs and community projects, and her quality of customer service. This Scholarship is awarded to a Summers County High School student who has demonstrated leadership through community service and academic performance. Application requirements: Leadership through community service and academic record




First National Bank Of Hinton Scholarship Fund


This scholarship fund was set up by the directors of the First National Bank of Hinton (Now First Century Bank). Scholarships made possible by the First National Bank of Hinton Scholarship Fund are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools, or who are residents of Summers County for undergraduate study at colleges and universities. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information and shall not be limited to those students who have superior academic records. Scholarships made possible by this fund are made specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies.
Application requirements: Graduate of SCHS, resident of Summers County




The H. Ellsworth And Beulah Hedrick Scholarship Fund


Beulah and Ellsworth's children created this scholarship to honor their parents, who enjoyed 54 years of marriage. Ellsworth's career was typical of many of our distinguished teachers. He graduated from Talcott High School in 1935, attended Concord for two years and began teaching in 1937. His schools, many being one-room schoolhouses, included River Ridge, Tempa, Davis, Griffiths Creek, Mt. View, Talcott, Crossroads and Hinton High School. Ellsworth's extraordinary career spanned 44 years, science and history dominating his later years. Many of his students became "Golden Horseshoe" winners. Beulah (nee Garten), raised in Tampa, married Ellsworth in 1939 becoming his greatest supporter. A fulltime housewife she took especial joy in both her immediate and extended family. The scholarship is given to a student who is a "Golden Horseshoe" winner, a strong social studies or science student, and chosen by the social studies and science faculty at Summers County High School.
Application requirements: Preference to a Golden Horseshoe Winner, strong in Social Studies or Science




The Howard Creed Fund (Formerly The First Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund)


Scholarships made possible by this fund are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County High School, for undergraduate study at an accredited college or university. The scholarship may be given to the same student for one year or renewed annually for up to four years. The recipient will be named by the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Hinton, WV. Should the session not have a recipient for the grant, then that scholarship will be awarded by the HAF Scholarship Committee. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information.
Application requirements: Nominated by Session of First Presbyterian Church




James McCreery Baylor Scholarship Fund


Col. James McCreery Baylor of Richmond, VA died August 21, 2004. He was a retired senior vice president of A.T. Massey Coal Company, Inc. and a retired US Marine Corps Reserve Colonel. He also served for over 40 years on the Boards of Directors of Piney Land Company, McCreery Coal Land Company, and James T. McCreery Company. A native of Hinton, he attended Ascension Episcopal Church. He held a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia. Later, he earned a Masters Degree in Commerce at the University of Richmond. He was also a graduate of Command and Staff College at Quantico, VA. He served in WWII in the Pacific and then later in the Korean War. Although he left Hinton at a young age, he retained a strong interest in the area. His family and the directors of the Piney Land Company, McCreery Coal Land Company, and James T. McCreery Company have established a fund in the Hinton Area Foundation to honor his memory and his ties to Hinton. The income from the fund is to be awarded annually in his name at the discretion of the Board of the Hinton Area Foundation.




John E. And Betty Hendrick Scholarship Fund


John and Betty Hendrick moved back to Summers County after a very successful business career in North Carolina. Their primary interest now is their farm near Ballengee. They have created with this fund two scholarships: one for a 4-H member to attend camp who would be unable to do so without assistance; and the second for an FFA student who plans to attend college to pursue farming endeavors or vocational training.
Application requirements: FFA Student with pursuit of farming or vocational training




John E. And Marjorie Burdette Fund


Established by their children, the John E. and Marjorie E. Burdette fund is established to provide for Summers County students majoring in elementary education at Concord University. Established in 2003.
Application requirements: Elementary Education Major at Concord University




Joseph M. Plumley/Rotary Scholarship Fund


This scholarship was created in 2002 by Melvin Plumley in memory of his son, Joseph M. Plumley, who died in 2002 at the age of 35. The net income from this fund is to be paid to a student from the Hinton area, including Summers County and adjoining areas of Raleigh, Monroe, Greenbrier, and Fayette counties. The scholarship can be paid out for any worthy scholastic purpose, including, but not limited to, a college education. It will be awarded on the basis of need. The fund is administered by the Hinton Area Foundation with the advice of the Hinton Rotary Club.
Application requirements: Residents of Hinton Area, Summers, Raleigh, Monroe, Greenbrier or Fayette Counties




Joyce Jarrell Memorial Scholarship Fund


Local business woman, Joyce Jarrell, created this fund in her will. She and her husband, Mac, had operated an Exxon station in Hinton for many years. Undergraduate Study: Scholarships made possible by the Jarrell Scholarship Fund may be awarded to students enrolled in post-secondary education who are graduates of Summers County public schools or who are residents of Summers County, and who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA for the four years of high school and have an ACT score of at least 20 or an equivalent SAT score. Scholarships made possible by this fund are specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies, with a tentative commitment to continue such funding for a total of four years of undergraduate work, contingent upon availability of scholarship funds, biannual letters of progress, submission of semester grade reports to trustees of the Fund, and maintenance of a 3.0 GPA. Graduate Study: One annual $2000 stipend may be awarded to a college graduate who desires to pursue post graduate study or professional school. The student must have graduated with at least an overall 3.0 average in undergraduate work and a 3.5 average in the major field in which the applicant wishes to pursue graduate study. The stipend may be continued for the amount of time which is normally allotted by the degree-granting institution to complete the advanced degree and contingent upon the students maintaining a B average. The scholarship student must also submit to the trustees of this fund biannual letters of progress and semester grade reports. This stipend is available to graduates of Summers county public schools who are less than 30 years of age and not employed full-time. All decisions on granting this scholarship shall be within the sole discretion of the trustees of the Joyce Jarrell Scholarship Trust.
Application requirements: ACT of 20 or equivalent SAT, 3.0 GPA all four years at SCHS




Kiwanis Club Of Hinton Scholarship Fund


Scholarships made possible by the Kiwanis Club are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County Public schools, or who are residents of Summers County for undergraduate study at colleges and universities. Scholarships made possible by this fund are specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies. Each recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information and is not limited to those students who have superior academic records.
Application requirements: SCHS graduate, resident of Summers County




Lincoln School Scholarship Fund


The Lincoln School Scholarship fund will make awards for undergraduate study at colleges and universities to students who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools, or are residents of Summers County and have parents or grandparents who attended Lincoln School.
Application requirements: Applicant parents or grandparents must have attended former Lincoln School in Summers County, resident of Summers County




Margaret "Peggy" Rossi Scholarship Fund


Peggy grew up in New York City, but dedicated her adult life to social service in Summers County. After attaining a Masters in Social Work Degree at West Virginia University, she became co-director of the Summers County Council on Aging; later, she founded and directed REACHH-Family Resource Center. The memorial scholarship was established by Peggy's family in hopes that her memory, spirit and compassion will continue to aid citizens of Summers County. Graduating seniors with career plans in social work, education, or nursing are prioritized. Students continuing their studies, as well as graduates of the L.A.M.P. program, may also be considered.
Application requirements: Resident of Summers County, wide range of career plan from social work to vocational




National Bank Of Summers Scholarship Fund


The directors of the National Bank of Summers (now City National Bank) created this fund. Scholarships made possible by the National Bank of Summers Scholarship Fund are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools, or who are residents of Summers County for undergraduate study at colleges and universities. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information and is not limited to those students who have superior academic records. Scholarships made possible by this fund are made specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies.
Application requirements: Graduate of SCHS, resident of Summers County




Paul E. Hess Memorial Scholarship Fund


Paul Hess came to Hinton to serve as President of the National Bank of Summers. He was on the group which first planned the HAF and served as one of its incorporators and directors. His family and his friends have made donations to create this scholarship fund. Paul was an avid golfer, so an annual golf tournament is held in Oak Hill, the proceeds of which are used to increase the endowment each year. Scholarships made possible by the Paul Hess Memorial Scholarship Fund are awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools for undergraduate study at colleges and universities. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information, must have participated in at least one athletic team sport, and have maintained at least a 3.0 academic average for the four years of high school. Additionally, recipients of this scholarship are required to obtain four letters of recommendation by the faculty and can not have received more than one other scholarship from any source. Scholarships made possible by this fund are made specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies.
Application requirements: 4 letters of recommendation from SCHS Faculty, participation in at least one athletic team sport, 3.0 GPA




Ralph Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund


To honor his memory, Ralph's family and friends have created this scholarship to encourage young people to pursue vocational education after high school.
Application requirements: Preference to vocational education




Summers County K.I.D.S. Fine Arts Scholarship


This scholarship was made possible by the success of the drama programs in the Summers County Schools led by Patricia Jeffries and Thomas Hutchison and will be given first in the spring of 2004. The student who receives this award should be a graduate of Summers County High School who participated in some aspect of the Hinton Area Kids in Dramatic Studies and/or the Summers County Drama Department. The student should be pursuing a degree in fine arts, participating in a fine arts program, or entering a field that would have a positive impact on the fine arts education. The applicant must submit an essay that reflects how the fine arts has had an impact on his or her education. The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on an evaluation of his or her application in formation including the essay.
Application requirements: Participation in some aspect of SCKIDS, preference given to those pursuing a degree in fine arts, participation in fine arts, short essay required as to how fine arts has had an impact




Talcott High School Scholarship Fund


Scholarships made possible by the Talcott High School Scholarship fund will be awarded to students who are graduates of Summers County High School and would have graduated from Talcott High School had consolidations not occurred. The graduate must live in the area served by Talcott High School at the time of its closing in 1980. This area includes but is not limited to the communities of Talcott, Lowell, Pence Springs, Clayton, Judson, Hilldale, Powleys Creek, Forest Hill, Indian Mills, Marie, Ballengee, and Barger Springs. The applicant must have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average for the four years of high school. Funds made available through this scholarship are for graduates pursuing post secondary education and are made specifically for the acedemic year for which the applicant first applies. Each scholarship recipient is chosen on the basis of an evaluation of his or her application information.
Application requirements: Students of SCHS who would have graduated from Talcott HS; Residence in Talcott, Lowell, Pence Springs, Clayton, Judson, Hilldale, Forest Hill, Indian Mills, Marie, Ballengee, or Barger Springs




William Garten Scholarship Fund


Bill Garten was a teacher in the Summers County school system for many years. He was also the head coach of the Hinton High School Football Team from 1957 to 1978, winning a state championship in 1968. The football field at Summers County High School was named “Garten Field” in 1999 to honor Coach Garten. Coach and his family and friends have established this scholarship fund to help local students. There is a golf tournament at Willowwood Country Club each Labor Day weekend, the proceeds of which go into the endowment.




Randy "Paul" Martin II Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Randy "Paul" Martin II scholarship was created by Paul's family and friends to honor his memory. Paul was a 2000 graduate of Summers County High School and a 2003 graduate of Marshall University. He worked as the service manager for Advanced Technical Solutions. He lived with his loving wife Andrea and their "rescued" dog Ellie in Huntington. Also Paul had a great love for the outdoors. He excelled in hunting, fishing, mountain biking, and kickball. He had a kind heart that was reflected in his relationships with all of those he came in contact with.
Application requirements: SCHS graduate attending Marshall University or Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington




Clark Family Scholarship Fund


The purpose of the Clark Family Scholarship Fund is to give back to the Summers County Community by encouraging Summers County High School students to attend Marshall University or Concord University, preferably seeking a degree in education or business, then return to Summers County to work, volunteer, and encourage philanthropic giving – therefore making the community a better place to live. Those eligible for this scholarship fund are Summers County High School graduating seniors, undergraduate students, or college graduates seeking an advanced degree in education or business at Marshall University or Concord University.
Application requirements: Marshall or Concord University majoring in education or business




William E. "Billy" Turner Memorial Fund


The family of William E. "Billy" Turner established this fund to assist individuals or FFA members interested in farming, trades or pursuits related to farming, or health-related fields.
Application requirements: FFA Members interested in farming, trades or health-related fields




William G. and Joyce Meador Life Long Learning Fund


Ann M. Wells and J. William "Bill" Meador, the children of William and Joyce, established this fund to inspire, embolden and support others to embrace and pursue learning throughout life – and that through such learning better serve. This fund is to help provide encouragement and support to individuals who seek to engage in lifelong learning and have the ultimate goal of serving others through their learning.
Individuals who seek to engage Application requirements: lifelong learning to serve others




Campaign 2000 Scholarship Fund


Campaign 2000 is the general scholarship fund for the Hinton Area Foundation. Scholarships made possible by the Campaign 2000 Scholarship Fund may be awarded to students enrolled in post-secondary education who are graduates of Summers County Public Schools, or who are residents of Summers County, and who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA for the four years of high school. Scholarships made possible by this fund are made specifically for the academic year for which the applicant first applies, with a tentative commitment to continue such funding for a total of four years of undergraduate work, contingent upon availability of scholarship funds, annual application, the student pursuing a regular course of study and maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA. These scholarships are funded by $1,000 pledges from individuals and organizations.
Application requirements: 3.0 High School GPA




Coach Julian "Buzzy" Richmond Memorial Scholarship


Coach Richmond touched many lives during his tenure as a teacher and coach in the Summers County school system. Donations to this scholarship will help keep alive the dreams for our students and athletes that Coach Richmond was so proud to support in his lifetime.
Application requirements: Summers County High School Graduate, athlete




Joseph F. Marsh, Jr. Scholarship


The Marsh Scholarship was established to provide awards to Summers County residents who attend Concord University. Recipients should demonstrate academic and leadership promise as well as financial need. Well known in our area and a nationally recog- nized educator, Dr. Marsh was the 13th president of Concord College where he served for 14 years. Earlier in his life at only 19 years old, he was a gun- nery officer on the destroyer USS Hale in the Pacific during World War II. Later, he served in the Execu- tive Office of President Harry Truman. Dr. Marsh was Rotary District Governor, Chairman of the State College System of West Virginia, and Vice Chairman of the West Virginia Parkways Author- ity. He was a co-founder of the National Youth Sci- ence Camp, the only remaining legacy of our State’s centennial celebration in 1963.
Application requirements: Summers County resident who plans to attend Concord University




Hildred Smith Music Scholarship


The purpose of the fund is to enable graduates of Summers County High School to attend college to further enhance their music education and training.
Application requirements: SCHS graduates planning to enhance their music education




Kimberly Anne Abbott Memorial Scholarship


Established by Katherine Holt in memory of her niece, Kimberly Anne Abbott, this fund is to provide scholarships to students from the Hinton Area including Summers and Raleigh Counties.
Application requirements: Resident of Summers or Raleigh County




Summers County Historical Society


Established in 2015 by the Summers County Historical Society, this scholarship is available to Summers County students interested in history. Students must include a 300-word essay that gives details about their interest in history.
Application requirements: Summers County student interested in history, 300 word essay explaining their interest in History is required




Bowles Family Scholarship


This scholarship was established in memory of Lester & Marjorie Bowles with the intent to give back to their community for undergraduate study or vocational training. The student should be a resident of Summers County or a graduate of Summers County schools and should have a demonstrated record of academic and leadership achievement.
Application requirements: Undergraduate study or vocational training




Mitch and Lori Bowling Student Athlete Scholarship


The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Summers County High School that is committed to attending a four-year accredited university, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and at least two years of athletics including senior year of high school.
Application requirements: 3.5 GPA, at least two years of athletics including senior year




John Henry Historical Fund


The scholarship is to assist graduates of Summers County High School with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and attend an eligible institution in the state of West Virginia.




Dr. Sahib Shammaa Memorial Scholarship Fund


The purpose of the fund is to establish a scholarship in memory or Dr., Shammaa by his family, for the study of the medical field. The student should be a graduating senior from Summers County with a minimum 3.5 GPA and must attend a four-year accredited university.
Application requirements: Medical field, SCHS Graduate with 3.5 GPA




ACWP Scholarship


Summers County Animal Control and Welfare Project.
Application Requirements: Students who are planning a degree which includes care of animals




The Burkey and Mary Lou Lilly Memorial Fund in Honor of Art Lough


This scholarship was established in honor of former Summers County Extension Agent Art Lough and the dedicated teachers at Hinton High School.
Application Requirements: High School Seniors who will attend either Concord University or West Virginia University and major in an exact science




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