Pleasants Community
Foundation

Scholarships

Application Process
The Pleasants Community Foundation Scholarship Application Form must be completed and submitted by the first day of April. This application is available at the Foundation Office at 309 Second Street, St. Marys; at the SMHS guidance office; or here.

The following documentation must be attached to the application:
1. A transcript of your high school grades through the end of the first semester of your senior year
2. Documentation of your ACT score
3. A copy of your official student aid report from the FAFSA Form which contains the expected family contribution (EFC)
4. Verification of acceptance from the college that you plan to attend

Selection Criteria
1. The applicant must be a resident of Pleasants County. A Preference will be given to graduates of St. Marys High School who have attended the High School for at least their full senior year.
2. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for all high school classes completed by the end of the first semester of their senior year.
3. A rating scale which will consider academic achievement and financial need as well as good citizenship, service to school/community and leadership will be utilized to objectively award the scholarships.

Adkins Teaching Scholarship
Mrs. Gaynell Adkins as a remembrance started this fund for her husband, Robert, for a scholarship for a graduating senior from St. Marys High School who is pursuing a teaching degree.

AMVETS Scholarship
The AMVETS Post 40 of Pleasants County has created a scholarship for students in St. Marys High School.  This scholarship is need-based and a preference is given to an AMVETS son or daughter.

Betsy Putnam Scholarship
This fund was created in memory of Mrs. Betsy Putnam, a teacher and counselor at St. Marys High School by her daughter, Mrs. Nancy Hollister.  Criteria for this scholarship are financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities, and a graduating senior of St. Marys High School.

Bill Hanlin Scholarship
This scholarship is just getting started and criteria have not been established.  The foundation expects this to be done in 2008 and a scholarship given in 2009.

BPW Scholarship
The Business and Professional Women's Club of Pleasants County has created a scholarship for students in Pleasants County including the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Center.

Class of 1950 Scholarship
This is a scholarship created by the members of the Class of 1950 of St. Marys High School.  This is a need-based scholarship with an essay to be written and a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Class of 1956 Scholarship
The St. Marys High School Class of 1956 created this scholarship.  This is a need-based scholarship with a minimum GPA and a letter conveying this student's goals and aspirations required.

Class of 1957 Scholarship
St. Marys High School's Class of 1957 is raising money to fund a scholarship with a goal of $20,000,  It is need-based with a minimum GPA and a letter conveying the student's goals and aspirations required.

Class of 1967 Scholarship
St. Marys High School's Class of 1967 was one of the largest to graduate.  It is now raising funds toward a scholarship which has a minimum GPA and a letter to convey the student's goals required.

Class of 1984 Scholarship
Members of the Class of 1984 at St. Marys High School are raising money to be able to give a scholarship.  This award will be need-based with a letter to be written to convey the student's goals and aspirations required.

Courtney Evans Scholarship
This scholarship's sole purpose is to remember one of the Ohio Valley's finest young men and to help further the education of others in his memory. This scholarship is for Tyler Consolidated High School students.

David Mankins Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mankins created this fund in memory of their son, David.  The criteria for this scholarship require the student to be a graduate of St. Marys High School and be entered into college.  The student must be involved in 4-H to receive this scholarship.

Delno Higgins Scholarship
This is a fund created by Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins in memory of her husband Delno.  The student receiving this award must show financial need and write a letter demonstrating how this scholarship would further his goals.

Educational Trust Fund
This fund now gives five scholarships each year.  These scholarships are for four years and are in the amount of $1,000 each year.  Recipients must live in Pleasants County, show need, be a graduating senior at St. Marys High School, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Educational Trust Loan Fund
This fund is in the process of closing.  The fund gave loans to students who are seniors at St. Marys High School.  As soon as the current enrollees have graduated this fund will roll over into the Educational Trust Scholarship Fund.

Frances Hinter Krenn Scholarship
This scholarship fund was started by Jean Ruckman in memory of her aunt, Francis Hinter Krenn.  Mrs. Krenn was a teacher in Doddridge County and very supportive of education.  This scholarship is for students in Doddridge County schools and has requirements of a 2.0 GPA and a letter demonstrating how this scholarship would further their educational goals.

Joseph Wright Scholarship
This scholarship was created in memory of Col. Joseph D. Wright who lost his life in Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA.  The criteria are similar to other scholarships except that a 3.0 GPA is needed upon graduation from St. Marys High School.  The student must be attending a two or four-year academic college and demonstrate need.

M. L. "Skeet" Simonton Pharmacy Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Mr. Simonton's wife and family for a pharmacy scholarship to the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Pickens Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Claire and Ruth Pickens' daughters, Mary Ann, Linda, and Jane.  The criteria states that the recipient must be a graduate of St. Marys High School, have a 2.5 GPA upon graduation, provide an essay of their aspirations, and demonstrate need.

Powell Law Office Scholarship
This scholarship was created by J.C. Powell of Charleston, WV, who had a father and grandfather who were attorneys in Pleasants County.  This fund provides a scholarship to the West Virginia University School of Law.

St. Marys Athletic Boosters
The St. Marys High School Athletic Boosters created this scholarship for graduating seniors.  This is a needs based scholarship with an essay that must be written and a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Wherry Scholarship
Mrs. Louise Wherry created this scholarship in memory of her husband, Bernard.  The recipient of this scholarship must be enrolled in an accredited college, must be a junior or senior, or graduate student, with a minimum of 2.0 GPA at the time of application, actively involved in a community service activity either in his or her home county or in college.