Scholarship FAQs

What county must I live in to be eligible for scholarship support from the Foundation? Are scholarships made to students outside those counties?

To be eligible for a scholarship from the PACF, a student generally has to reside in one of the counties in the Foundation's service area:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.

However, the Foundation does have a few unique scholarship opportunities if you are:

  • a member of the Mountain Heritage Credit Union in West Virginia.  (If yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the June Keeper Scholarship);
  • a non-traditional woman seeking vocational/educational support who lives in any of the Foundation’s service region counties or alternately, in Tyler County, WV or Meigs or Athens Counties in OH.  (If yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Women's Opportunity Fund/Linda E. Culp Memorial Scholarship);
  • a dependent of a Simonton Windows employee (If yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Simonton Windows Scholarship);
  • a dependent child of a former employee of the Ames Company, based in Parkersburg, WV, until the time of its closing (if yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Douglas E. Cochran Scholarship);
  • a Jackson or Kanawha County WV resident pursuing paramedic, EMT, EMTI certification or a nursing degree (If yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Scholarship);
  • a graduating high school senior from Noble County who has been involved with high school athletics (if yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Bob Zide Scholarship);
  • a graduating senior who resides in Athens, Noble or Meigs Counties in Ohio who plans to pursue at least an associates' degree in a program related to manufacturing, transportation or logistics (If yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Hino Scholarship);
  • a dependent child of a Wes-Jak, Inc. company, or resident of Lewis, Braxton, Upshur, Harrison or Randolph counties in West Virginia (If yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Larry D. and Margaret D. Brown Scholarship);
  • a resident of Cook, DuPage, or Will Counties in Illinois pursuing a degree in library science (If yes, then you may be eligible to apply for the Susan Kraybill Roberts Scholarship);
  • a resident of the Tyrone School District in Pennsylvania (If yes, then you  may be eligible to apply for the Lubeck Elementary Teacher Scholarship).

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Through the Foundation's online consolidated scholarship application, students can apply for multiple scholarships with one application.  Additionally, the Foundation has a few scholarships that are available outside of the consolidated application.  To view all scholarship applications, visit here:  

To complete the Foundation's online consolidated scholarship application:

Students need to access the application at:  

At the beginning of the application process, you will be asked to create a username and password.  It is important to keep this login information as you may need to return to your application.  

After creating your username/password, you will be asked a few standard eligibility questions that will match you to available Foundation scholarships.  We ask that you take a moment and review the scholarships you have been matched with and ensure that you are indeed eligible.  

Proceed through the application process and finish and click submit for each scholarship you wish to apply to.  You do not need to complete the application in one sitting. You may save your changes and return to finish later.  Once you submit your application, you are unable to make any changes.

When you are satisfied that your application is complete, you must click “submit” on the final page of the application. You will receive an e-mail confirmation once you submit your application. If you do not receive this e-mail confirmation, please contact the Foundation.  

How will I know if I have received a scholarship from the PACF?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation once the Foundation receives your online application. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, contact the Foundation. 

Once the application deadline passes, all applications are carefully reviewed through a ranking and screening process that uses many advisory committees to assist the Foundation. Applicants are typically notified of their applications’ status by early June. Awards restricted to graduating high school seniors are generally announced and presented at area high schools’ award ceremonies. Applicants who are not graduating high school seniors and who receive scholarships will be advised by letter. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by season-end.

Scholarship Application Essay Questions

There are two essay questions on the PACF's online consolidated scholarship application.  

  1. Tell us about yourself and your aspirations, including your career goals and how pursuing post-secondary education will help you achieve them.
  2. Describe a person or event that has influenced you in the way you have chosen to live your life.  This might be a family member, friend or teacher, or an event or book that inspired you in your life.


What are some tips for writing a strong essay?

The essay questions may be the hardest part of your application to complete. But this is also where you can stand out from the crowd.  The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include details about yourself so the reader can get to know who "you" are and what you stand for. The scholarship selection committee has hundreds of essays to review. It is YOUR job to get their attention. Here are a few tips:

  • Think before you write. Brainstorm to generate some good ideas, and then create an outline to help you get going. Make sure to address specific questions clearly.
  • Be original and be creative in your answers. Show, don’t tell. Use examples to individualize your responses. Demonstrate the point you want to make. Avoid vagueness to make a strong impression.
  • Create a portrait of a winner. Create a vivid portrait that will depict the person behind the grades, activities and awards. If a reviewer feels like he or she knows you, you have done your job and created a powerful emotional connection that elevates your application, helping it stand out from others. 

How are scholarship applications reviewed?

Each scholarship has its own selection criteria. Generally, however, selection committees consider the following:

  • Academics - It may be important to have a competitive GPA; however, selection committees also will consider how challenging your course load is. They will also check to see if you are taking the right courses to reach your goals and how well you did in those courses.
  • Activities/Leadership - If this is part of the criteria, committee members will examine your school and community activities and they will also look at the range of leadership roles you have played.
  • Service - Community members will be interested in what service you have provided to your school or community. They may look at activities that go above and beyond the required service job.
  • Financial Need – The SAR (Student Aid Report) of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form provides important information, along with the information provided on the financial information page of your application. Please be sure to file your FAFSA early in order to have this information by the Scholarship Application deadline of March 1st.
  • Special Circumstances – If you have overcome an obstacle to achieve your goals, or are facing a special circumstance, the selection committee wants to know about it.

I need help filling out my application, who can I contact?

If you are having any difficulties completing your application, please call the Foundation at 304-428-4438  or e-mail at  


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