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New Fund Established at Community Foundation to Benefit Local Schools

Rebecca Mangus was a young and spirited individual who brought happiness and displayed compassion to everyone she met.  Following a battle with breast cancer, on January 30, 2013, Rebecca received her ultimate healing and “found her resting place in the arms of God,” said Rebecca’s friend and colleague, Tammy Parker.

A caring daughter, cousin, friend and teacher, Rebecca will forever be remember in the Mid-Ohio Valley thanks to a recently established fund at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).  The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was established by Rebecca’s aunt, Julia Thomas, and cousin, Janelle Thomas.  The mission of this fund is to provide monetary support to educators teaching at either the kindergarten or 1st grade-level at either Martin, Mineral Wells or McKinley Elementary Schools.  The distributions from this fund will aid in the establishment of a Teachers Reimbursement Program at each of the three schools.

Rebecca was born in Parkersburg, WV to Mr. and Mrs. Delmas Mangus.  She was a 1992 graduate of Parkersburg South High School.  After completing her undergraduate education at Marietta College, Rebecca received her Masters from Marshall University.  She then returned to the area and was a kindergarten teacher for the Wood County Board of Education.

Known to family and friends as an incredibly caring and passionate teacher, Rebecca will forever be missed.  As an active member of her church, the Evangelical Methodist Church, Rebecca found peace and courage through her fight with breast cancer.  When not dedicated to her teaching or faith, Rebecca was very active with supporting the Cancer Society and was passionate to help others with this disease.

Individuals that knew her both personally and professionally could easily recognize that Rebecca held a special place in her heart for her students and their well-being.  Rebecca went above and beyond to ensure that her students had an enjoyable and educational experience in her classroom and cared for them as if they were her own.

The Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus was created to help other educators make their classrooms an enjoyable and unique educational experience for its students.  Rebecca’s memory will live on through this Fund and for generations to come, recipients of this fund’s distribution will know how impactful Rebecca’s life was to her family, friends and students. 

Individuals wishing to make a charitable gift to the Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Mangus can mail a check (payable to the PACF with fund name on memo line) to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26101-1762.  Individuals wishing to make another form of donation can call the Foundation’s office at 304.428.4438.

Scholarships Available for Area Students

 The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is excited to launch its 2016 Scholarship Application!  The Foundation administers more than 175 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio).

 Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application.  To apply, students must visit www.pacfwv.com/scholarships to review the full list of available scholarships and their eligibility criteria.  Students must then proceed to the online application form available at www.pacfwv.com/applications-forms.  This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 3, 2016.

 During the PACF’s 2015 scholarship application process, the Foundation awarded 308 scholarships totaling over $320,000 to our region’s students.  These awards were made possible by many generous donors who established scholarship funds with the Foundation to help our local students fulfill their educational goals.  Each year, more than 215 community volunteers residing throughout the PACF’s service area assist the Foundation in reviewing the submitted scholarship applications.

 “With hundreds of applications, we are very grateful for the volunteer support that we receive each scholarship season,” said PACF’s Regional Scholarship Coordinator, Rachel Brezler.  “It is awe-inspiring to work with donors who are passionate about our region's next generation and helping them achieve their post-secondary education goals.”

 To learn more about the 2016 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing info@pacfwv.com.

Generations: Stepping Up

The Foundation recently produced a 100-second video highlighting its history and impact on the community. Click here to view the video, which has been entered into a competition being hosted by the Council on Foundations in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the nation's first community foundation.

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