The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation is pleased to accept a gift from John and Kris Hefner for the Hefner Educational Fund. The fund, titled “Paying It Forward,” was created in 2012 to assist area high school graduates. This month, the Hefner family gifted the Foundation with enough funding for three additional students, one each from Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School and Wirt County High School.
Each year, the Hefner fund provides a scholarship for a student from an area high school to complete his or her degree at WVU Parkersburg. To date, nine students from four high schools have received scholarships thanks to the Hefner family gift. The Hefner “Paying It Forward” fund provides students with funds for books, fees and summer classes.
“It is such a thrill to watch our freshmen students find their career path and follow their dreams to a four year degree,” said Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, WVU Parkersburg president. “We are so grateful to John and Kris Hefner for believing in our students and their dreams.”
Hefner encourages his fellow PHS alumni and other community members to consider ways to pay it forward. He challenges others to assist with making higher education accessible for area high school students.
“What can we do today to help this year’s graduates earn a degree at WVU-P and a great job to ensure they have a meaningful place in the region’s workforce,” said Hefner.
“Receiving the scholarship has helped me attend college without having to take out student loans,” said Hefner scholarship recipient Autumn Browning. “For that I am very thankful, because I can now fully focus on schoolwork and continuing my education. The staff at WVU-P genuinely care about the students and want to help them succeed.”
To learn how to establish a scholarship fund for WVU Parkersburg students, contact Senta Goudy, WVU at Parkersburg Foundation executive director, at 304-424-8340.