Applications are now being accepted from high school juniors in West Virginia for the MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program.

For the fifth year, a full, four year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, valued at $125,000, is on the line.  It will cover tuition, fees and room and board.

“It’s really been a life changing opportunity for one student each year,” West Virginia Wesleyan Director of Admission John Waltz says.  “A lot of these students are winners that become really some of the greatest ambassadors for the school.”

Waltz says it’s not all about grades.

“Some of our winners haven’t had the highest GPA of the group of finalists,” he said.  “A lot of times, we’re just looking for a really well rounded student.”

The second place prize is a four year $5,000 scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan.  The third place prize is a four year $2,500 scholarship.

Lauren Boczek with MVB Bank says that kind of scholarship money can really help.

“There are so many kids out there who dream of going to college and may not have the entire financial means or may need tuition or may need books and it’s a great way to help someone out,” Boczek says of MVB’s involvement in the West Virginia Scholar Program.

In addition to MVB Bank, West Virginia Wesleyan and MetroNews, the other sponsors are Brickstreet Insurance, Friends of Coal, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Education Association.

For more details on the MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program or to submit an application, you can go online to www.wvscholar.com.

The application deadline is April 7th.

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