BETHANY, W.Va. – T.J. Allen, Jason Brun, Amy DiBartolomeo, Deidra Hall and Christopher Mills, students at Bethany College, were recently awarded Circle of Vision Scholarships from the Bernard McDonough Foundation, Inc.

The Bernard McDonough Foundation, Inc., of Parkersburg, W.Va., recently made a gift to West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities, Inc. (WVICU). The gift will provide nearly 50 scholarships to West Virginia students attending private colleges and universities in West Virginia. The scholarships are part of the Circle of Vision Scholarship program administered by WVICU.

Allen, a senior Physical Education major, is the son of Ted and Jill Allen of Wheeling, W.Va. Senior Communication major, Brun, is the son of Frank and Bev Brun of Bethany W.Va. DiBartolomeo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert DiBartolomeo, is an Interdisciplinary Studies major from Triadelphia, W.Va. Hall, a junior Accounting major of Wellsburg, W.Va., is the daughter of David Hall. Mills, a senior Computer Science major from Scott Depot, W.Va., is the son of Betty Mills.

The McDonough Foundation, a founding member of Circle of Vision, has supported WVICU since the 1960s and, to date, has contributed more than any other foundation, corporation or individual donor in the history of WVICU.

“West Virginia’s future will be bright as long as we continue to invest in quality education and training for our citizens,” said Robert W. Stephens, Jr., president of the Bernard
McDonough Foundation. “I am so thankful for the generosity of the McDonough family for establishing a foundation that is able to play a role in providing access to a college education for our West Virginia students, many of whom are first generation college students.”

The Circle of Vision Scholarship Program has provided over $2.1 million in scholarship funds to 1,770 West Virginia college students to date. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and academic promise, attend one of the nine private colleges in West Virginia, reside in West Virginia and maintain a satisfactory grade point average throughout the period of scholarship receipt. All scholarships awards are a minimum of $1,000.

“As a West Virginia native, I have tremendous love for my state and its citizens, yet I know first hand the challenges that we face. West Virginia parents dream that their children will have the opportunity of a college education that will lead to a better job and lifestyle. The Circle of Vision Scholarship Program is one of the best tools available to help these dreams become reality,” continued Stephens.

The Circle of Vision Program maintains an impressive 76.4% graduation rate, compared to 61% for the private colleges and 49% for the public college in the state.
Founded in 1951, WVICU promotes the interests of West Virginia independent higher education through scholarship fundraising, collaborative programming, research opportunities and advocacy. The organization has raised over $31 million for its member institutions and distributes 100 percent of all undesignated funds directly to its colleges and universities for scholarship and financial aid support.