BETHANY, W.Va. – Jason Schubert and Dominic Scurti, students at Bethany College, were recently selected as recipients of UPS scholarships. Each student will receive a $1,375 scholarship.

Schubert, a junior Accounting major from Benwood, W.Va., and Scurti, a sophomore Psychology major from Follansbee, W.Va., are two of the 655 UPS Scholars from private colleges and universities across the nation.

The UPS Foundation of Atlanta, Ga., and the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) of Washington, D.C., jointly announced recently that more than $20 million in grants is being awarded to benefit private colleges and universities across the nation.

A grant of $24,750 was awarded to West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU), which distributes the funds to its nine member colleges, which includes Bethany College, for UPS scholarships.

Institutions then select the students on basis of financial need and academic achievement.

In addition to the $1.8 million designated for scholarships, other funds will be used for innovative programs designed to improve educational services for students and to encourage collaboration among colleges.

In announcing the grants, Evern Cooper, President of The UPS Foundation, said, "For nearly 50 years, The UPS Foundation has been honored to support education through partnerships with such organizations as FIHE and WVICU. The availability of quality, affordable higher education is critical to establishing a talented, more diverse workforce."

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 continues to distribute 100 percent of all undesignated funds directly to its colleges and universities for scholarship and financial aid support.