Bethany College Sophomore Receives UPS Scholarship

BETHANY, W.Va. — Katherine Robert, a sophomore at Bethany College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship. The daughter of Stephanie and Loyd Butcher of Leon, W.Va., Robert is majoring in biology. She will receive $2,700 in UPS Scholarship funds.

West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities, Inc, a Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) affiliated state association, distributed the UPS scholarship funds to Bethany College. FIHE awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation.  These scholarships are awarded annually to students selected as UPS Scholars. 

In announcing this year’s scholarships, Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation, said, “Our young people, our communities, and our workforce all benefit from the increased educational opportunities that FIHE provides. The UPS Foundation is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with FIHE to support the deserving students whose education these scholarships fund.”

FIHE President Ned Moore stated “FIHE is delighted to have a partnership with the UPS Foundation, enabling us to give these promising students an opportunity for a successful future.” Moore also remarked, “Thanks to the generosity of the UPS Foundation, and prudent management of their gifts, we are able to provide scholarships to promote success at private institutions of higher education for deserving students, and do so even in challenging economic times.  By funding scholarships like these, the UPS Foundation makes a strong commitment to the future of our nation’s workforce.”

About FIHE

The Foundation for Independent Higher Education is the national partner in a network of 32 state associations, including West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities, Inc., which develop resources for private colleges and universities. Since its founding in 1958, FIHE and its partners have received more than $1.6 billion in support for private colleges. For more information visit

About the UPS Foundation

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation’s major areas of focus include community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability, and diversity. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable social impact. In 2008, The UPS Foundation directed more than $100 million in philanthropy to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit for more information about UPS’s community involvement.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.