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WVICU awarded the Scholarship Challenge Grant from CIC

Charleston, W.Va.: The West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities (WVICU) was recently awarded the Scholarship Challenge Grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). This $10,000 gift will be used for WVICU’s Circle of Vision Scholarship Program (COV) and disbursed evenly among our eight member institutions. Many of our students are first in their families to attend college, so receiving scholarship support not only helps to ease their financial burden but also is an investment in the future workforce here in the Mountain State.

“The Council of Independent Colleges is proud to support the West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities and students as its member colleges through CIC’s Scholarship Challenge Grant Program,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Designed to help private donors double the impact of their gifts for student scholarships, the CIC Scholarship Challenge Grant provides financial assistance to students of second-year status or higher who need help paying for college. CIC is proud to partner with WVICU to ensure that private colleges in West Virginia remain affordable and accessible for today’s students.”

The WVICU would like to thank CIC for their continued support of our scholarship program through the Scholarship Challenge Grant. Partnering with organizations like CIC, help to advance the value of private higher education in West Virginia.


The West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities is made up of Alderson Broaddus University, Appalachian Bible College, Bethany College, Davis & Elkins College, Ohio Valley University, University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Wheeling University.


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