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WVICU Distributes $25,600 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to WV Private Colleges & Universities

Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities (WVICU) has distributed

$25,600 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to assist 8 students at private colleges and universities in West Virginia. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.

“The CIC/UPS scholarships benefit our Circle of Vision (COV) Scholarship Program,” said Ben Beakes, Executive Director of WVICU. “Since 1997, we have awardedscholarships to nearly3,500 West Virginia students totaling over $7 million. Our partnership with CIC has contributed to the success of this program and supported our mission to advancethe interest of private highereducation here in West Virginia.”

Nationally, CIC provided more than $1.4 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make privatecolleges and universities more affordable and accessible to underserved students.

Colleges in West Virginia that received CIC/UPS Scholarships this year from WVICU include Alderson Broaddus University, Appalachian Bible College, Bethany College, Davis & Elkins College, Ohio Valley University, University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College,and Wheeling University.

“The Council of Independent Colleges is proud to support nearly 450 low-income, first-generation, minority, and new American students in 26 states through the CIC/UPS Scholarships,” said Marjorie Hass, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Through our partnership with WVICU, these scholarships help individual students pursue their education at one of West Virginia’s superb independent colleges and universities.” The CIC/UPS Scholarships Program has made a private college education possible for more than 21,000 low-income, first generation, and minority students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities acrossthe country.


About the Councilof Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 758 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. CIC also conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

About The UPS Foundation

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, the UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. The foundation’s philanthropic approach centerson four focus areas: health & humanitarian relief, equity and economic empowerment, local engagement and planet protection. To UPS, giving means combining employees' skills, passion and time with the company’s logistics expertise, transportation assets, and charitable donations to make a measurable difference in society.

About the West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities

The WVICU is an association made up of the eight nonprofit, private colleges and universities in West Virginia. Its mission is to advance collectively the interests of West Virginia’s independent colleges and universities and their students. It serves roughly 7,500 students, most of which reside in West Virginia, and collectively have over a $350 million annual economic impact on the state. Through its Circle of Vision Scholarship Program, the WVICU has awarded over $7 million in scholarships to its member- institution students since 1997. Learn more

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