PARKERSBURG - Dozens of local scholars Friday were honored by the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation at its annual luncheon.
More than 70 recipients have received more than 50 scholarships through the foundation for the 2012-13 year. Dozens of students, donors and community members attended Friday's luncheon.
Geni Astorg, foundation executive director, said annual scholarship gives both the students and donors a chance to place a human face with the scholarships.
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Geni Astorg, executive director of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation, Friday welcomed students, donors and residents to the foundation’s annual scholarship luncheon at WVU-P.
"We feel it's very important for the donor to meet the recipient of the scholarship, and for the student to meet the person behind the scholarship," Astorg said. "Today we've tried putting as many donors and students together as possible so they can meet and talk. This also gives us a chance to highlight the importance of the foundation and the work we do for students and the community."
At Friday's luncheon the foundation presented an $11,000 scholarship from Wendy's, presented by local chain owners Ray and Kim Blackburn. The scholarship is earmarked for a student in foster care or who has been adopted.
Sarah Williams was listed as the scholarship recipient in Friday's luncheon program.
Astorg said the scholarship was made available through proceeds from local sales of Wendy's frosty tabs.
The luncheon was sponsored Pickering Associates, Frontier Communications and Astorg and Koreski.