POINT PLEASANT — The Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation was established in 2009 for the purpose of providing scholarships to students desiring to pursue post-secondary education, and to financially support projects, groups, and citizens of Mason County.
Mason County graduating high school students are eligible to apply for the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation Scholarship to receive funding to attend a post-secondary institution. This would include a college or university to pursue a certification, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree as well as a trade school for learning a skill.
Robert and Louise Claflin resided in New Haven and attended the New Haven Church of God. Although Louise Claflin was a native of Mason County, Robert Claflin moved from Massachusetts as a young man to begin his long-time career with Vanadium Corporation, also known as Foote Mineral Company in West Virginia. He was educated in the Northeastern University chemist program and was a financial contributor as an alumnus. Without children of their own, the couple was immersed in community and church activities, focused on personal health and wellness, enjoyed reading, and strongly believed in academic achievement in the education setting, and realizing the betterment of self in the classroom of life. The couple was devoted to the care of stray animals in the community by providing food, companionship and sometimes, shelter to cats and dogs.
The scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Those applying must be a resident of Mason County, must be a full time student in accordance to the institution’s definition of full time, and must demonstrate academic achievement. May 1 is the deadline for submitting a completed application.
The scholarship has a selection committee and winners of the scholarships will be announced during the high school awards ceremony.
The scholarship offers $1000 awards. The scholarship may offer a larger award. The decision to award a larger amount is at the discretion of the scholarship committee and is applicable to available funding.
The foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization created for charitable purposes.
For copies of the application or for questions and more information regarding the scholarship and its additional requirements, please contact Stephen C. Littlepage at 304-675-1360.