POINT PLEASANT — Robert and Louise Claflin want to help students graduating from high school to attend college, technical or trade school.
Even though the Claflin couple is no longer living, they made their wishes known with the establishment of a foundation that provides scholarships to individuals to pursue their dreams of attending college.
“The Claflin Foundation Scholarship allowed me to focus the majority of my time on my academics, as opposed to working a job and being a full time student,” said 2010 recipient Brock McClung who graduated from Glenville State College in 2015. “It allowed me not to have as much scholastic debt when starting into the work place.”
The Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation will award scholarships to selected individuals in the high school graduating class of 2016. Eligible students must be in the graduating class of Wahama High School, Point Pleasant High School, Hannan High School or the Mason County Career Center. The anticipated award is $1,000 per year which can be renewed up to four years for a total of $4,000 to be applied toward tuition and expenses of post-secondary education or trade school.
Nearly $130,000.00 has been awarded since its inception in 2010. The Scholarship Selection Committee will base the awards on financial need. Applications can be obtained from the high school guidance counselors or by calling Stephen Littlepage at (304) 675-1360. The submission deadline is April 15 and can be delivered to the school guidance counselor, or the Claflin Foundation located at Law Offices of Hyer & Littlepage at 207 Sixth Street, Point Pleasant.