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Chris Schwer Memorial Scholarship

Chris Schwer, a multimedia specialist for University Relations-Design, passed away August 1, 2012, in White Salmon, WA, doing what he loved—kayaking. He was 27.

A graduate of Ohio University, Chris joined University Relations in July 2009. He was pursuing his master’s degree at WVU. Chris served a key role in the development and production of countless WVU pieces, including the WVU Magazine. He was a gifted photographer and designer who contributed to projects showcasing the stories of WVU and its community. Since his arrival at WVU, Chris brightened our campus and the lives of those he encountered with his infectious smile and genuine compassion. When asked what he loved about WVU, Chris replied, “Diversity, fresh minds, and proximity to awesome outdoor recreation . . . especially the rivers.”

He was very passionate about the outdoors and environmental issues, always wanting to be green and save the planet. He inspired all of us to be conscientious about recycling, clean air, clean water, and clean energy. The outdoors was his sanctuary.

Chris truly brought to life what it means to be a Mountaineer. The Chris Schwer Memorial Scholarship is established to celebrate his love of the outdoors and his adventurous spirit.

How to Apply

Scholarship Award: TBA (award amount depends on number of applicants and quality of submissions) given to students in the Adventure WV Program until funds are depleted.

Criteria and Eligibility: Applicant must a current freshman applying for the 2017 SOAR trip.

Application: Those interested in applying for the scholarship must submit an essay:

  • 1. The essay must be 500 – 800 words (no more than 1 – 2 pages).
  • 2. The topic should be related to environmental issues (preservation, health, safety, etc.).
  • 3. Identify your area of interest. Explain why the environment is important to you.How does your topic impact or affect the environment or community? Identify possible outcomes that would help overcome these issues.
  • 4. Explain how you will challenge yourself to be actively involved in environmental issues.

The essay must be in narrative, story-telling format. Bulleted lists of facts and statistics are not acceptable.

Please submit scholarship application along with the SOAR application

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