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Chris Schwer Memorial Scholarship

Break & International Trips

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Chris Schwer, a multimedia specialist for University Relations, passed away August 1st, 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.

 

Scholarship Award: Up to $400 for Break & Extended Trips. Up to $1,000 for International Trips.

Criteria and Eligibility:  Must be registered* for Break or International Trip & currently be enrolled as a WVU student.

*We understand that registering for said trip is a big financial commitment and the student may be relying on the scholarship award to attend. Scholarships will be awarded prior to the refund deadline, therefore allowing the student to remove themselves from the trip with zero financial consequences if they do not receive a scholarship.

When evaluating applications, the scholarship committee takes these following things into account:

  • Quality of application
  • Financial need
  • Enrollment status
  • Availability of funds


Deadline for 2023 International Trip Applications:
New Zealand: TBD - check back soon!


Deadline for 2022/2023 Domestic Break Trips Applications:
Winter Break: November 7th, 2022 at Midnight
Spring Break: February 6th, 2023 at Midnight  



Zachary David Burns Fund

SOAR

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Zachary Burns was an Adventure WV participant in 2010 who valued greatly his Orientation Trip experience. Sadly, Burns passed away in 2011. In his memory, Burns’ family established a fund to provide funding to students to participant in SOAR (Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation). To apply for the scholarship you must complete and submit the application linked below. Applicants must be non-WV residents. 

 

Scholarship Award: $750 per awardee for SOAR Utah, $125 for SOAR WV

Criteria and Eligibility: Must be registered* for SOAR. Must currently be enrolled as a WVU student, a non-WV resident, and a rising sophomore for the 23-24 academic year.

*We understand that registering for said trip is a big financial commitment and the student may be relying on the scholarship award to attend. Scholarships will be awarded prior to the refund deadline, therefore allowing the student to remove themselves from the trip with zero financial consequences.

When evaluating applications, the scholarship committee takes these following things into account:

  • Quality of application
  • Financial need
  • Enrollment status
  • Residency
  • Availability of funds


Deadline for Application:
January 27th, 2023 at 4:00 PM


Contact Morgan Haas, mhaas3@mail.wvu.edu, to learn more about the available scholarships.