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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: Exact award amounts vary and are dependent on the total number of applicants and quality of submissions. In previous years, award amounts have covered up to half the total cost of certain trips. Scholarships will be given to students in the Adventure WV Program until available funds are depleted.

Criteria and Eligibility: Applicant must be a current freshman applying for the up-coming 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 via email to

Veteran and Military Family Scholarships

In support of our Veteran, Service Member and Military Family students, Adventure WV offers financial support for many of its trips and programs. Partial Trip subsidies and full program support can be offered on a case by case basis. Amounts depend upon demand and available funds.

How to Apply

Contact Nathan Harlan; to learn more about the available scholarships.

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