SWVCTC and Cliffs partner for new scholarship

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 22, 2014

MUD FORK — Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the Southern Community College Foundation Inc. has announced the establishment of a new scholarship program funded by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Thurs., May 22.

Cliffs’ Scholarship Program at SWVCTC will be a multiyear partnership to provide financial assistance to students pursuing careers and educational opportunities in technology programs.

“Cliffs Natural Resources is committed to the communities in which we operate and these contributions are an example of that commitment,” Ryan Thorn, Cliffs’ public affairs coordinator, said. “The partnerships we’ve built through the years continue to have a positive impact on the people and the communities in southern West Virginia and we look forward to building on that good work this year.”

Ron Lemon, vice president of Development, remarked that this program will significantly reduce the debt load for many students.

“We know what the barriers are and often it’s the cost. With the help of supporters such as Cliffs, we can remove those barriers, and we will,” Lemon said.

“The scholarships awarded to our students through this program will help them to accomplish their goal of obtaining a college degree and will have a lasting impact on their future and the future of our community,” First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin said. “So many students are in need of financial help. Our goal is to assist as many students as possible and these contributions help us do just that.”

For more information on this scholarship visit southernwv.edu