Student Received Award from Community Foundation

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Westminster College first-year student John Jones recently received a scholarship through The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC).  The funds will be applied to his tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Jones received a $1,000 award from the Brandon Boyd Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Jones, a criminal justice studies major, is a son of Kimberly Jones of Ligonier and a graduate of Ligonier Valley High School.

"We are grateful to The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County and their scholarship funds for their support of bright, motivated students, who represent the future of our region," said Gloria Cagigas, Westminster's vice president for institutional advancement.

Since its inception in 1995, CFWC has grown to include over 350 funds valued at $17 million and has granted over $10 million to local non-profit organizations.

In July 2010, CFWC made community foundation history by merging with The Pittsburgh Foundation.  The merger of these two organizations signified a new era in non-profit alignment and growth of mission.  By harnessing the strength of The Pittsburgh Foundation, CFWC has an increased presence across the region, offering its donors improved services, increased grant-making opportunities to its non-profit partners, and service to Westmoreland County at a greater level.

Contact Cagigas at (724) 946-7368 or email for additional information about scholarship funding at Westminster College.

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