Bluefield College Students Benefit from Credit Bureau Foundation
The Credit Bureau of the Virginias Foundation continued its longstanding tradition of supporting Bluefield College with a recent gift in the amount of $6,500 for student scholarships.
September 9, 2009
The Credit Bureau's fall 2009 gift brings the Foundation's total giving to Bluefield College to more than $60,000 since it established a scholarship fund for BC students in 2003.
During a recent visit to the BC campus, Jimmy Welch, executive director of the Foundation, presented the $6,500 check to Vice President for Advancement Ruth Blankenship and Director of Financial Aid Sheila Nelson-Hensley.
"Our primary goal is to help the so-called average student," said Welch, "the student who may not get access to a lot of academic scholarships. Our scholarships are designed to serve post-high school, educational endeavors of the average student from the former trade areas of the Credit Bureau of the Virginias."
The Credit Bureau of the Virginias Foundation was established through the sell of the Credit Bureau of the Virginias, formerly known as the Bluefield Credit Bureau. It was created, according to Welch, to "promote the quality of life within the former trade area of the Credit Bureau of the Virginias by supporting local charitable, scientific and educational needs."
"How appropriate that an organization that built its business from the people and merchants from the Bluefield area should now turn around and give back to those very people," Blankenship said. "The Credit Bureau grew from its business with the people of this area, and now it will return the benefit through investments in higher education."
The $6,500 gift this fall will be used to provide scholarships to Bluefield College students during the 2009-2010 academic year. The main scholarship criteria will be to assist average students who demonstrate need in obtaining a degree. The awards will be available to the recipients through graduation, provided they continue to meet scholarship and need criteria.
Recipients of the award, Welch said, must be residents of the former trade area of the Credit Bureau of the Virginias, including nine counties in southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia.
"Education is the primary answer to survival today," said Welch, a former executive vice president for the Credit Bureau of the Virginias. "Through education, life is easier, and the Foundation is happy to be a part of the educational investments in this area."