The Parsons/Board family recently made a $1,000 gift to the Women's Opportunity Fund in honor of the women in the Parsons/Board family. The Women's Opportunity Fund - Linda Culp Memorial Scholarship, held at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, offers scholarships for women who are returning to school to complete their education or those who need additional education to achieve higher-level career aspirations. Women who reside in the service regions of St. Joseph's Hospital (the counties of Wood, Tyler, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun, Roane, Jackson, Doddridge, Gilmer and Mason in West Virginia, and Washington, Athens, and Meigs in Ohio) where Mrs. Culp worked for 30 years are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
The $1,000 gift from the Parsons/Board Family will provide a scholarship award from the Women's Opportunity Fund for a Jackson County resident this year. The gift challenges others interested in the enrichment of Women's Opportunities to help the Community Foundation increase the fund balance by making donations to this important charitable fund.
"This gift honors the women in our families," said Roger Parsons. Mr. Parsons' mother, Millie Board Parsons, and her sister, Selma Frances Board, believed in women pursuing their dreams and developing their skills to better support themselves and care for their families. "They believed in giving back to their communities," said Mr. Parsons.
Application forms for the Women's Opportunity Fund for 2013 are now available and can be accessed through the Foundation's web site, www.pacfwv.com or by calling the Foundation toll-free at 1-866-428-4438. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2013.
The Parsons/Board family also has established the Jackson County Pioneer Fund at the Jackson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. This permanent fund was established by Selma Board and her nephew Roger Parsons to give back to their families' hometown to serve future generations. "What a wonderful way to honor your family - an endowed fund that will forever support the community they love. We hope this act of family and community appreciation will encourage others to do similar things for the community," said Jane Winters, Community Foundation Regional Affiliates manager.
Donations to support the Women's Opportunity Fund are welcome and can be sent to P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg, W.Va., 26102. Gifts to both charitable funds are acknowledged as tax deductible through the Community Foundation.