The Sharon McCaugherty Memorial Foundation (SMMF) announces the first annual college scholarship for women pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers. Scholarships are available to qualifying high school graduates in Harrison County, West Virginia, who plan to attend a college in pursuit of a 4-year bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field. The annual scholarship value is $5,000, and the successful applicant will be eligible for an annual scholarship renewal for three additional years.

Program Guidelines & Priorities:

● Seeking women who are graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who plan to attend a 4-year college and major in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics.

● Total family annual income under $75,000.
● Scholarship funds awarded to the student will be paid directly to the college. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit to the Foundation an invoice for tuition and fees, student ID number, and college information.
● Applicants must have the endorsement of their Guidance Counselor on their application attesting they are a qualified fit for this scholarship program.
● Applicants must submit an application package by the deadline to include:

  • Thoroughly completed application form

  • Student resume or activities sheet

  • Essay

  • School transcript

Application materials must be postmarked by April 15, 2020 to be received by the Foundation.

Late applications will not be accepted. The applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by the SMMF Scholarship Committee. The scholarships will be awarded in May 2020. All decisions by the committee are final.

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As a talented young woman, Sharon McCaugherty had few career options. Through hard work, self study, and formal college education later in her life, she was able to build a career as an information technology professional, ending her career as an FBI employee.  Demonstrating the talents of hard working West Virginia women in STEM fields, she contributed to successful projects at NASA, the Department of Defense, and the FBI.  She blazed a trail for herself and had a passion for enabling young women to pursue STEM careers.

2020 Scholarship Application

Sharon McCaugherty Memorial Foundation

Sharon lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on May 17th, 2019, and until the very end of her life, she was determined to support young women in achieving their goals.  She was a native of Lumberport, WV, and graduated from Lincoln High School. Now, her family is honoring Sharon's vision through the Sharon McCaugherty Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit corporation.

The Sharon McCaugherty Memorial Scholarship Foundation will provide funding to financially disadvantaged young women in north central West Virginia who plan to attend college to pursue a career in STEM.  Funding will be provided to one student each year. All raised funds will be transferred to the Sharon McCaugherty Memorial Foundation.