Verizon Provides Scholarship to Concord Students

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 20 2001

Verizon Provides Scholarship to Concord Students

Athens, W.Va. - Government Relations & External Affairs Area Manager Michael P. Newman, with Verizon West Virginia, provided the annual contribution to the Verizon Scholarship Fund at Concord College. The Verizon scholarship is awarded to students in business and teacher education.

“Verizon looks at this scholarship as an investment in our community,” stated Mr. Newman. “It is an investment in West Virginia’s future. This college generates future customers and future employees for Verizon. America is much stronger with a workforce that is well educated, and we like what we see at Concord.”

Vice President for Development J. Douglas Machesney accepted the scholarship funds on behalf of the College. He commented that Verizon has provided scholarships to Concord’s students for the past 15 years.

“Currently Verizon is partnering with Concord to provide a library science class to students in Boone, Kanawha, and Ohio Counties via the Internet. We can teach students anywhere a ‘receiving station’ can be set up. The College will use distance learning to provide classes to students who otherwise would not be served by colleges or universities.”

For information on attending Concord call 1-888-384-5249 or 1-304-384-5248 or e-mail


Photo: J. Douglas Machesney, Michael P. Newman

Concord College Notes: The office of development is responsible for fundraising, public relations, alumni relations, and marketing for the College. All West Virginia state colleges have either development or advancement offices that provide these types of services. The College’s endowment has grown from $125,000 to $17 million the past 12 years. Funds are used primarily for scholarships for students at Concord. More than 75% of the student population receives some sort of financial aid (scholarships and need-based federal financial aid); $9.7 million was awarded in the 98/99 school year and $12.2 million in 99/00, an increase of 26%.