CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Children’s Home Society of WV announced on Wednesday the establishment of the Ruth Eden Bailey Scholarship Fund, which would assist in the educational advancement of foster and adopted children.
Created to honor the lifelong work of Ruth Eden Bailey in uniting children with loving and caring families, application for the award is available to any current or former Children’s Home Society of WV foster or adopted youth who wish to apply.
The Ruth Eden Bailey Fund was established through a gift from the winner of the 2021 Annual Ruth Eden Bailey Adoption Advocacy Award, Robert (Bob) Noone and his wife, Beth Hughes-Noone.
One or more annual winners are selected annually, and will be presented with an award of up to $1000 in the month of July prior to enrollment for the Fall Semester.
Scholarship funds for which institution-attending youth are eligible include Community Colleges or University and Trade School or Technical School.
Awarded funds are intended to provide or supplement equipment – such as laptops/computers – tuition assistance, and books and educational materials.
Applications are provided by staff at Children’s Home Society, and should be completed and returned to Children’s Home Society 1596 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston WV 25311, attention to Carna Metheney-White, and can also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications should be submitted by June 30, and will be reviewed by the scholarship committee, who will be responsible for the determination of winners of the award, number of winners of the award, and the amount which is to be awarded.
Applications can also be found at the Children’s Home Society website here. Previous coverage of Children’s Home Society can be found here.
Included along with the scholarship fund announcement was a statement on the honoree, Ruth Eden Bailey, which can be seen below,
“Ruth Eden Bailey dedicated her life to helping children find lifetime families. She was a determined advocate and worked tirelessly to find foster and adoptive homes. Ruth loved working with her families and the children that came into care, she was mission driven and her passion inspired many. Ruth began her journey with Children’s Home Society in 1993 and spent the following three decades changing the lives of hundreds of West Virginia’s children. Ruth was always looking for ways to help support foster and adoptive families and thus she initiated the first CHSWV Foster Family Support Group. The foster family support group became significant in that it brought families together to share experiences, to be supportive during struggles and most importantly to celebrate with each other. Today CHSWV foster family support groups are organized across the state thanks to a special woman that was creative, passionate and enthusiastic. Ruth left a legacy of encouragement, love and kindness.”