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Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

A free program for selected Fayette County high school juniors to promote essential leadership qualities while providing first hand experiences in the business, government, and tourism sectors of Fayette County, West Virginia.

Each year, twelve to fourteen Fayette County resident students are selected by application and interview to participate in the ten + session program throughout their 11th grade school year.

Programming is geared to provide the information and tools needed to enable them to make the choice to return to Fayette County to live, learn, work and play upon completion of their higher education. Those who successfully complete the curriculum are awarded a $1000 college scholarship to the school/training of their choice.

Sessions include prominent, powerful and motivational speakers including:
    Carole Scheerbaum, WVU Extension, SimSoc (Simulated Society) program
    Randy Housh, COO of Hospice of Southern West Virginia's Bowers House
    Patrick Ford, Executive Director at Business Development Corporation, in the Northern Panhandle of WV
    Circuit Court Judge, Honorable John W Hatcher, Jr.
    Christopher Frost, Attorney at Hamilton, Burgess, Young, Pollard, PLLC
    Alecia Sirk Ford, Media Director for the Top of West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Various business owners and managers as well as government and education professionals

In 2011 the program expanded to offer select sessions to all students who complete the application and interview process. In 2013 LFC received national recognition from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and is honored by Harvard as a “Bright Idea” in recognition as a creative and promising government program and partnership. In 2014 the scholarship increased to $1000 for each program graduate. In 2016 a WVU Capstone Study revealed the program is unique and stands apart when compared to youth leadership training programs across the country.

Scholarships and program funding are made possible by donations to the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund, Inc. Click to donate any sum with PayPal and Contact Us with a note about how you would like to designate your donation. 



Faced of Leadership - student responses about the program thruough the years.