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The Jerome B. Schmitt Scholarship has been created by WesBanco in memory of the bank's executive vice president and president of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley board of trustees.

This fund is a result of a $26,000 donation to the CFOV and will be used to assist students in obtaining a business, accounting, finance or a similar degree from West Liberty University. The fund is open to additional donations from individuals in the community who would like to honor Schmitt.

"We are honored to be entrusted with funds for scholarships dedicated to local students who are pursuing a degree in our expanded business curriculum. Jerry was a friend and long-time supporter of West Liberty University. His dedication and memory will live on at the school through these scholarships made in his name," said President Robin. C. Capehart.

Schmitt joined WesBanco in 1972, the same year the community foundation was established in Wheeling. Schmitt was a graduate of both West Liberty and Ohio University. Prior to his passing in 2013, he was the executive vice president of Trust and Investment Services at WesBanco, managing the bank's trust services and served as an investment advisor to the bank's WesMark Family of Mutual Funds that he was instrumental in forming.

Schmitt became involved with the Community Foundation early in his career. Before the foundation was able to employ staff, he administered the funds out of his office at WesBanco. As the foundation grew and staff was added, he became a board member, eventually serving as president of the board of trustees. Under his leadership, the CFOV grew to become an organization for both donors and nonprofit organizations in the Ohio Valley. Schmitt also worked to merge the CFOV with the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, Ohio.

"Jerry was a dedicated leader of the CFOV. He truly cared about the foundation and worked hard to help it grow. He was especially proud of the scholarship program through the CFOV. To that end, WesBanco has established the Jerome B. Schmitt Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be available to students attending West Liberty University majoring in business. Applications will be available in January of 2014," said CFOV Executive Director, Susie Nelson.

WesBanco Inc., a bank holding company incorporated in 1968 and headquartered in Wheeling, W.Va., offers a full range of financial services including retail banking, corporate banking, personal and corporate trust services, brokerage services, mortgage banking and insurance.