Sissonville, W. Va., High School Senior Awarded Verizon Foundation Scholarship

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Paying for college just got easier for Christina R. Good of Sissonville, who has earned a college scholarship from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications.

Good, the daughter of Verizon employee Douglas W. Good, plans to attend the University of Charleston and major in pharmacy.  She is one of 809 Verizon scholars who will receive scholarships of $5,000 per academic year.          

Verizon's scholarship program selects recipients based on financial need, academic achievement and extracurricular activities.  The scholarships are for high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited four-year institution.  Each scholarship is renewable for three years and has a total value of $20,000. 

Since 2001, 2,152 students from across the country have benefited from the scholarship program, which has invested almost $36 million toward the college education of children and dependents of Verizon employees.  For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Verizon Foundation will provide a total of more than $4 million for the scholarships.

"Our commitment to developing a skilled work force for the 21st century begins at home, with the children of our employees," said B. Keith Fulton, president of Verizon West Virginia.  "Verizon proudly supports these students because we realize that we're investing in the education of our future leaders, an investment that will yield great results for our communities." 

The Verizon Foundation awards the scholarships in partnership with Scholarship America, the nation's largest nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization, which was founded in 1958.

A list of 2009 Verizon scholars is available on the Verizon Foundation Web site at http://www.verizonfoundation.org/about/press/scholstudents09.shtml.

The Verizon Foundation supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  In 2008, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than $68 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad.  It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26 million in combined contributions to nonprofits.  Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since 2000.  For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.