Former State Senator Mike Ross is supporting the Davis and Elkins College Highlands Scholarship Program.
Ross has donated $15,000 to the school.
Any resident who contributes at least $1,000 or more will qualify for the state's Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Program through D&E, and for a 50% credit on their state taxes.
D&E is awarding more than $3 million to 275 Highlands Scholars in seven counties.
Other businessmen who joined the ranks are Jim Jackson, owner of Elkins Fordland, who presented the college with a $20,000 check to help area students further their education.
Davis Trust Company is continuing, for the fourth straight year, its commitment to fully sponsor a D&E College Highlands Scholarship with a $12,500 gift for the current 2013-2014 academic year.
The Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) was established by the West Virginia Legislature in 1996 to increase charitable giving to local nonprofit organizations.
The program allows 501(c) 3 designated charitable organizations, including D&E to apply for tax credit vouchers and then distribute the vouchers to individuals and businesses that financially support the organization.
D&E NIP credits are available on a first come, first-serve basis. For further information, please call Carol Schuler at 304-637-1338 or 304-642-5576.