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International Coal Group pledges $125,000
to West Virginia scholarship program

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Contact: Pamela Scaggs, Resource Development Director, (304) 544-6373

Charleston, W. Va. – International Coal Group recently pledged a five-year gift totaling $125,000 to the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation (ALEF). The funds will provide scholarships to West Virginia students who demonstrate academic talent and leadership potential.

Founded by West Virginia native General (ret.) Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, ALEF has awarded full scholarships to 45 students attending Concord, Marshall and Shepherd Universities over the past three years.

“The Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation is committed to finding, funding, and forging the next greatest generation of leaders by providing them with a credible education and ensuring their character,” Foglesong said.

International Coal Group is the latest corporate partner to join in this effort. ICG is a leading producer of coal in Northern and Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin, with 13 active mining complexes. Of those, 12 are located in Appalachia.

“International Coal Group is committed to supporting higher education in Appalachia through its participation in the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation. The company supports General Foglesong’s goal of developing Appalachia’s future leaders through education and training. ICG is proud to be part of this worthwhile endeavor,” the company said in a released statement.

The ICG pledge will strengthen ALEF’s ability to provide educational opportunities to West Virginia students who might otherwise find college out of reach.

Pamela Scaggs, former ALEF Resource Development Director, emphasized the uniqueness of the ALEF Scholarship program.