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Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Announces 57 2012 Scholarship Awards Across Appalachian Ohio

Nelsonville, OH – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) announced 57 scholarship awards of 2012 scholarships. Supported through 17 funds at FAO, including the Guernsey County Foundation family of funds, the scholarships will support students in their post-secondary pursuits with over $81,550. Available through donor established funds, many honoring the legacy of a friend or loved one, scholarships were awarded through a competitive application process. More information regarding scholarships on the FAO’s website, www.appalachianohio.organd the Guernsey County Foundation’s website at

This year’s scholarships were awarded through a number of FAO funds, three of which are celebrating their inaugural awards – the AK Steel Foundation Student Scholastic Award for Science, Technology, Math and Engineering; the Lee Beckett Legacy Scholarship Fund; and the Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox Fund.  The Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox Scholarship fund is part of Guernsey County Foundation’s family of funds.

“FAO’s role as a community foundation is to partner with others to grow opportunities and resources to support Appalachian Ohio and its residents,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. “It is a privilege to work with individuals and businesses to grow scholarships to support the region’s students in their academic pursuits because investing in our region’s youth is the ultimate investment in the region’s future.”

“Educational funds make up a large portion of the Guernsey County Foundation,” said Maribeth Wright, president of the Guernsey County Foundation.  “Many of our educational funds are directed toward scholarship opportunities, which truly impact the lives of families and students within our community.  Through our partnership with the FAO, we are happy to provide gifting solutions for donors that seek to better the quality of life for Guernsey County through an educational fund.”

Guernsey County students receiving scholarship awards this year include:

Trista Thurston of Guernsey County is a 2012 recipient of the Wayne White and Bob Evans Legacy Scholarship as well as of the Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox Scholarship. Thurston plans to complete a degree in journalism at Ohio University.

The Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox Scholarship was established by Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox, the scholarship will this year support one student from Buckeye Trail High School and one student from Monroe Central High School who demonstrate outstanding character, academic excellence, and involvement with extracurricular activities. With fond memories of their educations and extracurricular activities at their schools, Jeff and Jane established this post-secondary scholarship to help others pursue their dreams of higher education.

“It is with great pleasure that we established this scholarship fund to support students from Buckeye Trail High and Monroe Central High in pursuing their post-secondary education,” said Jeff and Jane Cox. “To know the first recipients will be going on to pursue their educational and professional ambitions with support from this scholarship is incredibly meaningful to us.”

The Wayne White and Bob Evans Legacy Scholarship was established to honor both mens’ tremendous legacy in encouraging continued academic endeavors after high school. Scholarships are available to students pursing post-secondary studies throughout the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. This year, the AT&T Foundation has supported the Wayne White and Bob Evans Legacy Scholarship with funding for 16 students. Support for additional scholarships is being provided through the Sara Lee Stevens-Youngs Memorial Fund, established in October of 2002 by Carla Lowry, Glenn Youngs, Lynn Youngs, and their families, in memory of their mother.

Sarah Stine is a 2012 scholarship recipient of the Winnie Mae Sharpe Scholarship Fund, a fund of FAO’s Guernsey County Foundation’s Family of Funds.  The Winnie Mae Sharpe Scholarship Fund provides support to deserving students residing in Byesville who are graduating from Meadowbrook High School and wishing to major in education.

FAO also announced Jacob Heskett as the recipient of the 2012 Doug Steele Memorial Scholarship. The Steele Scholarship, a fund of FAO’s Guernsey County Foundation’ s Family of Funds, was established to support the educational pursuits of Guernsey County students in honor and memory of Doug Steele, a loyal Cambridge High School Bobcat and strong advocate for the importance of civic-mindedness.  The scholarship is given to graduating seniors of Mr. Steele’s alma mater, Cambridge High School.

Alissa Bodner, Kody Gann, Derek Kackley, Abbie Orr, Alicia Swain, Breann Voytko, and Angelia Werner were each awarded a Lester and Thelma Ellwood Educational Scholarship, a legacy scholarship to honor the importance of education by providing encouragement and support of access to educational opportunities for graduates of Guernsey County high schools in pursuit of post-secondary education.  Bodner, Kackley, and Voytko will be attending The Ohio State University to study music education, geological sciences, and human development and family science, respectively. Werner and Gann will attend Kent State to major in anthropology and computer design, animation, and game design, respectively. Orr and Swain are students at Ohio University Zanesville studying nursing and communications and sciences disorders, respectively.  The Lester and Thelma Ellwood Educational Scholarship is part of Guernsey County Foundation’s family of funds.

Devin Wheeler has been awarded the Zelma Gray Medical School Scholarship. Wheeler will be studying medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Established in memory of the late Zelma Gray, scholarships provide support to a current or recent Guernsey County resident attending medical school, with a commitment to returning to the area to work upon completion of studies.  The Zelma Gray Medical School Scholarship is part of Guernsey County Foundation’s family of funds.

The Mary E. Kackley Brill Scholarship, Madison High School Alumni Scholarship, and the Cambridge High School Class of 1957 Scholarship, all components of the Guernsey County Foundation Family of Funds, have announced their 2012 scholarship recipients as well. Morgan Abrams is the recipient of the Mary E. Kackley-Brill Scholarship and will be studying at Muskingum University. Kyle Larrick, recipient of the Madison High School Scholarship, will be attending Muskingum University as well.

And Alexis Ball has received the Cambridge High School Class of 1957 Scholarship. The CHS Class of ‘57 Scholarship Fund, part of FAO’s Guernsey County Foundation Family of Funds, was established by various classmates to give back for the good education they received at Cambridge High School. The Scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduating senior from Cambridge High School pursuing post-secondary education.

Each year, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio offers scholarships to students across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. For more information about how you can contribute to scholarship resources and grow opportunities for the region’s students, visit  or or call 740-753-1111.

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio with the mission of enriching the region’s current and future quality of life. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation attracts contributions for programs and endowment, makes grants for charitable and civic purposes, and supports local efforts for positive change. For more information about FAO, visit


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Guernsey Family of Funds

The Guernsey County Foundation could be described as a “friend raiser” for charitable funds benefiting Guernsey County. By leading others to open component funds for the county with the Nelsonville-based Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), the organization’s leadership helped to add 19 new funds for combined funds totaling more than $1,000,000.

Some of our funds include:
  • Cambridge Foundation
  • CHS Class of 1957
  • Kevin Ritz Family Foundation
  • Find all the Family of Funds.