Nelsonville, OH – Donning a cap and gown is a moment students look forward to around our region. Not only because it marks the end of one phase of their lives, but because it signals the start of the next one. 101 students from throughout our region will have additional resources to make that next phase of their lives – post-secondary education – easier to achieve thanks to scholarships awarded from funds at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO). These 101 students received 111 scholarship awards, totaling over $163,000 in support for their post-secondary educations.
“Our region’s students have worked so hard to get to this moment,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. “FAO is proud to partner with our donors to give the gift of education, allowing students to pursue their studies and goals.”
2016 scholarship recipients from Belmont County include:
Donald Falbo is 2016 recipient of the Wayne F. White and Bob Evans Scholarship. The Wayne F. White and Bob Evans Legacy Scholarship was established to honor both men’s tremendous legacy in encouraging continued academic endeavors after high school. Scholarships are available to students pursuing post-secondary studies throughout the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. Mr. Falbo is a 2016 graduate of St. Clairsville High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to study environmental policy and decision making and plans on pursuing a law degree to practice environmental law in the future.
Thanks to the support of generous donors, FAO is able to award scholarships from more than 40 scholarship funds to students pursuing varied paths of post-secondary education across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. Awarded through a competitive application process, FAO partners with donor-established scholarship funds to honor the legacy and story behind each fund and the friend or loved ones each honors.
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s mission is to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. More information regarding FAO’s scholarships and a full list of 2016 recipients can be found on FAO’s website, www.AppalachianOhio.org.
If you are interested in how you can help students pursue their dreams by supporting educational attainment, contact the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio at 740.753.1111.
About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit www.AppalachianOhio.org.