Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Awards Scholarships

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio announced Year 2010 scholarships have been bestowed on 39 recipients from nine funds distributing awards this year. Recipients included many Guernsey County students.

FAO distributed 39 scholarships to students throughout Appalachian Ohio, awarding over $73,000 in support of students’ academic pursuits. This includes recipients of Cambridge High School Class of 1957 Scholarship, the Lester and Thelma Ellwood Educational Scholarship, the Wayne White/Bob Evans Scholarship, Doug Steele Memorial Scholarship, and the Zelma Gray Scholarship.

Guernsey County students receiving scholarship awards included Jessie Zaleski, student of Cambridge High School, as the 2010 recipient of the Cambridge High School Class of 1957 Scholarship. The CHS Class of ’57 Scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduating senior from Cambridge High School pursuing post-secondary education. Various classmates created the scholarship fund to give back for the good education they received at Cambridge High School.

The Lester and Thelma Ellwood Educational Scholarship, established in legacy of Lester and Thelma Ellwood through the Guernsey County Foundation Family of Funds, helps ensure students from the Guernsey County area will have access to the educational opportunities the Ellwoods’ believed so important to success.

The following Ellwood Scholarship recipients each receiving $2,000 were Brandon Lippert, Sarah Nichols, Jacob Padden, Breann Voytko and Devin Wheeler.

Ellwood Scholarship recipients receiving $1,000 each included: Traci Alt, Courtney Frame, Kody Gann, Cory Jerles, Sadie Miller, Eric Nichols, Lindsay Roe, T’Neill Treherne, Loren West, Madison West, Kaitlyn Wolfe and Jessica Zaleski.

Sadie Miller, a graduating senior of Buckeye Trails High School received the Wayne White and Bob Evans Scholarship. Miller plans to attend Muskingum University to pursue studies in Chemistry and Neuroscience, with a career goal of becoming a pharmacist. Also receiving the $500 scholarship were Karly Feher of Tuscarawas County and Gwendolynn Smith of Belmont County.

The Wayne White and Bob Evans Legacy Scholarship was established to honor the legacy and commitment these two friends had to the Appalachian Ohio region. Both passionate about education, White and Evans were committed to ensuring our region’s youth not face financial barriers to post-secondary opportunities. White and Evans touched and inspired many with their enthusiasm, energy and optimism, and believed deeply in the academic ability and potential of the region’s students to succeed.

FAO also announced Danielle Titko, student of Cambridge High School, as the recipient of the 2010 Doug Steele Memorial Scholarship. The Steele Scholarship 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.

Whitney Whitis is the recipient of the Zelma Gray Scholarship. The FAO was pleased to welcome the new Zelma Gray Scholarship Fund, established in honor of the late Zelma Gray to encourage students to return to Guernsey County to practice medicine after graduation. The Zelma Gray Scholarship is a testament to her commitment to a continued and enhanced quality of life in the area she called home.

Whitis is a graduate of Cambridge High School and completed a biology major at the Ohio State University, receiving her bachelor of science degree. She is continuing her studies at the Ohio State College of Medicine and upon completion, looks forward to practicing pediatrics in Guernsey County.

Earning the $500 Ariana Ulloa Scholarship was Jina Yu of Belmont County. MaLisa Spring of Muskingum County earned the $2,500 Ora Anderson Scholarship.

“The Foundation is happy to partner with our donors to help eliminate barriers to post-secondary pursuits for students throughout Appalachian Ohio.” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO President and CEO. “The Foundation is committed to ensuring every child in the region has access to the educational opportunities necessary for success and is delighted to support students, including the many from Guernsey County, in their continued academic pursuits.”

Access to higher education has historically been limited in Appalachian Ohio; 51percent of our students are first-generation versus 40percent of their Non-Appalachian counterparts and in a 2008 survey, lack of finances followed by lack of college access information were shown to be our students’ largest barriers to post-secondary pursuits. By working with donors to provide scholarship opportunities, FAO is helping improve access to education with the goal of enhancing quality of life for citizens across Appalachian Ohio.

Each year, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio offers scholarship opportunities to students across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio in partnership with its donors. A complete list of FAO’s 2010 Scholarship Recipients can be viewed at

For additional information on FAO scholarships or to learn more about how you can contribute to scholarship resources and impact the lives of area youth, please visit the web site or call 740-753-1111.