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 guernseycountyfoundation.org.

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 guernseycountyfoundation.org  or www.appalachianohio.org 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 www.appalachianohio.org.

Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund 2012 disbursements

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The Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund recently awarded the group’s third cycle of grants.

Cambridge Alumni and Friends

The Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund recently announced the 2012 grant awards. Shown are, l to r, seated, grant recipient Johanna Morris, Fund Trustee Kathy Milligan; standing, Jose Borrel of Colgate-Palmolive, grant recipient Danielle Eubanks, grant recipient Lori Taylor, Fund Trustee Bill Cowgill.

Recipients and their award amounts for 2012 include:

• Danielle Eubanks, Cambridge Middle School — purchase four iPads, $2,500

• Johanna Morris, Cambridge Middle School — bullying prevention program, $550

• Lori Taylor, Cambridge Middle School — painted ceiling tiles, $350

• April Castello, South Elementary School — Ten Marks math program, $1,000.

Disbursements totaled $4,400.

The first disbursement of the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund, began in 2008, took place in 2010. The organization funded a visit to all city elementary schools by COSI.

“More people have ties with their high schools than their colleges,” said Trustee Maribeth Wright. “It was started by an alumni group. We wanted to come back and support our schools.”

Funding sources include district alumni.

“Trustees reach out to donors, alumni of Cambridge city schools,” Wright explained. “We’ve been really successful at it. Every year we’re able to give grants as we develop the fund. Colgate partnered with us this year. We’re still in the process of building this fund.”

Committee members are graduates of Cambridge High School, and include: Dave Bennett, 1978; Bill Cowgill, 1975; Tom Green, 1968; Rick Lilienthal, 1972; Kathy Milligan, 1975; Dee Schick, 1963; Maribeth Wright, 1976; Dave Caldwell, 1981; Tim Evancho, 1978; Donna Gander, 1955; John Mark Nicholson, 1971; Debbie Mosser, 1976; and Ed Wright, 1980.

For information, call 740-753-1111.
Related information also is available at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio website: www.appalachianohio.org

Friends Fund awards grants for programs enhancing the educational experience

Greg Parks/Managing Editor/The Daily Jeffersonian

Grants have been awarded by the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund to a variety of classroom projects in city schools designed to promote academic excellence and enhance the educational experience for all students. Committee Members

The Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund is part of the Guernsey County Foundation’s family of funds. The Foundation is a component fund of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

An example of the Alumni and Friends Educational Fund’s commitment to the enrichment of the overall educational experience was last year’s sponsorship of the exciting COSI On Wheels assemblies for all local elementary school students. Kids who participated are still talking about this high-energy program.

This year’s grants totaled $1,988 and were awarded as follows:

* North Elementary — Teacher Chris Cowgill, project “Augmentative Alternative Communication”

* South Elementary — Teacher Lynne Eichel, project “Book Bandits”

* North Elementary — Teacher Beth Wojciechowski, project “SMART Slates”

* Middle School — Teacher Angela Hannon, project “Ohio Energy Project Scrapbook”

* North Elementary — Teacher Bard McDonald, project “Multiple Disability Class”

The endowment for the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Educational Fund continues to grow and the year-end goal is $100,000.

Committee members are Dave Bennett, Bill Cowgill, Tom Green, Rick Lilienthal, Kathy Milligan, Dee Schick, Maribeth Wright, Dave Caldwell, Tim Evancho, Donna Gander, John Mark Nicholson, Debbie Mosser and Ed Wright.

For additional information about the fund, call Dave Bennett (439-2719), Maribeth Wright (432-2691) or email Dee Schick at dee.schick@hotmail.com

Or go to www.cambridge.k12.oh.us (look for the open book.)

Related information also is available at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio website: www.appalachianohio.org


Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Announces Additional Scholarship Opportunity for Buckeye Trail and Monroe Central High School Students

Nelsonville, OH – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) announced the creation of the Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox Scholarship, a new scholarship opportunity focused on supporting the pursuit of post-secondary education for students from Buckeye Trail High School and Monroe Central High School. Additional information regarding the scholarships, eligibility, and application guidelines can be found on FAO’s website at www.appalachianohio.org. The application deadline is March 31, 2012.

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.

Jeff Cox is a 1979 graduate of Buckeye Trail High School and a 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University. He completed his MBA degree in Finance from Wright State University in 1986. Jane Schumacher Cox is a 1981 graduate of Woodsfield High School and a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University.

“The Foundation welcomes this new scholarship into our family of funds supporting the region’s students,” said Cara Dingus Brook, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “FAO is always privileged to assist donors like Jeff and Jane who wish to create a legacy honoring their educational experiences by creating opportunities for others.”

The Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox Scholarship joins many other post-secondary scholarship opportunities also available through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Additional information on scholarship opportunities, guidelines, and application forms can be found on FAO’s website. Completed applications and all accompanying materials must be postmarked by March 31, 2012 and sent to the Foundation’s office at P.O. Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764.

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

Shepard Fund, Guernsey Foundation award grants

The John W. and Edna McManus Shepard Fund and Guernsey County Foundation awarded nine grants totaling $18,275 to organizations serving Cambridge and Guernsey County. Pictured are members of organizations that were selected, l to r: Row one, Maribeth Wright, Guernsey County Foundation. Second row, Michelle Carpenter, Haven of Hope executive director; Kitrina Mazaher, The Living Word Outdoor Drama; Melissa D. Keylor, Children’s Advocacy Center of Guernsey County; and Dave Caldwell, Guernsey County Foundation. Row three, Caroline Johnson, director of program and services of The American Red Cross; Cecil Carlson, Byesville Scenic Railway; Nancy Gress, Magical Moments of Childhood; Shon Gress, executive director of the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center. Row four, Norm Blanchard, Community Improvement Corporation; John Kunkler, Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra; John Davis, Shepard McManus Fund; and Jim Cowin, YMCA Family Center.

The 9 grants are as follows:

American Red Cross of Ohio Hills — $2,000 from the Guernsey County Foundation to purchase health and safety equipment and promotional materials.

Byesville Scenic Railway, Inc. — $2,000 from the Guernsey County Foundation to purchase marketing materials to increase tourism.

Cambridge Area YMCA — $2,500 from the Shepard Fund to support operation costs for a community youth center.

Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation — $2,500 from the Shepard Fund to promote economic development through website updates and marketing materials.

Children’s Advocacy Center of Guernsey County — $1,275 from the Shepard Fund to provide school supplies, a voucher for clothes, and a haircut to low-income children.

Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center — $3,500 from the Shepard Fund to help purchase a media library.

Haven of Hope — $3,500 from the Shepard Fund to provide matching funds to support domestic violence and victim assistance programs.

Living Word Outdoor Drama — $500 from the Guernsey County Foundation to support capital improvements and facility upgrades.

Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra — $500 from the Shepard Fund for its annual free-to-kids Children’s Concert at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center on March 6, 2011.

The Shepard Fund was established in 1998 by Arthur E. Shepard in memory of his parents, longtime residents of Cambridge. The fund benefits residents of Cambridge and Guernsey County.

Mr. Shepard’s father, John W. Shepard, owned and operated a dry cleaning and tailoring business for 36 years before his death in 1944. His mother, the former Edna McManus, moved to Cambridge with her family when the Cambridge Glass Co. opened. Her father made the first piece of glassware produced at the company.

For additional information, contact John A. Davis at 740/432-3976 or Rebecca Kraley at 614/251-4000.

Story provided by The Daily Jeffersonian

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.

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Science on wheels rolls into Central Elementary

Through partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Education Fund, students of Central Elementary School welcomed COSI On Wheels into their school Thursday for hands-on science exploration and participation in the Investigating Energy program.

Central Elementary School fourth-grader Taylor Griffith helps Kyle Jepson of COSI with a science experiment Thursday during the COSI on Wheels visit.

COSI On Wheels, a traveling outreach program of the COSI Columbus Science Center, engages students in a dynamic opening assembly and interactive science activities aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and the National Science Education Standards.
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Love for children leads couple to leave scholarship for children in will

Guest speaker Rick Casterline, l, with Lion president Bryant Ficken.

“A strong work ethic was important to Thelma and Lester Ellwood,” Rick Casterline said to the Cambridge Lions Club. “They grew up in the Depression era. They worked hard and wanted to leave a legacy to the children of Guernsey County.”

Casterline spoke of the Ellwoods, their work ethic and their legacy.

The Lester D. and Thelma I. Ellwood Educational Scholarship was established through the last will and testament of Thelma I. Ellwood in memory of Lester D. and Thelma I. Ellwood. The purpose of the Fund is to assist worthy graduates of Guernsey County high schools obtain a college education.
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Guernsey County Foundation now has Web site for prospective donors

Board members of the Guernsey County Foundation have launched a Web site — www.guernseycountyfoundation.org — to inform the public about the foundation and to make easier people’s efforts to give back to the community.

“We are extremely excited about the launching of our new Web site,” said Dave Caldwell, a member of the Foundation’s board of directors.

“It will provide additional resources, exposure and access related to giving opportunities both within our community and to people who may have moved away from the area, but who would like to give back in some way.”
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COSI On Wheels dazzles kids

Kim Knaup and Amy Richards show methods to produce electricity

Through partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the Cambridge Alumni and Friends Education Fund, students of South Elementary School welcomed COSI On Wheels into their school Tuesday for hands-on science exploration, participating in the Investigating Energy program.

“We feel very blessed that our students have this opportunity to participate in a day of focused, hands-on learning. We anticipate an increased understanding of the science of energy
for both students and staff,” said Prinicpal Linda Halterman.
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Donations

Make a secure online donation to the Guernsey Family of Funds - be sure to name the fund you would like your contribution to be applied to in the Designation box.

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.