Gulfport Energy Fund Announces Four Belmont County Grant Recipients

Nelsonville, OH–The Gulfport Energy Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has announced its first 2015 grant recipients. During this first round, the Gulfport Energy Fund awarded nearly $35,000 to ten projects throughout four counties, including over $13,000 in grants to four projects benefiting Belmont County citizens.

“We are proud to invest in educational opportunities through the Gulfport Energy Fund,” said Gulfport Energy President and CEO Mike Moore. “Investing in the communities where we operate is a hallmark of our work and we appreciate the opportunity to support the efforts of these dedicated educators.”

The Gulfport Energy Fund was created to support projects that create opportunities by improving quality of life, creating access to opportunities, or identifying and implementing a solution for a community need or issue in the counties where Gulfport operates. Tax-exempt organizations from Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, and Monroe counties are eligible to apply for these grants.

Recent recipients included:

A Local 495’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee received a $1,500 grant award for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Accelerated Welding Program. This project, designed to meet increasing demand for qualified pipe fitters, will rapidly train 16 new students in the basics of pipefitting and welding. The 18-week course will prepare these students for apprenticeships and will help ensure long-term industry success in the region. In addition to impacting Belmont County, this project will also support residents in Guernsey, Harrison, and Monroe counties.

Belmont College received a $4,365 grant award to update its Soil Mechanics Lab. This award will allow Belmont College to purchase new soil test equipment to work with existing engineering lab equipment for a class of 20 students.

Bellaire Local School District received a $2,500 grant award to support the Building Bridges program. A collaborative effort between five Belmont County school districts and Belmont County Student Services, Building Bridges is a program designed to raise achievement and improve academic success for high school students, especially those in 9th grade. The program will provide 300 middle school students with high school mentors to ease their transition to high school and encourage wise choices.

Union Local Middle School received a $5,000 grant award for a 21st Century Classroom Renovation. The award will be used to purchase 30 Google Chromebooks as well as technological work tables for 110 students in the school.

For more information about the Gulfport Energy Fund and how you can support local grant-making, please visit www.AppalachianOhio.org or call 740.753.1111.
 
About Gulfport Energy:
Gulfport Energy Corporation is an Oklahoma City-based independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with its principal producing properties located in the Utica Shale of Eastern Ohio and along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. In addition, Gulfport holds a sizeable acreage position in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada through its 25% interest in Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and has an equity interest in Diamondback Energy, Inc., a NASDAQ Global Select Market listed company. 
 
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.

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Announces the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund

 

At the July 17, 2015 Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) board of directors meeting, members presented a check for the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund to representatives of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Pictured from left to right are Harry Eadon, EODA secretary; Chris Abbuhl, EODA vice president; Tracy Drake, EODA president; Jim Schoch, EODA executive director; Evelyn Hileman, widow of Dale Hileman and legacy fund committee member; Dana Soter, legacy fund committee member; Holly Shelton, FAO vice president of donor services and administration; and Cindi Kerschbaumber, legacy fund committee member. Committee members missing from the photo include Sam Speck, Darnita Bradley, Dan Neff, and Eric Myers.

St. Clairsville, OHAt the July 17 Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) board of directors meeting, Executive Director Jim Schoch and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) announced the creation of the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund by the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance. The Fund is one way to celebrate Hileman’s legacy and further invest in the economic development of the region to which he committed so much of his life.

Executive Director Schoch stated, “My number one priority in taking over the executive director position in March was to create a legacy fund in honor of Dale. I’m not only proud to announce the creation of the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund, but also that the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance is contributing $10,000 to officially open the fund.”

“We are so pleased to be able to honor the memory of our friend Dale Hileman who gave so freely of his time and talents throughout his life to those in eastern Ohio,” said Tracy Drake, president of EODA. “It is a small token of our appreciation for all that he did during his life to support projects contributing to community and economic growth through the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund.”

Mr. Hileman passed away in February of this year after a lifetime of service to eastern Ohio. He worked for Columbia Gas of Ohio for 40 years, but even though he retired, that did not stop him from continuing to serve the region he loved. When he and his wife, Evelyn, stayed in Cambridge, Ohio in Guernsey County upon his retirement, Mr. Hileman remained committed to improving quality of life while steadfastly promoting his community.

Known to take an active role in whatever community he called home, Mr. Hileman is described as a humble man who had a great gift for networking to bring people together for the greater good, while remaining behind the scenes and away from public praise or recognition.

The new fund that bears his name will promote the same cause he promoted throughout his life, economic development and growth. The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund will support charitable, scientific, or educational activities of organizations working to promote economic growth within the counties served by EODA, an organization Mr. Hileman helped found.

Counties served by EODA and future grants from the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund include Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, and Washington.

“Dale Hileman made such a difference by bringing people together to learn from and support each other, especially economic and community development leaders,” noted Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. “The Dale Hileman Legacy Fund will celebrate Dale’s legacy of leadership by providing support to community and economic development efforts for generations to come.”

The mission of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. A central part of this work is to support communities across five areas essential to community and regional quality of life. Called the Pillars of Prosperity, these areas include arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services.

“This Fund is a way for all those who knew Dale to recognize all that he meant to us as well as continue his life’s work,” added executive director Schoch.

Gifts to the Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To mail your donation, please designate the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Gifts can also be made online at www.AppalachianOhio.org by selecting the Dale Hileman Legacy Fund when donating.

For more information about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and ways you can honor the legacy of others making a difference in our region, please visit www.AppalachianOhio.org or call 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.

About the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA)

The Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) was established in 1990 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. EODA is an independent, nonprofit organization consisting of sixteen counties in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. The mission of EODA is to stimulate the economic growth of the region through the initiation, coordination, and promotion of sound development programs resulting in the steady improvement of the quality of life for people in Eastern Ohio. EODA is regarded as the leading organization for economic development in Eastern Ohio. Its membership represents a broad spectrum of influences from economic development, government, business, industry, education and non-profit sectors. For more information about EODA, please visit www.eoda.org, email eodadirector@gmail.com, or call (740) 432-7902.

 

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Nelsonville, OH – One hundred and nine students across Appalachian Ohio have received scholarship awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) awarded 139 scholarships this year, totaling over $183,000 in post-secondary support to the region’s students. This represents a more than $30,000 increase in total scholarship dollars awarded to over 20 additional students through 30 more scholarships compared to 2014.
“We are grateful for the many individuals and businesses who gave to create scholarship opportunities for our region’s students,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. “These donors are opening the doors to post-secondary education for our region’s students.”
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s mission is to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. FAO is honored to partner with our donor-established scholarship funds in both supporting the continued educational pursuits of the region’s students and honoring the legacy and story behind each fund.
Each year, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s scholarship funds offer opportunities to students across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. Available through donor-established funds within the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, many honoring the legacy of a friend or loved one, scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process.
More information regarding FAO’s scholarships and a full list of 2015 recipients can be found on FAO’s website,www.AppalachianOhio.org.
If you are interested in how you can help students pursue their education, contact the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio at 740-753-1111 to find out how.
 
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, visitwww.AppalachianOhio.org.

2015 Scholarship Applications Now Available at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

Nelsonville, OH  With the close of another school year coming into sight, seniors have begun the search for scholarships to help with their post-secondary aspirations. With that in mind, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is excited to once again begin accepting scholarship applications. Scholarships are available from donor-established funds within FAO. Detailed information regarding eligibility and application guidelines, as well as the application, can be found at the Foundation’s website, www.AppalachianOhio.org. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.

“We are always inspired when we see the support our region’s students receive for their education every year,” said FAO President and CEO Cara Dingus Brook. “Because of our donors, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio can create educational opportunities and help students build their futures.”

The Foundation offers a variety of scholarships aimed at students from different counties, studies, and interests. Students can identify one or multiple scholarships suited to their educational plans.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities, guidelines, and application forms on FAO’s website at www.AppalachianOhio.org/scholarships. Completed applications and all accompanying materials must be emailed to tmann@ffao.org or mailed with postmark by March 31, 2015 to the Foundation’s office at PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764.

Each year, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio offers scholarships to students across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. For more information about how to grow scholarship resources for the region’s students, visit FAO’s website or call 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.