Family of Funds

Guernsey County Education Assistance Grant Fund

Though the name has changed [formally Dollars for Scholars], the mission has not. The Guernsey County Education Assistance Grant Fund is a scholarship fund established to support students who are residents of Guernsey County at the time of their graduation or those with an equivalent degree and 10 years of residency in the county. Scholarships from the Fund are available for four years and can be used in non-consecutive years and for varied educational pursuits, including technical schools and graduate schools. Guernsey County citizens who may be returning to school years after completing their high school degrees can also make use of the scholarships.

The Guernsey County Foundation Endowment Fund Donors

  • Nancy and Robert Dix, Jr.
  • Grant and Patricia Hafley
  • Rob Junker
  • The Stemmer Family Foundation Fund
  • Maribeth Wright, Ed Wright and Bob Paden in Memory of James and Mary Ellen Wright

Guernsey County Foundation Founding Donors in 1988

  • AVC Communications
  • Colegate-Palmolive
  • Community Industrial Association
  • The Daily Jeffersonian
  • U.S. Bank

G.D. Agnew Scholarship Fund

To provide educational support to seniors from Buckeye Trail High School, Cambridge High School and Meadowbrook High School accepted into and attending accredited 2-year & 4-year institutions and vocational programs.

Antrim Community Cemetery Association Endowment Fund

To support the charitable, educational and public purposes of Antrim, including maintenance, repair, restoration, preservation, beautification of public areas.

Byesville Rotary Fund

Endowment Fund –Donate

A fund to provide post-secondary scholarships to seniors of the Rolling Hills Local School District.

Cambridge City Schools Alumni and Friends Fund

Scholarship Fund –Donate

A fund to promote academic excellence and enhance the educational experience of all Cambridge City School students through classroom enrichment.

Cambridge Singers Scholarship Fund

Endowed Scholarship Fund –Donate

A fund providing scholarship awards to Cambridge students pursuing post-secondary studies in music.

Charles E. Chippi Scholarship Fund

To provide educational support to a senior from Buckeye Trail High School Cambridge High School or Meadowbrook High School majoring in education.

CHS Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund –Donate

A fund providing scholarship awards to graduating Cambridge High School students.

The Citizens for Rolling Hills Schools Fund

Endowment Fund –Donate

A fund providing support for Rolling Hills students and teachers through grant support to programs and activities that enhance and enrich their educational experience.

Friends of the East Guernsey Education Fund

The Friends of East Guernsey Education Fund was created to support academic and cultural opportunities for students and teachers of the East Guernsey Local School District not otherwise available. A part of the Guernsey County Foundation Family of Funds, the educational fund will provide grant support to educators in East Guernsey so they can provide their students with new projects, lessons, and experiences.

“This Fund will support our commitment to and passion for East Guernsey’s students and teachers,” said Cindy Bond and Amy Patterson representatives of the new Friends of East Guernsey Education Fund. “Our goal is for this fund to provide support to teachers to explore creative ways of engaging students.”

With the creation of the Friends of East Guernsey Education Fund, every school district in Guernsey County now has support from a philanthropic fund. These funds not only give teachers and students a new source of support, but offers citizens interested in supporting education a new way to give.

“There is no better way to invest in Guernsey County than to invest in our students’ education,” said David Caldwell, trustee of the Guernsey County Foundation. “With funds representing all of Guernsey’s school districts, it is now much easier for anyone wanting to support teachers and students to do so.”

Gifts to the Friends of East Guernsey Education Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To mail your donation, please designate the Friends of East Guernsey Education Fund and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. You may also donate online by clicking here.

Don Coss Memorial Scholarship to grant $8,000 to Guernsey County students

Don Coss’s legacy will live on through a scholarship fund for players on the Post 84 Cambridge American Legion Baseball Team. Through a bequest in Mr. Coss’s will, players can receive support to the post-secondary studies through the new Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund, part of the Guernsey County Foundation Fund Family of Funds.

This first year, the Fund awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to Guernsey County students. Awards were granted to James Antalis, Charles Beaver, Quintin Fettes, Benjamin Standiford, and Dillon Sunnafrank of Cambridge, as well as James Luyster of Quaker City, Zachary Roe of Lore City, and Ian Wildes of Salesville.

Mr. Coss was very involved in his community, serving on City Council, on the local school board, and as city treasurer, but he was best known in Guernsey County as “Mr. Baseball.” Mr. Coss started the American Legion Baseball program in Cambridge and was as passionate about baseball as he was about the young men playing it. When the Legion team started, Mr. Coss would drive 15 – 20 miles outside of Cambridge to pick up players who did not have the means to get to town.

In his will, Mr. Coss left money to start a scholarship program to aid Post 84 Legion players in pursuing vocational programs, associate degree programs, and programs at four-year institutions of higher learning.

“He wanted to be sure these kids get a helping hand as long as possible,” said Ron Antill, Post 84 Legion Team Manager and close friend of Mr. Coss. “His name will be around forever. (Players) won’t know who he was, but that he spent his life helping out kids.”

In establishing the Fund with the Guernsey County Foundation Fund Family of Funds, held with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Mr. Coss’s trustees and friends were able to create a permanent legacy that would assist Guernsey County students for generations to come.

“The money will be managed long after I’m gone. It should last forever,” Antill said.

The Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund is part of the Guernsey County Foundation Fund’s Family of Funds. The Guernsey County Foundation Fund is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Guernsey County community, both now and for generations to come. More information about the Guernsey County Foundation Fund can be found at, where you can also make a charitable donation to the Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund or any other fund under the Guernsey County Foundation Family of Funds. For more information about the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, please visit

Ricketts Memorial Fund established for charitable contributions

Frank and Esther Ricketts grew up in Coshocton. The daughter of Michael G. and Mahala Emler, Esther attended Ohio State University and taught home economics at Conesville High School after receiving her degree. Frank, the son of Frank H. and Ethel Ricketts, attended Marietta College and then began managing the family business, Ricketts Farm Hatcheries on Clark Street in Cambridge.

After their marriage in 1939, they purchased a house at 1244 Clark St. across from the business. They built a new home at 1301 Clark St. where they raised their children, Tom, Sue and Bob. Frank ran the business while Esther assisted him and taught kindergarten at Oakland Elementary School.

Frank transitioned his business into an Airstream travel trailer dealership in the early 1960s. A natural salesperson, he ranked as one of the top 10 dealers in the country for Airstream, in spite of being the only employee of his dealership. Guernsey Memorial Hospital purchased the Clark Street property in the 1970s and Frank and Esther moved to E. Wheeling Avenue and I-77 where he continued his business.

The two were active at First United Methodist Church, where Esther taught Sunday school and worked in the youth programs. Frank served on the Cambridge School Board and was active in the Kiwanis Club.

Esther passed away in 1981 and Frank died in 1998.

Tom who lives in Memphis, Tenn., his sister, Sue (Sayre), a resident of Springfield and brother, Bob, living in North Carolina, wanted a way to honor their parents who loved Cambridge so much. After looking at a number of options, they decided that the Guernsey County Foundation offered the best choice to accomplish their goals, so they established The Frank and Esther Ricketts Memorial Fund to benefit charitable needs in the area.

“The establishment of the Frank and Esther Ricketts Fund, by their children, in their honor is a wonderful gift for the community. As the Guernsey County Foundation and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio continue to partner by helping donors plan their philanthropic giving. We are always excited when we are able to help them meet their goals. We thank the Ricketts’ children for thinking of Cambridge with this generous gift that will continue to benefit the community for years to come,” said Maribeth Wright, president of the Guernsey County Foundation.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

This scholarship is open to any high school graduate (public, private or home schooled) of Guernsey County, Ohio.  $500 will be awarded to a student entering their sophomore year or later at a 2- or 4-year school or college, pursuing a degree in agriculture or related studies (e.g. veterinary medicine, forestry, agronomy, horticulture, natural resources, agricultural education or engineering, etc.)


Endowment Fund –Donate

These are scholarships for the Rolling Hills School District seniors going to college. The Byesville Rotary saved money from their annual scholarship Golf Outing. They continue to deposit regularly to this fund and are happy with its continued growth. The Byesville Rotary holds a Golf Outing each Spring to build their fund and offer scholarships.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

Doug devoted a great deal of his life to sports; in particular, to golf. It would have been his wish to assemble his many friends, family, and colleagues to participate in an annual golf outing. Each year family and friends of Doug Steele are present an Annual Golf Fore Life Tournament. All proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.In the inaugural year, the proceeds were distributed equally between two charities – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Doug Steele Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established on June 7, 2006. In that first year, we were able to jumpstart Doug’s annual scholarship – awarded to a graduating senior at Doug’s alma mater, Cambridge High School. A portion of our donation helped fund important research projects, including a T-cell Lymphoma study being conducted at The Ohio State University. Three scholarships awarded, one annually since 2008. In addition, our proceeds benefitted the local chapter of the LLS.

For more inforamtion visit the Doug Steele Memorial Golf Fore Life Tournament website.


Endowment provided by Grant & Patricia Hafley –Donate


Endowment Fund –Donate

2007 marked the center’s 35th year of offering an assortment of services and recreational activities to senior citizens aged 60 and older throughout the county. The center can now continue to offer these services for years to come, thanks to an endowment fund with FAO. The fund helps to secure the future of the organization and encourage the growth of the center and its programs. It also allows for donations to be contributed to the agency.”By creating the fund with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, we have helped to diminish concern of where our money is going and focus more on the commitment of providing services to senior citizens,” said Shon Gress, executive director of the Guernsey County Senior Citizen Center.


Endowment Fund –Donate

This fund is used to provide support to the Haven of Hope. This organization is a private, non-profit, family violence prevention social service agency, serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape in Guernsey and Noble Counties. The Board of Directors of the Haven of Hope created this fund to assure the Haven of Hope’s existence for generations to come and to provide future funding.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

Established in December 2010. Fund to provide scholarship support for students attending East Guernsey School District.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

Established on November 6, 2006. This fund honors the life and memory of Jenny Cornelius-Woltz by providing scholarship awards in perpetuity to one or more deserving students graduating from John Glenn High School in Guernsey County, with a primary interest in nursing. Has awarded one scholarship to date.


Donor-Advised Fund –Donate

Former Colorado Rockies Baseball pitcher Kevin Ritz and his wife, sally, say sharing their resources is about supporting what has been most important to them, including community services, increased recreational opportunities for young people, and an enhanced quality of life for families and children in the area where they live.Kevin says Little League and Babe Ruth baseball were instrumental in shaping who he is today; they provided important growth opportunities and he wants to ensure the same for youth in the area where he, Sally, and their children now call home.
Establishing the Kevin Ritz Family Foundation at the FAO has helped Kevin and Sally meet this goal. Through working with FAO, the Ritzes were able to focus on their donations while the FAO handled the administrative and investment responsibilities of their fund.
The Foundation holds an Annual Golf Outting to support “The Challenger League” which is a baseball league for youth with disabilities. The Foundation also sponsors the Guernsey County Dental lab.


Endowment Fund –Donate

Established on January 17, 2006, this fund helps to maintain a form where emerging and potential leaders of Guernsey County can establish a communications network enabling the assembly and exchange of ideas to enhance quality of life within the Guernsey community.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

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.To download an application form visit Lester D. and Thelma I. Ellwood Educational Scholarship at FAO’s website.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

Established on January 2, 2009. This donor advised fund is used to benefit Guernsey County.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

This fund is used to create two scholarships for students graduating from Buckeye Trail High School. The donations are from Madison High School Alumni.


Scholarship Fund established by Madison High School Alumni Assn. –Donate

Established on January 3, 2006, this fund provides scholarship support to a graduating senior from Buckeye Trail High School and residing in the general area of the former school district of Madison High School. Awarded one scholarship in 2009.


Endowment Fund –Donate

The Shepard Fund awards grants to benefit cultural and economic programs for Cambridge and/or Guernsey County. In addition, an annual distribution is made to benefit United Way of Guernsey County. An advisory committee, made up of two officers of the Cambridge Foundation and John A. Davis, assists with grant recommendations.Shepard Fund grants totaled over $13,000 in 2007 supporting cultural and economic programs benefiting Cambridge and Guernsey Counties. In addition, distributions totaling more than $5,000 were approved by the Cambridge Foundation to increase the Shepard Fund grants.
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 Counties. 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 Company opened. Her father made the first piece of glassware produced at the company.
For more information view the press release at the Columbus Foundation.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

Established in 2011. Fund to provide scholarship support to deserving students graduating from Rolling Hills School District.


Endowment Fund –Donate

In 1967, men of the community donated $100 each and formed the Guernsey Memorial Centurion Club with the specific purpose of providing for future improvements of the hospital on an annual basis. The group later become known as Guernsey Health Foundation Family of Friends. The name changed to reflect the variety of donors and the amounts they contribute. All donations made to the fund are used to purchase equipment or benefit patient care at Southeastern Med. Donations are never used for operating expenses or associate salaries.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

Before her death in 2007, Zelma Gray established her support for medical professionals and care in Guernsey County through a scholarship fund with WesBanco Trust and Investment Services. Designed to support Guernsey County residents’ pursuit of medical school education as well as encourage that talent to remain in, or return to, Guernsey County to serve its citizens upon completion of medical training.Born in 1919, the late Zelma Gray was a lifelong resident of Guernsey County in Madison Township and a 1937 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. Throughout her life, Ms. Gray showed her devotion to the Londonderry United Methodist Church as well as her family and friends in the Guernsey County community. Ms.Gray’s scholarship is a testament to her commitment to a continued and enhanced quality of life in the area she called home.
Current and recent Guernsey County residents are eligible for the Zelma Gray Medical School Scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, lab fees and text books while pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) at an accredited medical school within the United States, in hopes that he or she will practice medicine in Guernsey County upon completion of his or her degree and training. Awards will be determined through objective criteria, including MCAT scores and college transcripts.
To download an application form visit Zelma Gray Medical School Scholarship at FAO’s website.


Scholarship Fund –Donate

Established on August 30, 2005, this fund provides scholarship support to deserving students residing in the Byesville area and graduating from Meadowbrook High School in Guernsey County, wishing to major in education. Awarded ten scholarships to date, two in 2006; four in 2007; and four in 2008.

East Guernsey Fine and Performing Arts Fund
This is a “sub-fund” created under the Friends of East Guernsey Education Fund to support teachers in the East Guernsey School District in implementing fine and performing arts activities and programs.

Rolling Hills Foundation Scholarship Program Fund  
This fund was created to support the Rolling Hills School District and its Scholarship Program.

Nicolozakes Trucking & Construction, Inc. Fund
This is an Environmental Stewardship Pillar of Prosperity Fund

Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge Fund