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1964 PHS Alumni Scholarship Fund

The Portsmouth High School Class of 1964 has established a new scholarship fund at the Scioto Foundation designed to leave a legacy for the class and help future PHS graduates pay for college educations.

Additions to the fund may be made by alumnae, friends, family and supporters of Portsmouth High School in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property to the fund at any time. Contributions also may be made to honor and recognize a Portsmouth High School graduate or to serve as a memorial to an individual.

Tax-deductible donations to the PHS Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund may be made by checks sent to the Scioto Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, OH, 45662 by credit card, or on-line following directions on the Foundation’s website at www.sciotofoundation.org.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior of Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Must complete PHS essay 

 

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Abby Ruby Memorial Scholarship Fund

Abby was born February 24, 2011 in Columbus to Jesse and Kristin (Barnett) Ruby.  Abby attended preschool in South Webster and played Pee-Wee soccer in Minford.  She was full of life and put a smile on the face of everyone she came in contact with.  She loved playing outside and with her kittens, Tiger and Buckeye. She attended Union Freewill Baptist Church where she participated in youth activities.

Sadly she passed away at age Four. Her family established this fund in her memory. 


Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior of Minford or South Webster high school, Scioto County, Ohio

  • Enrolled at a vocational, college or university

  • Must show school spirit and kindness - school community involvement

A committee of South Webster and Minford teachers and family will select the scholarship recipient each year. Contact South Webster High School and Minford High School guidance office for details.

Scholarships associated with Abby Ruby Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Abby Ruby Memorial Scholarship Fund
Abe & Bette Zuber Memorial - Portsmouth Retail Merchants Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Planning to attend Shawnee State University 
  • Majoring in Business
  • Incoming freshman
  • A graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school
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Adams County Health-related Scholarship Fund

Friend, fellow physicians, and co-workers at the Adams County Hospital established the Adams County Health-related Scholarship to honor memory of Dr. Pixley who passed away on October 16, 2000 at the age of 61. The scholarship fund assists qualified students in Adams County interested in pursuing a health-related career.

Dr. Pixley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio was a 1959 graduate of Peebles High School. Upon graduation, he attended Ohio University in Athens, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He graduated in 1963, and continued his studies at Ohio University Autonima Guadalajara in Mexico and received a medical degree in May of 1973 .

Dr. Pixley returned to the United States and did his internship at the Maimonides Medical center in Brooklyn, New York, which he completed in June of 1975. He performed his residency in family practice at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, which he completed in June of 1977.

Dr. Pixley returned to Adams County in 1977 and established and maintained a family practice in Peebles for 17 years. He was a part-time Emergency Room Physician in the Adams County Emergency Department. In 1984 Dr. Pixely closed his private practice and became a full-time ER Department Physician. 

Dr. Pixely leaves behind his wife Patricia and two children.   

Adams County Medical Society established this scholarship in memory of Dr. David Pixley

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior from an Adams County, Ohio high school
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Majoring in a health-related field
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Amy M. Keating Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Amy M. Keating Scholarship Fund established by Kathy Fish and Tom Keating, Amy’s mother and husband, in memory of the highly-regarded English teacher and tennis coach who passed away on February 5, 2019.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be graduating seniors from Portsmouth or Notre Dame High School and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a scale of 4.0. Preference will be given to students studying education and attending Ohio schools.  As the fund grows, it is anticipated that annual awards will be made to graduating seniors from other high schools in Scioto County. 

A committee of up to five members will make annual selections in concert with the Scioto Foundation’s volunteer scholarship committee.  If the committee no longer chooses to make the selections, the volunteer scholarship committee, on behalf of the Scioto Foundation Board of Governors, will name the annual recipients. 

A daughter of David E. Barney and Kathy Boyce Fish, Amy was born June 20, 1969 in Portsmouth.  An English teacher at Portsmouth High School, Amy was influential not only as a tennis coach but also as a life coach for her students. She was a successful Quiz Bowl and Mock Trial coach, had multiple winning seasons in both Boys’ and Girls’ tennis and was the yearbook advisor. Amy coined the PHS phrase “You Belong Here” and was instrumental in the development of the school’s new food bank.  She was an avid tennis player and enjoyed tackling new adventures such as hiking with friends, old and new.

 “Amy regularly received letters from her former students thanking her for preparing them for college English. Students came by the school to see her and to let her know they wouldn’t have made it through college if it weren’t for her classes,” said her mother and husband. “Amy was the kind of teacher and person that the students wanted to be with – whether in the classroom or the tennis courts. Parents have told us their daughters want to be like Amy. Some parents told us they encouraged their children to sign up for everything Amy was doing so they could spend more time with her.”

“Amy encouraged and inspired her students, and she made each and every one of them feel special. She encouraged them to push themselves to be better students, athletes and people. We want the scholarship fund to keep Amy’s legacy alive by helping those who seek a good life for themselves while helping others achieve success. Amy’s message was ‘Believe in your abilities,’ “ Fish and Keating explained.

Amy was a 1987 graduate of PHS and earned a Bachelor of English degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a teaching degree from Ohio University. She received a Master of Education degree from Concordia University. Amy was a board member of the Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery and attended Cornerstone United Methodist Church. She and Tom were married on August 7, 2000 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  Their family includes stepsons Thomas Jacob and Benjamin David Keating of Indianapolis, Indiana and stepdaughter Megan Sowkulech of McDermott, Ohio. 

Additions to the Amy M. Keating Scholarship Fund may be made by friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time.  Further information about the Amy M. Keating Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org


Scholarship Criteria: 

  • Graduating senior from Portsmouth High School or Notre Dame High School in Scioto County, Ohio

  • 2.8 GPA or above


Preference for Education Major and those attending a college or university in Ohio. 

Anna Daehler Stillwell Memorial Scholarship Fund

She was born on February 9, 1918 in Portsmouth to the late Dr. John Walter Daehler and Ada Emma Rosenbush Daehler, and was a 1935 graduate of Portsmouth High School. She began college at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, but during her second year there, she became quite ill with rheumatic fever. The following year she transferred to Ohio State, where she was in the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She graduated from Ohio State in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in English. She worked in her brother's doctor's office from 1958-1967 where she performed various office management and medical assistant duties.

Anna Margaret centered her life around her faith and her family, and she was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. As anyone who spent time with her knew, she was very proud of her entire family. She also was eager to participate in her family's life in any way she could.

She was a devoted member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ her entire life, where she served as President of the Council, Church Secretary and Church Treasurer; was a long-time member of the choir; taught Sunday School and counted offerings on Sundays. She also served on the Board of the Home for Aged Women, was a member of the Coterie Club, volunteered at the Southern Ohio Medical Center gift shop and was a generous supporter of the productions at the Vern Riffe Center in Portsmouth.

 

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school
  • Enrolled at Ohio State University, Denison University, Miami (Ohio) University or Shawnee State University
  • Undergraduate 


 
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Augusta A. & Rose L. Jacobs Memorial Fund

The creation of the Augusta A. Jacobs and Rose L. Jacobs Memorial Fund.

Commemorating the lives of two women who were long-time community residents and generous benefactors, the fund has awarded a total of 15 scholarships in fields of either music or business to students in the Portsmouth area. 

Augusta Jacobs died in 2002 at the age of 77. A daughter of Rose and the late Jacob H. Jacobs, she graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1977 and from the University of Cincinnati in 1948. She was a teacher of business at Green High School for 47 years and a member of the Green Local Teachers’ Association; the Ohio Teachers’ Association; the National Education Association, Shawnee State University South Central Ohio Chapter, and the Portsmouth Retired Teachers’ Association. The day after retiring as a teacher, she joined her mother Rose in working at the Eagle Coal and Iron Company.

Active in the community, she was President of Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, past President of the American Association of University Women and the Portsmouth Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the Green Triangle Garden Club, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club and the Sisterhood of Temple B’Nai Abraham.

She was a Kentucky Colonel, a life member of the Pyramid Club of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, life member of the Shawnee State University Presidents’ Club, the Southeastern Ohio Teachers’ Association, United Way of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. She was listed in Who’s Who in American Women. She was also a volunteer for the Southern Ohio Medical Center and a member of the Ladies Golf Association of the Elks Country Club.  She was honored with the Journal of Business Education Award in 1947.

Rose Jacobs died in 2005 at age 103. In 1957 she was preceded in death by her husband Jacob Jacobs whom she married in 1924.  Rose attended Hughes High School in Cincinnati and continued her education at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She and her husband founded the Eagle Coal and Iron Company in 1929, and she was the sole proprietor of the company from 1957 until her retirement in 1998.
                                                                    
Rose was the oldest member of B’Nai Abraham, where she was a former president of the Sisterhood and the first woman trustee of the congregation. She participated in various organizations and clubs and assisted with the American Red Cross blood drives and blood bank.

Rose was named to Who’s Who in American Women numerous times. She was a Kentucky Colonel, a former president of the Scioto Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a former secretary-treasurer of the Mercy Hospital Guild. She was the oldest and a charter member of the Portsmouth Business and Professional Women’s Club and an officer of the American Cancer Society. She was also a member of the Soroptomist Club, the American Legion Auxiliary and the advisory board of Family and Children Services.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduated from a Scioto County, Ohio high school
  • Must have a college Sophomore, Junior or Senior status 
  • Majoring in Business or Music
  • Undergraduate
Incoming freshman will be considered if the selection in not large enough
Minors are not considered
Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in 2012, the Baker Memorial Scholarship was created to memorialize father and son, Larry and Shawn Baker.  Both Larry and his son Shawn dedicated their lives to emergency health-care as EMTs and Paramedics in Southeastern Ohio and also strived to educate others on quality patient care. The scholarship will recognize students in Southeastern Ohio who exhibit many of the same unselfish qualities as Shawn and Larry and desire to pursue a career as a Paramedic. 

Larry Lee Baker died unexpectedly on June 7, 2003 at the age of 66. Larry graduated from Middleport High School, owned Larry Baker Photography from 1974 until 1999, and retired from Century Aluminum in Ravenswood in 1999 after 33 years  Following retirement, Larry enjoyed attending the University of Rio Grande for three years in the fine woodworking department. He also had just completed a real estate class with a desire to enter that field in his spare time.  

Although Larry was dedicated to his family and full-time employment, he received much personal joy and satisfaction from helping and teaching others in the medical field. He was an active member of the Middleport Volunteer Fire Department and Middleport First Aid Squad for 40 years, serving 12 of those years as a First Aid Chief. He taught EMT classes for the State of Ohio through the Tri-County JVS while completing his Paramedic training. For decades Larry taught EMT classes to area firemen and squad members. Personally, Larry was kind, compassionate, loyal and dedicated husband to his wife Phyllis, loving father to two sons, Shawn and Matt, and devoted grandfather to his three grandchildren. 

Following in his father's footsteps, Michael Shawn Baker was always driven, even at a young age, to become a Paramedic. Shawn joined the Middleport Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer EMS before graduating from Meigs High School and attended medicine. He then worked as a Paramedic for SEOEMS, the Gallia County EMS, the Meigs County EMS and Helthnet.

Shawn began his career with Medflight of Ohio in 1998 and worked for four years on Mobile Intensive Care Unit in Nelsonville. Then in August 2002 Shawn achieved his lifetime goal of becoming a flight Paramedic and began working in Wellston as a dedicated MedFlight partner in the Rotor wind Division. During his eight years as a helicopter Paramedic, Shawn also served as a special topics instructor and presented landing zones lectures to area fire department and EMS's.

Like his father, Shawn also worked tirelessly in Southeastern Ohio Educating others on patient care and giving back to the communities. He taught First Aid and CPR at the University of Rio Grande Meigs Center and was instrumental in helping to organize and begin the only paid EMS in Meigs County. In addition to his medical career, Shawn was also a Journeyman electrician and had a great passion for dogs; he recently had become a Certified Master Dog Trainer.

Tragically and unexpectedly, Shawn, who was only 42, passed away on October 19, 2010, while on call at MedFlight. As an organ and tissue donor, Shawn's last act was in serving others. He will be remembered not only for his sense of humor and fun-loving demeanor but also for his dedication to his family, co-workers and the patients he cared for and whose lives he saved. Shawn was blessed with the personality whom everyone enjoys; he was caring, charismatic, loyal, dependable, and a stellar jokester. Never one to accept any credit, Shawn would always humbly say he was "just doing my job." He is greatly missed by his soul mate and wife Tina, his devoted mother, his brother Matt and his wife Missy, and his adoring nephew and nieces. 

To honor Shawn's memory nationally, his name was etched onto the Air Medical Memorial located outside of Denver, Colorado and he will be recognized by the National EMS Memorial for his dedication to the medical field. Locally, their family and friends will honor both Larry and Shawn by creating this memorial scholarship. 

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduated from an Ohio high school located in Hocking, Meigs, Vinton, Athens, Jackson or Gallia County,
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • Enrolled in an accredited paramedic or EMT program.
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Bernard V. Counts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

A native of Scioto County, Bernie was a 1976 graduate of Northwest High School. He later attended Ohio University and graduated with honors in 1987, with a bachelor’s degree in environmental zoology. The following year he took a job with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
 
To his coworkers at the Ohio EPA, Bernie was known as a dedicated and likable man who had an extensive knowledge of dragonflies. “He was one of those guys, if you asked him to do something you knew it would get done without any questions,” said Chris Yoder, supervisor of the ecological assessment unit where Bernie worked.
 
Counts conducted aquatic ecological studies for sites regulated by the Division of Emergency and Remedial Response. He investigated the environmental damage done by chemical spills and other pollution problems. Over the years, Bernie was involved in evaluating more than 80 rivers and streams in Ohio. He helped raise the alarm about the hazards in the Little Scioto River in Marion County long before Marion’s pollution problems became widely known.
 
An avid reader and life-long learner, Bernie was a member of the Dragonfly Society of America and the Ohio Odonata Society. He contributed a chapter to Dragonflies of Ohio, written by his friend, Bob Glotzhober, curator of natural history for the Ohio Historical Society.
 
“Bernie dedicated his life to making a small footprint on the planet. He was involved in many environmental protection issues and practiced what he preached,” said co-worker Dave Altfater. Bernie will be fondly remembered as a excellent colleague, an advocate for the environment, and a man dedicated and passionate about his work. All who knew him felt fortunate to have called Bernie Counts a friend. 


Scholarship Description:

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio High School

  • Pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies

Besco Family Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Besco Family Scholarship Fund, established by Doug Besco in memory of his mother, Mary Nagel Besco, and his sister, Anna Marie Besco. 
To be eligible for the Besco Family Scholarship, students must be graduating seniors from South Webster High School, reside in Bloom or Vernon Townships and plan to attend Ohio University or an OU branch campus, Rio Grande University or Shawnee State University. Eligible applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or above. Top consideration will be given to education majors; however students majoring in social work or sociology with an emphasis in social work may apply.
Selections for the Besco Scholarship will be made by the Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee.
With his creation of the new scholarship fund, Besco honors two strong, resourceful women who recognized the significance of education and family ties to the South Webster area. His mother, sister and Besco himself graduated from South Webster High School.
Mary Nagel Besco’s mother died when she was only two years old. While her siblings were sent to the Children’s Home, Mary went to live with an aunt and uncle in New Boston where her uncle worked at the steel mill. When the 1937 flood threatened that area, the family moved to Vernon Township. Both the aunt and uncle passed away during Mary’s senior year in high school there and left her their property. She graduated from high school in June of 1940 and married Thomas Besco. Anna Marie was born in March of 1941, and Thomas was drafted into the United States army and stationed in Japan.
Mary never drove a car but was very self-reliant on her own with a small child. 
“She was the type of person who mentored other people and gave good advice,” said Doug Besco. “Later she taught at Happy Hearts School.”
Anna Marie graduated from high school in 1959 and immediately began to work toward a cadet teaching certificate at Rio Grande in order to achieve a teaching position as soon as possible. She taught one year at Vernon Elementary, then several years in Marysville, Ohio, and later in Florida. She also taught at military bases in Goose Bay, Labrador and Rhine-Main, Germany before moving to California and Arizona where she worked in real estate. 

Doug Besco graduated from South Webster 50 years ago. He planned to teach but won a Detroit Steel Scholarship for the fields of labor relations and business and earned a degree in those fields. He graduated from Ohio University in 1970, then took a Civil Service exam and was hired as a social worker in the Scioto County Jobs and Family Services Program where he worked for 32 years. He also taught business courses at Portsmouth Interstate Business College for a while. He is now the proprietor of the Remember When antique shop on Second Street in Portsmouth.

When Doug’s sister died in Tucson, Arizona, the proceeds from the sale of her real estate office building came to him. After investing it, Besco decided he wanted to do something to remember his mother and sister with the establishment of the Besco Family Scholarship fund.
“I know how much a scholarship meant to me, not having student loans and helping with other expenses,” Besco said. “This scholarship will help, especially if a student attends Shawnee State. Education was very important to me and to my sister.”

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a graduating senior at South Webster High School, Scioto County, Ohio.
  • Enrolled at Ohio University, a branch of Ohio University, Rio Grande University or Shawnee State University
  • GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Majoring in Education, Social Work, or Sociology with a concentration in Social Work
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Bill Newman Sportsmanship Memorial Scholarship Fund

Bill was an advocate of youth and sports for most of his life. He was a retired OHSAA official for baseball, basketball, football, softball and volleyball. Through his 50-plus years of officiating and his 29 years of coaching American Legion Baseball, he was privileged to mentor and touch many lives. His teams won many league championships and one state championship. Several of his players went on to play major league baseball. He officiated in district, regional and state tournament games. He was inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame and into the Portsmouth High School Hall of Fame. He was honored with the signing of a star on the Portsmouth Floodwall. Bill received numerous honors and recognitions throughout his career for his many sports accomplishments. Bill always believed his greatest accomplishment was the love and support of his family. HOT-CHAMALE!

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must complete the Bill Newman Sportsmanship Essay

  • Must show good sportsmanship

  • Must be a graduating senior of a Scioto County, Ohio High School

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Bill Weaver Boys' Basketball Scholarship Fund

Connie Weaver, wife of the late Bill Weaver, established this scholarship fund to benefit a senior member of the Valley High School Boys Basketball team who plans to attend a college or university. The first recipient of the award will be selected in February 2001, and will be recognized during the Valley High School Spring Sports Banquet in March of 2001. 

The late Bill Weaver was a 1964 graduate of Valley High School. While a student at Valley, Bill was a member of and an outstanding player for the high school basketball team. During his sophomore, junior, and senior years, Bill played on the varsity team. Mr. Bill Damron was his coach until his senior year. At that time his mentors became coach, Ron Partridge and assistant coach, Dick Howard. Bill won many awards and honors in basketball that include being a member of the first team all Scioto County League his senior year. In both his junior and senior years, he was chosen as the team's MVP. 

Bill was an army veteran and served in the Vietnam War, from which he received a purple heart. Bill was formerly employed at the Southern Ohio Correctional as a Correction Officer until he retired in April of 2000. 

 

Scholarship Description:

  • Graduating senior of Valley High Schoo(VHS), Lucasville, Ohio
  • Member of the VHS boys varsity basketball team. 

Contact Valley High School Guidance for more details. 

Bob Doll Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria
  • Graduating Senior for Portsmouth High School, Ohio
  • Must Show Financial Need
  • GPA 3.25 or Higher
  • Must be hard working athlete
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Bobby J. Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund

Proceeds of the City of Portsmouth's Employee Recognition Dinner held January 18, 2003 Established this fund honoring Bobby J. Burns. The dinner was sponsored by Tri-State Coca Cola Bottling Company and numerous local businesses. Officials from the City chose to honor the memory of Burns through this scholarship.

"During the final stages of the development of this scholarship we lost a good friend -- Bob Burns. Sometime during the days that followed we were struck with the notion of what better way to say thank you to Bob than to name this scholarship after him. Through this award it is our hope Bob's life and good work will continue for many years to come," said Mayor Greg Bauer. 

The scholarship will assist a graduating senior who plans to attend Shawnee State University and is a child of a City of Portsmouth employee. The recipient must be active in the community. This scholarship is renewable for three years provided the recipient maintains a 2.0 GPA. The first recipient will be chosen Spring 2004. 

Bobby J. Burns was born in Huntington, WV., in 1959. He was the son of Polly Faye Maynard Burns and the late Paul Burns. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Michele Wylie Burns and children, Leah Burns, Micah Burns and John Burns.

Burns was a 1977 graduate of Chesapeake HS and a 1995 graduate of the Scioto County Joint Vocational School where he received his Licensed Practical Nursing degree. He worked during some of his off hours from the city as an LPN, his last being in the Emergency Department of the Adams County Hospital.

"Often when asked by others what type of work he did, Burns would always reply by saying he was public servant, which is exactly how he saw himself. He lived to help others, young and old. As he puts it, the young ones, 'they just need someone to really listen to them' and he would just be there for them and the elderly. He would always feel the seniors would so graciously extend their arms and welcome him into their family. He believed that his job gave him the opportunity to help," remembers his wife, Michele. 

"Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday. He always said he had a lot to be thankful for because it seemed he was always getting a lot more than he gave. Nothing could shine his name brighter than a scholarship for children, and we, the Burns family, thank all of those involved in helping a true loving man's name live on," expressed Michele. 

Scholarship Criteria: 

  • Graduating senior of a Scioto County, Ohio High School unless the scholarship is renewed

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University

  • Child of an employee of the City of Portsmouth.

  • Active in the community

May be renewed for three additional years if recipient maintains a 2.0 GPA.

UPPER CLASSMAN can only apply if a renewal

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Brenda Musser Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria: 
  • Junior or Senior status
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Majoring in Special Education
  • Accredited college or university
  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school 
Burton D. Raine & Thelma T. Raine Scholarship Fund

In 2000, the Burton D. Raine & Thelma T. Raine Memorial Scholarship fund was created through Mrs. Raine’s bequest. This fund will provide two separate scholarship awards based upon need and merit. The first will provide assistance to high school graduates from Adams & Scioto Counties majoring in the health care field. The Scioto Foundation Scholarship Committee will select the Scioto County scholarship recipients. The second will provide scholarship assistance to graduates of Manchester High School in Adams County, Ohio. Manchester High School employees will make the selection for the Adams County scholarship. 

Thelma T. Raine was born on June 18, 1899, in Manchester, Ohio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Arthur Tucker. Raine was a graduate of from Indiana University, a homemaker and member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Huntington, WV. Thelma Raine and her husband, Burton, a Huntington WV businessman, moved to Portsmouth and were charter residents of Hill View Retirement Center in 1975. Thelma lived to celebrate her 100thbirthday, passing August 6, 1999.

Established in 2000

Scholarship Criteria:
Adams County students
  • Graduate from Manchester High School, Adams County, Ohio
  • Majoring in Education or Healthcare
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university
Scioto County students
  • Graduate from a high school in Scioto County, Ohio 
  • Majoring in Education or Healthcare 
  • Enrolled at an accredited college or university
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Carl E. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund

Brooks was born in Portsmouth and attended the U.S. Grant grade school until he moved to Union Township after the 1937 flood. There he lived along the little Bear Creek near Highway 73. He attended Union Township Grade School and Otway High School. At the age of 17, Carl left the area to join the Navy Seabees during WWII. Served in Guinea and the Philippine Island. Books retired U.S. Customs Agent. 
 
During his 20 years as an agent, Carl became interested in learning Spanish but never quite achieved his goal. Upon retirement, he renewed his efforts to learn Spanish., which ultimately took him to Cuarnavaca., Mexico. For two months he lived there with a Mexican Family and attended a language school. When Brooks returned to Ft. Myers, he gained teaching experience by instructing English to Spanish speaking immigrants. For the past 11 years he has devoted himself to teaching English to people of other languages. 
 
Why did Brooks create this fund, according to Carl, “ I thought I should try to do something beneficial for the town and county of my birth, the place and people that nurtured me during my formative years. I hope that this gift, Portsmouth and Scioto County will be better off because Carl E. Brooks passed this way on journey through life.”

Established in 2000

Scholarship Description:

  • Scioto County, Ohio high school graduate

  • Have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act

Charles P. and Geneva Varney Memorial Scholarship Fund

A committee of Portsmouth High School alumni chaired by Stanley Workman, Jr. has established the Charles P. and Geneva Varney Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Scioto Foundation to honor the long-time music educator and community leader who died April 9 after an extended battle with cancer. 

“We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Charles and Geneva Varney Scholarship Fund celebrating the achievements of Charles Varney as a teacher, performer and choral director in Scioto County since the early 1950’s,” said Workman. “While the details of the scholarship are still being worked out, it will be open to vocalists from Scioto County choosing a career in music education, performance or choral conducting, especially honoring Mr. Varney’s commitment and dedication to the talent of young people in this area.”

The committee invites and encourages friends and former students of Varney to contribute to the fund.  Contributions designated for the Varney Scholarship Fund may be sent to the Scioto Foundation, P.O. Box 911 or 303 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.

Born on September 17, 1931 in Huntington, WV, Charles served in the U. S. Air Force as an Intelligence Specialist during the Korean War before attending and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1958 he took the position of Music Specialist for the Wheelersburg Public Schools and in 1962 moved to the Portsmouth City Schools where he remained for 27 years until his retirement. He was an adjunct faculty member of the Shawnee State University College of Education for 12 years.

During his career as music educator, Charles also served six church congregations as choir director and was the director of the Portsmouth Male Chorus for 27 years. He was bass soloist for services at B’nai Abraham Temple in Portsmouth for 40 years and founded and directed the Portsmouth Symphony Chorale until 2009. 

Charles served in leadership roles for numerous professional and community organizations including Second Presbyterian Church, the Portsmouth City Teachers Association,  the Ohio Association of Classroom Teachers, the Southern Ohio Community Concerts Association, the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association and the Scioto County Retired Teachers Association. Charles was also president of the Wheelersburg Kiwanis Club for three terms and Lt. Governor of the 9thDivision of the Ohio District. He was a 32nddegree Mason in the Wheelersburg Western Sun No. 91 Masonic Lodge. 

With his wife Geneva, also a retired educator, Charles had 3 children, Joseph Roy Varney who died in an accident in 1987, Charlotte Ann Campbell of West Jordan, Utah, and Charlie Varney of Honolulu, Hawaii, and 10 grandchildren.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must pursue a degree in Vocal Preformance, Music Education with emphasis in voice/choral conducting, or Church Music with emphasis in voice/choral conducting
  • Scioto County residents will receive first priority
  • Residents of neighboring counties may apply and will receive consideration
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Audition and essay are required. - The essay must be 500 words or more on your intent, outlining musical training and experiences, as well as your goals in the field of music, both short and long term.
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Charlie Bill Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in 2007

Established by Greene's family, Rosalee and daughters, Ginger Tyree and Kandy Hines, as a memorial to the longtime music educator whose teaching career ranged from 1959 to 1994. 

Mrs. Greene and her daughters originated the scholarship fund "to keep her husband's influence going and to encourage young people to go on and fullfill their goals in music. He appreciated the students that continued their musical education and bacame professionals or that used their musical training as enjoyment," said Mrs. Greene. 

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior from a Greenup Co., KY or Scioto Co.,OH high school
  • Pursuing a Music degree
  • Submittal of a music audition is required
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Coach Shurl Shoemaker Scholarship Fund

Established by former athletes of Coach Shurl Shoemaker, this fund provides scholarship assistance to a worthy high school graduate from the Scioto County area who has progressed beyond the second year of study at a college or university that he or she intends to pursue a full-time career in teaching. 

Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in coaching athletic teams at the elementary, middle and/or high school level.

Shoemaker was born in 1934. He attended North Moreland school and graduate from Portsmouth East high school in 1952. Following graduation, Shoemaker graduated from Ohio University with BS in Education. In 1956, he started teaching in the Portsmouth city school district, and taught there for the next 30 years. 

Shoemaker was active in coaching, including teams for North Moreland, Roosevelt, Mckinley and Portsmouth high school girls basketball. 

In addition to coaching in the Portsmouth city school district, from 1953 to 1975, Shoemaker was active in the New Boston Kiwanis Little League. 

According to former athlete, Norm Burroughs, "Coach Shoemaker is one of those rare individuals we are very lucky to brush up against in life. I'm so thankful to have been blessed with his influence and care. He has made a difference in my life."



Scholarship Description: 

  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school

  • Sophomore rank or higher at an accredited college or university

  • Majoring in education and planning to pursue a career in teaching

  • Undergrad

Preference is given to students who are interested in coaching athletic teams at the elementary, middle and/or high school level.

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The Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Courtney Clifford. Courtney bravely battled ovarian cancer for five years and was a thyroid cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at the age of 14.
 
Courtney was a valedictorian of the Class of 2001 at Portsmouth High School. While at P.H.S., she was an All-State Athlete in tennis, basketball and softball, senior class president and football homecoming queen.
 
Courtney graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was also a member of the women’s tennis team. She was president of the Public Relations Student Society of America and event chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on the campus of UNCC. Courtney was also involved with the Catholic Campus Youth Ministry.
 
Following graduation from UNCC, Courtney was employed by American Tennis Professionals (ATP) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
 
Shortly following her employment, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and returned home to begin the fight of her life.
 
Courtney untiringly advocated for herself and others affected by cancer. She attended Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Summits in Texas and at the Ohio State University. She also attended the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance Conference in Washington D.C. Courtney will be remembered for her cancer awareness efforts and her selfless work to ensure that someday cancer will be eradicated.
 
Courtney's journey in the cancer world showed her intense fight and drive to never give up hope. She has touched many lives with her courage and strength.
 
Courtney passed away from this terrible disease on February 11, 2011 at the age of 28, but she will continue to touch lives through this scholarship fund and ovarian cancer awareness.

Courtney Recognized as a Woman of Courage...

Demonstrated remarkable acts of courage when confronted with adversity
 
Served as a role model to family, friends, and the community-at-large for her selfless fortitude in striving to overcome the challenges thrust upon her
 
Made a difference in the lives of others
 
The Scholarship

The goal of the Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to a deserving senior at Portsmouth High School, Notre Dame High School, and Minford High School who is planning to attend a university/college of their choice. The scholarship will reward a student who best exemplifies Courtney's achievements and character. 
 
The Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund is held with The Scioto Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662, which is a non-profit community foundation. The Scioto Foundation is responsible for accepting contributions, investing and managing the fund. Donations to the fund are tax deductible.
 
Income from the fund will be distributed to the award-winning students university/college, based on eligibility and the recommendations of the Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Committee.
 
Scholarship Description:

  • Graduating senior at Portsmouth, Minford, Notre Dame, Valley or Wheelersburg high school, Scioto County, Ohio

  • Maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Received at least two varsity letters

  • Exhibited leadership qualities, pride in school, their community, good communication skills, community involvement and overall good character.

  • Must include an essay describing why you are deserving of this scholarship, how your achievements parallel Courtney's and how you live your life by dedication, determination and discipline.

  • Additional reference letter from a coach is required.

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Daughters of the American Revolution - Joseph Spencer Chapter

Scholarship Criteria:
  • College sophomore or junior
  • Majoring in history
  • ​Must be a resident of Ohio, Kentucky or West Virginia
Preference is given to non-smokers, veterans, spouse of a veteran or child of a veteran.
David and Jean Leightenheimer Family Memorial Scholarship Fund


Scholarship Criteria:

  • a graduating senior
  • Majoring in Education and or Music 
  • enrolled at either the University of Kentucky; Westminister Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; Ohio University, Shawnee State University, Bob Jones University or Morehead State University. 


Preference will be given to a graduating senior from Clay High School.


The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the David and Jean Leightenheimer Family Memorial Scholarship Fund. The new scholarship has been established by Douglas Blair Leightenheimer in memory of his parents who were teachers in the Clay School System and his brother David.

To be eligible for the Leightenheimer Scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior planning to study education and or music and attending the University of Kentucky; Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; Ohio University, Shawnee State University, Bob Jones University or Morehead State University. Preference will be given to a graduating senior from Clay High School. 

The Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee, on behalf of the Scioto Foundation Board of Governors, will make annual scholarship selections.

Born in Portsmouth on July 3, 1928 David Lewis Leightenheimer, Sr. was the son of Ernest Dewey Leightenheimer and Beatrice Holt Leightenheimer. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1948 and earned a BS Degree in Education from Ohio University in Athens in 1952. Following graduation, he entered the Army and was stationed at Ft. Richie, Maryland, until 1955 when he began a 30-year teaching career starting in the Northwest school system. He then taught at Stockdale before moving to the Clay School District where he spent the bulk of his career. He continued in the Army Reserve until he was retired by the Army at the rank of Major. 

David was a natural athlete and played basketball for Portsmouth High School and Ohio University. He coached basketball at Northwest and Stockdale, and track and baseball at Clay where he also taught health and physical education. He taught driver’s education at both Portsmouth and Clay high schools. He retired from classroom teaching in 1985, and driver’s education in 1988. David officiated high school football in the state of Ohio for over 20 years, and was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Officials Hall of Fame in 1997. As a result of his induction, the City of Portsmouth honored him with a Floodwall Star which he shared with a fellow official. David also was an avid golfer which he enjoyed in his retirement. He was a long-time member of Grace Community Church at Bigelow where he was active as a Deacon.

David and his wife, Jean, were married on August 12, 1953. They had two children, David, Jr., and Douglas, and were married 61 years when Jean died on September 30, 2014. David died on October 3, 2015.

Helen Jean Blair Leightenheimer was born in Portsmouth on June 18, 1925, the daughter of Ora Howard Blair and Helen Crabtree Blair. She was raised in Eden Park and attended both Clay and East School Systems, graduating from the latter in 1944. Jean attended Bob Jones University, earning a BA Degree in voice in 1949. She was a lyric soprano, and, during her time at Bob Jones, sang the role of Siebel in Gounod’s opera “Faust,” and Pamina in Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.” After graduation she returned to Portsmouth where she was much sought-after as a soloist at area churches, Temple B'Nai Abraham, and with the Portsmouth Male Chorus. 

Early in her career, she sang under the direction of Paul Thompson, whom she later succeeded as choir director at Central Presbyterian Church from 1960 until 1972. She sang in the choir at Christ Community Church, and, after retiring from public singing, served as organist first at Christ Community Church, and then Bigelow Church from which she retired in 2006. 

As a music educator, Jean first taught in the West Portsmouth School System following graduation from college. After a hiatus to begin a family, she returned to public school teaching part time in 1966 at Wheelersburg Elementary. She joined the Clay School District in 1969 where she taught both elementary and high school vocal music for seventeen years until her retirement in 1986. 

The Leightenheimers’ oldest son David, Jr. was born on January 19, 1955. David shared both his father’s and mother’s athletic and musical attributes including his father’s passion for golf. He attended Clay High School where he was on the basketball and baseball teams; he also played trombone in the band and sang in the chorus. In 1971 he was chosen to play in the All Ohio Boys Band, and his senior year was the recipient of Clay’s John Phillip’s Sousa award. David graduated from Clay in 1973 and attended Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. During his time at Morehead he played in the jazz band and became handball champion through his involvement in intramural sports. He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture and design. 

Following his junior year at Morehead, he attended Officer's Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps, and after graduating from college, was commissioned a 2nd Lt. He then attended The Basic School and was stationed in the Washington, DC, area before being assigned to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL, to be trained as a fixed wing pilot for the Marine Corps. While in Pensacola, David died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Doug Leightenheimer, who has established the new scholarship to honor his family members, is a native of Portsmouth born October 22, 1959. He began his official musical training at age seven as a piano student of Dorothy K. Knost with whom he studied until his graduation from Clay High School in 1978. While in high school he began organ studies with David Carnell, and he held his first post as organist in 1976 at Manly United Methodist Church.

Following high school, Doug attended the University of Kentucky where he graduated in 1982 with a BM Degree in organ performance. He then attended Westminster Choir College, graduating in 1984 with a Master of Music degree in church music. For the next twenty-eight years, Doug served as a full-time church musician (Director of Music/Organist), first for the Venice Presbyterian Church in Venice, FL, from 1984–1997, and then for the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC, from 1997–2012. During the last three years of his tenure in Wilmington, he also served as music director for the Schola Cantorum of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. 

He returned to graduate school in 2012, attending the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in choral conducting in 2016. Doug was appointed Director of Music/Organist for St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Tucson in January of 2013. 
He has served as dean of the Southern Arizona, Wilmington (NC), and Sarasota-Manatee (FL) chapters of the American Guild of Organists and is a published composer, recitalist, conductor and accompanist. Doug is a member of Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary Society, and his professional associations include the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Anglican Association of Musicians. 

Additions to the David and Jean Leightenheimer Family Memorial Scholarship Fund in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property may be made by alumnae, friends, family and supporters at any time. Further information about the Leightenheimer Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org.

Don Walker & Dan Sissel Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior of a Scioto County, Ohio high school
  • GPA 2.5 - 3.00
  • Planning to Attend Shawnee State University
  • Family income of $45,000 or less
 
 
Dorothy Knost Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • High school junior or senior at a Scioto County, Ohio or Greenup County, Kentucky high school
  • Planning to attend a summer music camp of at least six weeks in length
  • or pursing a baccalaureate or advanced degree in music at a college or university. Music Education is included.
  • Audition required.
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Doug Booth Scholarship Fund

Established by the Valley Local School Board, the Doug Booth Scholarship Fund will assist a graduating senior annually from Valley High School who possesses the following: ability to think critically and creatively, express loyalty to the school, family and community; desire to contribute to the community; competitive spirit; commitment to goals; and academic performance. The first recipient was chosen in spring of 2004.
 
The Valley Local School Board has named the fund the “Doug Booth Scholarship” in honor of Mr. Douglas L. Booth who has spent his entire career of over 40 years as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in the Valley Local Schools. Throughout his tenure Mr. Booth has shown a commitment to providing a better quality for education for students of the Valley Local School District. He has exemplified throughout his career the power of ideas, creativity, loyalty and competitive pride. He, along with the Board, provided leadership for the district to obtain modern buildings and facilities that promote quality teaching and learning for the students of the district. The scholarship is a means to acknowledge the years of efforts and achievement of Douglas L. Booth and is an expression of gratitude to him for his contributions to current and future generations of students. 
 
“I take great pride in the accomplishments of the school district and our students’ achievements, all of which are a tribute to the dedicated staff and Board of Education. My role has simply been to serve the community of Lucasville and to care for our most prized possessions, our children. I am truly humbled and proud that the board has chosen to name this scholarship in my honor. It is my sincere hope that these funds will assist worthy students in attaining an education that might not otherwise have been available to them,” comments Booth. 
 
The Valley Local School Board believes in and supports the continuous physical, mental and emotional growth of the students enrolled in the Valley Local School District. The Board believes that students should be given the opportunities to participate in society to the best of their abilities. Being dedicated to these beliefs, the Board has established this fund for the purpose of providing students scholarship to assist deserving students to attain a college education. 
 
Board member, Dr. Charles Wilson explains, “this is an idea that the Board has discussed for a long time. Currently, Valley Local High School has many different scholarships to offer worthy students, but the amount just does not make a big enough difference in the cost of higher education. The scholarship fund was created in hopes of someday providing full scholarships to deserving students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to seek higher education."
 
Booth states, "making a difference in the lives of children is what all of us in the education field strive for each day. This is the best retirement gift an educator could possibly receive. I sincerely thank those who made it happen.”   


Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior at Valley High School, Lucasville, Ohio 

  • Must possesses the following: ability to think critically and creatively, express loyalty to the school, family and community; desire to contribute to the community; competitive spirit; commitment to goals; and academic performance

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Dr. Charles Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Charles Wilson Memorial Scholarship was created by his wife Mary Alice and family in memory of the long-time active community member and orthodontist. 
To be eligible to apply for the new scholarship named for Dr. Wilson, a student must be a graduating senior from Valley High School and achieve a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0. He or she may attend a college, university or trade school. Annual scholarship selections will be made by the volunteer scholarship committee of the Scioto Foundation. 
Dr. Wilson, a resident of Lucasville and Marco Island, Florida was born on May 9, 1945 in Bluefield, West Virginia, a son of the late Charles Milton and Helen Warne Wilson. He died on February 28, 2019.
Among the many organizations and boards on which Dr. Wilson served was the Valley School District Board of Education for 24 years. During his time on the school board two new schools and the athletic complex were completed. He was named to the Valley School District Hall of Fame in honor of his work there. 
He was a member of the Scioto Foundation’s Board of Governors for 11 years and an active Rotarian for many years, serving on the local Rotary Board. Dr. Wilson was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church of Portsmouth and an affiliate member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Marco Island, Florida, as well as a member of The Gideons International. He taught a Senior High Sunday School class for many years and spent much time with youth activities. 
“It was my pleasure and privilege to serve on the Scioto Foundation – of course in those days it was the Scioto County Area Foundation – with Charles “Chuck” Wilson at a time of great transition. During that time Chuck brought to the table his meticulous attention to detail, his inherent good nature, his interest in education and his wisdom which made his thoughts something to capture the attention of his fellow board members,” said his friend and Scioto Foundation colleague Dr. Wayne Wheeler. 
“At that time the Foundation was operating with a board and a secretary and had grown to a size which needed executive leadership. Chuck served on the selection committee with Sallie Schisler, Ralph Wisneiwski and me. The selection of that executive was, I am sure, as much of a high moment for Chuck as it was for me.
“It is altogether fitting and proper to honor and remember Chuck with a scholarship fund and I am proud to have served with him,” concluded Dr. Wheeler.  
Dr. Wilson was a 1963 graduate of Portsmouth West High School, a 1967 Ohio University graduate with a B.S. degree in biology, a 1971 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and a 1976 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Orthodontics.
Wilson also served in the U.S. Public Health Service and was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, receiving the Sikorsky Award for participating in a life-saving mission at his Miami Beach Base. 
After retiring, Wilson played shortstop in the Marco Island Senior Softball League and was active in the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron, serving as the education officer. In addition to spending time with his family and his community, he enjoyed hunting , fishing and boating. 
Dr. Wilson married his wife Mary Alice Shaw Wilson on February 9, 1963 in Portsmouth and together they had two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren. 
“My husband was dedicated to making life better for the youth of our community,” said his wife. “He gave much of his time to the youth of our church, school board activities and creating beautiful smiles. He loved the practice of orthodontics, but when he retired, it was the people he missed the most. My family and I want to honor him by continuing to contribute to the Valley School District in his name.” 
Additions to the Dr. Charles Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made by family, friends and others in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time. Further information about scholarship funds or other Scioto Foundation planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Donor Services Program Manager Patty Tennant at the SF office, (740) 354-4612, or by emailing patty@thesciotofoundation.org.


Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating Senior from Valley High School, Lucasville, Ohio
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
This scholarship is eligible for those attending a college, university or trade school. 
 
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Dr. James R. Mullins Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school or a current resident of Scioto County
  • Minimum high school and/or college grade point average of 3.0/4.0
  • Pursuing a degree in science with a preference for healthcare.
  • Enrolled at college or university listed in the most recent US News and World Report’s National University or National Liberal Arts College rankings of “Top 200 Schools.”
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from a family member, an employer or coach and a teacher, faculty or staff member of their current school.



The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. James R. Mullins Scholarship Fund, established in memory of a local physician who practiced medicine for 31 years in Portsmouth. The new fund has been set up by Mullins’ daughters, Jame Rebekah Monroe of Powell, Ohio and Remi Mullins-Murphy of Tracy, California.

Born November 4, 1946 in Magnolia, Arkansas, Dr. Mullins died on November 9, 2011 at the age of 65. He was a son of the late Cennie and Mae Smith Mullins. Dr. Mullins was a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and was a New York Life Medical Scholar. 

He was a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Board Certified by the Board of General Medicine and an active member of the Ohio State Medical Association. He came to Portsmouth to establish his practice in 1980. Locally, he was a past chief of staff of the Southern Ohio Medical Center and former medical director for The Counseling Center. In addition to his two daughters, Dr. Mullins was the grandfather of four grandchildren with another expected in six weeks.

“Our dad was a consumer of information, a champion of knowledge,” said Mullins-Murphy. “He believed that greatness could come from anyone and that education is the best avenue to facilitate meaningful advances and changes in people’s lives. Moreover, those tangible results make huge differences in our communities here and around the globe.”

“Our father viewed education in such high regard,” Monroe said. “I know he would be pleased that we have moved forward with this fund.”

To be eligible for the Mullins Scholarship, a student must be a graduate of a Scioto County high school or a current resident of Scioto County. In addition, applicants must have a minimum high school and/or college grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be pursuing a degree in science with a preference for healthcare. 

Applicants must attend a college or university listed in the most recent US News and World Report’s National University or National Liberal Arts College rankings of “Top 200 Schools”. Candidates are required to complete and submit three letters of recommendation from a family member, an employer or coach and a teacher, faculty or staff member of their current school.

Annual scholarship selections will be made through an advisory committee working in concert with the Scioto Foundation Board of Governors. The initial members of the committee will be James and Rebekah Monroe, Remi Mullins and one other member. In the event that either Monroe or Mullins-Murphy or another immediate family member of Dr. Mullins resigns, dies, or for any other reason becomes unavailable, the selection will be made by the SF Board of Governors or on its behalf by the volunteer scholarship committee of the Scioto Foundation. 

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Edward & Maxine Levi Scholarship Fund

The Levi Scholarship Fund provides assistance to worthy students for study at the Business School of Shawnee State University.
 
The creation of this fund reflects Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Levi’s dedication to and interest in the Portsmouth area. 

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a Scioto County high school graduate
  • Majoring in business
  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University and major in business
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a local student 


 
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Eileen Pollard Bapst Education Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • A graduate of Eastern High School, Pike County, Ohio or Eastern High School Student attending Vern Riffe JVS in Piketon, Ohio

  • 3.0 GPA  or higher

  • Must major in Education

  • Must exhibit good character

  • Show financial need

Elbert L. Elliott & Evelyn M. Elliott Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate from an Adams or Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Majoring in Secondary or Elementary education

Eva McCowen-Keller Scholarhip

The Larry Keller – Eva McCowen Medical Scholarship Fund was established from a bequest from Eva McCowen Keller ‘s estate. 
 
Keller’s parents were Edward Oscar McCowen and Clara Edith Smith McCowen. Keller was one of six children. She and all of her siblings followed in the father’s steps and chose the field of education as their occupation. 

Edward started the first “Normal School” in Scioto County in order to train teachers. He believed in educating his daughters as well as his sons.
 
Keller then attended Miami University in Oxford. Eva was next to the oldest in her family; however, she outlived all of her siblings. She was 95 at her death. She lived alone and maintained her own affairs until five months before her death. She was intelligent and followed the news and world events and could discuss politics and history after turning 95. Eva was a 63-year member of the DAR. 

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio High School

  • Must be in a pre-med program

 

Feagans Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior from South Webster or Wheelersburg HS, Scioto County, Ohio
  • GPA 3.0 or Higher
  • Preference for Education majors

     

Can be renewed for up to one year.
Fitch Family Scholarship Fund

In August of 2001, Larry Fitch established the Fitch Family Fund in honor and memory of the Fitch family of Scioto County, Ohio. The fund provides assistance to needy and worthy students to attend the college or university of his or her choice. Applicants must be graduates of high school in Scioto County, Ohio. 

According to Larry, growing up in New Boston and having very little inspired him as an adult to give back to the community through the creation of this fund. 

Founding donors to the scholarship include Lawrence G. Fitch, Lee Oscar Fitch and James C. Fitch. 


Scholarship Description:

  • Graduate from a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Undergrad

  • Must have financial need

Scholarships associated with Fitch Family Scholarship Fund
  • Fitch Family Scholarship Fund
Floyd Holsinger Scholarship Fund

The Holsinger Family Scholarship Fund was established by Floyd’s wife Phyllis, his sons Christopher and John, and daughter Christina in August, 1998.  Applicants for the scholarship must be graduates of Portsmouth Notre Dame High School who have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.75 and who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, best meet the additional guidelines established. 

Each candidate must submit an essay describing “the three most important qualities a person should possess and one that a person should not.” Additional guidelines require that the applicant should be a genuine, self-motivated, disciplined, hard-working individual who embraces God, family and education. The candidates’ commitment to their community, church, home and school shall be considered by the Selection Committee in evaluating each applicant. 

The Selection Committee has the option of awarding the scholarship to any candidate on a continuing basis until he or she has graduated from a four-year college or to a first-year college freshman. 

The Selection Committee is composed of the Senior Guidance Counselor and Principal of Notre Dame High School and family members Phyllis, Floyd Christopher Holsinger, John Phillip Holsinger and Christina Holsinger Dever. 

Born on November 24, 1937 in Scioto County, Floyd Holsinger was involved in local businesses for over 40 years. He was co-owner of Bob & Floyd’s Tire Sales, former owner of Christy’s Dairy Bar and a real estate developer of Whispering Pines, Oakwood Estates and Harbour View Estates in Stout, Ohio.

Floyd was a member of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge and the Portsmouth Elks Lodge and served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1962 until 1965. He attended Nauvoo Methodist Church, Wheelersburg United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a Kentucky Colonel. 

Floyd’s family was of the utmost importance to him and he built a strong family with his gift of loving and sharing unconditionally. The community in which he lived and worked was also important to Floyd and he gave willingly to make it a better place for all to live, according to tributes at the time of his death. He also loved the outdoors and enjoyed the many hours he spent walking and exploring the woods of his subdivisions. 

 “We started the fund because so many people made donations when Floyd died,” said Phyllis Holsinger. “We were overwhelmed and we wanted to put the money to the best use.”

“Floyd was thirsty for education and eager to learn. He was a great supporter of the kids, always boosting them in school,” she added. “He wanted the children to go to Notre Dame where he felt they would be encouraged by the influence of a Catholic education, church discipline and the love of people at the school.”

 “After graduating from Wheelersburg High School in 1956, Floyd tried to attend the University of Dayton, but without funding and encouragement, he left before finishing a semester. He wanted his kids to go to college,” his wife said.

Several Holsinger family members have been involved in education and the schools, including Phyllis’s sister, Garnet Renn, a teacher in the Portsmouth West School System for over 30 years. Daughter Christy taught for many years and is now the principal at Oak and Stanton Elementary Schools in New Boston. She graduated from Otterbein University. 

Both sons attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Floyd Christopher is a Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California and John Phillip is Assistant Director of Managed Marketing for Merck Pharmaceutical Company in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. 

 For over thirteen years Phyllis worked in food service at the Notre Dame Elementary School cafeteria, serving as supervisor before moving on to become New Boston School Cafeteria Supervisor in 2003 until she retired. Since 2011 she has worked part time as an educational aide with the South Central Educational Service Center and Minford Schools, as well as other area school districts, enjoying working with all levels of students. 

Donations to the Floyd Holsinger Family Fund may be made by friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time.  Further information about the Holsinger Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior at Notre Dame High School, Portsmouth, Ohio

  • Must complete essay describing “the three most important qualities a person should possess and one that a person should not.”

  • GPA of 2.75 or Higher

Scholarships associated with Floyd Holsinger Scholarship Fund
  • Floyd Holsinger Family Fund
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Frank “Dick” & Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Frank “Dick” Hyland Memorial Scholarship Fund was established September 21, 2012 by Helen Hyland as a memorial to her husband, a community leader who was involved in education on local, county, and state levels throughout his life.  In 2019 the name was changed by their children to the Frank “Dick” and Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor both parents.

Frank (Dick) Hyland was born September 1, 1921 in Scioto Furnace to the late Francis El and Lina Sims Hyland. He died April 17, 2003 after a long career in education and business. In 1942 he married Helen (Mossburger) Hyland and had two sons, Timothy of South Webster and Michael of Celina, Ohio and six grandchildren.

Hyland graduated from South Webster High School. He received a B.S. Degree in Education from the University of Rio Grande, a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee and an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Scioto Technical College. He retired as a teacher, coach and administrator from the Bloom-Vernon School District and also had been employed in Human and Public Relations at Goodyear Atomic Corporation, Detroit Steel ad First Federal Savings and Loan.

A member of the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees for 24 years, Hyland retired in 1994 and was named Trustee Emeritus. He was also a Shawnee State University “Golden Bear.” He was formerly a member of the Scioto County Board of Education, the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the Charter One Bank Board and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in South Webster.

Hyland was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post 23, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, Scioto County Retired Teachers Association and the Ohio Association of Basketball Officials. He was a veteran high school and college basketball official for 35 years and is in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame. He received the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award for his association with scouting and was mayor of South Webster 1980 – 1986.

A member of Western Sun Lodge No. 91 F & AM, Hyland also had several Masonic affiliations. On September 3, 2002, the 33rd Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry was bestowed upon him in Boston, Massachusetts.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a senior at South Webster High School, have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0, and plan to major in education. Application for the scholarship may be made through the Scioto Foundation online scholarship application. The Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship selection committee makes annual selection for the award of the scholarship.

“I feel it is very appropriate a scholarship has been established in honor and memory of Frank Dixon “Dick” Hyland,” said Rodney Barnett, who is in charge of Communications and Special Projects for Bloom Vernon School District. “Dick Hyland was an outstanding community leader, educator, and public servant. Any South Webster senior receiving this award should be extremely proud. He was truly an exemplary role model and individual.”

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior at South Webster High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Majoring in education
 
Scholarships associated with Frank “Dick” & Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Frank “Dick” Hyland & Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Garrett Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating Senior of South Webster High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Must participate in sports and/or 4-H
Preference for those who love the great outdoors. 

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Garrett Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in memory of Garrett by his parents Shawn and Monica Houston.  Garrett was a student at South Webster High School who passed away on March 4, 2016 at the age of 15 from acute myeloid leukemia. 

To be eligible for the Garrett Houston Memorial Scholarship, applicants must be graduating seniors from South Webster High School.  Preferences will be given to students who participate in sports and 4-H and love the outdoors.  Students who are pursuing any kind of post-secondary education will qualify to apply for the scholarship.

The Scioto Foundation’s volunteer scholarship committee, in concert with the grantors, will make annual selections for the scholarship on behalf of the Scioto Foundation’s Board of Governors.

Garrett, who would have graduated this spring, was a happy young man who wanted everyone else to be happy, according to his stepmother, Monica Houston.
“He had a huge heart and was one of those kids who liked to make others laugh,” she said. “He loved the outdoors, animals, 4-H, baseball, soccer and riding his four-wheeler. He loved to go to the fair and enjoyed everything about it. He had a wonderful smile and touched a lot of people. He was a well-rounded young man who was a light to everyone who knew him.”

 “Garrett rarely complained about being ill,” his stepmother continued. “He loved to scare people, including me and the doctors and nurses who took care of him at Children’s Hospital. To entertain himself, he often got them with ‘Silly String’.   

“From the time Garrett got sick at the end of April, 2015, the whole community and school rallied around him and us, giving support, sending cards and visiting him.  He played soccer and at the first home game after he died, the team gave him a tribute. This year, his senior year, the team again did a tribute at their first home game and gave his parents a ball signed by all the players. They also gave the Houstons a framed picture that had one of Garrett’’s soccer pictures at the top and a picture of this year’s team on the bottom.  At the junior-senior prom last year which his class hosted, the students acknowledged him in their “Neverland” theme by naming the pirate ship ‘the SS Houston.’ “

 “That’s why we have set up the scholarship in his name – to pay back all those kindnesses,” said Houston. 

Additions to the Garrett Houston Scholarship Fund may be made by friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time.  Further information about the Garrett Houston Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org

 
Scholarships associated with Garrett Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Garrett Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund
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George E. & Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation has announced the recent establishment of the George E. and Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund.  Recognizing that his father had dedicated his life to teaching, Dr. George P. Pettit originally created the scholarship in his memory in 1986. The scholarship endowment is now under the management of the local community foundation. 

To be eligible for the Pettit Scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior of Piketon High School, maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or better and plan to major in education. The Scioto Foundation Volunteer Scholarship Committee, on behalf of the Scioto Foundation Board of Governors, will make annual scholarship selections. 

George E. Pettit attended Normal School at Wilmington College. He taught at a one-room school house in rural Pike County for approximately five years before starting to teach third grade at Piketon Elementary.  He was later promoted to Head Teacher and retired after 42 years. 

Pettit was elected Mayor of Piketon during the 1960’s and was Sunday School Superintendent for many years at Piketon Methodist Church. 

“My father valued education and loved the children he taught. Throughout the years, many of his students would share stories with me about his teaching ability, humor and kindness,” Dr. George Pettit said. “I wanted to keep his legacy alive while providing some financial support to other young men and women who aspire to teach.”

Like her husband of 50 years, Eleanor Pettit was very involved in community and educational activities throughout her life.  After graduation from Portsmouth Interstate Business College, she worked as a secretary for The Ohio State University Agricultural Extension Agent in Pike County for many years.  Then she became secretary to the Executive Head of the Scioto Valley Local School District and later Assistant Clerk of the Scioto Valley Board of Education. 

In 1976 she became Office Manager in her son’s medical practice where she worked until her retirement. She was a long-time member of the Piketon-Jasper United Methodist Church, a founding member of the Pike County Medical Services, and an active volunteer on Piketon Squad #1 for many years.

Contributions to the Pettit Scholarship Fund may be made by friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time.  Further information about the George E. and Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a graduating senior at Piketon High School, Pike County, Ohio
  • Pursuing a degree in education
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher 
Ginger Rudd Phillips Memorial Scholarship

Through the contributions of the friends and family, and dedication of Mrs. Angel Romanello, the Ginger Rudd Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2003. 
 
The scholarship will assist a graduating senior from Valley High School, showing evidence of community service and financial need. More importantly, the scholarship recipient must exhibit the qualities that the late Phillips possessed: that of a highly self-motivated individual or “hard worker” who did not quit in the face of adversity. 
 
Phillips graduated from Valley High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She received a Master’s degree in education from Rio Grande in 1999. For many years she drove a school bus for the Valley Local School District. During the last 11 years, she taught in the Valley Local Schools. 
 
Angel Romanello, longtime friend, explains why Phillips would want a scholarship in her name. Phillips had a special way of opening her heart to everyone. She loved life and saw each day as an opportunity. She always saw good and possibility in people, especially children. She loved teaching and helping friends and family whenever there was a need.  With this scholarship, Phillips will be able to continue helping to educate the children she loved so much.
 
Valley Local School Board member, Dr. Charles Wilson, expresses, “Phillips was a super person, willing to do anything the district asked of her. A scholarship fund is exactly how she would want to be remembered. She cannot be replaced and will be missed by all, including the future kids who will not have the opportunity to benefit from her love of teaching.”

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior of Valley High School, Lucasville, Ohio. 

  • Must show showing evidence of community service and financial need.

  • Must exhibit these qualities: highly self-motivated individual or “hard worker” who did not quit in the face of adversity.

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Gordon M. Freeman Local Union #575 Scholarship Fund

IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local Union #575 Scholarship Fund is to be officially known as the Gordon M. Freeman IBEW Local Union #575 Scholarship Fund was created in 2011.

The fund is named for an important union leader who worked on behalf of labor organization and service from the 1930’s until his retirement in 1968, according to Dan Shirey, business manager for IBEW Local Union #575.

During the Great Depression in the 1930’s, Freeman helped establish an industrial federation to organize Tennessee Valley Authority workers in seven states, then served on the resulting association’s leadership council. He also served as the vice-president of the 4th District from 1944 to 1955.

Freeman was elected IBEW International President in 1955. During his tenure he created departments for each major industry within the Union to facilitate organization and improve service to all membership groups. Under his direction, the Union helped Locals expand their four-year apprenticeship programs to include electronics, and in 1959 the IBEW appointed a skill-development training director so that full-fledged members could keep up with technological advances.

Along with skilled improvement and atomic energy, Freeman improved the training programs for technical fields such as industrial electronics, motor control, electrical heating and the National Electrical Code. Under his direction, scholarships were also created for students pursuing degrees in electrical engineering.

In 1964 Freeman pushed for organizing efforts in the South where right-to-work laws and strong antiunion tradition prevailed.  HH
 
He served at the request of U.S. presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson as vice president of the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. He also served on the Executive Council of the Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO from 1955 – 1968.

After his retirement, Freeman served as International President Emeritus until his death in 1983.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must furnish evidence that a parent or guardian is a member of local IBEW Local Union #575 and submit a 250 word essay on the subject, “What the labor movement means to me.”

On an annual basis, the Executive Committee of the IBEW will select a short list of potential candidates to receive the scholarship. The Board of Governors or the Volunteer Scholarship Committee of the Scioto Foundation will make the final selections.

From time to time additional contributions may be made to this fund by the IBEW, its members or the general public. Additions may be made in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property to the fund at any time.

Amounts available for distribution from the fund will be based on the current spending policy of the Foundation or will be the net income when not otherwise provided in the Foundation’s spending policy.

Information about establishing scholarship funds or creating other named funds at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip at (740) 354-4612 or kim.sciotofoundation@frontier.com.

Scholarship Description:

  • Parent or guardian is a member of IBEW Local Union #575

  • Submit a 250 word essay, "What the Labor Movement Means to Me".

Scholarships associated with Gordon M. Freeman Local Union #575 Scholarship Fund
  • Gordon M. Freeman Local Union #575 Scholarship Fund
Grant Anne & Pamela Reed Family Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in at Shawnee State University 
  • Graduate of a high school in Scioto County, Ohio, Greenup or Lewis County, Kentucky 
  • Majoring in Business
  • GPA 3.0 or above
Preference for those majoring in banking, finance or insurance.
 
Harley F. Shupert Sr. Scholarship Fund

Harley F. Shupert Sr. was born January 4, 1912 in Adams County, Ohio near West Union. Harley received his teaching credentials in 1932 and in 1946 he received a Bachelor of Science in education from Wilmington College. 

In 1932, Harley embarked upon a teaching career that started in a one-room school in Adams County.  Over the next 43 years, Mr. Shupert would teach school in Madison, Ross, Brown, Scioto, and Gallia Counties in Ohio.  For 22 years, Mr. Shupert taught in the Portsmouth City Schools District at Garfield and Lincoln Elementary.

Aftr working for two years as a principal at Southwestern High School in Gallia County, he retired from the State of Ohio in 1968.  Upon his retirement, Harley still continued teaching. For the next seven years, Mr. Shupert taught at Lynn and McKell Elementary Schools in Greenup, Kentucky.

Harley married Lula Faye Black on June 30, 1934, and together, they raised six children - John, Barbara, Harley Jr., Kenneth, Dale, and Beverly.  Because of their father's love of education and children, five of the six worked in the education field.

Why did the Shupert children create this fund? They wanted to establish a memorial to their parents. According to Mr. John Shupert, "this was a way to give back to the community through education and my father loved both education and children."

The Harley F. Shupert Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship assistance for a worthy high school graduate of Scioto County, Ohio entering a field of study in either teaching or health care.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate from a high school in Scioto County, Ohio
  • Majoring in education
Scholarships associated with Harley F. Shupert Sr. Scholarship Fund
  • Harley F. Shupert Sr. Scholarship Fund
Harry James Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating seniors of Portsmouth West High School, Scioto County, Ohio

Scholarships associated with Harry James Scholarship Fund
  • Harry James Scholarship Fund
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Hayes, Wittenmyer Architectural Scholarship Fund

Hayes, Wittenmyer Architectural Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance to a student from the Southern Ohio area accepted at an accredited college or university for study in an accredited school or architecture. 

Hayes, Donaldson, Wittenmyer & Partners was formed in 1972 with merger of Earl C. Hayes & Associates and Donaldson, Donaldson, Wittenmyer & Associates. With roots going back to the early 1900's the new firm provided architectural services for commercial building, hospital facilities, public institutions, jails, office building, and many school districts throughout Southern Ohio. 

The firm was instrumental in the development of the early campus buildings for Shawnee State University, Scioto Memorial Hospital, Olde Market Square and most of the schools constructed from the 1950s through the 1970s. 

The firm has been proud of its role in the community and has taken very seriously the responsibility of developing the major buildings in our region.

The firm under Hayes and Wittenmyer's guidance was registered to provide architectural services in Ohio and Kentucky and was a member of AIA.

Wittenmyer was born in 1920 in Adams County, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1943 with a degree in Architecture. After serving in the Armed Forces during WWII, James relocated to Portsmouth in 1952 and than retired in 1984.

Hayes was born in Portsmouth, Ohio  in 1925. He was a graduated of Portsmouth High School in 1943. After serving in the arm during WWII, Hayes attended Ohio State University  where he graduated in 1951 with a degree in Architecture. in 1972, Hayes was the president of the Architects Society of Ohio. He later retired in 1992. 

Both men were active in the community organizations, including the Rotary Club, AAA, Jaycees, Lyons, Little Theatre and active members of Second Presbyterian Church. 

Former and future Architectural partner,  Mark Tanner, David Stone and Mark Holsinger created this scholarship in memory of Hayes and Wittenmyer.



Scholarship Description:
  • Graduate from a high school in southern Ohio
  • Majoring in Architecture
  • Accepted in an accredited college or university's school of architecture
Scholarships associated with Hayes, Wittenmyer Architectural Scholarship Fund
  • Hayes, Wittenmyer Architectural Scholarship Fund
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Herbert B. Nickell, II Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Herbert B. Nickell, II Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance to a graduating senior at Northwest or Wheelersburg High School that will attend Ohio State University.

Herbert B. Nickell, II was born on October 23, 1944 to the late Herbert B. Nickell and Zona Jones Nickell. His childhood years were spent on a small farm on McDermott Pond Creek Road in McDermott, Ohio.

Nickell graduated from Northwest High School in 1962 and was a member of the first class to graduate in the "new high school". In 1967, he earned his BS in Zoology from the Ohio State University, and in 1971 received a doctorate of dental science from OSU.  

Upon graduation, Nickell returned to Scioto County with his wife Nancy H. Nickell and their four daughters. He began his practice of dentistry in Wheelersburg and continued to practice for 30 years. Nickell's daughter Jacqueline joined the practice in 1994. 

Nickell believed strongly in education beyond high school. He often said, "You can not compete in this world without all of the education possible." 

Nickell passed away in late 2001. He was grateful for the education he received from so many wonderful teachers in the Northwest district and was proud of the education and preparation for college that his four daughters received while attending Wheelersburg schools. His family wishes to continue his belief in education for young people through the Scioto Foundation. 


Scholarship Description:
  • Graduating senior at Northwest or Wheelersburg High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Enroll at the Ohio State University
Scholarships associated with Herbert B. Nickell, II Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Herbert B. Nickell, II Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Hill View Retirement Center Resident Scholarship Fund for employees

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Employee of Hillview Retirement Center and their children are eligible
  • Work for Hillview Retirement Center for at least one year
  • Maintain an exemplary employment and performance record
Scholarships associated with Hill View Retirement Center Resident Scholarship Fund for employees
  • Hill View Retirement Center Resident Scholarship Fund
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Hollenbeck Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Parishioner of Cornerstone United Methodist 
The Hollenbeck Family Memorial Fund was created to benefit the congregation of Cornerstone United Methodist Church and provide two college scholarships.

Joyce Hollenbeck set the criteria for the endowment fund shortly before she died in September, 2007. The scholarships are to be targeted to students who exhibit financial need, have been past participants in the Cornerstone Alleluia Children’s Ministry, and have continued to participate in a church youth group as a member, teacher or volunteer. 

Students will be eligible to receive the scholarship for multiple years based upon satisfactory performance and progress and continually meeting the scholarship criteria. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s minister detailing his or her involvement in church activities should be submitted with the application and should reference the scholarship criteria set by Hollenbeck.

A life-long resident of Portsmouth, Hollenbeck was born on February 9, 1942, the daughter of the late Carl Hollenbeck and Katheryn Yelley Hollenbeck.  She was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church where she directed the Alleluia program that originated at Franklin Methodist Church. 

Hollenbeck retired early from her work at a local bank and supervised the Alleluia program for 22 years. Eight years before initiating that program, she taught a small group of girls called “Patchwork.” 

 “Joyce poured her life into the Alleluia Children’s Ministry,” said Cornerstone United Methodist Church Associate Minister Kym James. “Joyce never married and had children, but she knew the incredible joy of reaching children who would one day grow up and marry and eventually bring their children to Alleluia.”

Hollenbeck designed the program’s logo, planned and ordered curriculum materials, Rev. James recalled. “She loved ‘her kids’ and would call them, take their lessons to them, write them notes and check on them if they missed a meeting. Even long after their years in the program, she would send them a note of congratulations and a cross when they graduated from high school.”

 “She loved to take a photograph of each child and make it into an ornament to be hung on the church Christmas tree,” said Rev. James. “She knew every child’s name, where he or she lived and the parents’ names. She mailed flyers illustrating the children’s work to members of the congregation who responded by investing their support in the Alleluia program.”

“She was a true shepherd for the Alleluia families,” continued Rev. James, evoking her memory through a passage that Joyce included on a printed program for an Alleluia presentation: “Children are the living messages we send to a time that we will not see.”

 “Indeed, Joyce Hollenbeck has left a legacy of love behind her,” said Rev. James in Hollenbeck’s memorial service, remembering her “even bigger blessing of reaching kids that would one day come back and join the team in reaching others with her.”

“The staff who are working with the program now are people she poured her life into,” said Rev. James.  Hollenbeck was also passionate about the Stephen A. Hunter Hope Fund and Operation Christmas Child, she concluded. 

 

 
Scholarships associated with Hollenbeck Family Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Hollenbeck Family Memorial Scholarship Fund
Hopkins/Fultz Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria

  • Graduating senior from Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio  or a member of First Presbyterian Church located in Portsmouth, Ohio

  • Majoring in education, dental hygiene or the field of sports/physical education

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University

Scholarships associated with Hopkins/Fultz Scholarship Fund
  • Hopkins/Fultz Scholarship Fund
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Ira Swearingen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ira was born June 12, 1950, in Portsmouth, Ohio. He was one of ten children of the late Roy A. and Gladys Tatman Swearingen.  Ira was a graduate of Portsmouth West High School and attended the Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College.
 
He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran. He served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Enterprise as a hospital corpsman. For his dedicated service, Ira was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Services Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. At the time of his death, Ira worked as an orthopedic consultant for Sulzer Medical, Inc. in Austin, Texas and was a certified Physician's Assistant.
 
Ira had strong ties to his family, especially his 19 nieces and nephews, 31 great-nieces and nephews and two great-great nephews. It is because of his love of children that the family members decided to establish this memorial scholarship fund in his name.
 
From the outpouring of contributions and donations to the fund, it is evident that Swearingen was loved and touched many lives across the country. His friends at Marli Medical Supplies, Inc. located in New York, will miss him dearly. The Southern Surgical Consultants, of Jacksonville, Florida think of him often.  “We had the great fortune of working with Ira over the past ten years.  Our company’s success is due in large part to Ira’s efforts and dedication. He was always there to help, no matter the task or hour of the day. He was truly a great friend. We will miss him dearly.”

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating Senior of Portsmouth West high school, West Portsmouth, Ohio

 

James & Beatrice Ervin Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate from an Adams or Scioto county, Ohio high school.

  • Undergraduate

Scholarships associated with James & Beatrice Ervin Scholarship Fund
  • James & Beatrice Ervin Scholarship Fund
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Jessie M. Payne Memorial Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the Jessie M. Payne Memorial Scholarship Fund is to benefit Girl Scouts in Scioto, Adams and Pike counties with college scholarships. 
 
Mrs. Payne was a life member of the Girls Scout Council, Inc. She volunteered over 40 years of service to area Girl Scouts. She served on the Wider Opportunities and Financial Assistance committees, led numerous Girl Scout Area I Association. Throughout her volunteer career, she served in many other capacities. 
 
In honor of her exemplary service to Girl Scouting, the Seal of Ohio Girl Scout Council awarded Mrs. Payne the Thanks Badge, which is a national award created by the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low. 
 
The Jessie M. Payne Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Mrs. Payne’s sister, Mrs. Willa B. Preston, in her honor. 


Scholarship Criteria:

  • Member of the Girl Scouts, Seal of Ohio Girl Scouts Council

  • Must live in Scioto, Adams, or Pike County, Ohio

  • Must prove five years of membership in the Girl Scouts of the USA

  • Have a “B” average or better for four years of high school

  • Participate in church, school, and community activities

  • Undergraduate


 

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Jim and Clara Donaldson Memorial Scholarship More Information Up Arrow

The Scioto Foundation has announced the establishment of the Jim and Clara Donaldson Family Scholarship Fund, created in memory of their parents by Linda Donaldson and Charles (Chuck) Donaldson.
       
To be eligible for the Donaldson Family Scholarship, a student must be an employee of the Southern Ohio Medical Center from any department. Eligible candidates must have a desire to further their education in a health-related field excluding nursing. A committee composed of representatives of SOMC and Linda Donaldson will make annual selections.

The Donaldson siblings chose students with interests in health-related careers as beneficiaries of the new scholarship primarily because their mother Clara logged thousands of hours as a volunteer for the Southern Ohio Medical Center, according to Linda.  After Jim retired from his career as an architect, Clara persuaded her husband to join her as a volunteer.       

“When I was in the hospital recuperating from kidney stone surgery, I remember hearing staff members complaining about the lack of scholarship funding for students other than those in the nursing field,” said Linda. “Mary Arnzen had told me the SOMC Development Department had set up scholarships to help nursing students, so we decided to provide help for others.”

Linda Donaldson is the owner of Copies Galore, a printing and copying business in downtown Portsmouth.  Active in community organizations, she is a member of Main Street Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Wind Symphony and the Cornerstone United Methodist Church choir and handbell ensemble.

Her brother Charles resides in Clay City, Kentucky. He is retired from careers as a coal mine reclamation inspector and a water quality control inspector.  He has also helped with the 4-H programs in Powell County.

James (Jim) Donaldson, son of Charles Morgan and Marcia Storck Donaldson, was born on May 12, 1920 in Portsmouth. He died on August 22, 2013, at Hill View Retirement Center at the age of 93.

After completing  his degree in Architecture at The Ohio State University, Jim lived in Washington, D.C. where he served as a civilian in the US Navy Bureau of Ships as a naval architect until the end of WW II.  While there he returned home one weekend to marry Clara Frances Elkins, who was to be his wife for 59 years.

After the war Jim joined his father’s architectural firm of Devoss and Donaldson, which eventually became Donaldson, Donaldson and Wittenmeyer with addition of his fraternity brother, Jim Wittenmeyer.  James worked at the local firm until he retired in 1971.
He was fascinated by buildings of all shapes, sizes and ages, his children recall. He was also a believer in historic preservation.

Often Jim would be recognized riding his bicycle around Portsmouth. He enjoyed proclaiming himself the original TOSRV rider when, in 1939, he borrowed a balloon-wheeled bicycle to ride from OSU to Portsmouth and back, to attend a dance with his future bride, according to family members.

In retirement, Jim pursued his many favorite activities, including traveling, boating, hiking, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, as well as musical outlets such as playing his clarinet in the Portsmouth Wind Symphony and singing in the Chancel Choir of Cornerstone United Methodist Church. He served in many offices at church and participated in numerous Boy Scout and Nature Club activities. He was also a Trustee for the 1810 House, a board member of Goodwill Industries and a member of the Camp Oyo Alumni Association.

Born on July 15, 1921, the daughter of Albert and Katherine Elkins, Clara Frances Donaldson was a lifelong resident of Portsmouth. She was a graduate of Portsmouth High School and Portsmouth Interstate Business College.  After college, she became secretary of First Christian Church and later, a bookkeeper for First National Bank until she married James in 1943.

Clara was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and its successors for more than 60 years, singing in the choir, participating in the Builders Class and coordinating programs for the senior church members’ organization. She held many offices in United Methodist Women and served as president of the Portsmouth unit of Church Women United, taking active roles in that organization’s special projects.

She was a member of Scioto Memorial Hospital Guild for many years and, as one of the most experienced leaders in Cub Scouting, served nine years as a den mother.  Clara died on December 4, 2002 at Hill View Healthcare.

In addition to Linda and Charles, the Donaldsons were the parents of three other children, Jamie, David and Ann, and had one granddaughter, a step-grandson and a great-granddaughter. 


Scholarship Description:
  • Pursuing a degree in a health-related field (excludes nursing)
  • SOMC employee 
John & Kathleen Wittenmyer Memorial Scholarship Fund

 Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be enrolled at Shawnee State University 
  • Graduate of West Union High School or Peebles High School, Adams County, Ohio 
The establishment of the John E. and Kathleen Wittenmyer Scholarship Fund, created by Mrs. Luella Wittenmyer in memory of the parents of her husband James Wittenmyer. The new fund will provide on scholarship for a West Union High School graduate or Peebles High School graduate.

The Scioto Foundation’s volunteer scholarship committee will select future recipients of the scholarships. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be planning to attend Shawnee State University.

The son of Dr. Jim and Lizzie G. Wittenmyer, John Wittenmyer was born on March 30, 1892, and grew up in Peebles where his family owned farmland. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio and became an attorney in his hometown. His wife Kathleen, daughter of A.D. and Minnie W. Kirk, was born on February 1896, at Cherry Fork, Ohio. She grew up in Winchester and attended what was then called Miami University Normal School where she studied to be a teacher. 

Living in West Union, the couple raised two children who attended school there. An architect, Jim and partner Earl Hayes established their own firm in Portsmouth. A younger daughter Joan taught art in the Dayton School System.

Luella Wittenmyer remembers that the couple loved to play in a card club. In addition to teaching school, Kathleen was a Sunday school teacher and a member of a Shakespeare Club. John always worked at the county fair each summer because he loved farming and working with farmers. When he retired, they returned to the farm where they stayed until the federal government took their land for the installation of power lines. Then they moved to the town of Peebles. John Died on September 24, 1976 and Kathleen died on March 4, 1978.

“I chose to have this Adams County scholarship because of my own nurturing, as well as my husband’s, by family neighbors and friends in a county I love, known for its preservation of nature,” said Lu.

Luella Wittenmyer and sister also created the Cecil and Ocie Trefz Scholarship Fund in 2003 in memory of their parents. She recalls the impact on her when the initial scholarship winner told her that she was the first one in her family to graduate from high school. 

“It is always a good feeling to meet with the young people who receive the scholarships each year,” said Luella who has been faithful in her attendance a the Scioto Foundation’s annual scholarship luncheon.
 
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John and Linda Walker Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduates of Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Must be a college Sophomore, Junior or Senior status
 

 
Johnson Family

Scholarship Criteria
  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University
Julian A. Mohr Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school
  • Majoring in History
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Katheryn Slack Memorial Scholarship Fund

As a tribute to Kay Slack, her friends created the Kathryn Slack Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

This group of good friends felt that Kay would be very pleased to assist someone obtaining a nursing degree in our area because of her love of working and volunteering in hospitals.

The scholarship will assist graduates from East Community school planning to attend an accredited school of nursing.

While Kay was working in Columbus, Ohio, at Riverside Hospital, she developed Crohn's Disease. She had a severe case which required numerous surgeries and hospitalizations during the next 30 plus years. Although she was extremely ill times, she never ceased to care and show concern for others. Kay had a caring attitude, and throughout the course of her illness, she did volunteer work at Southern Ohio Medical Center and was active in her church. She cared for numerous nieces and nephews, as well as children of friends and neighbors  while they were growing up. She had much patience with children and they cared very much for Kay.

Pat Stanley, Kay’s long-time friend, stated, “Caring is one of those attributes that is extremely important in the field of nursing. I have always said that if we could take an ounce of Kay's caring and inject it into  our nursing students, we would be able to enhance their practice by far.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate of East Community School, Sciotoville, Ohio
  • Majoring in Nursing
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Katie Graf Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must have a college Sophomore, Junior or Senior status at the time of applying

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University

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Kenneth McCall Memorial Scholarship Fund

March 26, 2016 -  The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Kenneth McCall Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by his family in memory of the long-time Portsmouth educator.

“Dad truly believed education is the key to freedom. With an education, a person has the tools to be and to do what he or she wants. Dad demonstrated this belief in his life by working very hard to obtain his own college education,” said Wendy McCall Johnson, family spokesperson.

Dad’s dream was to share his belief in the power of education by teaching. For thirty-seven years, he taught chemistry to students at Portsmouth High School and Portsmouth West High School. He loved teaching. We know he was a good and beloved teacher as former students often reached out to him to share the positive effects he had on their lives,” continued Johnson. “Our family hopes the Ken McCall scholarship will ensure his legacy by providing future students the chance to find their freedom through education,” Johnson said.

Born in Portsmouth on April 10, 1928, McCall passed away on February 26, 2016. He was the son of the late Charles William and Lillian Elizabeth Walden McCall. After graduating from Portsmouth West High School, he graduated from the former Portsmouth Interstate Business College and then received a BS degree in Chemistry from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree from Xavier University.

He served his country as a First Lieutenant with the Army in the Korean conflict, earning the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge and the United Nations Service Medal with one Overseas Bar. He retired from the US Army Reserves with the rank of Captain.

In 1962 McCall began his teaching career as a chemistry teacher at Portsmouth High School where he was known as “Chemistry Ken” and Chemical Ken.” He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, the American Legion and the Portsmouth Teachers Association.  As a young man, Ken enjoyed playing baseball and pool. Later in life, he loved playing golf.
He married June Deborah Powderhill McCall on December 24, 1950, and the couple has a daughter, Wendy Johnson of Columbus, and a son Colin McCall of Zanesville, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

To be eligible for the McCall Scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior from Portsmouth or Portsmouth West High School. Applicants must show financial need and plan to major in a science-related field of study. Applicants with presidential scholarships or more than enough to go to college are not eligible. The Scioto Foundation's volunteer scholarship committee will make annual scholarship selections.

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Kevin Green Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation has announced the establishment of the Kevin Green Memorial Scholarship Fund, created by a long-time friend, Jeff Chaffin. 

To be eligible for the Green Scholarship, a student must be a graduate of Wheelersburg High School. Preference will be given to students majoring in technical or trade studies. The scholarship may be renewed.

A four-member selection committee will make annual scholarship selections. It will be comprised of a member of the Chaffin family and the Wheelersburg High School principal, a guidance counselor and a teacher. In the event that WHS ceases to exist, scholarship applicants must reside in Porter Township. 

Green worked for and was the owner of Lawn Lords and worked for the State of Ohio, providing in-home accessibility improvements for the visually impaired. He was also a talented plumber who never failed to remind his clients and friends to “winterize” their outside plumbing fixtures before the first frost.

According to his friends, Green’s Facebook posts were considered ‘must read’ for their humor and entertainment value. Nearly everyone in the community was positively impacted by Green at some level. 

Known as “The Mayor of Sheldon Cartro Road,” Green was often seen with his trusted German Shepherd sidekick, Karma, riding around town in the back of his white pickup truck. Green owned a farm and loved animals, especially his dogs. He was a 1974 graduate of Wheelersburg High School and he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1978. His fondness and support for Wheelersburg and its sports teams never wavered.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a graduate of Wheelersburg High School, Wheelersburg, Ohio
The scholarship may be renewed. Preference will be given to students majoring in technical or trade studies.
Leo R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jack and Ann Thompson established the Leo R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship honoring the memory of his brother Mr. Leo Thompson’s care and devotion to the many students he came in contact with during his 32 years in education. 
 
The scholarship will assist a graduating senior from Northwest High School who plans on majoring in education at the school of his or her choice with the state of Ohio. The recipient must show financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 
 
Leo R. Thompson was born in Scioto County in 1923. He was the son of the late Ray and Mary Newman Thompson. Both his father and mother were teaches. His Father also held the position of Principal at Rarden. 
 
Leo was a graduate of Rarden High School, Wilmington College and Xavier University. He was both a teacher and principal at Northwest High School and then became Superintendent of the Northwest School District. In 1980 he retired from the Superintendent position. 
 
During his lifetime, Leo lived in either Portsmouth or  in the Mount Joy community. He was a Shriner and a member of the American Legion and Retired Teachers Association. He also served in the Army during World War II.


Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a graduating senior at Northwest High School, Scioto County, Ohio 
  • Must major in Education
  • Must be enrolled in an Ohio college or university
Louise & Harold Mullins Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior at Wheelersburg High School or Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Show financial need by having a family gross adjusted income of $45,000 and below
 
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Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Minford and Notre Dame High School, Scioto County, Ohio

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher



The Scioto Foundation has announced the creation of the Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Carrie Brisker Purcell to honor the memory of her sister who died suddenly in 2018 at the age of 40.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior at Minford and/or Notre Dame High School, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 and show evidence of excellence in academics and athletics.

An external committee of family members, along with officials from Minford and Notre Dame High Schools, will make annual scholarship selections. In the event that the committee no longer exists or wishes to make annual selections, scholarship awards will be made by the volunteer scholarship committee of the Scioto Foundation. 

In addition to donations from family and friends, the Brisker family plan to help raise funds for the scholarship with the proceeds from a Notre Dame – Minford basketball game at Notre Dame High School next February, according to Mamie’s sister Carrie Brisker Purcell.  The first Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Scholarship will be given in 2020 and the family hopes that eventually one can be given to a graduate at each of the designated high schools.

“We wanted to do something and setting up the scholarship was one way to give high school kids some money in her name,” said Carrie. “And doing it with Notre Dame and Minford and raising money through the basketball ball game because she played basketball throughout high school and college.” 

Carrie and her husband Matt explained that their children go to Notre Dame Schools and she and her sibling, along with many of their Brisker relatives, attended the Minford Schools. 

Born on February 27, 1978 in Hillsboro, Ohio, Mamie was the daughter of Fred and the late Cindy Brisker. She graduated from Minford High School in 1996 and from Shawnee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration in 2000.  While in high school, Mamie played several sports, including volleyball and track in addition to basketball. She and her sister Carrie were teammates on the SSU 1999 national championship team and both are members of the Minford High School Hall of Fame, along with their father. Mamie was also elected to the Shawnee State Basketball Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Association Hall of Fame. 
Mamie went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Toledo and was close to completing a PhD degree. 

Known to be outgoing and adventuresome, Mamie “was one of the few people to leave the Minford area,” according to her brother-in-law Matt. She moved to Florida where she worked for the South Florida AIDS Foundation for several years as an event planner, coordinating programs like continuing education sessions for doctors. She also worked for the University of Miami (Florida) for a short while. 

 In 2007 Mamie met her future husband, Greg Pettit, and they were married on November 10, 2013. On January 1, 2016, the couple moved to Boquete, Panama and established a hostel, La Jungla Experience, where she put her event-planning skills to good use. . 
“She was an event planner extraordinaire,” said her husband. 
She and Greg traveled widely, visiting approximately 20 countries during their time together. Greg remains in Panama with their beloved greyhound Floyd and has now converted the hostel to an Airbnb. 

“Mamie knew no strangers,” her sister said, “and was well-known all over the world.” She was involved with volunteer work and fundraising in Panama as well as in southern Florida. She loved children and animals; Mamie and Greg were very supportive of their nieces and nephews and were foster parents, noted the family members. 

“I can’t think of a better way to honor the life of Mamie. She was one of a kind and everybody loved her. This scholarship will always allow us to honor her on a permanent basis,” said her father, Fred Brisker. “I want to thank the Scioto Foundation for this recognition. Mamie deserved it.” 

Additions to the Mamie Brisker Pettit Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made by  friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time.  Further information about other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant, Program Officer – Donor Services at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612, or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org
 
 
 

 


Marguerite & Virgil Ramsey Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria

  • Graduate of a high school located in Scioto County, Ohio

  • Enrolled in a trade program or technical school


Marguerite and Virgil Ramsey were active and vital members of their community. Together, they were active in their church where they taught classes and held offices; in the South Webster Historical Society; and the Scioto County Genealogical Society.

 

In their work with the Genealogical Society, they recorded local cemeteries, repaired damaged grave monuments, and obtained documents of local interest for inclusion in the library. In addition, Marguerite and Virgil researched and wrote a book, "Iron Furnaces of the Hanging Rock Region." Their book fielded acclaim and the Chillicothe Historical Society honored the Ramseys for their efforts.  


Independently, Virgil was a Boy Scout volunteer for several years and had held the office of Village Treasurer of South Webster, Ohio. Marguerite gave demonstrations at the local schools on genealogy and quilting, was a member of many years in the Ladies Auxiliary of the local fire department and squad, and won the Governor’s Award for her Scioto County Historical Quilt.

For their lifelong dedication to the community, the Ramseys were inducted into the Bloom Vernon High School Hall of Fame; Marguerite in 1996 and Virgil in 1997.  

When Marguerite died in October of 2005, the Scioto County Genealogical Society and the Ramsey family thought it was appropriate to established a scholarship to honor Marguerite and Virgil.  Awarding an annual scholarship to a Scioto County high school graduate majoring in history seemed a perfect way to commemorate the Ramseys’ work  in local history, their love of Scioto County, and Virgil's background as a former teacher. 

Mary A. Burke Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school
  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University
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Mary Smalley Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mary Smalley Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in memory of the long-time music educator by her daughters, Peggy Ruggiero and Jane Boyer.

Applicants for the new scholarship award must be a graduate of Portsmouth West High School and plan to major in music or the arts. The Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee, on behalf of the Board of Governors, will make annual scholarship selections.

“Mary was an accomplished musician who loved music and was committed to fostering the appreciation of music in the young people that she educated. She taught piano to countless students, many of whom performed in her annual piano recitals. Her students remember Mary for her patience and her kind, encouraging words, and also for her ability to challenge them and broaden their horizons, musically and culturally,” said her granddaughter, Susan Ruggiero Salyer.

Her family recalls that whenever Mary went to restaurants, concerts and other events, she was delighted to encounter former students who greeted her with love and fond recollections.

“So many people remember my mother with her bright red hair and welcoming smile, accompanying the West choir or playing the organ at a wedding, funeral or church services,” said daughter Jane Smalley Boyer. “It was a joy for her to be a part of the West Portsmouth and greater community.”

The daughter of Arthur Emrys and Margaret Jenkins Parry, Mary Frances Smalley was born on August 5, 1928 in her family’s home on Fifth Street in West Portsmouth and died on January 15, 2017.  She lived her entire life in several homes on Fifth Street, which was anchored by her school and her church, the EUB Church which became Nauvoo United Methodist Church.

Mary began taking piano lessons at the Portsmouth Conservatory of Music when she was six years old and became the drummer in her school’s band at age thirteen. After graduating from Washington Local High School in 1946, Mary served as the accompanist for the West High School chorus for thirteen years. She was organist for her home church for 70 years and at First Lutheran Church for 27 years. She also played for Daehler Funeral Home and many weddings throughout the community. A member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, she taught hundreds of students in her home for more than sixty years.  In recognition of her lifelong career in music, the Portsmouth Area Arts Council recognized Mary with an Arts Award for “Outstanding Arts Educator” in 2013.

Active in her community, Mary served on the board of directors of the Community Concert Association, the Nauvoo Methodist Church Board, and the Scioto County Mental Health Board. She also was a member of the Portsmouth Sister City organization, the Boneyfiddle Arts Club and Raven Rock Garden Club, as well as other school and church groups. In 2008, she and her husband Elmo received the Joined Hearts in Giving award from the Ohio governor in recognition of their community service.

High school sweethearts, Mary and Elmo, who passed away in April, 2016, were married for 70 years. In addition to their two daughters and their husbands Dan Ruggiero and Doug Boyer, the couple had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Additions to the Mary Smalley Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made by friends, family, former students and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time.  Further information about the Smalley Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the Scioto Foundation website at www.sciotofoundation.org

Scholarship Description:

  • Graduating senior of Portsmouth West High School, Scioto County, Ohio

  • Majoring in Visual, Music or Performing Arts. 

 

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Matthew A. McCoy Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be graduates of South Webster High School, Scioto County, Ohio  

  • GPA of 3.3/4.0 or higher
  • must be actively involved in extracurricular school activities, community service organizations and/or church groups;
  • demonstrate leadership and exemplary character
  • ​complete a personal essay illustrating the student’s above characteristics. 


The Scioto Foundation has announced the creation of the Matthew A. McCoy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Arnold and Wanda McCoy in memory of their son who died unexpectedly at the age of 48 last February.

Eligible applicants for the scholarship must be graduates of South Webster High School and have a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0. Applicants also must be actively involved in extracurricular school activities, community service organizations and/or church groups; demonstrate leadership and exemplary character, and complete a personal essay illustrating the student’s above characteristics. 

To make annual scholarship award selections, applications will be reviewed by the school administrators with assistance from the McCoy family. Please contact the Bloom-Vernon guidance office for more details

Matthew McCoy was a 1986 graduate of South Wester High School and a 1990 graduate of Miami University. A resident of Cincinnati, he had a successful career in business banking with PNC Bank. 

McCoy was valedictorian of his graduating class at South Webster; a member of National Honor Society; a four-letter athlete in cross-country, basketball and baseball; a trumpet player in the marching band and a member of the select chorus. He also won the prestigious Debbie Willis Award in his senior year. A 4-H Beef Club member who served on the Scioto County 4-H Fair Board, he had the 1983 Scioto County Fair Grand Champion Steer. He was also an active member of the Christ United Methodist Church youth fellowship.

In the summer of 1984, he was selected to participate in the Scioto County Junior Honors Program at Miami University where he met the love of his life and future wife, Cindy Gray. Among several academic honors, McCoy received the Harry Kuhner Scholarship, a four-year award for the study of business at the college of his choice. Upon graduation, he attended Shawnee State University for two years as a pre-business major before transferring to Miami to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. While at SSU, he worked as a teller at Security Central National Bank. 

“If I could draw a diagram of a perfect son, Matt was it,” said his father. “He cared for everyone, the elderly as well as the young. He thought a lot of Mr. Kuhner.” Matt was the youngest of the McCoy’s three sons.

After graduating from college, he began his career in Cincinnati at PNC Bank, then known as Central Trust Bank, in management training and ultimately became a Vice President of Commercial Lending.

Cindy and Matt were married September 1, 1990, after both graduated from Miami. They have two sons, Adam Matthew, who graduated this spring as co-valedictorian from Miami Valley Christian Academy (MVCA), and Aaron Michael, who will be a freshman at MVCA in the fall. In their Mt. Carmel-area home in Cincinnati, Matt actively participated in the Chamber of Commerce for the betterment of Clermont County and served many years as a member of their community’s Homeowners’ Association Board, according to Cindy. 

“He touched the lives of many young men, in addition to our sons’, as both a long-time baseball and basketball coach,” said Cindy. “He was very involved in our sons’ school community and an active volunteer in our church,” she added. “Whether from church, work or the neighborhood, people always mention they never saw Matt without his beautiful, big smile,” Cindy commented. “We miss that grin,” his friends and colleagues often say. “We always knew it was going to be a good day when we saw Matt.”

“He absolutely lived his priorities – God and his family first,” his wife added. “He is gone way too soon, but there’s nothing he left undone or unsaid. He never ended a conversation with his family without saying ‘I love you.’ 

Matt was an exceptional person who brought joy to everyone. In business, he was focused on building relationships with his customers. In his home-life, he adored his sons and was involved in everything they did. “ As a family, we were a team. He set an honorable example for our sons, placing faith, character and kindness above all else.” 

Contributions to the Matthew A. McCoy Memorial Scholarship Fund from family, friends or the general public may be made at any time. Donations may be in the form of gifts of cash, securities, property or credit card(via www.sciotofounation.org

Additional information about the McCoy Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting Patty Tennant, Program Office – Donor Services, or SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip at (740) 354-4612.

Merritt Family Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating Senior of Valley High School, Lucasville, Ohio
  • Majoring in Education
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
Michael D. Pinson Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship fund, the Michael D. Pinson Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by his son, Jeffrey D. Pinson and his wife Lorenda in memory of his father.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior from Minford High School, have participated in 4 – H and maintained a 3.00 point grade point average. In addition, the student must complete a short essay. 

Michael David Pinson of Minford passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at the age of 69. Born May 15, 1946 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Orville and Olive Bernice Wessel Pinson, he was a 1964 graduate of Minford High School and was retired from Shawnee State University as a Systems Network Manager. He was a 4-H Horse Advisor for more than 30 years and past President of Minford Little League and Minford Athletic Boosters.

“Establishing this scholarship in Mike’s name not only allows us to continue to honor his name and memory, but to continue the legacy he left us: helping the youth of Scioto County.  We wanted to honor his legacy and this scholarship allows us to do that,” said Lorenda Pinson.

“Through his 25+ years as a 4-H advisor and numerous other associations, Mike gave freely of himself for the youth of Scioto County, touching many lives in the process.  Via this scholarship, Mike will continue to have an impact on the lives and future of the youth of Minford and Scioto County,” she concluded.

Pinson and his wife Jill (Allen) Pinson were the parents of two sons, David (Amy) Pinson of Frankfort and Jeff (Lorenda) Pinson of Minford. They had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  

Scholarship Description:

  • Graduating senior of Minford High School, Minford, Ohio

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University

  • Participated in 4 – H

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Complete the essay "Describe your involvement in 4H and explain how it has influenced your development."

 

Mike Roth Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating Senior from Wheelersburg High School, Wheelersburg, Ohio

  • Preference for those who participate in 4-H

  • GPA 2.5 or higher



The Scioto Foundation announces the creation of the new Mike Roth Scholarship Fund
established by David Roth in memory of his son.

To be eligible for the Mike Roth Scholarship, a student must be a graduate of Wheelersburg High School and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Preference will be given to students who have participated in 4 - H programs.

Born in 1962 in Portsmouth, Roth was the son of David Albert and Helen Kathryn Delabar Roth.  He died on May 27, 1994 in Maloneton, Kentucky at age 32.

Roth was a truck driver for Portsmouth Block Company. He was a 1970 graduate of
Wheelersburg High School and the Scioto County Joint Vocational School and a member of St. Peter’s In Chains Catholic Church.

Roth was the father of two sons, Carl Dustin Roth and Joseph Michael Roth, and one daughter, Amanda Nicole Roth.

“At the time of Mike’s death, a joint scholarship was established in both his name and that of the Silver Spurs 4 - H Club. That club no longer exists,” said his sister Kathryn Pyles, explaining why the fund has now been set up at the Scioto Foundation.

"Mike was very active with horses and 4 - H horse clubs,” Pyles continued. “He was a very hard worker and always wished that he had gone on to higher education.”

Additions to the Mike Roth Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made by friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time.  Further information about the Roth Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org

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OSCO Industries, Inc. Employee Scholarship (part of William A. and Mary A. Burke Scholarship)

OSCO Industries, Inc. Scholarship Fund (part of William A. and Mary A. Burke Scholarship)

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Parents or guardian must be employed at OSCO Industries, Inc.
  • Only undergraduates may apply.
Owen & Madeline Doerr Karr Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Majoring in Veterinary Medicine
    Preference is given to students attending Shawnee State University.

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PHS 1957 Alumni Scholarship

The Portsmouth High School Class of 1957 has created a new scholarship fund at the Scioto Foundation designed to leave a legacy for the class and help future PHS graduates pay for college educations. 

After discussions at their 57th reunion last fall, a group of local representatives created the PHS Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund. Richard Schisler, Joyce Theiss, Harold Massie, Julia Wisniewski, Judie Hollis and Colleen Sturgill served on the committee which established the new scholarship endowment.
“This scholarship fund is something that will go on when other gifts given by the Class of 1957 have not lasted,” said committee spokesperson Joyce Theiss. “Young people are our future and everyone needs help in some way. To get a good job, they need training and education and college is very expensive.”

The Class of 1957 designated money left over from reunion expenses to start the new scholarship, according to Theiss. As class members grow older, they decided they should do something with their unused funds, she said. “The scholarship was a good use of the monies for the future of the young.”

The committee has sent out a direct mail appeal to their classmates to solicit contributions to build the scholarship fund. Their appeal letter and flyer both stress the value in creating a fund that will sustain a lasting legacy beyond any one person or generation and urge classmates to take part in helping future PHS graduates.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior at Portsmouth High School, have a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0 and enroll at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. In addition, applicants must write a 250-word essay explaining their life goals and what this scholarship would mean to them. 
Preference will be given to previous recipients provided they meet the GPA criteria and complete the 250-word essay.

The Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee will make the annual scholarship selections. Amounts available for distribution will be based upon the current spending policy of the Foundation or will be the net income when not otherwise provided in the Foundation’s then current spending policy.

Additions to the fund may be made by alumnae, friends, family and supporters of Portsmouth High School in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property to the fund at any time. Contributions also may be made to honor and recognize a Portsmouth High School graduate or to serve as a memorial to an individual.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a graduating senior at Portsmouth High School, Scioto county, Ohio 
  • Must complete the PHS essay
  • GPA 2.75 or Higher
PHS Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must be a graduating senior from Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Must attend Shawnee State University
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater 
PHS Class of 1961 Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation has announced the creation of a new scholarship fund established by the Portsmouth High School Class of 1961. 

Local realtor Neal Hatcher proposed the idea for the new fund to commemorate the Class of 1961’s 50thanniversary during planning for the alumnae group’s reunion.  Assisted by his wife Vicky and 1961 fellow classmate Dr. James Nagle, Hatcher obtained approval for the new scholarship from those attending the reunion last September. 

Criteria for the scholarship were also set by members of the class of 1961 who decided that it should be available to students with average grades needing financial assistance to continue their education and not necessarily be based on solely on students’ GPAs.  Applicants must be a graduating senior at Portsmouth High School, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 based on a 4.0 grading system, and be enrolled in a four-year college or university. 

In addition, applicants must write a 250 word essay explaining their life goals and what this scholarship would mean to them. 

The Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee will make the annual scholarship selections.  Amounts available for distribution will be based upon the current spending policy of the Foundation or will be the net income when not otherwise provided in the Foundation’s then current spending policy.

The Class of 1961 Scholarship Fund is thought to be the first one developed by an alumnae group of Portsmouth High School, according to Neal Hatcher, who hopes more classes will do the same.

A portion of extra revenue received for the reunion reservation fees was donated to the new fund and several 1961 classmates have made contributions.  The 1961 alumnae who created the fund plan to reach out to other members of the class with a direct mailing in the near future. 

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior at Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0

  • Enrolled in a 4 year university or college

  • Applicants must write a 250 word essay explaining their life goals and what this scholarship would mean to them.

PHS Class of 1976 Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio

  • Must demonstrate "hard work" and be driven 

  • Shows community service beyond that required by the school system

  • Must have a scholastic, artistic or musical achievement

  • Significant care-giving responsibilities

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Portsmouth Area Jaycees Inc.

The purpose of the Portsmouth Jaycee Scholarship Fund is to proved scholarships to graduating Scioto County high school students. It is the belief of the Jaycee Scholarship committee that education of our youth is our greatest asset.  For information concerning the guidelines of the fund, please call the Scioto Foundation.   

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from a high school in Scioto County, Ohio

  • Student is in the upper 25 percent of his or her graduating class

  • Must show financial need

Preference is given to those who are pursing a career in service consistent with the promote the beliefs of the United States Jaycees

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Portsmouth Area Ladies Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must have a college Junior or Senior status

  • Female

  • Graduate of a high school in Scioto County, Ohio

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Show evidence of community service and volunteerism

  • Undergraduate student

Portsmouth Sister City - Paul Flohr Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria

  • Resident of Scioto County, Ohio

  • Majoring or minoring in Spanish, German, international relations or related degree.

  • An additional letter from a foreign language instructor is required

Preference is given to a Shawnee State student with two or more years of high school Spanish or German, a GPA of 3.0 or higher who has visited Orizaba, Mexico or Zittau, Germany.

Ralph L. and Louise K. Arrick Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation has announced the establishment of the Ralph L. and Louise K. Arrick Fund.  The new combination fund was created by the Arricks to provide scholarships for local high school students and to benefit Grace Baptist Church in Minford.

Ninety percent of the Arrick Fund has been set up to fund scholarships for worthy students from Scioto County with preference to Valley High School graduates.  Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee with the assistance of the family.                        

Ten percent of the new fund will be distributed to the Grace Baptist Church where the Arricks were members for many years.

Ralph Arrick, Sr. was born in 1924 in Toledo, a son of the late Ollie Hutchison and Mary Johnson Arrick, and died in November of 2000. Arrick was co-founder and co-owner of Arrick’s Bottled Gas Company.  He was a 1942 graduate of Valley High School and received his B.S. degree from Bowling Green State University. 

Arrick was a former high school teacher at Valley and McDermott. Active in numerous sports and community activities, he was a basketball and baseball coach at McDermott and helped organized the Minford Little League. He was also one of the co-founders of the Lucasville Biddy Basketball League, and he coached for the Portsmouth Del Rice Baseball League for many years. 

Arrick was the first fire chief at the Jefferson Township Fire Department, a member of the Lucasville Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rites, the James Irwin Post of the American Legion and the Ohio Propane Gas Association and a World War II Army veteran.

His wife Louise was born in Portsmouth in 1924, a daughter of the late Tallie and Margaret Burns Buckle. A former resident of Clarktown and then Minford during her married life, she died in October, 2008.  

Mrs. Arrick was also a 1942 graduate of Valley High School. With her husband, she was a co-owner of Arrick’s Bottled Gas Company and a homemaker. 

The Arricks were married on April 23, 1946. They were the parents of a three sons: Douglas Arrick of Huffman, Texas, as well as Ralph Arrick, Jr. and Dr. Ron Arrick, both  of Lucasville. They had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Scholarship Criteria:

 

  • Graduating senior of Minford, Northwest or Valley High School in Scioto County, Ohio


 

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Raymond L. Arn & Dorothy Maier Scholarship Fund

Dorothy Maier was born in Portsmouth on April 23, 1918, the daughter of the late Albert A. Arn and Kathryn Swearingen Arn. Raymond L. Arn, Dorothy’s brother, was a lifelong resident of Portsmouth and worked for Detroit Steel. Dorothy requested the scholarship be in both of the names in remembrance of her brother.
 
Dorothy L. Maier by bequest gave the scholarship gift to the Scioto Foundation. She passed away on Friday, December 13, 2002. She was a member of Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church. 


Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be enrolled at Shawnee State University
  • Must be a graduate from Scioto County, Ohio high school
Richard & Ruth Cooper Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating seniors of Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio

Richard and Melinda McNeer Snook Nursing Scholarship

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Richard and Melinda (Mamie) McNeer Snook Nursing Scholarship. The new scholarship will benefit students who attend Shawnee State University to earn a two (ADN) or four (BSN) year degree in nursing. 

Applicants must be graduates of Scioto County or Greenup County, Kentucky, high schools and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0. The Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee will make annual scholarship selections. 

Both Rich and Mamie Snook were born and raised in Portsmouth and graduated from Portsmouth High School.   The couple say they love this community and are so pleased to see the latest area developments especially in the Boneyfiddle area.

Mamie earned a nursing diploma from Holzer Medical Clinic in Gallipolis, and went on to attain a BSN degree in Nursing from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from The Ohio State University.   In March 2019 she will have worked in the nursing profession at Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) for 40 years and has a 45 year career in nursing. For the past 5 years she has been a nurse practitioner in the Sleep Medicine Department at SOMC.   She also served as a nurse practitioner in Primary Care and Cardiology. She has been an Adult Nurse Practitioner for 19 years.

“Nursing is very close to my heart, said Mamie.  I have always wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember.”

After high school, Rich served in the U.S. Marines for two years including duty in Vietnam.  When he returned home he attended the Portsmouth Interstate Business College studying business administration and continued courses in the fine arts and business at Shawnee State University on the G.I. Bill.  He worked for the railroad and at Detroit Steel Mill and did construction on the side. When the mill closed, he developed his own business in residential and commercial renovations.

The Snooks are members of Temple Baptist Church and have been active as volunteers in the community.  Mamie has helped to place flags at Greenlawn Cemetery for Memorial Day and worked with the “Friends of Greenlawn” in painting the cemetery fence. She also enjoys volunteering with Sue Burke and Main Street Portsmouth, in planting flowers in the downtown area.  

In explaining their desire to establish the new scholarship fund Rich and Mamie said, “Education is important no matter what your future direction will be. It is everybody’s future.” 

 “I was one of five children and my Mother instilled the importance of education in all of us,” Mamie commented.

“Education is power; it’s the avenue to accomplishing your dreams,” she continued. “Rich and I wanted to give back to the community that has been so gracious to us and to support our local university. SOMC is committed in helping their employees to obtain their education dreams and I was so fortunate to receive assistance from SOMC to further my education.”

The Snooks have one son, Brad, and one granddaughter, Brittany, who will graduate from Kent State with a BSN degree in nursing next spring, carrying on the nursing tradition in the family.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate of a Greenup High School, Co. KY or any Scioto Co. HS,  OH 

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Must attend Shawnee State University

  • Pursuing a degree the field of Nursing 

 

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Richard L. & Bettie L. Diehl Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Majoring in Nursing

Preference is given to those wanting work in the oncology department.
Nurses seeking advanced degrees are encouraged to apply.

 

Richard Wolbert Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation announces a new Acorn Scholarship Fund established in memory of Richard Wolbert by his co-workers at Sunoco Chemicals Research and Technology in Haverhill, Ohio. A resident of South Shore, Kentucky, Wolbert was the Human Resources Director at the Haverhill Sunoco plant.  He died suddenly of heart failure on June 10, 2008 at the age of 57.

“Richard understood the value of an education,” said his wife, Denise Wolbert. “To him, it made people become valued and productive members of society.”

To be considered for the Wolbert Scholarship, applicants must be graduating senior at the Scioto County Career and Technical Center. Applicants must also show evidence of community service and compose an essay of 500 words or less on the topic “What Education Means to Me.”

A former resident of Imperial, Pennsylvania, Wolbert was born in Sewickly, PA, the son of Laura Drugmand Wolbert and the late William Wolbert. Mrs. Wolbert is a native of Pittsburgh. She is a registered nurse and is employed at the Scioto County Career and Technical Center. 

The Wolberts have two grown children, a son, William Adam Wolbert who lives in Imperial, PA and a daughter, Jessica Elizabeth Wolbert, in Tampa, Florida.

The Scioto Foundation’s Acorn Fund process offers a simple and efficient way to build an endowment fund over time through installments. An Acorn Fund can be used to create an unrestricted, designated, scholarship, organizational endowment, donor advised or field of interest fund. 

To set up an Acorn Fund, a donor works with the Scioto Foundation staff to select a name and commits to making minimum yearly contributions of $1,000. The donor can add to the fund at any time during the calendar year; contributions may be made by donors, relatives or friends. Once the goal of $1,000 is reached, distributions from the fund can begin. 

 The Scioto Foundation invests the funds and all earnings, including interest and dividends, back into the Fund, and the SF waives its minimum monthly fee until the $10,000 goal is reached.



Scholarship Criteria:

First Scholarship

  • Graduating senior from a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Planning to major in Music or Theatre

  • Show evidence of community service and must complete an essay (no more than 500 words) on “What the value of Education means to me.”

Second Scholarship

  • Graduating senior from the Scioto County Career and Technical Center.

  • Show evidence of community service and must complete an essay (no more than 500 words) on “What the value of Education means to me.”

Rita & George King Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate of Minford High School, Scioto County, Ohio

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University

  • Must have a college Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status

Rocky Dunkin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
New Boston

  • Graduating senior of Glenwood High School, New Boston, Ohio

  • Sports Letter

  • 3.0 GPA

 Washington-Nile

  • Graduating senior of Washington-Nile High School, West Portsmouh, Ohio

  • Sports Letter

  • 3.0 GPA

Ron & Nancy Chapman Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from an Adams County, Ohio high school, or one of the following high schools in Scioto County, Ohio: Portsmouth West, Northwest, Portsmouth, Bloom-Vernon/South Webster, or East Community School; or from Ripley Union Lewis Local in Brown County

  • Earn a varsity letter in one or more sports

  • Letter of recommendation from a varsity coach

 
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Rotary Club of Portsmouth Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
Rotary Club of Portsmouth Scholarship Fund - part one (Freshman attending SSU)

 

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Incoming freshman

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University


Rotary Club of Portsmouth Scholarship Fund  - part 2 (incoming junior who has graduated from a Scioto County HS attending any college or university other than SSU)

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high schoo

  • College junior status

  • Enrolled at an accredited college or university, excluding Shawnee State University


Rotary Club of Portsmouth Scholarship Fund  - part three (incoming junior who has graduated from a Scioto County HS attending Shawnee State)

  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school

  • Incoming college junior 

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University

 

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Roy Rogers Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be enrolled at Shawnee State University 
  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school
  • Particapate in 4-H 
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Scioto County Medical Society Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Enrolled in medical school

Scioto County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship

The Scioto Foundation has announced a new scholarship fund established by the Scioto County Retired Teachers Association. Beginning in 2014, the new scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from a Scioto County high school who plans to major in education at an accredited college or university. 

SCRTA will make annual scholarship selections. If the organization ceases to exist, the Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee will make the selections.

Founded in 1959, the local Retired Teachers Association has awarded two scholarships each year to Scioto County students after awarding an initial scholarship in 1996. In all, the organization has given 33 scholarships totaling $19,000 through 2012.

“We decided to partner with the Scioto Foundation to build this new fund and work to make it self-sustaining,” said Bill Webb, current president of the Scioto County Retired Teachers Association.  

“We are so happy that the Scioto Foundation is available to invest the funds and see that this type of project continues,” Webb said. “It is a plus to partner with the Foundation.”

SCRTA conducts no fundraising activities, according to Webb. Funds for the scholarships come from members’ donations and small bequests. Members and friends are encouraged to name the Scioto County Retired Teachers’ Association Scholarship Fund as a favorite charity for memorials and special gifts

Now approximately 260 members strong, the organization conducts ongoing recruitment for retiring teachers to join.  The group participates in other community projects such as filling Operation Christmas Child boxes and working with Habitat for Humanity.  Last year SCRTA  also made a donation to the Shawnee State Department of Teacher Education to assist students with costs associated with professional preparation programs.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Majors in Education

 

Scioto County Suicide Prevention Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria: 

  • Must be a graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Must complete the essay " How has suicide impacted your life?"

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SCOESC Employee Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must have a parent or guardian who is an employee at South Central Ohio Education Service Center

  • GPA 2.5 or higher

  • Undergrad only

  • Can only receive once

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Steven A. Hunter Hope Scholarship Fund

This fund originally housed at the Portsmouth City Schools Foundation, has been established at the Scioto Foundation in memory of Steven A. Hunter, by his parents, brother and other community members who knew and loved him. The fund’s primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to students at Portsmouth High School needing help with college tuition, books and fees. 


Hunter was a 2003 graduate of Portsmouth High School where he was involved in almost every facet of student life. He was a member of the National Honors Society and graduated in the top tenth percent of his class. Hunter achieved numerous academic and sporting awards and was a class officer all four years of high school. Hunter was well remembered by all as the PHS mascot “Captain Trojan.”


Hunter attending Milligan College, a four-year Christian liberal arts college located in Northeast Tennessee. At Milligan, Hunter majored in history and was pursing a minor in legal studies. He had aspirations of one day becoming an attorney. He was also a member of Milligan’s tennis team, a good student, devout Christian, avid outdoorsman. 


According to his father, Mark Hunter, “Steven was extremely passionate about his beliefs, including the premise that we are responsible to help those in need. His example has inspired all who knew him and loved him to undertake this responsibility. This fund will commemorate Steven’s life and his strong conviction of helping those in need.”


Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Portsmouth High School, Scioto County, Ohio

  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University

  • Preference is given to those who display financial need Less than $45,000

Temple Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria: 

  • Graduate from a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Enroll at Ohio State University

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The Waller Family Scholarship Fund

The Waller Family Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Frank L Waller in honor of the 80thBirthday of his father, Edward W. Waller.
 
The Waller Fund memorializes all family members including Frank M., Charles and Clark Waller, who established the Waller Brothers Stone Company in the in the late 1800s; Leo Waller son of Frank M., and Julie Rae Waller, late wife of Frank L.; and honors Edward W., former president and owner of the Waller Brothers Stone Company, who is now retired; sisters, Dorothy Wenger of Hill View and Catherine Frey of Naples, Florida.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Majoring in Engineering

 

Trueman H. Kneisley Scholarship Fund More Information Up Arrow

The Trueman H. Kneisley Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Mrs. Roxie G. Kneisley in memory for her husband.

Mr. Kneisley was a former teacher, principal and superintendent from the Western School District in Pike County, Ohio. He was also a science teacher in the Waverly City Schools for 14 years and had a total of 38 years service in the field of education. 

Income from the Truman H. Kneisley Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide a scholarships to Waverly High School seniors, who are pursuing a college education with a science major.

Through the awarding of this scholarship, it is the hope that a college-bound student will be assisted somewhat financially and will be inspired to maintain academic excellence to complete a bachelor's degree. 



Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating Senior at Waverly High School, Pike County, Ohio

  • Pursuing a degree in science

Waverly High Schools Guidance will make the selection. Please contact WHS guidance for more details

Wellston City Schools: Chester, Adeline and Cheryl Harless Music Scholarship

​Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Wellston High School, Jackson County, Ohio 

  • Must complete the Wellston essay

  • 2.5 GPA or above

  • Majoring in Music

  • Must have two letters from current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor, 

  • Must have a letter from Music Teachers

renewable

Wellston City Schools: Coach Jim Derrow Memorial Scholarship Award

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Wellston High School, Jackson County, Ohio 

  • Must complete "Why the student wishes to attend college" essay

  • 3.00 GPA or above

  • Must show financial need

  • Must have three letters from current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor

Scholarship shall be selected based on applicant's goals, potential for success, financial need, record of school and or community service, participation in school extracurricular activities with a preference in basketball. Student will be interviewed by the board

Wellston City Schools: Dick and Joe Mantz Scholastic Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Wellston High School, Jackson County, Ohio 

  • Must complete "Why the student wishes to attend college" essay

  • 2.50 GPA or above

  • Must have three letters from current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor

renewable
Wellston City Schools: Mary Carolyn Hedges Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Wellston High School, Jackson County, Ohio 

  • Must complete "Why the student wishes to attend college" essay

  • 2.50 GPA or above

  • Must show financial need

  • Must have three letters from current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor

Wellston City Schools: Peggy S. Geiger Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Wellston High School, Jackson County, Ohio 

  • 3.25 GPA or above

  • Must have three letters from current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor

renewable

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Wellston City Schools: Phil Lewis Memorial Scholarship

 
Scholarship Description:

  • Graduating senior from Wellston High School, Jackson Co, Ohio

  • 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Complete the essay "How he or she has worked through adversity"

    In the reference letter from either the teacher or community leader, the recommender must discuss good character and work ethic. 

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Wellston LSD UCAN Neighbors Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Wellston High School, Jackson County, Ohio 

  • Must complete Wellston essay

William A. Burke and Mary A. Burke Scholarship for Health-related fields and Employees of OSCO

Scholarship Criteria

Health-related Scholarship

  • Majoring in a health-related field (Medical or pre-med students will NOT be considered)

  • Resident of Scioto, Adams, Pike, Ross, Jackson, or Lawrence County, Ohio or Greenup or Lewis County, Kentucky

OSCO Employee Scholarship 

  • Must have a parent or guardian who is employed with OSCO

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William C. Anderson Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the William C. Anderson Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund. The new fund has been established by Evelyn E. Anderson and her children in memory of her husband who died December 10, 2008.

Anderson was born on September 25, 1922, in Portsmouth; he and his wife were married for 61 years and resided here throughout their marriage. The couple have three children, Martha Miker of Cincinnati; James Anderson of  Austin, Texas, and Elizabeth Hallam of Okemos, Michigan. They also have seven grandchildren and one great-grand daughter.

“Dad loved scouting! It was in his crinkly eyes as he spoke of Camp OYO fun; in his reverent voice about Monty Montgomery, his troop leader, and in his heart as he earned his Eagle Award and as his troop patrolled the flood wall serving Portsmouth during the “37 flood,” said daughter Martha as spokesperson for the family.

“He lived the Scout Oath throughout his life, becoming a leader in business at Rotary and at Cornerstone United Methodist Church. We Andersons would like to honor his joyful Scout memories through this scholarship to a deserving Boy Scout of Troop #12 who will create his own rich-filled legacy,” added Martha.

A well-known businessman in the community, Anderson was a Chartered Life Underwriter, a designation awarded after eight college-level insurance courses. He was manager of Equitable Life of Iowa, now ING, from 1960 until 1988 and then continued as Agent Emeritus until 2008. 

Anderson was a life-long member of Trinity Methodist Church, now Cornerstone United Methodist. 

In addition to being an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Anderson was a fraternity member of Phi Gamma Delta at Ohio Wesleyan University and a pilot in the Army Air Corps.  He was also a member and past president of the Portsmouth Rotary Club.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have obtained the level of Eagle Scout. Preference will be given to Eagle Scouts that are members of Troop #12 and are members of Cornerstone Methodist Church.  The annual amount of the scholarship will be a minimum of $250.

The amounts available for distribution for the scholarship will be based upon the then current spending policy of the Scioto Foundation, or will be the net income when not otherwise provided in the Foundation’s then current spending policy.


Scholarship Criteria:

  • Obtained the level of Eagle Scout

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school

Preference:

  • Member of Troop #12

  • Member of Cornerstone Methodist Church located in Portsmouth Ohio

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Zelma Riley Lapp Scholarship Fund

The family of a 1941 graduate of Huntington High School who was active in the community has created a new scholarship in her name.
 
A Huntington High School graduating senior will benefit from a new
scholarship recently created in memory of a 1941 graduate who was
active as a patron of the arts and in several community organization
during her lifetime.
 
The Scioto Foundation announced the creation of the Zelma Riley Lapp Scholarship Fund, established in her memory by her three daughters, Barbara Bradbury, of Otway, and Debbie Bay and Jane Collins, of Columbus. The scholarship, the amount of which was not specified, will be awarded to a graduating senior at Huntington High School.
 
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and have a combined ACT score of at least 20. They also must enter a two- or four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. as a full-time student and must complete and submit the scholarship application on file with the high school guidance counselor.
 
Scholarship funds may be used for books and supplies, tuition and fees or room and board.
 
“My sisters, Debbie and Jane, and I are thrilled to create this scholarship fund with the Scioto Foundation so that future students from mother’s high school have financial assistance to help make college a reality,” said Barbara Bradbury, spokesperson for the family. “College was our mother’s dream for a life full of promise and opportunity. She would be excited to know that a fund is created in her name. All of us girls graduated from college and now there are four PhD’s among mom’s children, grandchildren and spouses.”
Huntington guidance counselor Anita Rogers said the financial assistance for students is welcome.
 
“Huntington High School is a rural school with a total enrollment of just under 400 students,” Rogers said. “The Ohio Department of Education ranks the district’s poverty rate at third in the state. There are significant financial barriers for our students who have post-secondary plans. On a positive note, I am proud to say that 39 percent of our seniors from last year planned to attend a four-year institution upon graduation. Students who go on are, for the most part, first-generation college students.
 
“Any assistance in the form of scholarships is like gold to us, especially when it comes from a source with ties to the community and a family commitment to help our students persevere.”
Lapp was born in 1923 in Pike County, where she attended one-room schools until 1932 when her family — which owned a sawmill and maintained a farm — moved to Huntington Township. A good student in high school – where she sang, played cello in the orchestra, directed a small school band and played on the girls’ basketball team — Lapp went on to graduate from Kent State University and return to the local area as a teacher at Adelphi and Chillicothe high schools. She also was an elder at First Presbyterian Church, a Girl Scout troop leader, camp counselor and adult trainer, and was involved in other community organizations as the first president of the J-C-Ettes, past president of the Junior Civic League and serving on the board of trustees of the Scioto-Paint Valley Guidance Center and Board of Governors at Hopeton Village.
 
In her later years, she was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, a patron of the Scioto Valley Arts Council and a Founders Club member of the Pump House Center for the Arts and Majestic Theatre. She died on June 22, 2014.