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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 
  • Must attend an accredited college or university


 

Scholarships associated with 1964 PHS Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • PHS Class of 1964 Scholarship
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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.
 

 

Abe & Bette Zuber Memorial - Portsmouth Retail Merchants Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Planning to attend Shawnee State University 
  • Majoring in business
  • A graduating senior from a Scioto County High School
Scholarships associated with Abe & Bette Zuber Memorial - Portsmouth Retail Merchants Scholarship Fund
  • Portsmouth Retail Merchants Abe & Bette Zuber Fund
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Adam Eldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school
  • Maintain a  GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Attend a post-secondary educational institution

The son of Vicky Skaggs Eldridge, Adam Eldridge was born on December 6, 1977 in Portsmouth. He passed away on March 31, 2021 at the age of 43. Adam was a graduate of Glenwood High School and the Scioto County Joint Vocational School. After he graduated from high school, he worked on river barges until suffering a brain injury after being hit in the head by a piece of equipment in 1999 when he was almost 22 years old.

His mother Vicky was Adam’s loving and proud caregiver for more than 20 years before he died from cancer two years ago.

“Adam was an all-round good person,” Vicky said. “He was very intelligent and encouraged everyone to go to college so that they could get good educations and good jobs.”

“Adam would do anything for anybody and wanted to do everything he could for people,” Vicky added. “He loved animals too. His injury left him with short-term memory problems; he still had long-term memory. He was an avid reader, but that activity was taken away with his short-term memory difficulties.”

Vicky said she and Adam talked about setting up the fund. He wanted to give kids the opportunity to have a better life and to help those with lower incomes improve their financial situations. They wanted the scholarship to be available to any students in the Scioto County area to attend any college if they were qualified.

Adam thought about going to college but loved his job before he got hurt, Vicky said. “He didn’t know what he wanted to do later in life, but he would have wanted to help many folks,” she added. “He cared about others.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better son,” Vicky concluded.

Contributions to the Adam Eldridge 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 or property.

Additional information about the Adam Eldridge Memorial 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.

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Adams County Community Foundation: Adams County Scholarship Fund

The Adams County scholarship fund is for all Adams County residents interested in attending college or vocational training. The fund welcomes students from all backgrounds with varying interests in academic or vocational training.

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • Must be a resident of Adams County, Ohio or have received a diploma from a high school in Adams County, Ohio. Maybe be homeschooled in Adams County, Ohio.
  • Must be attending or planning to attend an accredited, nonproprietary college, university or certified vocational training program in a full-time capacity
  • Must show financial need. 
  • Undergraduates Only 
  • Must have a record of satisfactory academic performance
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
Preference will be given to students participating in extracurricular activities, community service, employment and have a good school attendance record. 
Scholarships associated with Adams County Community Foundation: Adams County Scholarship Fund
  • Adams County Community Foundation: Adams County Scholarship
  • Adams County Community Foundation: Adams County Scholarship - for review
Adams County Community Foundation: C.E Smith Family Scholarship Fund​​​​​​​

To qualify for consideration for this scholarship, the candidate must:
  • have a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • be a resident of Adams County, Ohio or have received a diploma from a high school in Adams County, Ohio or have been homeschooled in Adams County, Ohio;
  • be attending or planning to attend an accredited, nonproprietary college, university, or certified vocational training program in a full-time capacity;
  • show financial need;
  • have a record of satisfactory academic performance;
  • have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; and
  • be an undergraduate student.

Participation in extracurricular activities, community service, employment, and school attendance record will also be considered.
Scholarships associated with Adams County Community Foundation: C.E Smith Family Scholarship Fund​​​​​​​
  • Adams County Community Foundation: C.E Smith Family Scholarship Fund
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Adams County Community Foundation: Charles Hugh McGovney Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Scholarship Criteria
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • Must be a resident of Adams County, Ohio or have received a diploma from a high school in Adams County, Ohio. Maybe be homeschooled in Adams County, Ohio.
  • Must be attending or planning to attend an accredited, nonproprietary college, university, or certified vocational training program in a full-time capacity. 
  • Students must show financial need
  • Graduate of an Adams County, Ohio high School
Preference will be given to students showing participation in extracurricular activities, community service, employment and have a good school attendance record. 

 
Scholarships associated with Adams County Community Foundation: Charles Hugh McGovney Scholarship Fund
  • Adams County Community Foundation: Charles Hugh McGovney Scholarship Fund
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Adams County Community Foundation: Earl & Helen Johnson Scholarship Fund

he Adams County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Scioto Foundation, has announced the creation of the Earl and Helen Johnson Scholarship Fund, established for the benefit of Adams County students striving to attain post-secondary educations.

The new scholarship fund was set up by the Johnsons' son Bill, a native of Adams County, who said "he wants to give back to the community that was so good to him as he was growing up."

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be a resident of Adams County, Ohio, or have received a diploma from a high school in Adams County. Applicants must be attending or planning to attend an accredited, non-proprietary college, university or certified vocational training program in a full-time capacity.

Students must demonstrate financial need and have a record of satisfactory academic performance. Participation in extracurricular activities, community services, employment and school attendance will also be considered. When possible, for current graduates of Adams County high schools, scholarships will be allocated equally among those schools. As the fund grows at some point in time, when practical, scholarship renewals will be considered.

Earl and Helen Johnson Scholarship selections will be made annually by the volunteer scholarship committee of the Scioto Foundation acting on behalf of the SF Board of Governors.

Bill Johnson, now a resident of Dallas, Texas, established the scholarship fund in memory of his parents. His father, Earl, died in 1957 and his mother, Helen, died in 1974.

Bill grew up on a farm south of West Union and graduated from West Union High School and Wilmington College before becoming a flight instructor in the United States Air Force in Dallas. He and his wife Anne settled in Dallas where he worked in the insurance industry. According to Bill, he knows the value of giving back and has worked heavily in the philanthropic community in Dallas.

Bill's father Earl was an executive with the Adams County Building and Loan (now Southern Hills Community Bank.) He had three sisters, Betty Piatt, Caryl McFarland , Doris Rudy, who are deceased. He maintains close ties to Adams County through his brother-in-law, Ernie McFarland, and his family.

In creating the new fund, Bill said "his sincere desire...is to help other Adams Countians have some of the benefits he enjoyed by pursuing education beyond high school.

Contributions to the Earl and Helen Johnson 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 or property.

Further information about the Earl and Helen Johnson Scholarship Fund may be obtained by contacting the Adams County Community Foundation at (937) 544-8659 or by contacting Ginnie Moore, Grants and Scholarships Coordinator for the Scioto Foundation which manages the fund for the ACCF at (740) 354-4612.

Scholarship Criteria
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • Must be a resident of Adams County, Ohio or have received a diploma from a high school in Adams County, Ohio. Maybe be homeschooled in Adams County, Ohio.
  • Must be attending or planning to attend an accredited, nonproprietary college, university, or certified vocational training program in a full-time capacity. 
  • Undergraduates Only 
  • Must show financial need. 
  • Must have a record of satisfactory academic performance
  • When possible, for current graduates of Adams County, Ohio high schools, scholarships will be allocated equally among those schools.
Preference will be given to students participating in extracurricular activities, community service, employment and have a good school attendance record.  
Scholarships associated with Adams County Community Foundation: Earl & Helen Johnson Scholarship Fund
  • Adams County Community Foundation: Earl & Helen Johnson Scholarship Fund
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Adams County Health-related Scholarship Fund


Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior from an Adams County, Ohio high school
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Majoring in a health-related field
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
Friend, fellow physicians, and co-workers at the Adams County Hospital established the Adams County Health-related Scholarship to honor the 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

 
Scholarships associated with Adams County Health-related Scholarship Fund
  • Adams County Health Related Scholarship Fund
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Amy M. Keating Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria: 

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

  • 2.8 GPA or above

  • Must attend an accredited college or university


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

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


 

Scholarships associated with Amy M. Keating Scholarship Fund
  • Amy Keating Scholarship Fund
Animal Health Professionals Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria
  • Enrolled at an accredited college or university seeking an associate or bachelor’s degree to become a vet tech, vet assistant, or a veterinary-related degree (e.g. pre-veterinary)
  • Students living in one of the following counties Adams(OH), Greenup(KY), Jackson(OH), Lawerence(OH), Lewis(KY), Pike(OH), or Scioto(OH).
Scholarships associated with Animal Health Professionals Scholarship Fund
  • Animal Health Professionals Scholarship Fund
  • Animal Health Professionals Scholarship Fund - Top Choice
Anna Daehler Stillwell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school who is enrolled at  Ohio State University, Denison University, Miami (Ohio) University or
  • Or an Ohio high school Grad who attends Shawnee State University
  • Undergraduate


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.

 

Scholarships associated with Anna Daehler Stillwell Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Anna Daehler Stillwell Scholarship Fund
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Appalahcian Marketing and Media Schoarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must be a Scioto County, Ohio high school graduate
  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Attend Shawnee State University
  • Must major in Business
Preference will be give to marketing majors 

 

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the new Appalachian Marketing and Media Scholarship Fund, established by Audrey and Ryan Schiesser who are making the scholarship available to students who are interested in pursuing a career in marketing or business. 

To be eligible for the Appalachian Marketing and Media Scholarship, a student must be a graduate of a Scioto County high school, maintain a 3.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 and attend Shawnee State University, majoring in business. Preference will be given to students studying marketing.

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

“We believe that entrepreneurship and business are essential to the growth and success of our community,” said the Schiessers. “We wanted to create a scholarship that could help support students who are interested in pursuing these fields and help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in our community. Our goal is to give back to the community by supporting students passionate about those fields”

“We hope that this scholarship can help support these students’ academic and career goals,” Audrey concluded.

“It is so exciting when young people like Ryan and Audrey want to give back to the community and help other young people afford a college education, “ said Patty Tennant, Scioto Foundation Program Manager for Donor Services. “It is because of people like them that the Scioto Foundation can make a difference in our community.”

Audrey, who is the owner of Appalachian Marketing and Media, is a graduate of Portsmouth West High School. She attended Shawnee State University where she graduated with a B.S. Degree in Marketing.  She was a recipient of a scholarship from the Scioto Foundation. 

She is on the board of Scioto Christian Youth Athletics, Vice President of Main Street Portsmouth and a member of the Leadership Team for Friends of Portsmouth.

Ryan, the Business Manager for Appalachian Marketing and Media, is a graduate of Green High School. He graduated from SSU with a B.S. Degree in Cybersecurity and Business Management.  He is currently serving his 10th year in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Specialist.  He is a mentor at the Kricker Innovation Hub and a member of the Leadership Team for Friends of Portsmouth. 

Audrey and Ryan are the parents of Addie, three months old, and Hunter, eleven years old. 

The Appalachian Marketing and Media Company, which is three years old, has developed eight marketing services to address every need, said the Schiessers. The services include strategic marketing, photography, social media marketing, email marketing, website development, search engine optimization, videography and graphic design. 

Their intent is to grow businesses with target marketing strategies, tactics and resources aimed at attracting more clients and gaining peace of mind, the Schiessers said. 

“We believe in supporting our local community which is why we give back to local organizations in our area,” Audrey explained. 

The company has launched an internship program benefitting local college students, has expanded into eight service lines, services more than 80 local companies and currently employs seven Shawnee State University graduates, according to Audrey. 

“We focus on providing high quality marketing for our customers, excellent employment opportunities for our staff and excellent experience for local college students with our internship program,” she concluded. 

Contributions to the Appalachian Marketing and Media 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 or property.

Additional information about the Appalachian Marketing and Media 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.

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Augusta A. & Rose L. Jacobs Memorial Fund


The Augusta A. Jacobs and Rose L. Jacobs Memorial Fund commemorates the lives of two women who were long-time community residents and generous benefactors.  This fund will provide scholarships to students in the Portsmouth area pursuing a degree in either music or business. 

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 1944 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 Soroptimist 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
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
Incoming freshmen will be considered if the selection is not large enough
Minors are not considered


Scholarships associated with Augusta A. & Rose L. Jacobs Memorial Fund
  • Augusta A. & Rose L. Jacobs Memorial Fund
Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund

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.
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. 

 
Scholarships associated with Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Baker Memorial Scholarship
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Bernard V. Counts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Description:

  • Graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio High School

  • Pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies

  • Must attend an accredited college or unversity

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 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 an 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. 


 

Scholarships associated with Bernard V. Counts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Bernie Counts, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Besco Family Scholarship Fund

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
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.”

 
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  • Besco Family Scholarship Fund
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Bill Newman Sportsmanship Memorial Scholarship Fund

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or university


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!
 

Scholarships associated with Bill Newman Sportsmanship Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Bill Newman Athletic Sportsmanship Scholarship
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Bobby J. Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or unversity

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

UPPER CLASSMAN can only apply if a renewal

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. 
 

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  • Bobby J. Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Brenda Musser Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria: 
  • Junior or Senior status
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Majoring in Special Education
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
  • Graduate of a Scioto County high school 

​The Brenda Musser Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Eric Musser to honor his mother who died on January 12, 2011 after a long, four-year battle with lung cancer.

​To be eligible for the Musser Scholarship, a student must be a junior or senior enrolled at an accredited college or university majoring in special education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students must have graduated from a high school located in Scioto County.

Brenda Sue Musser was born February 14, 1953, the daughter of Goldie Wireman Griffith and the late Paul W. Griffith. She was a 1971 graduate of Portsmouth High School and a faithful class reunion organizer.  She earned a BS degree in Special Education in 1975 and a MA degree in Economics Education in 1981, both from Ohio University. 

​A cancer educator and advocate of children with special needs, she retired from the Portsmouth City School District in 2008 as the Facilitator of Special Needs.  She was an active member and past president of the Portsmouth City School Teachers’ Association. She was also the Local District Representative to the Ohio Education Association for 25 years.

​“Mum may have gone into special education due to its higher demand, but she never liked the derogatory tone in people’s voices when they called her students names,” said Eric when remembering his mother. “She saw the potential in her kids that other teachers would ignore.”

“She would take the extra time and effort to help children with dyslexia learn to overcome their difficulties. A friend of mine who was one of her former students commended her as the only teacher to ever take the time to teach him how to read despite his dyslexia,” Eric recalled.  

         “Throughout school, when I would talk with her students on the playground or in the halls, when they found out I was her son, the story was always the same: ‘She's your mom! She's tough! I feel sorry for you.’ After I graduated when I would run into her former students, they always had similar stories but it was much different from school. ‘She's your mom! She was the only teacher I learned from. She was my favorite’,” Said Eric.                            

“I hope the future educators who qualify for this scholarship go into the field looking to empower the children they will come into contact with as my mum did. I hope they impact the lives of their students in such a way that their children hear similar stories on the playground and after graduation that I did,” concluded Musser.
 

Additional information about the Brenda Musser Memorial Scholarship Fund or other scholarship funds invested at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting the staff at (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org

 

 

Scholarships associated with Brenda Musser Memorial Scholarship
  • Brenda Musser Memorial Scholarship
Burton D. Raine & Thelma T. Raine Scholarship Fund

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
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, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Arthur Tucker. Raine was a graduate of  Indiana University, a homemaker, and a 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

 
Scholarships associated with Burton D. Raine & Thelma T. Raine Scholarship Fund
  • Burton D. Raine & Thelma T. Raine Fund (Adams County students only)
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Carl E. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Description:

  • Scioto County, Ohio high school graduate

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

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 Cuernavaca, 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 of Carl E. Brooks passed this way on a journey through life.”

Established in 2000
 

Scholarships associated with Carl E. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Carl Brooks Scholarship Fund
Charles P. and Geneva Varney Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Must pursue a degree in Vocal Performance, Music Education with an emphasis in voice/choral conducting, or Church Music with an 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.
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
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.


 
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  • Charles P. & Geneva Varney Scholarship Fund
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Charlie Bill Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Charlie Bill Greene Music Scholarship Fund, was established by Greene’s family as a memorial to the longtime music educator whose teaching career ranged from 1959 to 1994.  Greene’s wife Rosalee and daughters, Ginger Tyree and Kandy Hines, set the criteria for future music scholarship awards.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior from a Scioto County, Ohio or Greenup County, Kentucky high school who wishes to pursue a college degree in music education or music performance. Recipients may reapply for the scholarship for their following collegiate years, but may only receive it once a year for four years.

To continue to be eligible, recipients must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average in non-major classes and at least a 3.0 grade point average in major classes. A recipient should be a full-time college student and must submit a recommendation from the head of the music department at the college or university concerning the student’s professional abilities.

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 fulfill their goals in music. He appreciated the students that continued their musical education and became professionals or the students that used their musical training as enjoyment,” she said.

“Charlie Bill came from a family who encouraged him to do what he wanted to do,” she continued, “but didn’t have the means to completely finance his college years. He taught half-time at Olive Hill while going to Morehead State University where he earned a B.A. degree in Music Education and a M.A. degree in Secondary Education.”
Born in Westwood, Kentucky, Greene attended Westwood Elementary School and then attended Ashland High School, now called Paul Blazer High School.
While at Morehead State, Greene took a year off to become an assistant band director for the Ironton City Schools. He also served in the National Guard for 13 years.

After graduating from Morehead State, Greene became an instructor of instrumental music at Raceland-Worthington School System from 1963 – 1969 before coming to Portsmouth to teach at Grant and McKinley Junior High Schools and to assist with the Portsmouth High School Marching Band until he retired in 1994.

During the summers of his college years, Greene gained experience in music performance working at the Culvermere Resort in New Jersey, 50 or 60 miles from New York City. A Marietta musician started the band, pulling members from the southern Ohio and Columbus area to entertain at the resort. Fred Waring also hired Greene for his band, but Charlie Bill didn’t stay with him long because he didn’t like the musician’s life on the road, according Mrs. Greene.

Greene also performed in back-up bands with Bobby Vinton, the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots, Larry Elgart and Lionel Hampton. He played with the McCoy-Waddell Orchestra, and many groups here and in the tri-state area, including his own band, Nostalia, and the Tom Phillips Combo.

“Charlie Bill loved his music and said you can take it all the way through your life. His real love, besides playing, was arranging.” said his wife.
           
He arranged music for marching bands at Portsmouth, Portsmouth East, West and Northwest High Schools, as well as for Marion-Harding, New Philadelphia and Carroll High Schools in Ohio, and Greenup County, Russell, Paul Blazer and Maysville High Schools in Kentucky. He also arranged for several Florida high school bands.


Scholarship Criteria:
  • A graduate from a Greenup Co. (KY) or Scioto Co.(OH) high school
  • Pursuing a Music degree
  • Submittal of a music audition is required
  • Must attend an accredited college or university

 
Scholarships associated with Charlie Bill Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Charlie Bill Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Christina Lester Niekamp Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating Senior of Portsmouth West High School
  • Enrolled at The Ohio State University 
The Christina Lester Niekamp Scholarship Fund, an Acorn Fund created by Zoe Richards, Ann Jewett and Alisha Adkins in memory of a long-time school friend.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior from Portsmouth West High School who will attend The Ohio State University. An external selection committee will make annual recommendations to the volunteer scholarship committee of the Scioto Foundation.

The first Christina Lester Niekamp Scholarship was recently awarded to Haven Hileman who will be a freshman at The Ohio State University this fall. Hileman, a 2021 graduate of West Portsmouth High School, hopes to graduate from OSU with honors and pursue an animal science or an agricultural education degree. Her long-term goal is to return to Scioto County and live on her family farm where she would like to raise dairy cattle and swine. She would also like to work within Scioto County either as a veterinarian or an agricultural teacher.

Christina Marie Lester Niekamp resided in Bellbrook, Ohio where she died on August 18, 2019, at the age of 40. She was formerly of West Portsmouth. She was born September 2, 1978, in Portsmouth to David Albert and Pamela Jean Thacker Lester.

Niekamp was a 1997 graduate of Portsmouth West High School and attended The Ohio State University. She was employed at Intelligrated, a division of Honeywell, as a Senior Business Development Specialist. She was also a proud supporter of the Bellbrook Eagles and the community. Christina was the mother of one daughter, Zoe Marie Niekamp.

Contributions to the Christina Lester Niekamp 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 or property.

 
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Chuck and Linda Abbott Scholarship Fund


Linda Jean Bussa Abbott established a scholarship through her generous bequest, which will benefit graduating seniors from East High School, is to be known as the “Chuck and Linda Abbott Scholarship Fund.” 

 It is likely that several scholarships will be offered to EHS seniors each year from the scholarship fund invested at the Foundation. Preference will be given to individuals based upon financial need as determined by the Governing Board of the Foundation, according to the wishes of Mrs. Abbott.

Without limitation, the Governing Board of the Foundation may elect to fund scholarships from the Abbott Fund for any one or more individuals in any given year or to fund scholarships for a single individual in any given year. Annual scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Scioto Foundation’s Volunteer Selection Committee. 

“I think this scholarship is a great opportunity for our students,” said Jessica Grever, East High School Director of Student Affairs, when she received the good news. “We are very appreciative of this generous donation. I look forward to informing our students of the new scholarship and encouraging them to apply.”

“Chuck and Linda Abbott were fixtures in the Sciotoville Community for more than three-quarters of a century. They were business owners, church-goers and strong supporters of the schools in Sciotoville, always cheering for “Their Tartans,” said Foresta Shope, Superintendent of the Sciotoville School System, and her husband Bill who were close friends of the Abbotts.

“Boyfriend and girlfriend since school, Chuck was a fullback on the undefeated and SOC Champion East Tartan football team in 1941, with Linda a cheerleader for that same season. They continued to be an example of what everyone should hope to be - a humble, loving couple that gave to the community throughout their lives and never asked for anything in return. They both were beloved by all they came across for their entire lives so - much so, that as the East Tartans capped off another undefeated season and prepared to head into the State Playoffs for the first time in nearly twenty years, Chuck and Linda were invited to speak to the team and the cheerleaders about representing their town and how proud the entire community was of their effort. Many players became emotional at Chuck and Linda’s heartfelt words and even today, will tell you that it was one of the highlights of their high school careers,” the Shopes said.    

“When the Sciotoville School District opened up their own elementary school, Linda was right there, knitting hats for every single student every year, for close to a decade. Chuck was also supportive, helping out wherever he could and as East headed towards yet another undefeated football campaign, it was Chuck that was chosen to go out to the middle of the gridiron for the ceremonial coin toss. After the toss, as he turned to walk back to his seat in the stands, the entire overflow crowd rose to their feet as one, with a long-standing ovation for the man that loved his town and his school,” the Shopes continued.

“This  gift left by Chuck and Linda is another example of their unselfishness and their love for the young people of Sciotoville. As befitting such dedication, both of their names have been inscribed on the memorial markers adjacent to the north end zone at Allard Park, where future generations of young Tartans will learn about the couple that has meant so much to this community. Their gift will also help students and their families bear the expense of furthering their education, where one day, like Chuck and Linda, they will hopefully return the gesture by paying it forward themselves,” the Shopes said.                  
        
 “Our community will forever remain grateful to Chuck, Linda, and their extended family that will always have a true blue place in the hearts of every Tartan. We will love and remember them always!” concluded the Shopes.

Linda Jean Bussa Abbott passed away at the age of 94 on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Hill View Retirement Center. She was born on October 5, 1926, in Sciotoville, a daughter of the late Herbert L. and Marie C. Dever Bussa. 

Mrs. Abbott was a lifetime member of Sciotoville Christian Church and was married there on December 1, 1944 to Charles E. “Chuck” Abbott, who preceded her in death on May 5, 2014. Together they owned and operated the former Abbott’s Grocery Store in Sciotoville. Linda also worked at the former Milhuff’s Grocery and Department Store.

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate of East High School
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Coach Ed Miller Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating Senior of Notre Dame or Wheelersburg High School. (One will be award to each school district)
  • Plan to attend an accredited college, university, or technical school for post secondary education.
  • Complete the essay that discusses their adherence to Coach Miller's philosophy of faith, family and football. 
  • Students must demonstrate hard work, showcase pride in school and have a desire to achieve are encourage to apply
Preference will be given to applicants that participate in high school football or cheerleading. 


The Scioto Foundation announces a new scholarship fund created to honor the memory of
legendary football coach Ed Miller. The Coach Ed Miller Scholarship Fund has been established by the Miller family as a tribute to his enduring legacy as a coach and educator.

The Coach Ed Miller Scholarship Fund will benefit both Notre Dame High School and Wheelersburg High School student-athletes.  To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior from Notre Dame or Wheelersburg High School and plan to attend an accredited college, university or technical school for post-secondary education. One student from each school district will be selected annually to receive the award. Preference will be given to applicants that participate in high school football or cheerleading. Students must complete an essay that discusses their adherence to Coach Miller’s philosophy of faith, family and football. Students that are hard workers, showcase pride in school and that have a desire to achieve are encouraged to apply.

The volunteer scholarship committee of the Scioto Foundation with assistance from the Miller Family will make annual selections on behalf of the SF Board of Governors.

“My dad loved and had a tremendous impact on the players he coached at Wheelersburg and Notre Dame. His toughness, hard work and focus on flawless execution raised the standard by which both schools and his players measured themselves,” said Matt Miller. “This fund is to help student athletes continue to always strive for excellence and BE-YOUR-BEST.”

The sixth child of ten children born of his parents Richard and Elizabeth Miller, Ed Miller passed away on May 14, 2022 at the age of 86.

Miller was a 1954 graduate of Wheelersburg High School where he was named Most Valuable Player as a fullback in 1952 and 1953. He continued his education and playing career with a football scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University and was drafted by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. In 1961 he began his first coaching job as an assistant at Northwest High School. He then became the head coach at Notre Dame where he led the football program to undefeated seasons in 1967 and 1970 and captured state titles which were decided by AP Poll voting at the time instead of more recent playoffs. All totaled, at ND Miller’s teams won 77 games and lost just 12 contests in 10 seasons under his leadership.
 
In 1972 Miller returned to his alma mater. Before his first season at Wheelersburg, the Pirates had only 12 winning seasons in their 32 previous years of competition. In Miller’s initial year there, he set the program-best total for wins in a season by coaching the Pirates to a 9 - 1 overall record, and he followed up that year’s campaign with three more undefeated seasons and another 9 – 1 winning season.


By the end of his fifth season in 1976, Miller had accumulated an outstanding record of 48 wins and 2 losses overall, as well as Wheelersburg’s first three undefeated seasons. The Pirates went on to nail down two more undefeated seasons in 1979 and  1989 and never had a losing season or less than six wins under Coach Miller.  Before retiring in 1991, Miller led Wheelersburg to 10 – win seasons in five out of his last six years and the regional finals or better in four out of his last five years. In 1996 he was the first Scioto County Coach to be inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was named SOC Coach of the Year in 17 seasons and Ohio Coach of the Year three times.

Miller completed his amazing coaching career as a head coach with 250 wins and 41 losses in 30 seasons, a record which ties him for 25th all-time in OHSAA history.  He was also an educator, with 26 of his 38 years of teaching in the Wheelersburg school district where he was primarily a physical education instructor. He was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Wheelersburg. He and his wife Darlene (Dart) have seven children, 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Contributions to the Coach Ed Miller Scholarship Fund from family, friends, fans, supporters or the general public may be made at any time. Donations may be in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property.
 
Scholarships associated with Coach Ed Miller Scholarship Fund
  • Coach Ed Miller Scholarship Wheelersburg
  • Coach Ed Miller Scholarship Notre Dame
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Coach Shurl Shoemaker Scholarship Fund

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

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

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."


 

Scholarships associated with Coach Shurl Shoemaker Scholarship Fund
  • Coach Shurl Shoemaker Scholarship Fund
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Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund More Information Up Arrow

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or university
  • 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.

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 student's university/college, based on eligibility and the recommendations of the Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Committee.
 
 

Scholarships associated with Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund
  • Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund (Valley students only)
  • Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund (Minford students only)
  • Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund (Notre Dame students only)
  • Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund (Portsmouth students only)
  • Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund (Wheelersburg students only)
Dane McMackin Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Scioto Foundation announces the establishment of a new scholarship fund to benefit graduating seniors at Notre Dame High School, the Dane Patrick Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Dane Patrick McMackin by his family.  

Dane Patrick was the first grandson of Steve and Patty Tennant.  Dane, who passed away shortly before birth, would have been 11 this September. The family decided to establish the scholarship to honor the memory of Dane. 

“Establishing a scholarship in Dane’s memory is a tangible way to remember him, especially as we do things with and for our other grandchildren” according to Patty Tennant.  

Seniors who participated in outstanding community service projects are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  Annual selections for the scholarship will be made by the Scioto Foundation’s volunteer scholarship committee.

Scholarship Criteria
  • Graduating Senior at Notre Dame HS, Portsmouth Ohio
  • Participants in outstanding community service projects
  • Must attend an accredited college or university

 
Scholarships associated with Dane McMackin Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Dane McMackin Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Daughters of the American Revolution - Joseph Spencer Chapter

Scholarship Criteria:
  • College sophomore or junior
  • Majoring in history or education
  • ​Must be a resident of Ohio, Kentucky or West Virginia
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
Preference is given to non-smokers, veterans, spouse of a veteran or child of a veteran.
Scholarships associated with Daughters of the American Revolution - Joseph Spencer Chapter
  • Daughters of the American Revolution - Joseph Spencer Chapter Scholarship Fund
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
  • Must attend an accredited college or unversity
 
 
Scholarships associated with Don Walker & Dan Sissel Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Don Walker and Dan Sissel Memorial Scholarship
Dorothy Knost Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • A least a 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 pursuing a baccalaureate degree in music at a college or university. Music Education and music performance are included.
  • Audition required.
  • Those pursuing a music degree must attend an accredited college or university
Scholarships associated with Dorothy Knost Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Dorothy Knost Scholarship Fund
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Doug Booth Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

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

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

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: the 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 the 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 of 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 is 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 scholarships 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.”   


 

Scholarships associated with Doug Booth Scholarship Fund
  • Doug Booth Scholarship Fund
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Dr. Charles Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating Senior from Valley High School, Lucasville, Ohio
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Enrolled  at an accredited college or university or trade school

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.


 
Scholarships associated with Dr. Charles Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Charles Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund
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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. 

Scholarships associated with Dr. James R. Mullins Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. James R. Mullins Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dudley P. and Lauralena Whipple Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria
 
  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University
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Edward & Maxine Levi Scholarship Fund


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 


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. Levi’s dedication to and interest in the Portsmouth area. 
 
Scholarships associated with Edward & Maxine Levi Scholarship Fund
  • Edward & Maxine Levi Scholarship Fund
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Eileen Pollard Bapst Education Scholarship Fund

 The application can be found through the guidance office. Selection is made by the school. 

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

The Eileen Pollard Bapst Education Scholarship Fund was created in honor and memory of a long-time Eastern Local School District educator. The scholarship recognizes Bapst’s dedication to students and her strong desire to help those in need, said her daughter, Joyce Bapst Wallach.  The scholarship fund was in existence for several years before being transferred to the Scioto Foundation for management. 

Applicants for this scholarship must be Ohio residents who are members of the current graduating class of Eastern High School or EHS students of Vern Riffe Career Technology Center, Pike County, Ohio.

The scholarship will be offered to an Eastern Local graduate who plans to pursue a career in education and has been accepted at one of Ohio’s public universities. Applicants must have a high school GPA minimum of 3.0, exhibit good character, and be in financial need.

Additional criteria include an attached letter of acceptance from an Ohio public college or university, a high school grade transcript, an essay, a letter of recommendation from a current Eastern Local employee and one from a non-family member, financial information including FAFSA if requested, and student and parent/guardian signatures.

The recipient selected for the Eileen Pollard Bapst Education Scholarship will be awarded a one-time, non-renewable $1,000 tuition scholarship to the state college or university of his or her choice. 

The recipient of the scholarship will be determined by the Eileen Pollard Bapst Education Scholarship Committee, considering the above criteria and the completion of the application in its entirety.  The standing committee will consist of the Eastern High School principal, guidance counselor, and a high school teacher.  The initial amount for distribution will be a $1,000 scholarship until the fund is capable of producing two $1,000 scholarships based on the then-current spending policy of the Scioto Foundation.

Eileen Pollard Bapst, a 1937 graduate of Stockdale High School, was a proud wearer of the Bulldogs’ blue and gold and was a teacher for over 40 years in what is now the Eastern Local School District. She began her teaching career at Stockdale, continued at Beaver, and retired from Eastern Elementary School. She had a big heart for the children of the Eastern Local School District.
“Mrs. Bapst often said the hardest part of any job was getting started.  This scholarship is intended to help someone get started as an educator,” said her daughter.

Eileen obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education at Ohio University and enjoyed rooting for the Bobcats.

Contributions to the Eileen Pollard Bapst Education Scholarship Fund from family, friends, former students, or the general public may be made at any time.  Donations may be in the form of gifts of cash, securities, or property. 

Additional information about the Eileen Pollard Bapst Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting Patty Tennant, Program Officer – Donor Services, or SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip at (740) 354-4612.
 
Elbert L. Elliot & Evelyn M. Elliot Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

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

  • Majoring in Secondary or Elementary education

  • Must attend an accredited college or university
Scholarships associated with Elbert L. Elliot & Evelyn M. Elliot Scholarship Fund
  • Elbert L. Elliott & Evelyn M. Elliott Memorial Fund
Eloise & Thomas Burdell Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria
  • Graduating seniors from any public Adams County high school, including Manchester High School. 
  • Top 25% Class Standing
  • Must have a good work ethic 
  • Must show extracurricular activities 
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
Preference will be given to students who plan to return to Adams County, Ohio to live and work. 
Eva McCowen-Keller Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

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

  • Must be in a pre-med program

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

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. 

 

 

Scholarships associated with Eva McCowen-Keller Scholarship
  • Larry Keller-Eva McCowen Medical Scholarship
Feagans Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior from South Webster or Wheelersburg HS, Scioto County, Ohio
  • GPA 3.0 or Higher
  • Must attend an accredited college or university

Can be renewed for up to one year.
Scholarships associated with Feagans Scholarship Fund
  • Feagans Scholarship Fund
Fitch Family Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Description:

  • Graduate from a Scioto County, Ohio high school

  • Undergrad

  • Must have financial need

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

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. 


 

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

Scholarship Criteria:

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

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

  • GPA of 2.75 or Higher

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

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

 

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

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduating senior at South Webster High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Majoring in education
  • Must attend an accredited college or university


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 the 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.”

 
Scholarships associated with Frank “Dick” & Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Frank “Dick” Hyland & Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Future for Scioto County Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria 
  • Must be a Scioto County, Ohio high school graduate.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 on 4.0 scale or better,
  • Must show evidence of community service
  • Complete the essay “How I have Impacted my Community.”

 

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George E. & Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund

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 
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
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 schoolhouse 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.”

As her husband of 50 years, Eleanor Pettit was very involved in the 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


 
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  • George E. & Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund
Ginger Rudd Phillips Memorial Scholarship

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.

  • Must attend an accredited college or university

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, a 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.”

 

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Gordon M. Freeman Local Union #575 Scholarship Fund

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".

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. 
 
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 shortlist 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.

 

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
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
Preference for those majoring in banking, finance or insurance.
 
Scholarships associated with Grant Anne & Pamela Reed Family Scholarship Fund
  • Grant, Anne & Pamela Reed Family Scholarship Fund
Harley F. Shupert Sr. Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate from a high school in Scioto County, Ohio
  • Majoring in education
  • Must attend an accredited college or university
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.

After 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.


 
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Harry James Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

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

  • Must attend an accredited college or university
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Hayes, Wittenmyer Architectural Scholarship Fund


Scholarship Description:
  • Graduate from a high school in southern Ohio
  • Majoring in Architecture
  • Accepted in an accredited college or university's school of architecture
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 buildings, hospital facilities, public institutions, jails, office buildings, 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 then retired in 1984.

Hayes was born in Portsmouth, Ohio in 1925. He was a graduate 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 partners,  Mark Tanner, David Stone and Mark Holsinger created this scholarship in memory of Hayes and Wittenmyer.


 
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Herbert B. Nickell, II Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Description:
  • Graduating senior at Northwest or Wheelersburg High School, Scioto County, Ohio
  • Enroll at the Ohio State University
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. 


 
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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
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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. 

 

 
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Hopkins/Fultz Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria

  • Graduate of Portsmouth High School or a member of First Presbyterian Church
  • Majoring in education, dental hygiene, or the field of sports/physical education
  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University
  • dental hygiene students must attend Shawnee State University or the University of Louisville
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Ira Swearingen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

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

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.”

Scholarships associated with Ira Swearingen Memorial Scholarship Fund
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James & Beatrice Ervin Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Graduate from an Adams or Scioto County, Ohio high school.
  • Undergraduate or graduate 
  • Has financial need
  • Showcases good moral character
  • Satisfactory scholastic record
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Jessie M. Payne Memorial Scholarship Fund

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

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. 


 


 

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Jim and Clara Donaldson Memorial Scholarship More Information Up Arrow

Scholarship Description:
  • Pursuing a degree in a health-related field (excludes nursing unless the student is employed in the food service or house cleaning department)
  • SOMC employee 
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. 



 
Scholarships associated with Jim and Clara Donaldson Memorial Scholarship
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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
 

 
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John E. Leasure Scholarship for the Arts

Scholarship Criteria

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

  • Have a GPA of at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

  • Major in Arts and Humanities

  • Undergrads and graduates may apply 

    The John E. Leasure Scholarship for the Arts has been established as an endowment fund at the Scioto Foundation by Dr. Timothy Angel as a memorial to a man who was widely known for his dedication to the arts in the Portsmouth area.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduate of a Scioto County, Ohio high school, show evidence of a grade point average of 3.2 on a scale of 4.0 and major in the arts or humanities. Students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees are eligible. The scholarship may be renewed.


    The volunteer committee of the Scioto Foundation, with the assistance of Dr. Angel, will make annual selections on behalf of the SF Board of Governors.

    Born in Portsmouth, Leasure was the son of the late Robert and Helen McCartney Leasure. He died on March 14, 2022 at the age of 67.
     
    A member of the Portsmouth Area Arts Council for decades, Leasure served as the organization’s president, vice-president and various committee chairs over the years. He also served on the board of the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association for many years, involved with both programming and promotion.  Leasure was instrumental in Shawnee State University’s “Reach for the Stars” campaign and the opening of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in the mid-1990’s. He taught freshman composition, public speaking and script writing classes at SSU.


    Leasure earned both a B.A. and a master’s degree in script writing from Ohio University and spent several years working on various productions in Hollywood.
    Leasure was also known to the Portsmouth area as a popular columnist and reviewer for the Scioto Voice newspaper for several years.  Along with his parents, he was a long-time member of Central Presbyterian Church and he served on the  All Saints Episcopal Church Vestry in recent years.
    Dr. Angel recalls that he first met Leasure in 2001 through politics.  At the time Angel was running for the Portsmouth City Council and John became chairman of his election committee.

    “John and I were like brothers, close friends and confidants,” said Dr. Angel. “We had great understanding in our relationship. I always tried to be there for him. He was an intelligent and respected individual and led an interesting life in the face of adversity.”

    The two talked about how life would proceed for Leasure, but he went beyond life’s expectations even though Covid 19 greatly restricted him, Angel said.

    Dr. Angel started the new Scholarship for the Arts as the best way to honor Leasure, he said. “John loved and respected all aspects of the arts and education. I didn’t want to limit the scholarship to one field. This is his legacy; he would have set up a scholarship if he had been able to.”

    Portsmouth arts fans and followers will remember that In 2015 Leasure was honored with the Robert A. Fuller Award at PAAC’s “A Town and Its Artists: Awards for Artistic & Creative Excellence” evening ceremonies.  At that time he was recognized for his many contributions to the arts.

    Especially noted during the presentation were Leasure’s passion for the arts in many forms, his persistent advocacy for the arts and his faithful involvement in multiple community arts programs over a number of years, in addition to his wise leadership and the depth and variety of his knowledge about the arts.
    “John has a strong understanding of the importance of the arts to a community and to the power of the arts to enrich lives. One of his greatest strengths is his willingness to communicate that idea to everybody and to raise awareness of the value of the arts,” said the children of Robert A. Fuller and Ohio Arts Council board member Martha Burton who presented the prestigious award to Leasure that night.
    Contributions to the John E. Leasure Scholarship for the Arts Fund from family, friends, arts supporters or the general public may be made at any time. Donations may be in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property.
    Additional information about the John E. Leasure Scholarship for the Arts 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.

     

John Shump Future Educators Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria
  • Graduate of Minford or New Boston High School, Scioto County, Ohio 
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must complete essay "Why they would like to be a teacher?"
  • Pursuing an Education major
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Johnson Family

Scholarship Criteria
  • Enrolled at Shawnee State University
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  • Johnson Family Scholarship Fund
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

Scholarship Criteria:
  • Graduate of East Community School, Sciotoville, Ohio
  • Majoring in Nursing
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 in 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.


 
Scholarships associated with Katheryn Slack Memorial Scholarship Fund
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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

Scholarships associated with Katie Graf Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Katie Graf Memorial Scholarship Fund