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2007 scholarships now available

Wayne F. White Scholarships now available for graduating seniors

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is now accepting applications for the $500 Wayne F. White Scholarship awards.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. (Jewell) Evans made the initial gift of $25,000 to establish the memorial scholarship in honor of White, a regional champion of higher education. Bob Evans, nationally recognized restaurateur and philanthropist, was a longtime friend of White and an early supporter of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE).  

Before his death, White served for 11 years as the executive director of OACHE – a consortium of public colleges and universities within Appalachia that work to make higher education accessible for the region’s students.

Wayne F. White scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to high school seniors who reside in and are graduating from schools located within the 29 counties of Appalachian Ohio. The deadline for submission of applications to the Foundation is April 2, 2007. Last year, four $500 scholarships were awarded to area students.

Applicants should be graduating high school seniors or possess a GED and be able to show proof of acceptance at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education.  Ethical character, academic performance, extra-curricular activities and financial need are evaluated as part of the selection process.

Learn more about the Wayne F. White Scholarship and download application.

Forest Bachtel Scholarships for Meigs High School seniors

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is now accepting applications for the Forest Bachtel Scholarship Awards Program. 

The scholarships are given annually to graduates of Meigs High School and are the result of an endowed fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, established by the late Dr. Harry Keig. There are two different scholarship award categories: Academic Achievement and Atheletic Achievement.     

Keig established this fund through a bequest in memory of Forest Bachtel, his teacher and coach while Keig was a student at Middleport High School (now consolidated into Meigs High School). As an adult, Keig became a successful surgeon in Nebraska but he never forgot Bachtel’s dedication as a teacher, the tremendous impact he had on students and his strength in living with Lou Gherig’s disease for more than 20 years.  This fund represents the largest private scholarship gift established to benefit graduates of Meigs High School.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a competitive process that considers academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, educational goals and personal aspirations.  The candidates for the scholarship are nominated by an administrative/teaching staff member or a member of a school booster organization in recognition of athletic excellence or academic achievement.

Scholarship nomination and application forms are available at the guidance office of Meigs High School, Ohio, or in the Scholarship section of the FAO Web site.

Ulloa Scholarship applications support international education

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is now accepting applications for the $500 Ariana R. Ulloa Scholarship awards.

The scholarship fund was established at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to honor the life and memory of Ariana R. Ulloa. A native of Mexico, Ulloa received a degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Mexico. She moved to Athens with her husband and four children in 1986 and began working for the Hocking College Department of International Programs in 1990. Ulloa had a reputation for her kind and encouraging nature and was known to many as “Mama Ariana.”

Ulloa died in December 2002 but her legacy continues through this endowed scholarship fund, created through the contributions of Ulloa’s family, friends and students. In the spirit of her work, the scholarships are offered to international students or students pursuing a degree in international studies.

Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process that considers financial need, academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, educational goals and personal aspirations.  Scholarship candidates should be international students or students enrolled in international studies. Applicants should already be accepted or enrolled full time in a two- or four-year college, university, technical or vocational school. Recipients are selected without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, handicap or national origin.

Download scholarship application and guidelines. Completed applications must be received by April 17, 2007.