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FAO Announces 2010 Scholarship Awards

(June 2, 2010) Nelsonville, Ohio — The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) announced thirty-nine 2010 scholarship recipients from nine funds distributing awards this year, providing over $73,000 in support of students’ academic pursuits.

“The Foundation is happy to partner with our donors to help eliminate barriers to post-secondary pursuits for students throughout Appalachian Ohio.” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO President and CEO. “The Foundation is committed to ensuring every child in the region has access to the educational opportunities necessary for success and is delighted to support students in their continued academic pursuits.”

Access to higher education has historically been limited in Appalachian Ohio; 51% of our students are first-generation versus 40% of their Non-Appalachian counterparts and in a 2008 survey, lack of finances followed by lack of college access information were shown to be our students’ largest barriers to post-secondary pursuits. By working with donors to provide scholarship opportunities, FAO is helping improve access to education with the goal of enhancing quality of life for citizens across Appalachian Ohio.

Each year, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio offers scholarship opportunities to students across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio in partnership with its donors.

View the complete list of 2010 Scholarship recipients.