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Scholarships

FAO is honored to support over 230 donor-established scholarship funds in sustaining the continued educational pursuits of the region’s students. These scholarships are made possible through FAO’s generous donors and we take pride in honoring the legacy and story behind each fund.

FAO 2021 Scholarship Applications are now closed.

FAO scholarship opportunities use a General Application Form. To learn more about the application process, or how you can help grow scholarship resources for our region’s students, call 740.753.1111. Please check back on February 1, 2022 for more information. To receive information directly in your inbox, sign up for FAO’s e-newsletter, or like us on Facebook for up to the minute news from FAO.

Scholarship Opportunities

The G.D. Agnew Scholarship Fund is a member fund of the Guernsey County Foundation Family of Funds. The Agnew Scholarship shall provide support to students who are accepted into and attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education, as well as accredited vocational programs.


 Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

  • The scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Guernsey County, Ohio, high schools (including students from those schools who attend the Mid-East Career Center)
  • Must demonstrate scholastic ability
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrate potential for civic leadership.

Award Amount

Scholarship awards and amounts will vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf for tuition and related expenses.

 
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The AK Steel Foundation Student Scholastic Award for Science, Technology, Math and Engineering was established by the AK Steel Foundation to provide a permanent source of scholarship support for students pursuing studies in STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with particular emphasis on metallurgy. Scholarships are available to both traditional and non-traditional students.

Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati), AK Steel produces flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria

  • Must be a student within the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio pursuing or beginning pursuit of study in the field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics;
  • Priority will be given to those with a specific focus of metallurgy;
  • Overall academic achievement, with a particular emphasis on high achievement and career interest in STEM fields, with a future commitment to work in Ohio;
  • Demonstrated financial need.

Amount of Award

Scholarship awards and amounts will vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for the purposes and expenses associated with tuition, fees, textbooks, and required supplies and equipment.

The Ora E. Anderson Scholarship was established to honor Ora Eaton Anderson, in memory of his lifelong contributions toward the conservation and protection oraof Appalachian Ohio’s natural environment. Throughout his life, Anderson leveraged the perspective and passion he gained as a young reporter, documenting the development of the region’s forests to create educational environmental experiences for others.

Through poems, essays, wood carvings and a variety of civic contributions, Anderson led unprecedented collaborations and inspired people from all walks of life to appreciate and care for Appalachian Ohio’s landscape. Over his lifetime, Ora planted tens of thousands of trees, promoted conservation education and pursued his love of nature and the arts as an essayist, artist and advocate.


 Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior or possess a GED, and currently live and attend school within one of the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.
  • Attend a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education to pursue post-secondary studies associated with the natural sciences, including but not limited to: forest and wildlife management; environmental restoration; natural and historical interpretation; ecotourism and related-disciplines associated with broadly protecting plants, animals, and the environment.
  • Candidates who demonstrate overall commitment to environmental protection and conservation will be considered; ethical character, extracurricular activities, volunteerism, and financial need are evaluated.
  • Academic performance will be considered, but the potential for success as evidenced by an individual’s commitment, interest and desire to achieve educational goals in the field of environmental sciences and/or conservation will be carefully considered.

Scholarships will be awarded to one male student and one female student.


Award Amount

Scholarship awards and amounts will vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for the purposes and expenses associated with tuition, fees, textbooks, and required supplies and equipment.

Dr. Harry Keig grew up to become a successful physician and surgeon in the Omaha area, but never forgot his hometown or the teachers who educated him. He also never forgot the life-shaping influence of his friend, Forrest Bachtel, longtime teacher and coach at Middleport High School in Meigs County. When Dr. Keig passed away in 2003, his bequest created a $500,000 endowed fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in honor of his friend, Coach Bachtel, to provide college scholarships for Meigs High School students.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

  • Must be a student at Meigs High School
  • Eligible students must be nominated by the administrative or teaching staff of Meigs High
    School or a member of the Meigs High School parent-teacher/booster organization.
  • Nominators must submit an official nomination form and a synopsis describing the student’s achievements and any known special circumstances to the Awards Advisory Committee.
  • Nominees must then submit two letters of reference as well as his or her resume describing academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities.

Award Amount:

  • Two scholarships will be awarded in recognition of athletic excellence (one for a young man and one for a young woman); and
  • Two scholarships will be awarded in recognition of academic achievement (one for a young man and one for a young woman).
  • Each scholarship will be for a total amount of $7,500 ($2,500 per academic year, for three academic years).

The Lee Beckett Legacy Scholarship Fund annually provides scholarship oppoleertunities for graduating Nelsonville-York seniors pursuing post-secondary studies, to ensure youth have the opportunity to continue their academic endeavors after high school. The scholarship fund is established to honor Mrs. Lee Beckett and her work to support countless students throughout her forty-three years of teaching. Beckett’s first teaching position was at the then York High School, and the encouragement and support she provided students enabled them to believe in their ability to succeed.

Throughout her teaching career, Mrs. Beckett went above and beyond to support the success of her students - whether assisting with scholarship applications or helping secure part-time jobs, her mentorship enabled students to realize their goals.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a graduating senior of Nelsonville-York High School.
  • Plan to pursue post-secondary education, either full or part-time, at an accredited trade or technical training program, community college, college or university.
  • Student applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
  • A personal essay demonstrating balance in life activity and community engagement – academic, extracurricular, employment and volunteer service.
  • Scholarship recipients agree to participate in ten hours of community service, five hours per semester (or 2.5 per quarter), during the academic year of the scholarship award. Interim reports detailing volunteer work and their post-secondary studies must be supplied to FAO (form to be provided to recipients by FAO).

Amount of Award

Awards will be made to a male and female graduating senior from Nelsonville-York. Awards and amounts vary annually, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for all education-related expenses.

Established in honor of Bellisio Foods founder, Jeno Paulucci, the Bellisio Foods Scholarship, funded by the Bellisio Foods Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), supports post-secondary scholarships for children and grandchildren of Bellisio Foods employees.

The Bellisio Foods Scholarship supports the pursuit of post-secondary education at trade and technical schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their demonstration of character, community service, financial need, academic performance, and overall potential.

Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

  • Recipients shall be chosen on the basis of: financial need, character as evidenced by personal conduct, values, and attitudes and behaviors towards others; and community service as evidenced by leadership, service and activities; and academic performance and potential.
  • Applicants must be dependent children of a current employee in good standing for at least one year, including biological children, legally adopted children, children placed with employees for adoption, stepchildren and any children for whom an employee is the legal guardian; grandchildren of employees, regardless of dependent status, also qualify. Employees may be at any U.S. location of Bellisio Foods.
  • Candidates must be pursuing post-secondary education, full or part-time, at an accredited vocational or technical training program, community college or four-year college in the U.S.
  • Candidates must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
  • Priority will be given to students receiving the Bellisio Food Scholarship award for the first time and no student may receive more than four (4) awards.
  • Assistance is not intended for pursuit of advanced degrees (e.g. Master’s degree).

Award Amount:

Scholarship awards are determined by number of applicants. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for the purposes and expenses associated with tuition, fees, textbooks, and required supplies and equipment.

The Bellisio Foods Scholarship was established in honor of Bellisio foods founder, Jeno Paulucci. Bellisio Foods, one of the nation's largest and fastest growing frozen food companies, is the maker of a wide variety of frozen food brands, including Michelina’s, Boston Market, Authentic Asia, Eating Well, EAT!, and Atkins. The Bellisio Foods fund awards scholarships to children and grandchildren of Bellisio Foods employees pursuing post-secondary education, including technical and trade school, community college, university, etc. Bellisio’s leadership and scholarship fund encourages economic success and access to educational opportunity.

The Jenny Cornelius-Woltz Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the life and memory of Jenny Cornelius-Woltz by providing scholarship awards to one or more deserving students graduating from John Glenn High School, with a primary interest in nursing. The scholarship awards are to defray the expenses associated with attaining a post-secondary education at an accredited institution, in the field of nursing; or alternatively, within the medical professions more broadly, should no graduating seniors apply and/or qualify whose primary interest is in nursing.


Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

  • Those applying must be graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited post-secondary institution offering nursing programs, or alternatively, training within the fields of medicine.
  • Priority consideration will be given to those who demonstrate financial need, ethical character, and participation in extracurricular activities; as well as potential for success as demonstrated by an individual’s commitment and desire to achieve professional goals in the area of nursing or related medical fields.

The Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox Scholarship was established to provide post-secondary scholarships to students at Buckeye Trail High School and Monroe Central High School. Jeff Cox is a 1979 graduate of Buckeye Trail High School and a 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University. He completed his MBA in Finance from Wright State University in 1986. Jeff is employed as a financial advisor with Edward Jones Co. Jane Schumacher Cox is a 1981 graduate of Woodsfield High School and a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Both Jeff and Jane have fond memories of their educations and extracurricular activities at their respective schools, and through this scholarship fund, hope to help others pursue their dreams of higher education.

“It is with great pleasure that we established this scholarship fund to support students from Buckeye Trail High and Monroe Central High in pursuing their post-secondary education,” said Jeff and Jane Cox. “To know the recipients will be going on to pursue their educational and professional ambitions with support from this
scholarship is incredibly meaningful to us.”

Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors currently attending school at Buckeye Trail High School or Monroe Central High School;
  • Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited 2-year, 4-year or technical/trade school or university; and
  • Applicants should demonstrate outstanding character, academic excellence, involvement with extra-curricular activities, or work experience.

The Lester D. and Thelma I. Ellwood Scholarship was established to encourage and support access to educational opportunities by assisting worthy graduates of Guernsey County high schools in pursuit of post-secondary education. Lester and Thelma Ellwood strongly believed in the importance of education. When the Great Depression took hold of the Cambridge area, Lester needed to leave high school to help support his family, but always knew the value of education.

Thelma graduated from high school and became Lester's partner in business as well as life. The couple operated Ellwood Orchards, Ellwood Tractor Supply, The Beverage House, and Ellwood's Food Market. When Lester passed away in 1987, Thelma established a trust fund to provide money for college scholarships for Guernsey County high school students and, after her death, the Lester and Thelma Ellwood Scholarship was created.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a current or past graduate of Buckeye Trail High School, Cambridge High School, Meadowbrook High School, or any other Guernsey County high school. Students pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited 2-year, 4-year or technical/trade school or university are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong work ethic and good ethical character;
  • Community service will be assessed as evidenced by leadership, service, activities, and references;
  • Financial need will be considered and candidates must have at least a 2.5 GPS on a 4.00 scale;
  • Assistance is not intended for pursuit of advanced degrees (e.g. Master's degrees).

Amount of Award

Scholarship awards and amounts will vary annually, depending on availability of funds. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for continued support, along with those already attending an institution and/or those returning to school later in life.

The Bob Evans and Wayne F. White Legacy Scholarship was established by family and friends of the two, including Bob’s wife, Jewell Evans (both she and her husband Bob founded the original Wayne White Scholarship) to honor the legacy and commitment these two friends had to the Appalachian Ohio region.

The late Wayne White was Director of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) and a founding board member of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. The late Bob Evans, a nationally-recognized restaurateur and philanthropist, served on the Board of Regents and was instrumental in founding OACHE.

Both passionate about education and champions of the Appalachian Ohio region, White and Evans were committed to ensure finances were not a barrier to the ability of the region’s youth to access post-secondary opportunities. White and Evans touched and inspired many with their enthusiasm, energy and optimism. They worked to change the landscape of education in Appalachian Ohio, fighting for equal funding for rural schools and encouraging youth and adults to pursue higher education.

White, born and raised in Appalachian Ohio, and Evans, who launched the Bob Evans Farm and Restaurants in Appalachian Ohio, believed deeply in the academic ability and potential of the region’s students to succeed, no matter the place or the purpose. The White/Evans Scholarship serves to help all students’ realize they can pursue post-secondary education, regardless of financial situation.


Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

  • Those applying must be graduating high school seniors or possess a GED, and currently live and attend school within the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.
  • Priority to those with significant financial need, and a demonstrated desire to succeed and overcome obstacles, as well as candidates who show outstanding character, academic excellence and extracurricular activities.
  • Academic performance is considered, but potential for success through an individual's commitment, interest, and desire to achieve educational goals will be carefully considered.

Award Amount

Number and amount of awards vary annually, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for all education-related expenses.

The Myron Fishel Scholarship Fund was created by Dr. Waite Phillip Fishel, a former chemistry professor at Vanderbilt University, in 1974 to honor the memory of his only son, Myron, who was killed in action during World War II. The Myron Fishel Scholarship Fund joined the Guernsey County Foundation’s Family of Funds at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) in late 2016.

Guernsey County students attending or planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in Ohio are invited to apply for the Myron Fishel Scholarship. Applications are available from the guidance offices at Cambridge, Meadowbrook, Buckeye Trail, and John Glenn High Schools in addition to US Bank in Cambridge and online from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria

  • Applicants must be Guernsey County residents attending or planning to attend an accredited postsecondary institution in Ohio providing training and certification in various trades and fields of vocational interests, associate degree programs, and 4-year institutions of higher learning.

Amount of Award

Scholarship awards and amounts will vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for all education-related expenses.


Review Process

The trustees serving as the Fund's Scholarship Committee - the Guernsey County Probate Judge, the Guernsey County Prosecuting Attorney, and the area president of US Bank - will review applications and recommend awards. Final approval is made by the Foundation's Board of Trustees and all decisions are final.

The Jennifer Garrison Public Service Scholarship was established to encourage anJennifer Garrison head shotd support the post-secondary efforts of students with a passion for public service. Jennifer Garrison has been working to improve the lives of Southeastern Ohioans for over 20 years, and previously served in Ohio’s 93rd district as State Representative. Since her time in the legislature, Jennifer has continued to serve her community, and the family established the fund to foster and support the region’s future public service leaders.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

  • Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors from Monroe, Noble and Washington counties.
  • Applicants must have held an elected position within their school’s student government and communicate a continued desire to be involved in public service.
  • Preference will be given to students with a grade point average between 2.5 and 3.5.

    Award Amount

Five scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded annually.

Before her death in 2007, Zelma Gray established her support for medical professionals

zelmaand care in Guernsey County through a scholarship fund with WesBanco Trust and Investment Services. Designed to support Guernsey County residents’ pursuit of medical school education as well as encourage that talent to remain in, or return to, Guernsey County to serve its citizens upon completion of medical training.

Born in 1919, the late Zelma Gray was a lifelong resident of Guernsey County in Londonderry Township and a 1937 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. Throughout her life, Ms. Gray showed her devotion to the Londonderry United Methodist Church as well as her family and friends in the Guernsey County community. Ms.Gray’s scholarship is a testament to her commitment to a continued and enhanced quality of life in the area she called home.

Current and recent Guernsey County residents are eligible for the Zelma Gray Medical School Scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, lab fees and text books while pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) at an accredited medical school within the United States, in hopes that he or she will practice medicine in Guernsey County upon completion of his or her degree and training. Awards will be determined through objective criteria, including MCAT scores and college transcripts.


Guidelines and Criteria:

  • Zelma Gray Scholarships are available to any resident of Guernsey County Ohio for enrollment in an accredited medical school or college located within the United States, in hopes that the applicant will return to Guernsey County upon completion of his or her education to practice medicine in Guernsey County.
  • The Zelma Gray Scholarship will provide scholarship funds to help defray the costs of tuition, lab fees and text books while working towards the obtainment of a medical degree, defined as the degrees Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.).
  • Awards will be made to eligible students based on objective criteria such as MCAT scores and college transcripts on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, creed, national origin, religion, or sex, and the amount is at the discretion of the Fund Trustee.

The W. Donald and Marian Porter Huffman Family Scholarship was established to support students of Ashtabula or Harrison counties who are already pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited 2-year, or 4-year or technical/vocational school or university.


Huffman Scholarship Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

  • Scholarships are available to students who have graduated from secondary schools in Ashtabula or Harrison Counties who have completed their first year of post-secondary education (completing 45 credit hours or 30 semester hours, i.e., sophomore status; or the equivalence in technical/vocational programs);
  • Demonstrated academic achievement with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;
  • Financial need;
  • Leadership potential demonstrated in extracurricular activities, community involvement or work experience;
  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to ethical behavior and kindness demonstrated by good character.
  • Priority consideration will be given to students pursuing certificates and/or degrees in education, public service, or medical fields.
  • Previous scholarship recipients who demonstrate a high level of academic success and require support to continue their studies are eligible to apply for continued support and will be given priority consideration until their graduation.

The Rose Elizabeth Bell MacConkey Scholarship Fund for Women Going into a Career in Business was established in honor and memory of Rose Elizabeth Bell MacConkey. The scholarship will be awarded to a young woman at Cambridge High School who will be pursuing post-secondary education leading to a career in business.

Rose worked hard to graduate from Cambridge High School in 1935. She was not financially able to attend college fulltime, so she took night classes at the Cambridge Business School, while working. Back then, she had been required to quit her job when she married. Rose had two children and was widowed at a young age. She returned to the work force taking a job in the office of Cambridge High School, where she stayed until she retired in the 1980s.

Rose loved her job and when asked about her accomplishments, she always mentioned her children and working at the Cambridge High School. Rose always believed more women needed to be in business careers and running businesses. Her goals were always to empower women and to help those less fortunate.

To read more about Rose's life and legacy, click here.


MacConkey Scholarship Fund for Women Going into a Career in Business Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

  • A female student, graduating (or a past graduate) from Cambridge High School and attending any university, college, community college or trade, vocational or technical school;
  • Must be taking a course of study related to a career in business, e.g., business management, human resources, accounting, or any business-related field;
  • Grade point average of 2.5 or above;
  • Financial need may be considered; and
  • Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for continued support, but preference may be given to Cambridge High School graduating seniors.

susanThe Susan K. Ipacs Nursing Legacy Scholarship Fund was established at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to honor the work and life of Susan Ipacs - nurse, instructor, mother, wife and friend.

Sue Ipacs’ character reflects her Appalachian heritage. Her mother(from Tyler County, West Virginia) and father (Ross County, Ohio) were self-reliant and independent, committed to a financially responsible lifestyle of hard work and industriousness. Her parents were kind and helpful toward others; their Christian beliefs and church fundamental to their home life. As a result, Sue had a preference to soothe and avoid conflict, though never to be confused with acquiescence or unwillingness to tenaciously defend her views. Like her parents, Sue put others at ease and will long be remembered for her compassionate nature

On her path to professional accomplishments, Sue had to overcome significant obstacles. After graduating from Chillicothe High School, her passion to help others led her to pursue a career in nursing. However, she abandoned her studies in favor of marriage, but soon found herself divorced and the mother of an infant daughter, Jill. Working a minimum wage job and feeling trapped by her life circumstances, Sue realized education was the key to a positive future for both her and her daughter and she was determined to complete her degree in nursing.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hocking College in 1977. Although a single working mother, Sue continued her studies and earned her BSN from Ohio University in 1984, again graduating Summa Cum Laude. In 1985, Sue became an instructor at Hocking College.

An accepting, warm woman, Sue embraced diversity. Perhaps this was most outwardly apparent in her marrying Joseph Ipacs, the son of Hungarian immigrants, in 1987. Sue became a mother again, giving birth to Joseph (“Joey”) in 1988 and Christopher (“Bo”) in 1990. Not to be deterred from her continued studies, Sue earned her Master’s Degree from Wright State in 1994 (Summa Cum Laude).

Although Sue could be described as cerebral and thoughtful, she was intensely passionate about her family and nursing. Her dedication, competence, and character led to Sue becoming an Associate Dean in the school of Nursing at Hocking College in 1999. Her professional memberships included the Ohio Council of Associate Degree Nursing Education Administrators, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the Education Advisory Council of the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Sue never lost her love of nursing and never forgot the circumstances that led to her college education. As a nursing instructor and associate dean, Sue strove to ease the burdens and obstacles facing students, while nurturing the passion to help others in all who surrounded her, both students and fellow colleagues. She felt a personal responsibility to recognize and attend to the underprivileged and non-traditional student. As so many depended on Sue for her compassion and dedication to the profession, it is the hope that students pursuing their nursing degree remember the reason behind the studies, and the importance of compassion for people.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria - Susan K. Ipacs Nursing Legacy Scholarship:

  • Must be a second year Hocking College student pursing studies in the Nursing Program.
  • Financial need will be considered and candidates should have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
  • Recipients shall be chosen on the basis of character as evidenced by personal conduct, values, attitudes and behaviors as applicable to the nursing field and demonstrated in your personal statement and nomination forms.
  • Recipients must provide a class schedule showing their enrollment in Hocking College.

Award Amount

Scholarship awards and amounts vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to Hocking College on the student’s behalf, for all education-related expenses.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria - Susan K. Ipacs PN2RN Nursing Legacy Scholarship (Not Available at this Time)

  • Be a graduate of the Hocking College LPN program and apply for admission to Hocking College's PN2RN Program with verification of an active, unrestricted license as an LPN;
  • Successfully complete the HESI (A2) admission test; and
  • Submit evidence of a clean background check and drug screen, physical examination and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification before beginning clinical coursework.
  • Financial need will be considered and candidates should have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.00 scale (financial hardship/need being deciding factor)
  • Recipients shall be chosen on the basis of character as evidenced by personal conduct, values, attitudes and behaviors as applicable to the nursing field and demonstrated in your personal statement and nomination forms.

Award Amount

Scholarship awards and amounts vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to Hocking College on the student’s behalf, for all education-related expenses.


Please click here to make a secure online donation through Network for Good, noting the Ipacs Legacy Scholarship or Ipacs PN2RN Legacy Scholarship in the designation box. You can also call the Foundation and we can assist you with your donation over the phone, or you can mail a check made out to the FAO Ipacs Legacy Scholarship Fund or Ipacs PN2RN Legacy Scholarship Fund and mail to 35 Public Square, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764.

Please call FAO at 740.753.1111 if we can provide any additional information.

The Dr. Allen Smith Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the late Dr. L. Allen Smith, a native of Jackson, Ohio, and graduate of Ohio University. The Smith Scholarship also honors the work and legacy of Dr. Smith’s mother, the late Mary Ellen Smith.

Dr. Smith was a man of many interests and led two distinguished careers simultaneously. He was a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston for 31 years, and associate dean from 2006 until his death in August, 2008. At the same time, Dr. Smith was also a highly skilled Farrier, a shoer of horses, serving two terms as president of the American Farriers Association.

A native of Jackson County, Mary Ellen Smith served as the first female member of the Jackson City School Board, including as President of the Board. The Dr. Allen Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the Foundation in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Allen Smith and each year, grants at least two awards: one Dr. Allen Smith Scholastic Award and one Dr. Allen Smith Community Service Award.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

Scholarships will be awarded exclusively to graduating seniors of Jackson City High School and shall be distributed to institutions of higher learning selected by scholarship recipients. Both the Smith Scholastic Award and Smith Community Service Award are intended to be awarded to students planning to attend a 4 year Ohio college or university.

The selection criteria for the Smith Scholastic Award includes:

  • high overall academic achievement, with a particular emphasis on high achievement and career interest in the Math, Science or Engineering fields;
  • financial need;
  • community and extracurricular involvement, including musical and cultural activities.

The selection criteria for the Smith Community Service Award includes:

  • high overall academic achievement, with particular emphasis on high achievement and career interest in music or arts;
  • financial need;
  • strong community and extracurricular involvement, demonstrating significant community service contributions and a commitment to live lives of productive community service and stewardship.

Award Amount:

Scholarship awards and amounts will vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for all education-related expenses.

The Loran and Shirley Stutz Scholarship Fund was established by Loran and Shirley Stutz to provide students residing and attending school in the East Guernsey Local School District with support for post-secondary education. Their children attended East Guernsey schools, laying the foundation for successful lives after graduation. In gratitude, Loran and Shirley would like to help East Guernsey students in their next steps in education.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria

  • Must be a graduating senior residing and attending school in the East Guernsey Local School District; students attending public, private, career/vocational or parochial schools, as well as homeschooled students, are eligible to apply as long as they reside in the East Guernsey Local School District;
  • Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher;
  • Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited 2-year, 4-year, or technical/trade school or university; and
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic through outstanding character, academic excellence, involvement with extra-curricular activities, or work experience.

Two scholarships will be awarded each year. Priority consideration for one scholarship award will be given to a student attending a technical/trade school and the second scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a 2-year or 4-year post-secondary institution.


Award Amount:

  • Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to applicants who best meet the criteria listed above.
  • Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf for all education-related expenses.

Davey L. and Sandra Jackson Turner Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Turner by their daughter, Ashley and her husband, Mick Schumacher. The scholarship supports graduating students from Monroe County’s four Switzerland of Ohio local high schools: Beallsville, Monroe Central, River or Swiss Hills Career Center.


Turner Scholarship Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

  • Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Beallsville, Monroe Central, River high schools, or Swiss Hills Career Center in Monroe County.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a record of community service, academics and participation in extra-curricular or work activities.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited 2-year, 4-year institution of higher education to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Award: One $500.00 scholarship will be awarded.

The Ariana R. Ulloa Scholarship Fund was established to honor the legacy of its namesake, Ariana Ulloa, a native of Mexico. Ariana moved to Athens in 1986 and began working for the Hocking College Department of International Programs in 1990, eventually moving into the position of Director. She had a reputation for her kind and encouraging nature and was known to many students as “Mamá Ariana.”

Ariana passed away in December 2002 but her legacy continues through this endowed scholarship fund, set up at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and created through the contributions of Ariana’s family, friends and students.

In keeping with her work in international programs, the scholarships are offered to international students or students pursuing a degree in international studies.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria

  • The scholarships are offered to international students and eligible noncitizens pursuing any field of study, as well as students pursuing a degree in international studies or international relations.
  • Those applying must already be accepted or enrolled full time in an accredited vocational school or 4-year college or university program; proof of enrollment is required.
  • Preference will be given to those who demonstrate financial need, show academic achievement, are involved with extracurricular activities and possess educational as well as personal life goals.
  • Students must be residing or studying in the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio, or in Franklin, Fairfield or Delaware counties.

Award Amount

Scholarship awards and amounts will vary, depending on availability of funds. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for all education-related expenses.