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Two Jackson County students awarded spring 2024 Bellisio Foods scholarships

JACKSON, Ohio – Jackson residents Sydney Hughes and Madelyn Parker have been awarded spring 2024 scholarships from the Bellisio Foods Scholarship Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Established in 2007 in honor of Bellisio Foods founder Jeno Paulucci, the fund awards scholarships to children and grandchildren of Bellisio Foods employees pursuing postsecondary education. Recipients are selected based on character, community service, financial need, and academic performance and potential.

“Jeno Paulucci believed that education has the power and ability to transform and improve communities. He also believed in showing our dedicated employees and their families gratitude for contributing to the mission and success of this company,” said Joel Conner, senior advisor of Bellisio Foods. “We are honored to continue Jeno’s legacy by supporting the dreams of the families within the Bellisio Foods family.”

Hughes is a 2024 graduate of Jackson High School who plans to attend Cedarville University and major in business administration. Hughes’ grandfather, Richard Hughes, is an employee of Bellisio Foods.

Parker is a 2024 graduate of Jackson High School who plans to attend Muskingum University and major in pre-medicine. Parker’s mother, Danielle Davis, is an employee of Bellisio Foods.

The Foundation for Appalachia (FAO) partners with Bellisio Foods and others to support the educational pursuits of students in Appalachian Ohio. The Bellisio Foods Scholarship is open twice a year for students to apply (February and October).

FAO creates opportunities for people in Appalachian Ohio by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. A central part of this work is to support communities, in collaboration with partners like the Jackson County Community Foundation, across areas essential to quality of life.

To learn more about the Bellisio Foods Scholarship and other scholarships FAO offers, or to find out how you can support the educational dreams of students in Appalachian Ohio, visit, email or call 740.753.1111.