Wellston Schools establish funds for Scioto Foundation


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Wellston City School District has established five scholarship funds at the Scioto Foundation in Portsmouth as part of their new membership in the Foundation’s UCAN Neighbors Program.

The Foundation’s UCAN (University/College Access Network) program, launched in 2008, is designed to help youth plan, prepare and pay for college through strong partnerships with all Scioto County, Ohio schools and UCAN Neighbor schools, the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, local businesses and donors. The vision of UCAN is that one day every student from Scioto County and adjoining schools will have the financial resources to attend the college or university of his or her choice.

“Wellston City School District values the opportunity to continue to partner with the Scioto Foundation so that our students benefit,” said Wellston School Superintendent Karen Boch.

“Through our collaborative efforts with the Foundation, we will be able to establish solid funds that will provide for our students well into the future. We greatly appreciate the work the Foundation is doing to support our efforts.”

From the Mary Carolyn Hodges Scholarship Fund, two scholarships will be awarded annually to graduating seniors from Wellston High School who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5, show financial need and who have completed an essay explaining why he/she wants to enter a post secondary institution and how the scholarship will help achieve that goal. Applicants must also provide three letters of recommendation from a current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor. The scholarships will be awarded to a male and a female student.

The Peggy S. Geiger Memorial Scholarship is designated for a graduating senior from Wellston High School student who plans to major in the field of education. To be eligible, a student must also maintain a 3.2 grade point average prior to the year in which the student applies for the scholarship. Applicants must complete a short essay stating why he/she wants to enter the field of education and how this scholarship will help to achieve that goal and provide three letters of recommendation from a current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor.

The Dick and Joe Mantz Scholastic Scholarship Fund will be presented to a graduating senior from Wellston High School who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.50, shows financial need and completes an essay explaining why he/she wants to enter a post secondary Institution and how the scholarship will help achieve that goal. The applicant must also submit three letters of recommendation from a current or former Wellston City School teacher or guidance counselor. The Mantz Scholastic Scholarship can be renewable for past recipients.

The Chester, Adeline and Cheryl Harless Music Scholarship will be given to a graduating senior from Wellston High School who plans to major or minor in music at a two or four year college or university. The student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average prior to the year in which he or she applies for the scholarship and must provide evidence of involvement in the Wellston High School Music Department, in school and in the community.

The Coach Jim Derrow Memorial Scholarship Award Fund will be presented to agraduating senior from Wellston High School who maintains a 3.0 GPA prior to the year inwhich the student applies for the scholarship, shows financial need and completes an essay explaining why he/she wants to enter a post secondary institution and how this scholarship will help achieve this goal. The applicant must also provide three letters of recommendation from a current or former Wellston High School teacher or guidance counselor.

Recipients of the Derrow Memorial Scholarship shall be selected based on the applicant’s goals, potential for success, financial need, record of school and/or community service, participation in school extracurricular activities with a preference in basketball, and Board interview. The recipient will be selected without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin or handicap. The student will be announced during the annual student award ceremony.

For each of these scholarships, the Wellston City School Board will select a volunteerscholarship committee to make annual selections. In the event that a committee member develops a conflict of interest, an alternative shall be named by the Board to serve on the committee in lieu of the person with the conflict of interest until such time as the conflict of interest no longer exists. Donations to each of the Wellston City Schools Scholarships in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property may be made by alumnae, friends, family and supporters at any time.

Further information about the scholarships or other planned ving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Scioto Foundation Executive Director 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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