The East Community Schools UCAN Scholarship Fund recently received a major boost when East alumna Paula Roney Barry and her family made a $30,000 donation to the fund in memory of their father, James Roney. The East UCAN Scholarship Fund was established at the Scioto Foundation in 2008 by the East Community Schools Alumnae Association as part of the Foundation’s innovative University/College Access Network initiative.
James Roney, who died 17 years ago, served as principal of Sciotoville High School, as it was known then, from 1962 until 1978. All four of his children graduated from the same high school, including Gail Roney Schrage, 1959; Sue Roney Stillwell, 1964; Paula Roney Barry, 1966; and James (Jim) Roney, 1972. Stillwell’s two children were also graduates of East High School.
Barry is now a resident of Portsmouth and Jim Roney resides in Cleveland; Schrage and Stillwell still live in the local area.
“East was a big part of our lives growing up,” recalled Barry. “All the teachers were friends of our family. Sciotoville was different then.”
“Now there are great needs for kids in the community. With the East UCAN Scholarship Fund, we are hoping kids can better themselves that may never have had that chance. We decided that the best way to help was to give a lump sum that could be matched and grow the fund in the future and outlive us,” said Barry. “I hope this gift will inspire others to do the same.”
“I was thrilled when Paula (Roney) Barry called me to discuss the family’s decision to make a substantial endowment to the East Alumni/UCAN Scholarship Fund,” said Trent Williams, vice-president and treasurer of the East High School Alumni Association. As the East Alumni Treasurer, I have been involved with UCAN since its inception in 2008, and the Roney family’s contribution honoring their father and former East Principal Jim Roney is the largest we have received.”
“It’s been so rewarding to see our scholarship funds grow and help make a difference in the lives of our graduates and their ability to afford to attend college now and for many years to come,” Williams said. “We are so grateful to the Roney family for their generosity and appreciate their willingness to give back and invest in the students at East High School. We just can’t thank them enough.”
“The Roney Family’s gift to the East Community Schools UCAN Scholarship Fund is especially timely and important because it will help East achieve a significant match from the Scioto Foundation under the 2017 UCAN 3.0 plan,” SF Donor Services Program Officer Patty Tennant said.
For the UCAN (University/College Network Access) 3.0 plan, the Scioto Foundation has pledged a total match of $80,000 or $40,000 per year over the next two school years (2016-2017 and 2017-2018). During each annual period, the match ratio will be determined by the total amount raised, much like the process involved in the Foundation’s Scioto Gives program, according to Executive Director Kim Cutlip.
“For example, if $80,000 is raised by the participating school systems during the year, the match will be 50¢ per each dollar raised,” Cutlip said. “There will be no cap on what schools can bring in.”
The Scioto Foundation’s unique UCAN (University/College Access Network) program is dedicated to helping Scioto County youth plan, prepare and pay for college. The Foundation’s vision in establishing UCAN originally in 2008 was to make it possible for every student in Scioto County to attend the college or university of his or her choice, according to Kim Cutlip, SF Executive Director. By the end of 2016, the value of all UCAN Funds invested in scholarship endowments for Scioto County schools totaled $2,051,837 with a payout exceeding $285,000 in scholarships.
Additional information about the Scioto Foundation’s UCAN program and the Scioto County Schools’ individual UCAN Endowment Funds, as well as a variety of other planned giving opportunities, may be obtained by contacting Tennant at (740) 354-4612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.