The Scioto Foundation has announced the recent establishment of the George E. and Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund. Recognizing that his father had dedicated his life to teaching, Dr. George P. Pettit originally created the scholarship in his memory in 1986. The scholarship endowment is now under the management of the local community foundation.
To be eligible for the Pettit Scholarship, a student must be a graduate of Piketon High School, maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or better and plan to major in education. The Scioto Foundation Volunteer Scholarship Committee, on behalf of the SF Board of Governors, will make annual scholarship selections.
George E. Pettit attended Normal School at Wilmington College. He taught at a one-room school house in rural Pike County for approximately five years before starting to teach third grade at Piketon Elementary. He was later promoted to Head Teacher and retired after 42 years.
Pettit was elected Mayor of Piketon during the 1960’s and was Sunday School Superintendent for many years at Piketon Methodist Church.
“My father valued education and loved the children he taught. Throughout the years, many of his students would share stories with me about his teaching ability, humor and kindness,” Dr. George Pettit said. “I wanted to keep his legacy alive while providing some financial support to other young men and women who aspire to teach.”
Like her husband of 50 years, Eleanor Pettit was very involved in community and educational activities throughout her life. After graduation from Portsmouth Interstate Business College, she worked as a secretary for The Ohio State University Agricultural Extension Agent in Pike County for many years. Then she became secretary to the Executive Head of the Scioto Valley Local School District and later Assistant Clerk of the Scioto Valley Board of Education.
In 1976 she became Office Manager in her son’s medical practice where she worked until her retirement. She was a long-time member of the Piketon-Jasper United Methodist Church, a founding member of the Pike County Medical Services, and an active volunteer on Piketon Squad #1 for many years.
Contributions to the Pettit Scholarship Fund may be made by friends, family and supporters in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property at any time. Further information about the George E. and Eleanor Pettit Teaching Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip or Patty Tennant at the Scioto Foundation office, (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the SF website at www.sciotofoundation.org.