|Scholarship directors talk with OU-C Dean Martin Tuck.|
14 area students use fund to pursue their college ambitions
This year’s recipients of The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholar’s Fund have been announced. Fourteen students received the scholarships.
In 2004, Chillicothe native Larry A. Gates and his wife, Mary, established the scholarship fund to pave the way to a college education for students graduating from Ross County high schools. This is the 13th class to benefit from the scholarship fund, which will eventually total approximately $10 million. A total of 10 of the 14 recipients who will attend college in 2016-17 will pursue their college goals at Ohio University. Of those 10 students, eight will attend the Athens campus and two students will attend the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University.
The scholarships are intended to help offset the cost of an undergraduate college education not covered by financial aid and/or scholarships.
Since the scholarship fund’s inception, more than 160 scholarships have been awarded. The endeavor has been an unquestioned success, with many former recipients already advancing in their career fields and several scholarship recipients going on to pursue master’s degrees after earning their bachelor’s degrees.
It has been a labor of love for the scholarship fund’s founders, with success measured on criteria that go beyond the numbers.
“Mary and I began the foundation because of our strong belief in young people, and that trust has been reinforced by the young people who have earned these scholarships over the years,” Larry Gates said.
The endeavor has been a rousing success in realizing its intended outcome – opening doors of opportunity for area individuals to pursue their dreams and turn their passions into their professions. The scholarship fund puts in motion the true value of a college education.
Gates Foundation directors include Nicole McLaughlin, Michelle Shanholtzer, Matthew Haller, Kimberly Hirsch, Nancy Harris and Valerie Miller.
Selection criteria for the scholarship include potential to succeed in college as determined by high school grades and college entrance scores, letters of reference and financial need. The scholarships are renewable for up to an additional three years for those who continue to qualify. Students may attend the college or university of their choices.
Mr. Gates is a retired executive with Philip Morris Companies.
The donor-advised fund is administered by The Ohio University Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the university.
More information on The Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholar's Fund is available online at www.ohio.edu/gatesscholarship/.
2016 The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholars
The new recipients include:
Student High School University/College
Hallie Barnhart Zane Trace HS Ohio University
Mailia Berry Chillicothe HS Ohio University
Tyler Carroll Southeastern HS Ohio University-Chillicothe
Justin Dye Southeastern HS Ohio University
The renewed recipients include:
Cassidy Lynn Ohio University-Chillicothe
Ali McCracken Ohio University
Katie McMahon Ohio University
Casaundra Parker Ohio State University
Courtney Parker Ohio State University
Olivia Payne Ohio University
Abbey Perry Shawnee University
Jullian Pontius Ohio University
Christopher Sabin Ohio University
Izabella Timmons University of Findlay