ANNUAL MEETING SET
The Coshocton Foundation annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, October, 21st at 7 p.m. at the Coshocton County Career Center, 23640 Airport Rd., Coshocton
THOMPSON APPOINTED TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Kathleen Thompson has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Coshocton Foundation by Hon. Van Blanchard, II, Judge of the Probate Court, following the retirement of Sally Bullens, who has served as Foundation Trustee since May of 2002. Previously she had served on the Foundation’s Distribution Committee from 1999-2002.
Thompson joins Bruce Wallace and Barbara Brooks Emmons on the governing board of the Coshocton Foundation.
The succession of Trustees of the Coshocton Foundation was set forth in the Last Will and Testament of Adolph Golden, in 1966, who dictated that the board would consist of three individuals appointed by the Probate Judge of Coshocton County. In addition to Bullens, previous Trustees have included Edward Montgomery, Lawrence Burns, Seward Schooler, Samuel Clow, Don Parkhill and Leland Wyse.
Thompson, a graduate of Coshocton High School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, served as executive director of the Coshocton Foundation from 2007 until her retirement in March of 2015. Previously, she served as Coshocton County Commissioner and executive director of the United Way of Coshocton County. Prior to her election as Commissioner, she served on the Distribution Committee of the Coshocton Foundation (1996-1999).
Robert Pell is the current executive director of the organization.
The Distribution Committee of the Coshocton Foundation met recently and awarded 7 grants totaling $75,228 to various community organizations. The grants include:
- $25,000 to Montessori Preschool of Coshocton for fenced in playground area for students
- $20, 000 to Coshocton Opportunity School to help sustain programming at the opportunity school
- $12,000 to Kids America Inc. to upgrade security and the monitoring system
- $10,000 to Echoing Hills Village, Inc. for site preparation landscaping and utility installation for planned pavilion construction
- $4,970 to Pomerene Center for the Art Connects program
Coshocton Foundation was established in 1966 and has distributed over $7 million in grants to community organizations from its Unrestricted Fund. In addition the Foundation has over 100 Restricted Funds from which distributions are made for specific purposes.
ADULT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Winners of five adult or “non-traditional student” scholarships have been announced by the Coshocton Foundation.
Tabitha Christmas was awarded the $2,000 Jones Metal Products Company Scholarship. She is a student at Central Ohio Technical College, pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing. The Jones Metal award was created in 2013 to honor the 90th anniversary of the company.
Diane Jones was named winner of the Ruby S. Hawthorne Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Diane will be attending Ohio Dominican University seeking a Master of Arts in English. The Hawthorne scholarship was established by Juliet Norris Lacy and Christyn Norris Kurtz in memory of their grandmother Ruby Hawthorne.
Heather Spinks was the winner of the Beulah Brownfield Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Heather is a student at COTC pursuing an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. This award was established through the Last Will & Testament of Mrs. Brownfield, who died in 1977.
Renee Hardesty was awarded the $1,000 Ruth Schooler Memorial Scholarship, established by Miss Schooler’s family for a student who intends to enter the field of business. Renee attends COTC in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.
Casey Brown was named winner of the Eleanor Wade Custer Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. She is a pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and Business Management from Franklin University. The award was created through the Will of Monford D. Custer to honor his daughter Eleanor, and was first awarded in 1981.
Ursula Corbett was a previous winner of the two-year renewable $1,000 Kenneth Berry Memorial Scholarship. Ursula is a student at Marietta College studying health sciences. The award was created to honor the memory of long-time Coshocton attorney Kenneth Berry and will be available for applications in 2016.
In addition to these awards, the Coshocton Foundation grants 34 adult scholarships in the amount of $1,750 each through the Clarence and Grace Miller Fund to students at the Coshocton Campus of Central Ohio Technical College. Also, two scholarships in the amount of $1,750 each are offered to students in the master’s program at the Coshocton Campus of Muskingum University.
On the high school level, the Coshocton Foundation awards more than 100 scholarships annually to graduating seniors of the local high schools.
HOW DO I CLAIM MY SCHOLARSHIP MONEY?
The Coshocton Foundation recently awarded over $150,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in area schoos. If you have won a Coshocton Foundation scholarship, you will need to submit to the Coshocton Foundation a copy of your billing statement from your college or university. A Summary of Account is NOT sufficient. Nor is anything entitled "Estimated" acceptable, and the listing of scholarships and grants received will not work either. The billing statement should be available on your unversity's website, where you log in to get your other information.
The billing statement must show the amount owed for tuition, fees, room and board, etc. It should also show any other grants or loans you may have. The billing statement must reflect that you owe money. If you have a credit balance, the Coshocton Foundation cannot issue a check. All checks will be made out and sent to your college or university. No checks will be written to individuals. (We are not trying to be difficult -- these are the rules by which we must abide!)
Your billing statement may be mailed to the Coshocton Foundation, P.O. Box 55, Coshocton, Ohio, 43812 or may be dropped off at the office at 220 S. Fourth St., Coshocton. It also may be faxed to 740-622-1660. Please include a telephone number where we can contact you if we have any questions. If you will not need to use your scholarship during your first year of college, please advise us when you expect to submit a billing statement for payment.
ATTENTION SCHOOLS SEEKING GRANTS
Due to changes in IRS regulations, all grants from elementary, middle and high schools need to be made through the appropriate school district. In other words, where the application says "Name of Applying Organization," the school district itself must be listed. The contact person may be listed as the actual individual representing the elementary, etc. school, with the person's contact information. The grant application should also be made clear what school and program the grant is for. Also, the EIN of the school district needs to be reflected on the application. If you have questions, please contact the Foundation.
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