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Welcome to the Coshocton Foundation!


The deadline for grant applications for the next meeting of the Distribution Committee of the Coshocton Foundation is Friday, May 13.

Community organizations with a 501(c)(3) IRS non-profit designation and schools may submit grant applications for consideration by the committee, which will meet on June 2, 2016.

Instructions for applying organizations and a grant application may be found via the "How to Apply For A Grant" link in the left side menu or by calling (740) 622-0010. 

Completed applications may be sent to the Coshocton Foundation, P.O. Box 55, Coshocton, OH 43812, or brought to the Coshocton Foundation office at 220 S. Fourth St.  All applications must be received in the office by 4 p.m. on May 13, 2016.  Please follow directions carefully.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding by the committee. 


The Coshocton Foundation 2016 membership drive is underway, it was announced by Bob Pell, executive director, at the foundation’s annual meeting Wednesday evening at the Coshocton County Career Center.

“Basic membership in the Coshocton Foundation is $100,” he stated, adding that there are several levels of giving, with Golden Circle membership for gifts of $1,000 or more. Golden Circle members also are invited to a special holiday dinner in December.

All contributions to the Coshocton Foundation are tax-deductible and may be designated to any of the organizations restricted funds or to the Unrestricted Fund for general grant-making. A list of restricted funds can be viewed at www.coshoctonfoundation.org.

Contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 55, Coshocton, OH 43812.

In other business, new membership officers elected include Catherine Miller, president; Joseph Skelton, vice-president, and Rebecca Porteus, secretary.

Reports were also given by the Foundation’s Trustees, the Distribution and Investment Committees as well as Leadership Coshocton County and Coshocton County Youth Leadership. Following the business meeting members enjoyed a dessert buffet provided by Chef Mike Cichon and his culinary arts students as well as tours of the facility.

The Coshocton Foundation was established in 1966 and has awarded millions of dollars in grants and scholarships to thecommunity.


The Distribution Committee awarded the following grants at their January 16th meeting:

  • $50,000 to Coshocton County Head Start for the Hilltop Project-Opportunity School Classroom construction
  • $40,000 to Coshocton City Schools to help restore and upgrade the Planetarium at the High School
  • $30,000 to the Coshocton Public Library to help with replacement of the Bookmobile
  • $10,000 to the Coshocton City & County Park District for their Bathhouse project
  • $5,000 to Roscoe Village Foundation for the Lock Landing at the Visitors’ Center
  • $5,000 to Invent Now for Scholarships for Camp Invention
  • $5,000 to Licking County Health Dept. for Dental Sealant Program in Coshocton County Schools
  • $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House to provide Nights of Rest for Coshocton County Families
  • $5,000 to the Muskingum Valley Council of the Boy Scouts for Electrical Upgrade and Security Lighting at Muskingum Reservation
  • $4,000 to Coshocton County Drug & Alcohol Council for a Transitional Youth Residential Project
  • $3,050 to Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio for JA Education in grades K-12 in Coshocton County
  • $3,000 to River View Local Schools for Literacy Footprints Collection at Conesville Elementary
  • $3,000 to the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum to help in refurbishing their meeting room
  • $2,500 to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for with Utilities for People in Need


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.


As area high school seniors take college visits and begin to plan for the next phase of their lives, it seems appropriate to remind them and their guidance counselors of an exciting opportunity that is available to the right scholar.

The Carlson Scholarship Loan, last awarded in 2006, is being offered in 2016 to seniors from Coshocton, River View and Ridgewood High Schools. This scholarship provides to the recipient basically a "full-ride" for four years to the College of Wooster for a student who plans to major in math or science education.  The winning applicant, whose college expenses will be covered through the Carlson award, must agree to return to Coshocton County to teach elementary or high school science or mathematics for three years in order for the loan to be completely forgiven for the student.

The scholarship loan recipient must be accepted by the College of Wooster in the field of math or science education and must be willing to fulfill the expectations of the loan agreement to qualify for this extraordinary college finance option.

The Carlson Scholar Loan Program was established at the Coshocton Foundation by the late Herb and Jean Carlson, longtime community supporters, whose desire was to see excellence in the field of math and science education through a program to establish scholar/teachers in the local school system.

Questions regarding this program may be directed to the Coshocton Foundation at (740) 622-0010.  Guidance counselors at the local high schools will also have information available for interested students.


The Coshocton Foundation has a subscription to Guidestar, which provides in-depth information about 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, including current exempt status (or lack thereof), information from IRS Form 990, etc.  Anyone who is seeking information on the status of a non-profit organization may call the Foundation at 740-622-0010 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request this information.  We would be glad to look it up for you!


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. 


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. 

Thank you! 

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