SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2017 GRADUATING SENIORS ANNOUNCED
Information on scholarships available for 2017 graduates by school is now available on the Coshocton Foundation website. Simply click on the Scholarship Applications link in the upper left column (or Click Here) to be taken to the scholarship landing page. There you will find general instructions for completing a scholarship application. If you scroll down the page you will see the 2017 scholarship application that must be used. Take care to fill it out completely. Just below the standard application is the listing of scholarships offered by high school. Clicking on the individual scholarship listed under your school will bring up the Guideline specific for that scholarship. Check the Guideline for criteria required in addition to the standard application. Please be sure that you are only applying for scholarships that are available in your school district, and that you pay attention to the Guidelines and the underlying criteria for the scholarship for which you are applying. Please keep in mind the deadline to submit applications to your guidance office, or in the case of home-schooled students, the Coshocton Foundation, is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Best of Luck to all area seniors!
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.
JANUARY DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE REPORT
The Distribution Committee of the Coshocton Foundation met recently and awarded 14 grants totaling $80,000 to various community organizations. The grants awarded include:
- $18,000 to Coshocton City Schools to assist in the Planetarium restoration and upgrading project at CHS
- $12,500 to River View Local Schools to assist in providing support for the Coshocton County Alternative School
- $10,000 to the Clary Garden Foundation for underground electric wiring to allow for trailside lighting for the upper trail
- $10,000 to Kids America to assist with replacing facility lighting with more energy efficient LED lights
- $5,500 to the Walhonding Valley Historical Society to assist with the restoration of the second floor of the Warsaw Hotel
- $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Coshocton County to assist with the N 15th Street Neighborhood Revitalization project
- $4,000 to the Coshocton County Career Center (as lead agent) to assist with providing support for Trauma Response Teams and Life Saving Equipment to the 4 area public school districts
- $3,000 to the Roscoe Village Foundation to assist with the construction of a new, user-friendly website to encourage visits to Historic Roscoe Village and other area attractions
- $2,500 to Girls Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council to assist with For Every Girl Outreach program for At-Risk Girls K-5
- $2,500 to Walhonding Valley Fire District to assist with the purchase of SCBA masks with thermal imaging cameras to locate trapped victims in a burning building and help in identifying thef location of a fire in walls/ceilings and floors
- Four additional requests totaling $7,000 were also granted.
TRUSTEES APPOINT NEW INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
Tom Crawford of Coshocton has been appointed to the Investment Committee of the Coshocton Foundation by the Foundation Trustees.
Crawford replaces Steve Nelson, who has served two, five-year terms, and is the outgoing chairman of the committee. Tim Vance of Coshocton was recently elected committee chairman.
“ The Trustees and I are very pleased that Tom is willing to become even more involved by serving on the Investment Committee”, stated the Foundation’s Executive Director, Bob Pell, citing Crawford’s ongoing support of the Foundation and his concern for the welfare of Coshocton County.
A graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and the University of Iowa with a Master’s in Business Administration, Crawford has been the Vice President/General Manager of McWane Ductile Ohio since 2012. Prior to
2012, he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the McWane Ductile Iron Pipe Group. Tom began his career with McWane at Clow Water Systems in 2002 as the Fittings & Fabricated Products Plant Manager. Subsequently he was promoted to the Assistant General Manager at Union Foundry in Anniston, Alabama in 2003. From 2003 until 2010 he was Vice President General Manager of McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2009 Tom was appointed to the Alabama Iron & Steel Council by Governor Bob Riley.
Tom is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital and resides in Coshocton.
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.
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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