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Roane County Scholarship Foundation

4 months ago

 HOW IT STARTED....

The late Clarence H. Fields, a graduate of Spencer High School and a retired executive of the American Farm Bureau Federation wished to leave the bulk of his estate to provide scholarships to Roane County students. He provided the initiative and his considerable knowledge of organizing non-profit corporations, and Anita Ashley donated her legal services for the incorporation process; and the Foundation was incorporated in August, 1994.

...AND HOW IT GREW

A generous gift in the will of Thelma Belle Shrimplin provides two scholarships annually, and the family of Tim Boothe provides a memorial scholarship. A $2,000 scholarship is provided to honor the memory of Michael David Combs by his family, and the late William Brent Young is also honored by his family with an annual scholarship. Dr. Richard and Lois Brown have established a scholarship for students who wish to pursue studies in medicine or the ministry. The local Arts and Humanities Council has established a fund to honor the late Gerald E. Snyder, and the family of Maxine Abbott Hunt provides a scholarship in memory of this former teacher.

The Spencer Rotary Club has established a perpetual scholarship fund, Charles B. Lewis has endowed a scholarship to honor the memory of his wife, Margaret Ruth Lewellen Lewis, Aaron Cottle has established a scholarship fund for nursing students in memory of his mother, Mardel DePue Cottle, and also funds the Aaron D. Cottle Scholarship of Excellence. The wife of Gaynol D. Starcher, a 1932 SHS graduate, endowed a scholarship in his memory.

A local business, Contractor Services, Inc., established a $2,000 engineering scholarship, and the late Thelma Stemple Bell provided generously for a scholarship fund in her will. The parents of Phil Scott, former valedictorian at Spencer High School, provided a memorial gift to endow a $500 award to all future valedictorians.   An anonymous donor endowed the George and Gertrude Moffatt Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In 2004, the family of Roma T. Arnott, long time science teacher at SHS, established a scholarship in his memory. In 2005 the family of Christopher P. Raines established a scholarship in his memory, and Elsie Daugherty established scholarships in the business and education fields to honor her late husband Virgil Daugherty. The Spencer High School Alumni Association established a scholarship award, and has since added the Fred Craig Memorial and Ruth Parks, a 1930 SHS graduate endowed the Parks Family Scholarship to honor her brother and sister.  Eva Chapman Baber (SHS 1947) established the Eva Chapman Baber and Evelyn Chapman Whitney Scholarship.  The Ladies Livestock Auxiliary has established a scholarship fund for a 4H/FFA member.  Mr. Clarence H.Fields' estate will provide many scholarships in the future thanks to his generous provisions in his will. Beginning in 2009 estate of Sidney Boggs provided generously for scholarships for Roane County students. 

In December 2009, an anonymous donor gave $1,000,000 to the Foundation for the Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund. This is the largest charitable gift in the history of Roane County, and it more than doubled the amount available for local scholarships. 

The Spencer High Class of 1960 has established a scholarship fund, as Hard Rock Explorations, Inc. The Jarnetta Jarvis Kroh Foundation established the Jarnetta Jarvis Kroh Memorial Scholarship.  The family and friends of Betsy Atkins, Ronald Stewart and Don Williams funded memorial scholarships in honor of these outstanding educators in 2013.  The West Virginia University Alumni Fund was transferred to our foundation in 2015

Several Roane County school employees give through payroll deductions and several donors make annual contributions. Their gifts and other undesignated donations go into the General Foundation Fund, which provides a $2,000 annual scholarship, renewable for 3 more years for $1,000.

Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation has awarded 783 scholarships and awards worth $781,615.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION...

The foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors representing a broad range of local groups. The by-laws spell out all operating details of the Foundation, including investment of funds, election of directors, awarding of scholarships, audits, annual reports, etc. The by-laws provide for the creation of special funds to meet the requests of donors who contribute at least $5,000.

It is the aim of the Foundation to award most scholarships from annual dividends on investments in order to create a perpetual scholarship program, although some scholarships will be awarded from current funds in the early years of the Foundation.

Elected officers of the Foundation in 2012-13 are Paul Hughes, President; Anita Ashley, Vice President and Secretary; and Jeanette Atkinson, Treasurer.

An independent Investment Advisory Committee meets periodically to review investment policies and performance. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney currently manages the bulk of the portfolio, which totaled over $1.75 million in June, 2015.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS – 2015-16...

Anita Ashley

Service Organization (Rotary Club)

Tonya Martin

Parent

Joe Messineo

Roane County Farm Bureau

Jeanette Atkinson

Banking

Paul Hughes

Retired School Employees

Melissa O’Brien

Roane County Schools

HOW SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE CHOSEN...

Applications are solicited from graduating seniors at RCHS, and a Scholarship Selection Committee consisting of members of all major departments of the High School makes the recommendations to the board based on scholastic achievement, leadership and economic need. A point system is utilized to make the system as objective as possible. The four criteria for selection are: high school GPA, ACT or SAT score, School and community activities, and financial need. Highest ranking students receive the most desirable scholarships, with consideration of the specific criteria established by the some of the scholarship sponsors.  The recommendations of the Selection Committee are reviewed by the Board of Directors, which will make the final selections.

HOW YOU CAN HELP...

People who want to help Roane County students have several ways available through the Foundation:

* You may make a one-time donation.

* You may make regular contributions on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

* You may make contributions in Honor of an individual, organization, or event.

* You may make contributions in Memory of an individual. Families are invited to establish a permanent fund for this purpose. (In Memory cards are available to present to the family of the deceased.)

* You may designate the Foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

* You may name the Foundation as a beneficiary in your will.

* You may give “appreciated assets” to the Foundation.

In each case, your gift is an authorized IRS tax deduction. West Virginia residents and businesses may also qualify for credits on state taxes for 50% of donations of $500 or more.  

For more information, contact Paul Hughes, President, 804 Summit Street, Spencer, WV 25276, Phone 304-927-2319, or e-mail at paul.hughes936@gmail.com

 

2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Robert Pavalok

 Clarence H. Fields Memorial. Scholarship

$8,000

 

Alyssa Boggs

 General Foundation  Scholarship

$5,000

 

Randall Miller

 Sidney Boggs Memorial Scholarship.

$5,000

 

Brooke Cornelius

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$5,000

 

Brooke Cornelius

 Ladies Livestock Auxiliary Scholarship

$1,000

 

Morgan Snodgrasss

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$5,000

 

Kylee Goodson

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$5,000

 

Brianna Batten

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$5,000

 

Sara Chapman

 Clarence H. Fields Memorial. Scholarship

$4,000

 

Genevieve Hoolahan

 Thelma Stemple Bell Memorial Scholarship

$4,000

 

Benjamin Daniels

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$3,000

 

Emily Burke

 Phil Scott Memorial Valedictory Award

$3,000

 

Samantha Aretz

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$3,000

 

Justin Stewart

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$2,000

 

Jacob Johnson

 Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

$2,000

 

Cody May

 Thelma Shrimplin Memorial Scholarship

$1,000

 

Kelsey Milhoan

 Christopher P. Raines Memorial Scholarship

$1,000

 

Sarah Payne

 Spencer Rotary Club Scholarship

$1,000

 

Karlee Nutter

 Ladies Livestock Auxiliary Scholarship

$1,000

 

Savannah Harper

 Betsy Atkins Memorial Scholarship

$1,000

 

Christopher Barker

 David C. Hughes Memorial Scholarship

$1,000

 

Christopher Barker

 Phil Scott Valedictory  Award

$1,000

 

Eva Tupper

 Jarnetta Jarvis Kroh Memorial Scholarship

$1,000

 

James Williams

 Don Williams Memorial Scholarship

$1,000

 

Caleb Pell

 Pauline Coleman Heaton Memorial Scholarship

$1,000

 

Ryan Errickson

 Williiam B.Young Memorial Scholarship

$500

 

Steven McGinnis

 Eva Chapman Baber & Evelyn C, Whitney Scholarship

$500

 

Alex Ashley

 Tim Boothe Memorial Scholarship

$500

 

Marcus Pena

 Mardel D. Cottle, R.N. Nursing/Medical

$500

 

Renee Fisher

 Mardel D. Cottle, R.N. Nursing/Medical

$500

 

Hannah Mazon

 Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol. of Excellence

$500

 

Ruan Errickson

 Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol. of Excellence

$500

 

Nicole Bottenfield

 Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol  of Excellence

$500

 

Josh Runyon

 Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol  of Excellence

$500

 

Cassidy Taylor

 George and Gertrude Moffatt Memorial Scholarship

$500

  

Amber Bailey

 SHS Class of 1960 Scholarship

$500

 

Molly Titus

 Spencer H S Alumni Association Scholarship

$500

 

Anna Alfred

 Gaynol D. Starcher Memorial Scholarship

$500

 

Heidi Nichols

 Virgil and Elsie Daugherty Memorial Scholarship

$500

 

Cory Crihfield

 Ronald Stewart Memorial Scholarship

$500

 

Note: Aaron Roberts

Was awarded $5,000 P. Scott Memorial Scholarship, but declined, as he received Yeager Scholarship=Marshall

 

TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 2015   = (41 RECIPIENTS)                                       $ 45,500

Renewal of Prior year recipients              = (33 Recipients)                                $  35,000

TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS PAID IN 2015                                                                        $  80,500   

Contact Information: Roane County Scholarship Foundation 804 Summit St., Spencer WV 25276  304-927-2319 email: paul.hughes936@gmail.com

By Paul Hughes and Tina Riley

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