Roane County Scholarship Foundation Inc.
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 B. 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 an 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 Raines established a scholarship in his memory, and Elsie Daugherty established scholarships in the business and education fields to honor her late husband Virgil. The Spencer High School Alumni Association has established a scholarship award. Eva Chapman Baber (SHS 1947) established the Eva Chapman Baber and Evelyn Chapman Whitney Scholarship. The Ladies Livestock Auxiliary provides $1,000 scholarships to a 4H/FFA members. Mr. 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. The family of former Board member, the late Don McNutt, received memorial donations of over $2,500 and are awarding a four-year scholarship in that amount in 2010. In recent years, the families of former educators Betsy Atkins, Ronald Stewart, Don Williams have established memorial scholarship funds, and, and the late Jarnetta Jarvis Kroh, a 1948 graduate of Walton High school, established a very generous trust fund for the foundation in her will.
In December 2009, Judge George Scott gave $1,000,000 to the Foundation to fund memorial scholarships to honor his son Phil. This is the largest charitable gift in the history of Roane County, and it more than doubled the amount available for scholarships.
Several Roane County school employees give through payroll deductions and several donors make annual contributions. Their gifts and other un-designated 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 676 scholarships and awards worth over $868,000.
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 2016-17 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 $1.7 million in June, 2016.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS – 2016-17...
Service Organization (Rotary Club)
Roane County Farm Bureau
Retired School Employees
Roane County Schools
HOW SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE CHOSEN...
Applications are solicited from graduating seniors at Roane County High Sschool, 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 over $500
For more information, contact Paul Hughes, President,
804 Summit Street, Spencer, WV 25276,
Phone 304-927-2319, or e-mail at [email protected]
ROANE COUNTY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, INC.
Congratulates the 2016 Scholarship Recipients
Clarence H. Fields Memorial $ 8,000 Sierra Holcomb West Virginia University Engineering
General Foundation Scholarship $5,000 Kurt Shultis Marshall University Elec. Engineering
Sidney Boggs Memorial $5,000 Riley Keaton West Virginia University Economics
Phil Scott Memorial $5,000 Allison Ross Marshall University Pre-Med, biology
Phil Scott Memorial $5,000 Caitlyn Hudnall San Juan College Vet. Technology
Phil Scott Memorial $5,000 Phillip Sheets West Virginia University Political Science
Phil Scott Memorial $ 5,000 Brett Miller Marshall University Chemistry
Charles B. & Margaret L. Lewis $ 5,000 Dylan Harper West Virginia University Industrial Engineering
Clarence H. Fields Memorial $4,000 Emily Smith West Virginia University Animal Sciences
Michael David Combs Memorial $4,000 Riley White West Virginia University Biomedical Engr.
Roma T. Arnott Memorial $4,000 Kamarie Shultis Marshall University Biology/Science
Phil Scott Memorial $3,000 Kansas O’Brien West Virginia University Criminal Justice
Phil Scott Memorial $3,000 Cara Walker Marshall University Undecided
Phil Scott Memorial $3,000 Alexis Saunders WVU-Parkersburg Elementary Education
Phil Scott Memorial $2,000 Alejanddro Rivas-Graham West Virginia University Pre-Med
Phil Scott Memorial $2,000 Laura Boggs West Virginia University Neuroscience
Don McNutt Memorial $1,500 Kelsi Taylor West Virginia University Exercise Physiology
Thelma Shrimplin Memorial $1,000 Mary Kate Westfall West Virginia University Nursing
Christopher P. Raines Memorial. $1,000 Joseph Savard West Virginia University Civil Engineering
Spencer Rotary Club Scholarship $1,000 Brianna Stockner Marshall University Nursing
Pauline Coleman Heaton Mem. $1,000 Josie Cottrell West Virginia University Nursing
Ladies Livestock Auxiliary $1,000 Kelana Martin Glenville State College Early Education
Betsy Atkins Elem. Educ. Schol. $1,000 Hannah Hardman Glenville State College Elementary Education
David Hughes Memorial $1,000 Samantha Crihfield WVU Parkersburg Nursing
Jarnetta Jarvis Kroh Memorial $1,000 Cole Moore Marshall University Exercise Physiology
Phil Scott Valedictory Award $500
Don Williams Memorial $1,000 Olivia White Marshall University Science Education
Spencer HS Alumni Assn./ $1,000 Kaitlin Bush Glenville State College Early Childhood Education
Wanda Cooper Memorial
Spencer High Class of 1960 $500 Madison Sutphin West Virginia University PreMed/Neurology
Tim Boothe Memorial Scholarship $500 Krystal Webb West Virginia University Nursing
WVU Alumni Assn. $500 Abigail Smith West Virginia University Veterinary Medicine
Gaynol D. Starcher Memorial $500 Nikita Cantley Marshall University Physical & Life Science
George & Gertrude Moffatt Mem. $ 500 Kiersten Bennett West Virginia University Music Education
Mardell DePue Cottle, RN, Nursing $500 Cassidy Bowling West Virginia University PreMed/Chemistry
Mardell DePue Cottle, RN, Nursing $500 Skylar Good West Virginia University Nursing
Mardell DePue Cottle, RN, Nursing $500 Zoe Walls West Virginia University Nursing
Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol. of Excel. $500 Austin Cox West Virginia University Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol. of Excel. $500 Kelcie Metz Davis & Elkins College Criminal Justice
Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol. of Excel. $500 Caleb Boggs West Liberty University Criminal Justice
Ronald Stewart Memorial $500 Makayla Smith WVU Parkersburg Div. Agriculture
Family Health Care $500 Bethany Higginbotham Glenville State College Elementary Education
Phil Scott Valedictory Award $500 Camden Moore Marshall University Undecided
Clarence H. Fields: 2013 Adrianna Carpenter $2,000
2014 Callie Moles “ , Brad West $1,000
2015 Robert Pavalok “ Sara Chapman “
Phil Scott Memorial 2013 Kaitlyn McKown, Nathan Lewis, Doug Smith, Destinee Starcher $1,000
2015 Brianna Batten, Brooke Cornelius, Morgan Snodgress, Kylie Goodson, Ben Daniels, Emily Burke, Samantha Aretz $1,000
Sidney Boggs Mem. 2013 Emily McClain $1,000
Con Serv Engineer. 2013 Stevie Biederbach “
Michael D. Combs 2014 Casey Lassiter “
Dr. R. L. & Lois Brown 2013 Kayla King $1,500
Thema S. Bell Mem 2013 Anna Tupper, 2014 Matthew Hays, 2015 Genevieve Hoolahan $1,000