Clay Legacy Fund Awards 11 Scholarships

The Clay School Legacy Fund awarded scholarships at the Clay Commencement held recently at Clay High School for the Clay Class of 2011. The Clay School Legacy Fund is a joint venture of the Clay Alumni Association and the Clay School System. There were 11 $1,000 scholarships, which were awarded this year to members of the Clay Class of 2011. Scholarships were awarded to the following students:JArnold Jessica Arnold, daughter of Mark & Kitty Rose and Nathan & Mary Arnold, is the recipient of a scholarship sponsored by Doris Holt McCain in memory of her husband Alfred McCain, Class of 1944, and her son, Terry McCain, Class of 1966. Jessica will attend Ohio University, where she will pursue a degree in psychology.CBeegan Chelsea Shae Beegan, daughter of Jonathan Beegan and Teresa Vassar, is the recipient of the James R. Goad, Class of 1966, Memorial Scholarship sponsored by James’ brother, David Goad and wife, Kimberly, and James’ daughter, Carissa and husband Jerome McConkey. Chelsea will attend the University of Kentucky where she will pursue a degree in physical therapy.

JWilliams Julie Ann Williams, daughter of Michael and Nancy Williams, is the recipient of the Jane Ann Thomas Hiatt Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by anonymous donor. Julie will attend Shawnee State University where she will pursue a degree in occupational therapy.

KBauer Katherine E. Bauer, daughter of Jeffrey and Jeril Bauer, is the recipient of a scholarship sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hunt and Mrs. Marianne Hunt Rose in memory of Craig Rose, Class of 1958, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Hunt. Katherine will attend Shawnee State University where she will pursue a degree in biology.

KCraft Keely Shay Craft, daughter of Gregory and Toni Craft, is the recipient of the Michael W. Powell, Class of 1965, Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Michael’s wife, Linda; his father, Bill; his daughters, Cindy Powell Gearheart and Mindy Powell Newton; and friends of the Powell Family. Keely will attend Georgetown College where she will pursue a degree in pre-pharmacy.

HHempill Holly Hempill, daughter of Tony and Stacy Hempill, is the recipient of a scholarship sponsored by Charles and Janet McGlone. Holly will attend Word of Life Bible Institute where she will pursue a degree in Bible.

Andrew Keeton, son of Robert and Melissa Keeton, is the recipient of the Clay Class of 1965 Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of the deceased members of the Clay Class of 1965. Andrew will attend Shawnee State University where he will pursue a degree in computer engineering.

BCoffey Bethany Coffey, daughter of Robert and Wilma Coffey, is the recipient of a scholarship sponsored by the Southern Ohio Medical Center. Bethany will attend Shawnee State University where she will pursue a degree in nursing.

JOConnor Josh O’Connor, son of Christopher and Becky O’Connor, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Fund Scholarship. Josh will attend Shawnee State University where he will pursue a degree in computer engineering.

CBussler Cody Bussler, son of Paul and Kelly Bussler, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Fund Scholarship. Cody will attend Shawnee State University where he will pursue a degree in athletic training.

TLarge Timothy Large, son of Carl and Kindra Large, is the recipient of a Clay School Legacy Fund Scholarship. Tim will attend Shawnee State University where he will pursue a degree in computer engineering.

Charles Leonard, Clay Alumni president, stated the 11 scholarships is a new record for the Clay School Legacy Fund. Leonard stated their ultimate objective is to be able to award a scholarship to every member of each future Clay graduating class, who wishes to continue their education beyond high school. Leonard offered high praises for school employees, individuals, families, friends of Clay schools, businesses, and Clay Alumni members for their generous donations to the scholarship fund. Leonard stated the current scholarship drive is still going on, and he encouraged all Clay graduates, parents of current Clay students, and friends of Clay schools, who have not already contributed, to consider donating to the scholarship fund. Checks should be made payable to: Clay Alumni Association and mailed to Charles Leonard, 6978 Pearce Lane, Canal Winchester, OH 43110, or by calling (614) 920-0691.

 

Source: Clay Alumni Association

Clay Alumni Auction – Oct. 2, 2010

The Clay Alumni Association will hold its annual auction and sale on
Saturday, October 2, 2010, at Clay High School from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.  Chili, hot dogs, chips, and pop will be available during the day.

In addition, party supplies for all holidays, numerous Christmas and
Halloween items, Clay items, and new and used household items will be available.

Donations of new and serviceable used items such as furniture, small
appliances, tools, toys, baskets, etc. are welcome.  To have donations or baked goods picked up, call one of the following officers:  Larue Horsley (353-0900) or Dave Richard (456-5996).

Volunteers are needed!  Please consider helping the alumni with this endeavor.  All proceeds go to the Clay Alumni Association Scholarship Fund (Clay Legacy Fund).  Last year the alumni awarded nine $1,000 scholarships to the graduating seniors.

This year’s auction will be a silent auction.  There will not be any shopping the night before (on Friday).  Friday night will be set aside for setup.  Workers will have special shopping hours from 9-10AM on Saturday.

Contact the alumni association for additional information.

November Reserved for UCAN Awareness

The Scioto Foundation recently held a celebration for the accomplishments of it’s UCAN program.  At the celebration the Scioto County Commissioners proclaimed November as “Scioto Foundation UCAN Awareness Month.”

The Scioto Foundation was established in 1974, with a gift of $200,000. The foundation is established as a community foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Scioto County.

“The Scioto Foundation can help a student attend a university, or give a student an opportunity to see an art performance for the first time.  It can support youth development through the creation of a community park, etc.,” Debra Esham, Chairwoman of the Scioto Foundation Board of governors said. 

Today, the Scioto Foundation is a collection of 197 separate funds, created by gifts, bequests and other contributions from individuals, families, businesses and other tax exempt organizations. 

“These funds generate earnings to make grants to qualified nonprofit agencies serving the Scioto County area.  Grants are awarded in the areas of arts, community development, health, social services and education,” Esham said. 

In 2008 the Scioto Foundation awarded over $175,000 in scholarships ranging in size from $200 to $6,000.

 There were eight schools in Scioto County who awarded first-year UCAN scholarships.  Recipients of this scholarship were Christina Scott, Bloom Vernon;  Hannah Davis and Shawn Ratcliff, Clay;  Dakota Evans, Green;  Zachary Mullins, New Boston;  Stuart Doll, Portsmouth;  Jarrod Lewis, Notre Dame;  Kyle See, Valley;  and Sarah Jackson, Wheelersburg. 

Esham noted that studies indicate many challenges face area youth in attaining a college education, which include cost, the competitive nature of scholarship awards and others obstacles. 

“To respond to those needs, the Scioto Foundation established and launched its UCAN program in 2007 with the vision that one day every student from Scioto County will have the financial resources to attend the college or university of his or her choice,” Esham said. 

There are 11 school districts participating in the program. Those schools have established a school-initiated scholarship endowment fund which receives 1 to 1 grants up to a maximum of $10,000 from the foundation for five years. Board Treasurer Mike Gampp said that 7 of the participating districts received the total $10,000 match.  Other districts came close to the goal with only one district not raising any funds.  

“There is no more important thing that we can do as a community, than to encourage our young people to get a higher level of education,” Tom Reiser, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners said. 

In six area school districts, an estimated 212 staff, teachers and board member made payroll deduction contributions which ranged from $1 to $26 per pay to their schools UCAN fund. 

Other components of the foundations UCAN approach include support for establishing or expanding Advanced Placement class offering in county schools. The project also calls for the establishment of a one-stop on-line scholarship locator for graduating seniors to search for scholarship opportunities.  Other efforts will include a marketing campaign to encourage parents and grandparents to participate in college saving plans.

For more information about the UCAN project and ways to support call the Scioto Foundation at 354-4612.

Source:  Wayne Allen.  CommunityCommon.com & Portsmouth Daily Times, 20 Nov. 2009

Annual Alumni Auction

The Clay Alumni Association will have its annual auction and sale on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at Clay High School from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.  The auction will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Chili, hot dogs, chips, and pop are available.

Party supplies for all holidays, numerous Christmas and Halloween items, Clay items, and new and used household items are available.  This auction and sale is for Clay graduate scholarships.

Donations of new and serviceable used items such as furniture, small appliances, tools, toys, baskets, etc. are welcome. 

To have donations or baked goods picked up, call one of the officers listed below: 
Larue Horsley – 353-0900
Dave Richard – 456-5996

All proceeds go to the Clay Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.  Last year the alumni awarded six $1,000 scholarships.

Training Session Focuses on Education Funding

            Teachers, guidance counselors and administrators from nine Scioto County school districts, as well as represent ivies from the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (SCOESC), participated in a daylong training session on fundraising Wednesday, sponsored by the Scioto Foundation at the Welcome Center as part of their commitment to University/College Access Network (UCAN).  The session was one of several designed to assist school distracts in creating “Road Maps” or plans to raise funds for the initial five-year period of the UCAN program when schools can obtain up to  $10,000 in matching funds per year from the Scioto Foundation where their scholarship endowments are established.
            The UCAN Advisory Committee, composed of represesntives from each UCAN school, was the first to witness a demonstration of a new centralized scholarship database by Andrew Dudas, PhD, of Miami University’s Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs.  Now ready to go on line, the consolidated Web site provides a one-stop location for graduating seniors and their parents to search for scholarship opportunities locally, statewide and nationally.  The countrywide scholarship locator was created as one of the Scioto Foundation’s UCAN plan.
            “I’ve been a guidance counselor since 1985 and this is the most exciting thing I’ve seen since then, Myra Shields, from Portsmouth High School, said expressing the enthusiastic response of those who participated in the session.
            Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip gave the Advisory Committee a report on the matching grants given to the schools that established a scholarship endowment fund at the Foundation during the 2008-09 school year as part of the UCAN program.  She also announced a UCAN communication plan that will proclaim November “UCAN Awareness Month” with a kickoff reception planned for 11 am Nov. 5 at Scioto County Courthouse.  The event will include an official proclamation by the Scioto County Commissioners, along with a report back to the community on the progress of the UCAN project and comments by Scioto Foundation and SCOES officials. 
            The rest of the day was devoted to an endowment-training program conducted by Consultant Diana Newman of the Columbus-based Benefactor Group.  Titled “Annual Fundraising and Special Events,” the session agenda included segments on identifying annual fundraising trends, principles and techniques; working to develop an annual fundraising plan with strategies , tactics and timelines;  understanding the role of special events and determining realistic goals;  discussing steps in the special event planning process and analyzing and improving current special events. 
            The presenters also covered the topic of the legalities of fundraising and requirements of the IRS.  During lunchtime, the participants shared ideas about fundraising ideas and projects that worked for them during the past school year.  The Scioto Foundation’s UCAN project was launched in the fall of 2008 with the vision the one day every student from Scioto County will have the financial resources to attend the college or university of his or her choice.  Further information about the UCAN program may be obtained by contacting Cutlip at (740) 354-5629 or email  kim.sciotofoundation@verzion.net.

Source:  PDT Staff Report.  Portsmouth Daily Times, 25 September 2009, p. 1A.

Six Scholarships Awarded

The Clay School Legacy Fund Recently Awarded Their Annual Scholarships to Six Graduates in the Clay Class of 2009

CourtneyCourtney Wilson, daughter of Rick and Yolanda Wilson, was awarded the Alfred McCain, Class of 1944, and Terry McCain, Class of 1966 Memorial Scholarship.

Alexandria Blake Ruby, daughter of Greg and Michelle Ruby, was awarded the James R. Goad, Class of 1966, Memorial Scholarship.
Hannah Davis, daughter of Bryan and Lorinda Davis, was awarded the Jane Ann Thomas Hiatt Memorial Scholarship.
Kristen Hines, daughter of Tim and Sheryl Hines, was awarded the Craig Rose, Class of 1958, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Hunt Memorial Scholarship.

Shawn Ratcliff, son of Donald and Fernande Ratcliff, was awarded a 2009 Clay School Legacy Scholarship.
Chelsie Thomas, daughter of Jim and Tabi Thomas, was awarded a 2009 Clay School Legacy Scholarship.

Clay Alumni President, Charles T. Leonard, says this is the first year the Clay School Legacy Fund has awarded six scholarships.  Leonard stated that they hope to award even more scholarships in the future.

 

Leonard stated the Clay Alumni Association is pleased they have been able to award a large number of scholarships during the last several years while building their fund with the Scioto Foundation for the future.  Leonard further stated these goals have been possible because of donations received from alumni members and friends of Clay Schools and money raised through fund raisers.  Leonard gave high praise to those alumni members who have given faithfully and generously each year, and to the many volunteers who have worked tirelessly at the fund raisers.

 

Leonard says that as of 2008, the Clay School Legacy Fund is now a joint venture between the Clay Schools and the Clay Alumni Association.  Leonard stated the alumni association is appreciative of all the support they are receiving from Anthony Mantell, Clay superintendent, and Todd Warnock, Clay High School principal, the Clay Board of Education, the faculty and all school employees, many of whom contribute to the Clay School Legacy Fund by payroll deduction each pay period.

 

Leonard said, “I believe that with the teamwork that will come from this joint venture, the Clay School Legacy Fund can achieve even greater objectives in the future.  I hope all Clay alumni will donate to the Clay School Legacy Fund.”  He further commented, “All donations small or large are appreciated.”  The Clay School Legacy Fund has an ultimate objective of being able to award a scholarship to every Clay graduate who wants to continue their education.  Leonard encourages all graduated and friends of the Clay Schools to attend the Clay Alumni Banquet on Saturday, July 11, 2009, to be held at the American Legion Post, located at Seventh and Court Streets in Portsmouth.  The social hour begins at 5:30PM.  Tickets are $20.00 per person and may be purchased from Shirley Conklin by calling 740-354-6595.  The Clay Alumni Banquet is an important fund raiser for the Clay School Legacy Fund.

 

More information about the Clay School Legacy Fund may be obtained from the website:  http://claylegacyfund.edublogs.org/.

Foundation mini-grants bring opportunities for local students

The Scioto Foundation’s UCAN (University/College Access Network) project, launched in the fall of 2008, is a network of partners dedicated to providing financial assistance to every Scioto County student who wants to go to college.  Along with school-initiated scholarship endowment funds invested at the Foundation, a second key component of the UCAN program is support for local school districts in establishing or expanding AP class offerings.

Ten Scioto County school districs will receive $1,000 mini-grants from the Scioto Foundation during the 2009-10 school year to assist them in providing PSAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement testing and preparation.  The mini-grant program is designed to help area high school students complete successfully for scholarships and college admission by achieving higher pre-college test scores and by pursuing early credit through AP courses and Post Secondary Options.

Clay High School grant funds will go toward improving students’ ACT scores by employing two teachers to tutor students before taking the test and purchasing additional ACT test preparation materials.

Information about mini-grants or ways to support the Scioto Foundation’s UCAn program may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip at 740.354.4612.

Source:  Bouyack, Kay.  “Foundation mini-grants bring opportunities for local students.”  Portsmouth Daily Times, 12 June 2009, p. A4.  

Clay Legacy Fund Reaches Target with Alumni Help

The Scioto Foundation’s UCAN (University/College Access Network) project, launched in the fall of 2008, is a network of partners dedicated to providing financial assistance to every Scioto County student who wants to go to college.  All Scioto County schools participating in the UCAN program are eligible for a match up to $10,000 each year for five year for their scholarship endowment funds invested with the Foundation.  The following is the second in a series about this program.


With inspiration and initiative from the Clay Alumni Association and solid cooperation from the Clay Local Schools, the Clay Schools Legacy Fund easily reached this year’s $10,000 target by January 2 when Alumni Association Vice President LaRue Horsley and school officials delivered their check to the Scioto Foundation. 

Now to make sure graduating high school seniors know about UCAN and the Legacy Fund, alums will meet with the class of 2009 at Clay’s annual luncheon hosted by Todd Warnock, CHS principal, on May 21.  During the informal session, alumni association representatives will tell the seniors about their annual alumni banquet and explain the scholarship endowment fund.  As the two generations get to know each other, the alumni hope to plant the seeds for potential contributions to grow their scholarships. 

Seven years ago the Clay Alumni Association joined the Scioto Foundation’s POEM program designed to assist non-profit groups in building permanent endowment funds and developed a long-range plan for raising $100,000 by the end of ten years.

“The Foundation has helped realize the dream that the alumni association envisioned in its long-range plan,” said Horsley.  “Now the UCAN program is going to give us not only our goal, but a system that will continue to increase funds for scholarships.”

The alumni association and the Clay Schools also have raised funds for their endowment from portions of basketball game receipts; an annual auction of goods and services donated by businesses, individuals, alumni, and the schools themselves; proceeds from the alumni association’s annual banquet and payroll deduction plan.

Approximately 20 percent of Clay’s scholarship endowment funds have come from payroll deductions each year with contributions from administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. 

“The Clay Legacy Fund, in cooperation with the Scioto Foundation and the UCAN project, provides the Clay Local faculty and staff a wonderful opportunity to show our students that we care and to encourage them to further their education and succeed in life,” said Cindy Parkes, Clay High School media specialist.

More information about the Clay Local Schools Legacy Fund may be found on the school system’s website.

Details on ways to support the Foundation’s UCAN plan can be obtained by contacting ST Executive Director Kim Cutlip at 740.354.4612.

Source:  Scioto Foundation & Portsmouth Daily Times

UCAN: Providing for every student seeking college

Scioto Foundation to match high school grant donations up to $10,000

The Scioto Foundation’s UCAN (University/College Access Network) project, launched in the fall of 2008, is a network of partners dedicated to providing financial assistance to every Scioto County student who wants to go to college.  All Scioto County schools participating in the UCAN program are eligible for a match up to $10,000 each year for five year for their scholarship endowment funds invested with the Foundation.  The following is the first article in a series about this program.

The UCAN plan drew an immediate response in its early stages when eleven Scioto County school districts committed to the program by creating their own scholarship endowment funds at the Scioto Foundation.  The school-initiated endowments are the first major component of the UCAN program.  Bloom-Vernon, Clay, Portsmouth, and Notre Dame have meet the $10,000 match for the current school year for their endowments.  East, Green, Minford, New Boston, Valley, and Wheelersburg are working toward the match by various fundraisers, and six school systems are growing their funds by payroll deductions plans ranging from $1 to $26 per pay.

According to Kim Cutlip, Scioto Foundation executive director, “Payroll deductions demonstrate that anyone can give to the endowment scholarship funds at the Scioto Foundation.  Matching gifts can be made in any denomination.”  The Foundation’ UCAN plan has three other key elements:  support for local school districts in establishing or expanding AP class offerings, the establishment of a centralized scholarship database for Scioto County students and parents, and the formation of a marketing campaign focused on the importance of saving for college.

In April 2008, the Foundation awarded mini-grants to nine school districts to help students with the costs of pre-college and Advanced Placement exams this year.  After sponsoring two day-long Pre-Advanced Placement training programs for teachers with the assistance of the South Central Ohio ESC and SSU, the Foundation will offer stipends for area educators to earn AP Teacher Certification in a first-ever Summer Institute at Shawnee State University supported by a grant from the Ohio Education Department.

During the past year an OCAN (Ohio Can Go To College) grant has enabled the Foundation to present two endowment building training programs for schools, focused on fundraising strategies and led by a professional consultant.

Through Miami University’s Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs, the Foundation will establish a centralized database to assist local students in locating all scholarships available to them in Scioto County by September 2009.  An extensive marketing campaign to encourage college savings plans is in the planning stages for next year.

Information about ways to support the Foundation’s UCAN program may be obtained by contacting Kim Cutlip, executive director.

Source:  Scioto Foundation & Portsmouth Daily Times   

 

Clay Donates Funds to Foundation


Clay Delivers $10,000 to Scioto Foundation/Clay Legacy Scholarship Fund
 

Clay Alumni Association Vice-President LaRue Horsley and a delegation from Clay High School delivered a check for $10,000 to the Scioto Foundation on January 2, starting the New Year by fulfilling a major commitment to their partnership in the Foundation’s new UCAN or University/College Access Network Program.

Accompanying Horsley in the presentation to SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip was Todd Warnock, Clay HS principal; Donnie Caseman, school board member; and Mark Rose, teacher, athletic director, and district public relations coordinator.

Under the UCAN plan, the Clay Schools’ $10,000 will be matched by $10,000 from the Scioto Foundation to help grow the Clay Schools’ Legacy Endowment Fund in a dramatic fashion. All Scioto County schools participating in the UCAN program are eligible for a match up to $10,000 each year for their scholarship endowment funds invested with the Foundation.

“With school systems supporting the UCAN program, the goals will be met,” Horsley said, adding that now the Clay Schools will be working toward a target of $15,000 per year for the future with the combined efforts of the school system and the alumni association. He noted the good cooperation from the schools for all their donations to the annual auction fundraiser.

Seven years ago the Clay Alumni Association joined the Scioto Foundation’s POEM or Program for Organizational Endowment Making, a program to assist groups in building permanent endowment funds.

“The Foundation has helped realize the dream that the alumni association envisioned in its long-range plan,” said Horsley. “We already had some growing opportunities for raising funds and the POEM program fit our goals well. Now the UCAN program is going to give us not only our goal, but a system that will continue to increase funds for scholarships.”

“Someday I don’t think Clay will have any problems giving a scholarship to every Clay student who gets accepted to college,” Horsley commented.

“Our goal is to get kids through college; that is the culmination of what the Clay Schools are working for,” stated Warnock, who thanked Horsley for all he has done for the schools.

The Clay Alumni Association has worked hard to raise funds each year,” commented Cutlip. “Each year LaRue has appeared on January 2 with an annual check to increase their endowment. Partnerships between alumni associations and schools like this one at Clay are what will make the UCAN plan work.”

Clay’s funds for 2008-2009 included $2,700 from a portion of basketball gate receipts; $4,700 from the alumni association’s yearly auction of goods and services contributed by local businesses, individuals, school alumni and the schools themselves; school payroll deductions from the administration, faculty, staff and students; and proceeds from the alumni association’s annual banquet.

“After the first five years of the UCAN plan, we hope to be able to bump the challenge up to $12,500 and potentially beyond to a $20,000 per year match for the schools,” Cutlip said.

“What you are doing here is going to make footprints for many other community groups,” Horsley told Cutlip.

Source:  Kim Cutlip, executive director, Scioto Foundation