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Roane County Scholarship Foundation INC.

804 Summit St., Spencer WV 25276    304-927-2319

paul.hughes936@gmail.com

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, the late Charles B. Lewis has endowed a trust fund in his estate 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, Justice George Scott 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 has  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.  The Roane County Family Health Care, Inc. has begun providing a scholarship annually.

In August 2017 Basil Edward (Eddie) Scott passed away.  He graduated from Walton High School in 1954, and was the brother of Justice George Scott.  He left a trust fund of $500,000 for a perpetual scholarship fund in the name of Basil E. Scot, Jr. and Barbara A. Scott.

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 933 scholarships and awards worth $972,625.

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  $1.85 million in June, 2017 .

BOARD OF DIRECTORS – 20165-17...

 


Anita Ashley

Service Organization (Rotary Club)

Tonya Martin

Parent

Sandra Stricklin

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

 

2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Jerrod Hildreth

    Clarence H. Fields Mem. Scholarship  

$8,000

 

 

Jerrod Hildreth

   Phil Scott Valedicatory Award

  500

 

 

Rebekah Ramsey

   General Foundation Scholarship

 5,000

 

 

Rebekah Ramsey

   Gerald F. Snyder Music Scholarship

 5,000

 

 

Samantha Williams

  Sidney Boggs Memorial Scholarship.

 5,000

 

 

Emily Hunt

  Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

5,000

 

 

Jacob Husted

  Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

5,000

 

 

Garrett Burnside

  Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

           5,000

 

 

Judah Freeland

   Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

  5,000

 

 

Nicholas Rucker

   ConServ Engineering Scholsrship

5,000

 

 

Jordn Hildreth

  Charles B & Margaret R L Lewis Memorial Schol.

5,000

 

 

Madison Marshall

  Charles B & Margaret R L Lewis Memorial Schol.

5,000

 

 

Caitlyn Reynolds

  Jarnetta Jarvis Kroh Memorial

 5,000

 

 

Beverly Salisbury

  Dr Richard & Lois Brown Scholarship.

4,500

 

 

Brianna Deel

  Thelma S. Bell Memorial

4,000

 

 

Rachel Moore

  Clarence H. Fields Mem. Scholarship

 4,000

 

 

Sara Moore

   Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

 3,000

 

 

Haley Cottrill

  Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

3,000

 

 

Kelly Sampson

  Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

3,000

 

 

Ethan Ash

  Phil Scott Memorial Scholarship

           2,000

 

 

Hunter Thompson

  Christopher P. Raines Memorial Scholarship

           2,000

 

 

Adena King

  Spencer Rotary Club Scholarship

2,000

 

 

Hailey Sloan

  Thelma Shrimplin Memorial

          1,000

 

 

Ashley Hoskins

  Pauline Coleman Heaton Memorial

1,000

 

 

Logan Harper

  Ladies Livestock Auxiliary Scholarship

1,000

 

 

Aaron Simon

  Ladies Livestock Auxiliary Scholarship

 1,000

 

 

Jessica Collins

   Betsy Atkins Memorial Scholarship

 1,000

 

 

Calvin Jarvis

  David C. Hughes Memorial Scholarship

        1,000

 

 

Kyle Stutler

  Don Williams Memorial Scholarship

1,000

 

 

Caleb Moore

  Spencer High School Alumni Association Schol.

1,000

 

 

Ashton Rexroad

  Spencer High School Class of 1960 Scholarship

500

 

 

Alexis Holliday

  WVU Alumni Asssociation Scholarship

500

 

 

Kaleb Greathouse

   William B.Young Memorial Scholarship

500

 

 

Kaleb Greathouse

 . Gaynol D. Starcher Memorial Scholarship

500

 

 

Briannna O’Brien

  Tim Boothe Memorial Scholarship

500

 

 

Heather Walters

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

500

 

 

Cassidy Church

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

500

 

 

Desiree Kincaid

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

500

 

 

Alex Cox

   Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol. of Excellence

 500

 

 

Elizabeth Runnion

   Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol  of Excellence

  500

 

 

Victoria Sullivan

  Dr. Aaron D. Cottle Schol  of Excellence

500

 

 

Alex Reynolds

   George and Gertrude Moffatt Memorial Schol.

500

  

 

Lauren Harper

  Ronald Stewart Memorial Scholarship

500

 

 

Kristen Blosser

  Maxine Abbott Hunt Memorial Scholarship

500

 

 

Benjamin Baker

  Family Health Care Scholarship

500

 

 

TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 2017   = 44 AWARDS        

 

$102,000

 

 

 

 

 


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