The Scioto Foundation has announced the creation of a new scholarship fund established by the Portsmouth High School Class of 1964.
The initiative for establishing the fund followed the 50th reunion of the PHS Class of 1964 in September of 2014 when several classmates discussed the idea. Pam Suter Vanderpool then organized a committee and provided the initial direction.
“Recognizing that the cost of a college education has increased far faster than virtually all other costs facing young people today, the 1964 graduating class decided to offer a hand up to the students of PHS,” said class spokesman Chuck Schuler. “We believe that the future belongs to those who are prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic economy. We want to make that future more easily attainable for students who wish to achieve.”
In addition to Vanderpool and Schuler, other committee members who have worked to develop the fund are Craig Strafford, Marijean Tilton Rapp, Jerry O’Leary, Al Oliver, Linny Monk Livingston and Roger Livingston. According to Schuler, his interest in a fund began after reading an article in the Portsmouth Daily Times about the Scioto Foundation and the scholarships that were offered through it.
With input from committee members and assistance from Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip and graphic designer Toni Dengel, Schuler finalized the requirements for the scholarship, as well as an announcement letter and a donation card which has been sent out by email and regular mail to all classmates with available addresses. The committee also conducted a short survey that sought input and comments from classmates not on the committee.
Jill Warsaw Selman and Andy Adams were also instrumental in the creation of the fund, said Schuler.
“Working with my former classmates and the Scioto Foundation on this scholarship fund has been an extremely rewarding experience,” Schuler added. “I believe my classmates join me in the hope that this fund can make a significant difference in the affordability of a college education for future graduates of PHS.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior at Portsmouth High School, earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and submit a letter of recommendation from a member of Portsmouth High School’s academic staff. The scholarship application can be for any accredited university or college except for-profit colleges.
The Scioto Foundation volunteer scholarship committee will make the annual scholarship selections. Amounts available for distribution will be based upon the current spending policy of the Foundation or will be the net income when not otherwise provided in the Foundation’s then current spending policy.
Additions to the fund may be made by alumnae, friends, family and supporters of Portsmouth High School in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property to the fund at any time. Contributions also may be made to honor and recognize a Portsmouth High School graduate or to serve as a memorial to an individual.
Tax-deductible donations to the PHS Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund may be made by checks sent to the Scioto Foundation, PO. Box 911, Portsmouth, OH, by credit card or on-line following directions on the Foundation’s website at www.sciotofoundation.org
Additional information about the Portsmouth High School Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund or ways to establish and support other scholarship funds held at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting Cutlip at (740) 354-4612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.