The fund was established in memory of Ed Dunning, a World War II veteran and devoted family man, who cared deeply about issues of social injustice and spiritual need. Ed’s widespread and enthusiastic volunteering led to his involvement with Rev. Josephus Foster, founder and director of Fountain of Hope. The organization is a youth-focused ministry that offers not only hope, but also help to families struggling with unemployment, hunger, illness, homelessness, and other problems.
The scholarship was established to honor the memory and values of the Long and Twyford families. Bob and Geraldine were incredible role models from their early beginnings in West Virginia to their final days in Columbus, Ohio. Geri’s passion for learning continued as a graduate from Denison University to a successful teaching career with Bexley schools. A WWI Navy veteran, Bob passed away in 2011 and Geri in 2016 after celebrating her 90th birthday surrounded by family, friends, and former students from her fifth grade classes.
This scholarship award is for the benefit of an Edon High School (Ohio) senior who will be attending a technical, community, or four-year college or university degree program as a full-time student. The scholarship award will be used for tuition, fees, and books.
The scholarship was established by a gift from estate of George and Florence McGhee. George Crookham McGhee and Florence Marie Hinson were married in Pickaway County, Ohio on August 9, 1930. At that time, the country was at its worst economic depression, and combined their possessions totaled about $1,000. George was at teacher, farmer, and insurance man, and Florence was a teacher. Through their hard work, they changed their economic position to a degree that allowed them to create this generous scholarship.
From their perspective as farmers, Mr. and Mrs. McGhee were greatly affected by the way the government’s decisions were negatively affecting members of the farming community. To that end, they chose to support students working for a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, to develop talent and knowledge in an effort to improve the economic and social status of American farmers; and hopefully to one day produce a future U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
To provide scholarship awards for deserving students who have attended the Colonial Hills Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio who are pursuing post-secondary education at a college, university, or junior college.
Christine Grant Beach established this fund in memory of her mother, Louise Morhart Grant, to provide scholarship assistance to qualified students who reside in Middleport, Ohio, are in the graduating class of Meigs High School, and who plan to study music through postsecondary education.
Mary E. Harper established this scholarship fund in memory of her husband, George L. Harper, Sr., who did not have the opportunity to attend high school, and her stepson, George L. Harper, Jr., a member of the Hilliard (Ohio) High School Marching Band, who was killed in a school bus accident at the age of 13.
Mary Eleanor Leonard Morris was born in West Liberty, Ohio on April 8, 1892. She went to Oxford College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, where she met her husband. Married in 1914, they settled in London, England, where both did extensive volunteer work in hospitals during the war. Mrs. Morris returned to West Liberty in 1936. Mr. Morris' work eventually took him to California, and Mrs. Morris divided her time between California and Ohio. After Mr. Morris' death, Mrs. Morris returned to West Liberty, where she stayed until her death in 1974.