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.
The fund grants to qualified students who are deaf or hard of hearing and have demonstrated a strong academic record; financial need; good character; and plan to pursue full-time, post-secondary education.
Bertha Mae Johnson's will established this fund in memory of her husband, the Reverend L. H. Johnson, founder and pastor of Christ Memorial Baptist Church. The fund is to be "used to assist some deserving student in the acquiring of his or her advanced education in the hope that he or she will add to the general achievement and betterment of the world." Recipients must be members of Christ Memorial Baptist Church.
The scholarship supports student-athletes from Bexley High School who have contributed on the field of athletic competition, who rank in the top half of their class academically, who are enrolling in a college or university following graduation, and who are overall assets to the Bexley community. The scholarships are to be in the form of equal awards to one male student athlete and one female student athlete in the graduating class of Bexley High School.
The scholarship was established by Mildred Griffith in memory of her sister Genevieve Griffith, the girl’s principal at Central High School in Ohio for many years. To be eligible, students must reside in the area served by Central High School when it closed in 1982, with Briggs, East, and South high schools each awarding one scholarship.