Two local students -- Evan Hambrick and Paige Emnett, both graduates of Wheelersburg High School -- received scholarships from the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, in New Boston, during the Scioto Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on June 13 at the SOMC Friends Center.
Hambrick will attend Miami University, where he will be earning his degree in computer science.
“I felt elated to hear that I had gotten the scholarship, especially considering that there were other highly eligible candidates for it as well,” he said.
Emnett will attend The University of Findlay, where she will be earning her degree as an Intervention Specialist with the hopes of also attending grad school to be an Occupational Therapist.
“It’s an honor to receive this scholarship and I’m grateful that I was chosen. Every dollar counts when paying for college and it all chips away at tuition rates,” she said.
The ESC Scholarship Fund was created nearly five years ago as an added benefit to ESC staff to help their children pay for college. Employees of the ESC can make voluntary, tax-deductible contributions into an endowment fund at The Scioto Foundation. Recipients of the scholarship are chosen each year by the Scioto Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.
Andy Riehl, ESC treasurer, said the real mission of the program is to offer as much as it can to ESC employees. If six students apply, he said, they would love to be able to offer a scholarship to all six of them. But as the number of applicants grows, so too does the need for employee contributions.
“We now have about 225 full-time employees that work for us, and if everybody contributed $1 per pay that would be almost $6,000 a year in contributions. That would be huge,” Riehl said.
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