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Donors and recipients of seven new scholarships, established through the Ashland County Community Foundation, were recognized at a luncheon Thursday, June 15 at the Foundation.
These honorees bring the total number of scholarships awarded in 2017 to 187 with $264,525 being distributed. The newcomers are: Nik Beebe receiving the Drew Bates Family Scholarship; Sarah Lifer, the Ashland County Farm Bureau Scholarship; Sarah Walker, the J. Gailard and Mary Lawrence Hall Scholarship; Ilona Webel, the Freeman and Penny Hamilton Family Scholarship; Reagan Steffen, the Susan B. Mangon Memorial Scholarship; Jackson Cleland, the Stephanie Jane White Stein Memorial Scholarship; and Cheyenne Taylor, the Women's Fund Scholarship Award.
Opening and welcome remarks were made by James M. Cutright, ACCF executive director. An overview was provided of the Foundation's scholarship program and the committee scholarship selection process. Through generous donors, ACCF has awarded over 2,080 scholarships totaling more than $2.1 million in its 22 years.
Cutright introduced the scholarships by individually recognizing the donors. The donors addressed the group of 30 -- telling of their intent and charitable goals in establishing their scholarships. Scholarship recipients were introduced for each scholarship as well, sharing their educational and career plans.
Representing the donors were Amanda Bates, Penny Hamilton, Larry Mangon, Connie Marble, Matt Stewart and Toby and Jodi White. Other guests included relatives and friends of the donors and recipients.
ACCF Scholarship committee members are Mike Huber, Chairwoman Anne Cowen, John Ballinger, John Miller, Marcy Myers, Peggy Yoder and Jane Taylor.