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Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients


Scholarship Fund Supports Legion Baseball Players’ Pursuit of Post-Secondary Education

Cambridge, OHDon Coss was Guernsey County’s “Mr. Baseball” and his commitment to his players extended far outside the foul lines of a baseball field. Following his passing, the Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund was created through a gift in his will to honor Don’s legacy while also supporting Post 84 Cambridge American Legion baseball team members as they pursue their post-secondary education.

This year, ten American Legion Post 84 players received scholarships. 2017 scholarship recipients include:

  • Garth Charlton is a 2017 graduate of Cambridge High School and plans to attend Ohio Valley University to study exercise science;
  • Matthew Gibson is a 2017 graduate of John Glenn High School and plans to attend Otterbein University to study business;
  • Russell Hayhurst is a graduate of Cambridge High School and is studying special education at Wittenberg University;
  • Caleb Heller is a second-year student at Muskingum University where he studies athletic training;
  • Cole Larson is a second-year student at Muskingum University where he studies accounting and business management;
  • Zavin Orr is a second-year student studying education at Lake Erie College;
  • Cole Rostash is a 2017 graduate of John Glenn High School and plans to study business at Muskingum University;
  • Gaetan Sinisgalli is a 2017 graduate of Barnesville High School and plans to attend West Liberty University to study biology and business;
  • Matt Tom is a fourth-year student at Ohio University – Zanesville where he studies applied management; and
  • Benjamin Van Wey is a third-year student at Muskingum University where he studies early childhood education.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is pleased to partner with over 50 donor-created scholarship funds, like the Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund, to support Appalachian Ohio students as they pursue post-secondary education. In 2017, scholarship funds at FAO awarded over 260 scholarships totaling nearly $300,000 in support for post-secondary education.

FAO scholarship applications open annually in the early spring. To learn more about scholarship opportunities at FAO and how you can support Appalachian Ohio students, please visit www.AppalachianOhio.org/Scholarships or call 740.753.1111

About the Guernsey County Foundation

The Guernsey County Foundation receives contributions and bequests of all sizes from individuals to assist in the funding of projects and charitable organizations. Through this unique collaboration with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, the Guernsey County Foundation extends its philanthropic efforts throughout our community. More information can be found at www.guernseycountyfoundation.org or www.AppalachianOhio.org.

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit www.AppalachianOhio.org.

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