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Bellisio Foods Scholarships

Established in honor of Bellisio Foods founder, Jeno Paulucci, the Bellisio Foods Scholarship, funded by the Bellisio Foods Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), supports post-secondary scholarships for children and grandchildren of Bellisio Foods employees.

The Bellisio Foods Scholarship supports the pursuit of post-secondary education at trade and technical schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their demonstration of character, community service, financial need, academic performance, and overall potential.


Eligibility Requirements and Criteria:

•    Recipients shall be chosen on the basis of: character as evidenced by personal conduct, values, and attitudes and behaviors towards others; community service as evidenced by leadership, service and activities; financial need; and academic performance and potential.

•    Applicants must be dependent children of a current employee in good standing for at least one year, including biological children, legally adopted children, children placed with employees for adoption, stepchildren and any children for whom an employee is the legal guardian; grandchildren of employees, regardless of dependent status, also qualify. Employees may be at any U.S. location of Bellisio Foods.

•    Candidates must be pursuing post-secondary education, full or part-time, at an accredited vocational or technical training program, community college or four-year college in the U.S.

•    Candidates must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.00 scale.

•    Assistance is not intended for pursuit of advanced degrees (e.g. Master’s degree).

•    Dependents and grandchildren of senior executives are excluded.


Award Amount:

Scholarship awards are determined by number of applicants. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the institution of enrollment on the student’s behalf, for the purposes and expenses associated with tuition, fees, textbooks, and required supplies and equipment.


The Bellisio Foods Scholarship was established in honor of Bellisio Foods founder, Jeno Paulucci. Bellisio Foods is the maker of food brands including Michelina’s, FUSION Culinary, BUNdino’s, and Howlin’ Coyote. The Bellisio Foods Fund awards scholarships to children and grandchildren of Bellisio Foods employees pursuing post-secondary education, including through technical and trade school, community college, and the university level. Bellisio’s leadership and scholarship fund encourages economic success and access to educational opportunity.

Eight students were awarded 2015 Bellisio Foods Scholarships to support their pursuit of post-secondary education. Makayla Clarkson, Amber Gilliland, Kerrigan Hoover, Jordan Mack, Peyton Miller, Amber Moore, Morgan Patin, and Johanna Younce were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Bellisio Foods Scholarship Fund at FAO. Available to children and grandchildren of Bellisio Foods employees pursuing studies at a technical and trade school, community college, or undergraduate university, the Bellisio Foods Scholarship is open to students beginning their studies as well as those already working on a degree or certificate.

Makayla Clarkson of Jackson County is a recent graduate of Oak Hill High School and is attending the University of Rio Grande, majoring in nursing. Amber Gilliland, also from Jackson County and a graduate of Wellston High School, is attending The Ohio State University studying prelaw and political science. Kerrigan Hoover of Jackson County, a graduate of Jackson High School, is currently a sophomore at Ohio Northern University where she studies pharmacy. Peyton Miller, a graduate of Jackson High School in Jackson County, is attending Marshall University to study biomechanics. Amber Moore of Jackson County is a graduate of Wellston High School and is studying microbiology at The Ohio State University.

Jordan Mack of Dakota County, Minnesota is studying criminal justice and law enforcement at Winona State University. Johanna Younce of Ramsey County, Minnesota, is attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, studying psychology.

The final scholarship recipient, Morgan Patin of DuPage County, Illinois is attending the University of Missouri where she is studying journalism.

Each year, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio offers scholarship opportunities to students across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio in partnership with its donors to provide the educational opportunities needed for success to the children of Appalachia.