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Wayne F. White and Bob Evans Scholarship

The Wayne F. White and Bob Evans Legacy Scholarship was established by family and friends of the two, including Bob’s wife, Jewel Evans (both she and her husband Bob founded the original Wayne White Scholarship) to honor the legacy and commitment these two friends had to the Appalachian Ohio region.

The late Wayne White was Director of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) and a founding board member of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. The late Bob Evans, a nationally-recognized restaurateur and philanthropist, served on the Board of Regents and was instrumental in founding OACHE.

Both passionate about education and champions of the Appalachian Ohio region, White and Evans were committed to ensure finances were not a barrier to the ability of the region’s youth to access post-secondary opportunities. White and Evans touched and inspired many with their enthusiasm, energy and optimism. They worked to change the landscape of education in Appalachian Ohio, fighting for equal funding for rural schools and encouraging youth and adults to pursue higher education.

White, born and raised in Appalachian Ohio, and Evans, who launched the Bob Evans Farm and Restaurants in Appalachian Ohio, believed deeply in the academic ability and potential of the region’s students to succeed, no matter the place or the purpose. The White/Evans Scholarship serves to help all students’ realize they can pursue post-secondary education, regardless of financial situation.


 

Eligibility Requirements & Criteria

  • Those applying must be graduating high school seniors or possess a GED, and currently live and attend school within the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.
  • Priority to those with financial need, and a demonstrated desire to succeed and overcome obstacles, as well as candidates who show outstanding character, academic excellence and extracurricular activities.

Award Amount

Number and amount of awards vary annually, depending on availability of funds. In 2014, the AT&T Foundation has supported the Bob Evans and Wayne White Legacy Scholarship with a $14,500 contribution, providing funding for 29 scholarship awards.


2015 Wayne White and Bob Evans Legacy Scholarship Recipients

 

  • Bobby Evans, Clermont County. Evans, a graduating senior from Georgetown Jr./Sr. High School, plans to attend the University of Cincinnati-Clermont to study social work.
  • Nickolas Bates, Guernsey County. Bates, a graduating senior from Buckeye Trail High School, plans to attend Marietta College to study petroleum engineering.
  • Anthony Balzer II, Scioto County. Balzer, a graduating senior from Notre Dame High School, plans to attend the University of Dayton or Miami University to study mechanical engineering.
  • Robin Bodner, Guernsey County. Bodner, a graduating senior from Buckeye Trail High School, plans to attend The Ohio State University to study food science and technology, on a pre-dentistry track, to become an orthodontist.
  • Dakota Brooker, Washington County. Brooker, a graduating senior from Waterford High School, plans to attend Ohio University to study biochemistry and pursue graduate education to become a physician assistant.
  • Olivia Casto, Lawrence County. Casto, a graduating senior from South Point High School, plans to attend either Marshall University or Ohio University to study biology and mathematics before pursuing graduate education to become a doctor.
  • Nicholas DeLucia, Mahoning County. DeLucia, a graduating senior from Springfield Local High School, plans to attend either the University of Mount Union or Youngstown State University to study computer science.
  • Jason Downie, Ashtabula County. Downie, a graduating senior from Geneva High School, plans to attend either Case Western Reserve University or Cleveland State University to study mechanical or computer engineering.
  • Kathryn Foltz, Perry County. Foltz, a graduating senior from Sheridan High School, plans to study nursing at Otterbein University.
  • Sara Fraser, Mahoning County. Fraser, a graduating senior from West Branch High School, plans to attend the University of Mount Union to study nursing.
  • Alisha Gupta, Muskingum County. Gupta, a graduating senior from John Glenn High School, plans to attend Kent State University to pursue a pre-med course of study to become a doctor.
  • Hannah Jarvis, Columbiana County. Jarvis, a graduating senior from West Branch High School, plans to attend The Ohio State University to study animal science and communications before pursuing graduate education to become a veterinarian.
  • Dana Jolley, Athens County. Jolley, a graduating senior from Alexander High School, plans to attend Ohio University to study biology.
  • Jacy Jones, Lawrence County. Jones, a graduating senior from Dawson-Bryant High School, plans to attend Otterbein University to study P-3 education.
  • Jeremiah Jones, Muskingum County. Jones, a graduating senior from Zanesville High School, plans to attend Ohio Dominican University to study pre-law.
  • Alexandria King, Scioto County. King, a graduating senior from Wheelersburg High School, plans to attend The Ohio State University to study strategic communications.
  • Karl Klopfstein, Clermont County. Klopfstein, a graduating senior from Batavia High School, plans to attend either The Ohio State University or the University of Pennsylvania to pursue pre-med and biology studies.
  • Christopher Lewis, Lawrence County. Lewis, a graduating senior from St. Joseph Central High School, plans to attend Ohio University to study mathematics and statistics.
  • Hunter Mattern, Columbiana County. Mattern, a graduating senior from Wellsville High School, plans to attend the University of Mount Union to study speech pathology.
  • Robert McCormick, Adams County. McCormick, a graduating senior from North Adams High School, plans to attend either Miami University or Ohio University to study mechanical engineering.
  • MacKenzie Merrick, Perry County. Merrick, a graduating senior from Sheridan High School, plans to attend Ohio University-Zanesville to study computer science and graphic design.
  • Gage Mosley, Ross County. Mosley, a graduating senior from Southeastern High School, plans to attend The Ohio State University to study chemical engineering.
  • Abbey Perry, Ross County. Perry, a graduating senior from Southeastern High School, plans to attend Shawnee State University to study biological sciences, focusing on biomedical sciences.
  • Austin Roach, Lawrence County. Roach, a graduating senior from St. Joseph High School plans to attend either Morehead State University or Shawnee State University to study occupational therapy.
  • Mikhaila Roe, Scioto County. Roe, a graduating senior from Minford High School, plans to attend Ohio Wesleyan University to pursue pre-dentistry studies.
  • Christopher Sabin, Ross County. Sabin, a graduating senior from Chillicothe High School, plans to attend Ohio University to study psychology and chemistry.
  • Allison Sargent, Scioto County. Sargent, a graduating senior from Northwest High School, plans to attend Ursuline College to study biology.
  • Kristin Schneider, Scioto County. Schneider, a graduating senior from Valley High School, plans to attend either Shawnee State University or Ohio University to study early childhood education.
  • Charles Skaggs, Ross County. Skaggs, a graduating senior from Southeastern High School, plans to attend Miami University to study political science.
  • Izabella Timmons, Ross County. Timmons, a graduating senior from Unioto High School, plans to attend the University of Findlay to study animal sciences before pursuing graduate education to become a veterinarian.
  • Kaitlyn Verina, Trumbull County. Verina, a graduating senior from Badger High School, plans to attend either the University of Findlay or the University of Toledo to study pharmacy.
  • Clay Weckbacher, Monroe County. Weckbacher, a graduating senior from Monroe Central High School, plans to attend Ohio University to study civil engineering.
  • Rebecca Wheeler, Muskingum County. Wheeler, a graduating senior from Tri-Valley High School, plans to attend The Ohio State University to study chemistry or business on a pre-med track to become an anesthesiologist.
  • Ruby Williams, Athens County. Williams, a graduating senior from Athens High School, plans to attend Ohio University to study integrated social studies education.