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Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million Milestone


Family of Funds Supports Grants and Scholarships for Southern Local Community

SPCAEF Committee Recieves GiftCorning, OHOne million. It’s a number that carries some serious impact. And it’s a milestone that the Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund (SPCEAF) and its Family of Funds just reached. Thanks to a recent gift from Ben Shaver, a Perry County native and alumnus of Moxahala High School, the Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund surpassed its goal of growing $1 million in permanent endowment to benefit citizens in the Southern Local School District forever.

“Hitting $1 million is a milestone that would not have been possible without the many donors who have given to SPCAEF over the years,” said Angela Plant, president of the Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund board. “We are so grateful to Mr. Shaver for helping us reach this groundbreaking landmark. With a combined endowment of $1 million, we can grow more dollars to serve generations of students while also investing more in scholarships and local educational programs today.”

SPCAEF was established in 1987 to create resources to promote academic experiences for residents of the Southern Local School district. A member of the Community Foundation for Perry County’s Family of Funds and composed of 21 donor-established funds, SPCAEF partners with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) to provide scholarships as well as community mini-grants to promote academic excellence and enrichment opportunities for Southern Local School District residents.

In 2016, the SPCAEF and its Family of Funds awarded grants to three organizations serving the Southern Local community and awarded scholarships to fifteen Southern Local students pursuing post-secondary education, totaling more than $13,000 in support for the southern Perry County community.

Gifts to the Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. Donations can be made online at www.AppalachianOhio.org by designating the Southern Perry County Academic Endowment or one of its component funds when donating. To mail your donation, please designate the Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund and mail to PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764.

To learn more about SPCAEF and how you can support students and residents alike in your community, please call 740.753.111 or visit www.AppalachianOhio.org.

About the Community Foundation for Perry County

In 2012, past and present Perry County residents created the Community Foundation for Perry County (CFPC) Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. The CFPC was created to provide grants to advance charitable projects of benefit to Perry County residents. It also establishes a collective resource for all those looking to support Perry County’s current and future opportunities through charitable giving. More information can be found at www.cfpcohio.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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