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2018 News Fall Scholarship Breakfast
October 29, 2018 : Scholarship recipients proclaim key impact of scholarships on education


Ohio University Chillicothe hosted its annual Scholarship Breakfast in honor of the 2018-19 donors and recipients on Wed., Oct. 24, 2018. Over 240 scholarships were recognized.


Keynote speaker, Rachel Foster, former educator/business owner and current Regional Council Member, addressed the room speaking on behalf of her educational journey focusing on how scholarships pave the way to a promising future.


Foster grew up in Stephens, Arkansas as the 9th of 12 children. Despite growing up in a small town experiencing overt racism, her parents stressed the importance of education. Their encouragement was so profound that of all her siblings, herself included, graduated from high school, in which seven of them were either valedictorian or salutatorian. All were encouraged to go to college.


Although her parents couldn’t afford to send anyone to college, with their inspiration to work hard in school, she was able to qualify for an academic scholarship at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas in which she earned a bachelor’s degree. She then went on to graduate from the Ohio State University with a Master of Arts Degree.


Foster worked at Chillicothe High school as a school counselor for several years. In 1984 & 1988, she worked with 300+ graduation seniors helping them prepare for college. She commented, “I spent a lot of time writing letters of recommendation for scholarship, but since that helped pave my way I wanted to help pave their way.”


After 13 years as counselor, Foster went back to school to get certified as a school administrator, in which she became assistant principal. She retired after a 30-year career in education.


Foster encourages students to check out the scholarship opportunities available. Over the years, numerous colleges and universities have made more scholarships available, especially to economically disadvantaged students. She commented, “It’s important to be aggressive in helping students to go on to school. If I can help somebody along the way, my living will not be in vain.”


The student speaker at the breakfast was Anna Justice, who is a freshman at OHIO Chillicothe majoring in Communications. Although a native of West Virginia, Justice moved to Greenfield, Ohio and graduated from McClain High School in 2018. Upon moving here, she developed a passion for learning and education, so she made the decision to pursue college.


After learning that OHIO Chillicothe was close to home, affordable and a prestigious campus of Ohio University, her worries about going to a larger campus just melted away. After applying to the Chillicothe campus, she was soon awarded the Freshman Merit Scholarship, which has been a significant contribution to her education.


She remarked, “College is expensive, but because of the generous people we hold this event for, we all have the opportunity to expand our minds and advance our knowledge of the world. I can’t think my donors of my scholarship enough.”


Prior to the start of the program, Joyce Atwood, Scholarship Committee Chair for OHIO Chillicothe, notified Jami Bethel, Applied Management major, that she had just been awarded the Ester L. Hess Scholarship, which is given by the Altrusa Club of Chillicothe to a person who is returning to college as a non-traditional student to assist them in finishing their degree.


The annual scholarship is in memory of a long-term member of the Altrusa Club. Altrusa has a bazaar each November in which the proceeds from the event sponsors six scholarships for undergraduate students.


Bethel gives us a glimpse into her educational journey thus far.


As a recently separated, single parent, Bethel decided to return to school in June of 2016, in which she received her Associate Degree in Accounting Technology in August 2017. Upon entering the workforce after graduation, unfortunately, she was not able to support her family. She lost her $15 an hour job with benefits that February.


“At that point, I applied for over 60 positions and ended up with eight interviews within a three-week timeframe,” remarked Bethel. “I was offered two of those eight positions; however, one position paid $10.50 with great benefits while the other paid $13.50 with no benefits. To sum it up, I decided to go back to college so that I could add to my skillset in hopes of finding a position that will allow me to be a self-supporting mother.”


Bethel not only received the $1,000 Altrusa Award, but she is also the recipient of the $2,300 Don Huddleston Memorial Scholarship.


Bethel commented, “Receiving these scholarships has made a significant impact in my life. As a single-parent, college student raising children on one income, the scholarships have created more financial stability in my household which allows me to concentrate on my degree.”


“I would like to thank the Don Huddleston Memorial and Altrusa Club of Chillicothe for choosing me to be their scholarship recipient,” Bethel proclaimed. “I would also like to thank my children, friends, co-workers, advisors, and all the compassionate, understanding, and supportive professors who have been a part of my journey. I believe things happen for a reason, whether good and bad, but it's all in how we react to the situation.”


OHIO Chillicothe would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all the donors. Because of scholarships like these and the gracious contributors, we can make a profound impact in the lives of our students.

The Chillicothe campus scholarship deadline for the 2019-20 academic year is Jan. 1, 2019. Visit the campus webpage here for more information.


For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Atwood at or 740.774.7732. Financial aid questions may be directed to Martha Tanedo at or 740.774.7289.