For the 13th year, Washington County college-bound youth who are currently 4-H members or FFA members or were a member their Sr. year in high school (within last 5 years), have the opportunity to apply for the Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship. The scholarship was originally established in 1991 to enable 4-H and FFA members to pursue higher education through full or part-time attendance at any public or nonprofit independent college or university in the United States. Scholarships are awarded to defray the cost of tuition and books.
The Rosses were natives of Licking County in Ohio. Mrs. Ross was a broker and owner of Gateway Realty in Columbus, Ohio, and in more recent years worked for the Ohio Rehabilitation Department. Mr. Ross spent most of this career with the Ohio Parole Board. The Rosses resided in Columbus from 1935 until their deaths in 1988 and 1989 respectively.
Glenna Gibson, niece of the Rosses and Trustee of the scholarship, brought the scholarship to Washington County a year after she and her husband, Jim moved to Springfield in 1995. Over the past twelve years, over $100,000 has been presented to Washington County Youth attending college.
You may pick up applications from the Washington County Extension Office or the Washington County High School Guidance Office or ag. department. Deadline to apply for the scholarship will be March 15, 2009. If you have further questions, you may contact Glenna Gibson at 859-375-0210.