Please consider applying for an Alexander's Future Foundation Scholarship.  Click on the link below to learn more about this helpful community-based organization.   People whom you will never meet have donated considerable funds to help you have a brighter future.  Why?  Because they believe in you and in Alexander Local Schools.

    After reading the letter and reviewing the application, please read the biographies and check out the photos of the endowned scholarships.  Further, search the website for past recipients dating back to 1992.  You'll also see the photos of the 2015 recipients.  We're eager to add more names and photos in 2016, but we need you to do your part. 

     Complete the application, seek an adult for a letter of recommendation, compose an essay, be a hungry learner, successfully deal with all the senior paperwork, and apply to the college of your choice.  Mrs. Andrews in the office is eager to receive your application on or before March 2, 2016. 

     Best wishes as you complete this exciting and motivating senior year.


     The 2015-2016 application is ready!  Please note the on-line application is interactive; however, information can not be saved.  Students may complete the essay on a word document and copy and paste it to the appropriate place on the application.  Then, the application can be printed.  Students are responsible for completing all sections of the application and delivering it to Alexander secretary Susie Andrews ON OR BEFORE March 2nd by 2:45 P.M.

     Printed applications are also available in the Career Center or the senior English classroom.  Please click on the below link to access the interactive application.

Uploaded December 15, 2015

Scholarship Biographies

Full biographies and scholarship criteria are avaliable by clicking on each name and then scrolling to the listed page number.


  • Jennett Ackerman Memorial Scholarship--Kaitlyn Smith
  • Albany VFW Post 9893 Honorary Scholarship--Josh Barnes
  • Alexander Faculty and Staff Scholarship--Brody McGrath
  • Gary Bartlett Memorial Scholarship--Hannah Nataly
  • Don and Lucille Battrell Memorial Scholarship—Steve Ervin
  • Lawrence Bean Memorial Scholarship—Adrian Love
  • Bryan Bell Memorial Scholarship—Kaylyn Sigman
  • Everett Boggess Memorial Scholarship--Rosalind Massey
  • Chris Bolin Memorial Scholarship—Kylee Sams
  • Bray Family Memorial Scholarship—Dana Jolley
  • Brooks Family Scholarship—Jennifer Matteson
  • Ray and Margaret Brooks Memorial Scholarship--Josie Gogel
  • Everett and Bernice Conkey and Mary Nardo Memorial Scholarship--Allyson Malone
  • Mexie and Max Crabtree Memorial Scholarship—Abby Swintek
  • Ward and Darlene Memorial and Honorary Scholarship--Noelle Mash
  • Randy Dillinger Honorary Scholarship—Allie McClain
  • Scott and Don Dillinger Memorial Scholarship--Danielle Adelsberger
  • David Enlow Memorial Scholarship—Kaylyn Sigman
  • Dr. David Evans Memorial Scholarship—Michaela Ashley
  • Ryan Ferguson Memorial Scholarship—Josie Gogel
  • FFA Alumni Scholarship in Memory of John Sewell, Adam Fitzgerald, and Nathan Coe—Ryan Dael
  • Noah Gillogly Memorial Scholarship--Brody McGrath
  • Hamill Family Memorial Scholarship—Meghan Surbella
  • Tom Hutchison Memorial Scholarship—Steve Ervin
  • Adam Jolley Memorial Scholarship—Dana Jolley
  • Megan Keffer Memorial Scholarship—Brooke Russell
  • Jerry Keiter Memorial Scholarship—Alisha Smith
  • Kennedy-Swain Memorial Scholarship--Collin Crouse
  • Brandon, Sharon, Greg Lowry and Vela Kay Hunter Memorial Scholarship—Haley Hobbs
  • Anne Laufman Memorial Scholarship--Kylee Sams
  • Eric Mansfield Memorial Scholarship—Jacob Riggs
  • James McCamish Memorial Scholarship—Hannah Nataly
  • Greg McDaniel Memorial Scholarship--Mary Jess Daugherty
  • Ed Pennington Memorial Scholarship—Nicole Baringer
  • Thelma Raines Honorary Scholarship—Kaitlyn Smith
  • Lewis and Helen Sauer Memorial Scholarship—Dakota Arledge
  • Kevin Shaner Memorial Scholarship—Rebecca Zimmerman
  • Joe and Mabel Theiss Memorial Scholarship—Bryce Chesser
  • Ed Waldron Memorial Scholarship--Michaela Moody
  • Barry West Memorial Scholarship--Taylor Woodyard
  • Bill Whaley Memorial Scholarship--Nicole Whaley
  • Josephine Williams Memorial Scholarship--Allyson Malone
  • Robert Withrow Memorial Scholarship—Jordan Mosley
  • Chuck Wingett Memorial Scholarship—Jordan Mosley
  • Wood Family Memorial Scholarship—Taylor Woodyard


Please click on the link below to read AFF's Booklet originally produced by Connie Knowlton Sharp, with additions by Susie Andrews and Lois Harkins.  The book is current through May 2015.



Please click here to view photos of 2015 Alexander's Future Foundation recipients, their scholarship, and college of choice. Permission to include photos was included on the application form.

A special thank you to Lisa Matheny and Mark Rice for their assistance building this page.


Please click on the link below to access the complete listing of scholarship recipients through 2015.


Enjoy these recent messages from grateful recipients and their families:

~~"My deepest thanks for your interest in my future."
~~"You have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school--learning."
~~"Your generosity has inspired me to help others and
give back to the community."
~~"I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals
just as you have helped me."
~~"This scholarship will help so much as my son begins this next step of his education."
~~"AFF means so much to this community.  Doing these kinds of things to help our children get started is just one of the things that makes me proud to be from Alexander!"
~~"This gift is much appreciated.  Thank you."
~~"I want to personally thank you for selecting me to receive the scholarship, which will greatly help further my hope to become a special education teacher."


THANK YOU to our January 2016 contributors:  Alexander Junior High and High School Staff, Pam Decker-Knapp, Nicholas and Lillian Dinos, Julia Fitzgerald, Mike and Nikki McKinley, and the Nolan Family.

THANK YOU to our December 2015 contributors: 
Scott Allen and Bedrock Rental, Joseph and Patricia Davidson, William and Tammy Gillogly, George and Robert Kaitz, and James Wood.

THANK YOU to our November 2015 contributors: 
Sally Ball and Tom and Jo Ann Ball.

THANK YOU to our October 2015 contributor: 
Judy C. Burke

THANK YOU to our September 2015 contributors: 
Alexander Junior/High School Staff, Susie Andrews, Scott Auflick, Missy Baker, Jamie Blick, Randi Brooks, Danny Burke, Becky Busch, Andrea Carr, Mark Chapman, Andrea Chimo, Kirk Crow, Sheila Cullums, Beth DiBenedetto, Laurel Doubrava-Jones, Frank Doudna, Lindy Douglas, Tom Fauber, Bryan Ford, Amy Gould, Karrie Hanning, Kasey Harris, Dave Hawk, Katie Holdcroft, Karmi Holzaepfel, Beth Horton, Charla Johnson, Jim Kearns, Shauna Kostival, Donald and Christy Lee, Erin Litchfield, Kim Lovsey, Amy Mansfield, Shelly Mansfield, Rick Maskiell, Dona Marks, Lisa Matheny, Kelly McCarty, Bryan McCollum, Kathleen McDougle, Megan McElligott, Dave McLaughlin, Misty Montgomery, Janet Morgan, Malinda Mowry, Jenny Norris, Beth Petty, Carla Pratt-Harrington, Dani Regan, Kay Rhyan, Julie Rice, Mark Rice, Wanda Richards, Erin Roush, Marilyn Scurlock, Connie Sheets, Stephanie Stamper, Cheri Swart, Rachel Terry, Francis Tullius, Terri Wagner,Lindsay Van Winkle, and Mary Ann Welsh.

THANK YOU to our August 2015 contributors:
Sally Ball, Jay Barnes, David and Nancy Bircher, Jerry and Joy Burdette, Rhea Douglas, Richard and Nancy Howard, Carolyn and Earl Jones, Tammy Jordan, Robert Kaitz Family, Kathy and Don Rivers, Kim Douglas Rogers, Jerry and Cindy Royse, Julie Sakadales, and Sam and Edna Stalder. 

THANK YOU to our July 2015 contributors:
 Jim and Martha Bratton and S. Nicole Conrath.

THANK YOU to our June 2015 contributors:  Athens Senior Club, Lindy Beatty, the Reverend Clifford Coleman, Andy and Regina Goodnite, Thelma Hillyer, the Reverend Lamar O'Bryant, Robert Edward Junior and Melanie Preston, Frances Spence, Sam and Sheila Theiss, Wendell and Marilee Thompson, and Tri-County Career Center.

THANK YOU to our May 2015 contributors: 
Lora and Alfred Clapp, Lillian G. Dinos, Robert and Elizabeth Graves, Linda K. Green and David G. Fogg, Jeff and Marylyn Greenough, Bill and Lois Harkins, Gary and Marilyn Horn, Robert and George Kaitz, Stephen Knapp, M and C Auto Parts Inc., Eleanor McLead, Lewis and Pat Morris, Leah Myers, John and Elizabeth Oakes, Bonnie D. Richards, Diane McCamish Shepherd, Melvin and Ruth Staten, Sandra Waldron, and David and Ruth Wilson.

THANK YOU to our April 2015 contributors: 
Phyllis and Chuck Mansfield and Patricia and David Miller.

THANK YOU to our March 2015 contributors:  Bob, Joy, and Robin Dickerson, Judy Graybill and family, Bill and Lois Harkins, Greg and Regina Holbert, KWS Manufacturing Company Ltd., Larry and Thelma Raines, Charles, Jake, and Tom Shapiro, Sam and Edna Stalder, Robert and Shirley Wiesenmayer, and Van and Tracey Wright.

THANK YOU to our February 2015 contributor:  David Miller


Fifty-nine Alexander employees donated $5760.00 through payroll deductions for the 2015-16 school year.  Your continued partnership is valued.  Thank you!


The following accounts received donations in October, November, and December of 2014, and in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October,  November and December of 2015, and January of 2016:

Adam Jolley
Alexander Faculty and Staff
Alexander FFA Alumni
Alicia Walls

Allie Douglas
Anne Laufman

Bill Brooks
Bill Whaley
Brandon Lowry

Charles Butcher
Chris Bolin
Christopher Dinos
Class of 2015
Connie Bircher
Daisy Gillogly

Danny Llewellyn
David Turrill
Davis Greene
Don Dillinger
Dwight and Mary Jo Bolin
Edward Waldron
Emily Ramsey

Eric Mansfield
Ernie Kyle
Everett and Bernice Conkey
Helen White
James McCamish, Junior
James McCamish, Senior

Joan Allbaugh
Joe Theiss
Jerry Keiter

Josephine Williamson
Kay Webb
Kevin Shaner
Larry Radford
Lee E. Russell

Lewis and Helen Sauer
Lois Harkins
Mabel Theiss
Mary Nardo
Megan Keffer
Melvin Burton

Nick and Lillian Dinos
Noah Gillogly
Pat and Jerry Wagner

Ralph Frazier
Rebecca Darst

Rebecca Meeks
Ryan Ferguson
Sally Ball
Sam and Sheila Theiss

Sayward Ryder Van Gundy
Skyler Sycks
Tammy Marks Jordan

Tara Bolen
The Reverend James McCamish

Thelma Raines
Tim Smith
Willard Cumbo
William James
Wood Family Scholarship


Vaughn D. Grigsby, 55, Athens, passed away Tuesday February 2, 2016, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born August 31, 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late James J. Grigsby and Mary Mae Stanley.

Vaughn was a graduate of Alexander High School and a case manager at Health Recovery Services/Bassett House. Vaughn was a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, coached Alexander Varsity Baseball for 12 years, and served as a lifelong player, coach, and mentor.

Vaughn is survived by his wife Tracy D. Elliott Grigsby; their children Sheena (Ron) Childress of Crooksville, L.C. (Amy) Grigsby of Vinton, and Shea Grigsby of Athens; Grandchildren Thane, Vaughn, Ashton, Liam Childress and Lincoln Grigsby to be born in April; siblings Lonnie (Kathy) Grigsby of McArthur, Alesa (Randy) Tolley of New Marshfield, David (Teresa) Grigsby of Albany, Bruce (Paula) Grigsby of Wellston, Lavonda (Marvin) Lawrence of New Marshfield, and Kay Porter of New Marshfield; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 P.M. at Alexander High School with Pastor Randy Tolley Jr. officiating with burial at Bates Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 4-8 P.M. at Bigony-Jordan Funeral Home, 5 258 Washington Road, Albany, Ohio, 45710.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alexander's Future Foundation, Vaughn Grigsby Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 204, Albany, Ohio 45710.


Tammy Jordan
(May 13, 1970 - July 28, 2015)

 Tammy Jordan

Tammy Lynn (Marks) Jordan, age 45, of Guysville died early Tuesday morning, July 28, 2015 at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta. Born May 13, 1970 in Athens, she is the daughter of D. Joe & Dona J. (Rogers) Marks of Guysville.

A 1988 graduate of Alexander High School, she attended Ohio University and was a graduate of Hocking College. She was the Department Coordinator of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Ohio University. She was Chair of the Classified Senate, Classified Employee of the Month (2X) and recognized as the Russ College of Engineering Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year in 2012 and 2015.

She was an outstanding athlete in high school with the Lady Spartans and they were TVC Champions in basketball. She enjoyed her friends, music, singing karaoke, writing songs, and performing with the band “After Hours”. She was involved with the New Life Assembly of God Church Choir as a child and acted in several productions at the church.

Besides her parents, Tammy is survived by her sons, Specialist Brennen (Kelsey) Jordan, US Army Ft. Knox, Ky. and Hunter Jordan of Guysville; the father of her children, Calvin Jordan, Jr. of Chillicothe; a sister, Diana (Travis) Otten of Goshen; a brother, Joe (Angela) Marks of Guysville; her grandmother, Kitty Whaley of Newark; nieces- Brooke Gray, Nicole (Zach) Wilks and Kelsie Rhoads; nephews- Justin Rhoads, Austin Marks and Ryan Marks; and close friends, Sari (Steve) Bailey and Family of The Plains.

She is preceded in death by grandparents, Mary Marks Davis and Dale Whaley.

Funeral service will be conducted Saturday 1:00 p.m. at Christ Community Wesleyan Church, Albany with Pastor Dave Stulley officiating. Burial will be in Bishop-Flanders Cemetery, Guysville. Friends may call Friday 4-8 p.m. at the Christ Community Wesleyan Church, Albany. Arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexander’s Future Foundation, P.O. Box 204, Albany, OH 45710.

Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at


James A. McCamish
(September 9, 1915 - May 24, 2015)

James A. McCamish, 99, Athens, passed away Sunday May 24, 2015, at the Laurels.

He was born September 9, 1915 in Whitesville, KY., the son of the late Birk and Grace Rowland McCamish. He was a graduate of Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY., and the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY.; he was a pioneer in establishing 6 Southern Baptist Churches in the Cleveland area including the Harmony Baptist Church. He served several Baptist Churches in Kentucky and Ohio; he was a substitute teacher in the Federal Hocking and Alexander School Districts, as well as Tri-County Career Center; and he was employed 10 years at the Athens Community Center.

He is survived by a daughter-in-law Jean Ann McCamish; granddaughter Heather Lynne McCamish (Diante), great-grandchildren Alyasia and Kleon Williams; special friends Ann and Jim Wilhelm; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Thelma Jett McCamish, a son Randy,a grandson Jamie, 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

Services will be Thursday at 1 PM at Bigony-Jordan Funeral Home, with ministers Cliff Coleman and Lamar O'Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Alexander Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the funeral home and 1 hr. prior to services.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the James A. McCamish Scholarship Fund at Alexander's Futures Foundation, P.O. Box 204, Albany, Ohio 45710.


  • 1993--1 scholarship      $500
  • 1994--2 scholarships     $1000
  • 1995--3 scholarships     $1500
  • 1996--6 scholarships     $3000
  • 1997--8 scholarships     $4000
  • 1998--9 scholarships     $4500
  • 1999--14 scholarships   $7000 
  • 2000--15 scholarships   $7500
  • 2001--14 scholarships   $7000
  • 2002--16 scholarships   $9000
  • 2003--16 scholarships   $9000
  • 2004--14 scholarships   $9000
  • 2005--21 scholarships   $12,500
  • 2006--19 scholarships   $12,000
  • 2007--26 scholarships   $17,250
  • 2008--27 scholarships   $17,750
  • 2009--29 scholarships   $21,250
  • 2010--32 scholarships   $20,250
  • 2011--39 scholarships   $23,500
  • 2012--35 scholarships   $21,500
  • 2013--37 scholarships   $24,666
  • 2014--42 scholarships $26,723.00
  • 2015-2016--45 scholarships  $28,500.00

Total:        470 scholarships   $300,139.00


Alexander’s Future Foundation was established in 1992 by interested community members and school personnel to provide financial support for graduates pursuing post-secondary training. The scholarships are sent directly to the institution for tuition or fees.

Thanks to the generous contributions from community members and Alexander staff, Alexander’s Future Foundation’s principal balance continues to grow, allowing the foundation to use the interest to steadily increase the number of awarded scholarships.

Scholarships based on financial need, academic achievement, intended majors, and/or service to the community will be awarded to Alexander High School students in May of 2014.  These begin at $500.


Susie Andrews, Corresponding Secretary for Alexander Employees
Sally Ball
Jay Barnes, Vice-President
Brien Burke, President
Steve Dillinger
Lindy Douglas
Don Gardella
Karrie Hanning
Lois Harkins,  Web Page Designer
John Hutchison
Christy Carsey Lee, Corresponding Secretary for Community
Jim McHarg
Steve Sewell
Edna Stalder, Treasurer
Sue Wilkes, Recording Secretary


Alexander's Future Foundation meets the 2nd Monday of October, January, February, March, April, May, and June in the Media Center (Library) at the Alexander Local School District complex beginning at 6:00 P.M.

Updated October 16, 2014


  • Kim McHarg Frazier, 1980 Alexander graduate, logo concept
  • Megan Bowen Six, 2001 AFF Scholarship Recipient, stationery design
  • Joyce Bobo and Connie Knowlton, Alexander graduates,--AFF biography brochure
  • Connie Knowlton, Alexander graduate,--AFF original booklet design
  • Lisa Matheny, Alexander graduate,--AFF booklet formatting
  • Susie Andrews and Lois Harkins, Alexander employeess,--AFF booklet formatting
  • Jeremy Sheets and Lois Harkins, Alexander employees,--Web page design


  • Jim McHarg wrote the bylaws for Alexander's Future Foundation?
  • Mabel Burton obtained tax-exempt status for us?
  • Dave Garrod served as the first president of AFF?
  • Peggy and Dave Garrod made the first donation to AFF--a $40 check in memory of Art Cross?
  • The Alexander Lions Club donated $500 seed money?
  • Rick and Penney Rolston pledged a $1000 donation to get us started?
  • Sam and Sheila Theiss donated $10,000 to begin the very first scholarship account--the Joe Theiss Memorial Scholarship?
  • AFF is an all-volunteer organization?
  • Our stationery is donated by a community member?
  • AFF's fees consists of postage, post office box, and filing fees?
  • Our scholarships are based on interest of invested funds?
  • Connie Knowlton and Jim McHarg helped organize a Pumpkin Patch for two years for publicity and any funds we might have received?
  • Jean McCamish organized two Chinese auctions for publicity and funds?
  • Edna Stalder has served as our treasurer for 20 years?
  • Wendy Johnson received the first AFF scholarship?
  • Once a total of $5000 has been earned in an account, a scholarship will be awarded every other year?
  • Once a total of $10,000 has been earned in an account, a scholarship will be awarded every year?
  • Families may write the criteria for their scholarship?

Interested in Creating a Scholarship? Here's How!

It is rather simple to begin a scholarship.  The first step is to donate funds in honor or memory of someone. This starts a record-keeping process that has several checks and balances by the Board of Trustees.  Simply put, the money goes into the general fund; however, very careful records denote the exact total in the account.  Once the fund reaches $5000 by a June 1st deadline, then a scholarship is awarded the following May to an applicant that meets the criteria the family has established. A $5000 total awards a scholarship every other year; whereas, a $10,000 total awards a scholarship every year. 

Families write the scholarship criteria which can be altered in the future.  We simply ask that advanced notice be given so we can change the bios on the web page and in the booklet.  The Board of Trustees selects the students from the applicant pool, but consideration is given to an applicant who meets all the application terms.

An important feature is that the scholarship amounts are derived from INTEREST only and the principal is not touched.  Scholarship amounts vary according to the amount of money in the specific accounts.  As an example, our first scholarship for Joe Theiss has more funds than one that was started later.  Therefore, Joe's scholarship amount might be $750; whereas, the later one might be $500.  As interest has not been too good in recent years, we have still been able to begin scholarship amounts at $500.  We always caution folks that the amount might be a tad lower if interest continues to remain low. Alexander’s Future Foundation is a tax-exempt organization so donations may be listed as contributions on income taxes.

Donations may be mailed to Alexander’s Future Foundation, Post Office Box 204, Albany, Ohio 45710.  Questions may be directed to any member of the Board of Trustees. 


     Contributions may be sent to Alexander's Future Foundation, Post Office Box 204, Albany, Ohio  45710.  If donating in memory or in honor of an individual or group, please list the name on the memo line of the check.  An acknowledgement letter will be sent to you upon receipt.  Further, a letter to the family will be mailed announcing your gift;  however, the amount will be omitted.   Cash donations can be accepted in person at school.   However, please do not leave until a prompt receipt is given.


     How are you doing?  Please send us an update on your many adventures.  Friends and family members of scholarships are interested in you as evidenced by Texan Nancy Thompson who writes:

   "Please tell your recipients that it’s very gratifying to hear from them and know that they appreciate education."~~Nancy is the daughter of William Ray and Margaret Thompson Brooks.

Updates may be sent to or

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Contact Lois at 740-592-4184, OR for questions about this web page.

This page was last updated February 8, 2016.

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