What does the BHS Endowment Fund currently support?




At the present time, The BHS Endowment Fund provides six separate Scholarships totaling a minimum $5,600.00 annually to graduating senior students of Bellaire High School. The June Robson Memorial Scholarship Fund was the first Scholarship Fund to be established and provides a $1,000.00 award for a student desiring to enter the field of business. The Lorrie Klempa-Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund provides a $400.00 annual award to a senior student desiring to enter the field of nursing, or some other medical related field. The Richard Bonar Memorial Scholarship Fund provides a $1,000.00award for a student whose family income is below the state median income to assure that all students have the opportunity to further their education. The Diane Ledder Memorial Scholarship provides a minimum $2,500.00 annual award throughout each of four years of higher education to a financially needy student. These four Scholarships have assisted BHS students each year since 1985. The Local History Grant Scholarship provides a $1,000 award for a student who has won the Local History Grant Scholarship Competition. In 2007, this award was first dispersed. The Wehe Family Scholarship provides a $500 award for a student in any given field, with special emphasis being given to community service. This award was given for the first time in 2008. The Robert J. and Laurajane Burda Memorial Award provides a $250.00 award given to a male and a female student. A scholarship is also being set up by the family of Jessica Frizzi and information can now be found on that page.




The BHS Endowment Fund holds the copyright to two books, An American Railroad Portrait: People, Places and Pultney and Honoring Our Father: A Bicentennial Salute to Colonel John Hamm Sullivan, which were gifted to the Fund by the author, Daniel L. Frizz, Jr. These books chronicle the history of Belmont County, and particularly the City of Bellaire. All proceeds from the sale of the books, and all remaining inventory of the books, are held by the Endowment Fund in trust for the specific purpose of providing a $1,000 award for the winner of the Local History Grant Scholarship Competition.




At the present time, the BHS Endowment Fund does not have funds to support extra-curricular activities. Student organizations such as the Alpha Hi-Y, Beta Hi-Y, Y-Teens, Pep Club just to name a few, are no longer available to the students at BHS. Without advisors and adequate funding to support these worthwhile organizations, students are deprived of the additional enhancement of life at BHS that these organizations have for many years provided. Think of your own experiences at BHS as members of these organizations!!! The BHS Endowment Fund wants to see them return so that these same experiences can be made available to students in the 21st Century.