DENNISON -- HARCATUS Tri-County CAO, in collaboration with the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) and the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE), announces the availability of the COAD David V. Stivison Appalachian Scholarship Fund. This scholarship, worth up to $1,000, is for economically disadvantaged students in the 30-county COAD service area who want to attend an institution of higher education, but lack the required resources to do so.

The completed scholarship application and required paperwork must be postmarked or received by March 1 to HARCATUS, c/o Michele Lucas, 220 Grant St., Dennison, OH 44621 to be considered for funding for the academic year beginning in September 2009. Scholarship application forms and additional information are available at all area high schools and vocational schools or via the Internet Web site www.coadinc.org.

Non-traditional students residing in Harrison, Carroll or Tuscarawas counties are also encouraged to apply.

This year, one individual will be selected locally to represent the HARCATUS service area, for a one-time award of $500, payable to the college the student will attend in the fall of 2009. That scholarship recipient's application will be forwarded as a first-round finalist to the COAD Scholarship Selection Committee to compete with all applications received from the 17-member COAD agencies. At this level, select students will receive an additional $500 in scholarship funds. In 2008, 14 high school graduates were COAD David V. Stivison Appalachian Scholarship recipients.