Don Coss scholarship funds ball players studies
Nelsonville, OH â Don Cossâs legacy will live on through a scholarship fund for players on the Post 84 Cambridge American Legion Baseball Team. Through a bequest in Mr. Cossâs will, players can receive support to the post-secondary studies through the new Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund, part of the Guernsey County Foundation Fund Family of Funds.
This first year, the Fund awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to Guernsey County students. Awards were granted to James Antalis, Charles Beaver, Quintin Fettes, Benjamin Standiford, and Dillon Sunnafrank of Cambridge, as well as James Luyster of Quaker City, Zachary Roe of Lore City, and Ian Wildes of Salesville.
Mr. Coss was very involved in his community, serving on City Council, on the local school board, and as city treasurer, but he was best known in Guernsey County as âMr. Baseball.â Mr. Coss started the American Legion Baseball program in Cambridge and was as passionate about baseball as he was about the young men playing it. When the Legion team started, Mr. Coss would drive 15 â 20 miles outside of Cambridge to pick up players who did not have the means to get to town.
In his will, Mr. Coss left money to start a scholarship program to aid Post 84 Legion players in pursuing vocational programs, associate degree programs, and programs at four-year institutions of higher learning.
âHe wanted to be sure these kids get a helping hand as long as possible,â said Ron Antill, Post 84 Legion Team Manager and close friend of Mr. Coss. âHis name will be around forever. [Players] wonât know who he was, but that he spent his life helping out kids.â
In establishing the Fund with the Guernsey County Foundation Fund Family of Funds, held with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Mr. Cossâs trustees and friends were able to create a permanent legacy that would assist Guernsey County students for generations to come.
âThe money will be managed long after Iâm gone. It should last forever,â shared Mr. Antill.
The Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund is part of the Guernsey County Foundation Fundâs Family of Funds. The Guernsey County Foundation Fund is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Guernsey County community, both now and for generations to come. More information about the Guernsey County Foundation Fund can be found at www.guernseycountyfoundation.org, where you can also make a charitable donation to the Don Coss Memorial Scholarship Fund or any other fund under the Guernsey County