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Photo D. .Scholarship recipient Kara Bobo (center) is shown with Larry and Mary Gates..... .Contact: Ohio University-Chillicothe Coordinator of Communications Jack Jeffery, (740) 707-1368. ..            Fourth Class of The Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholar?s Fund.Recipients Prepare to Follow Their Dreams and Aspirations. ..CHILLICOTHE, Ohio ? This year?s recipients of The Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholar?s Fund were announced today, May 16, during a ceremony at the Atwood House in Chillicothe.. .Eighteen Ross County students received scholarships this year, including 13 continuing scholars who have already embarked on their college careers and five students who will graduate from high school this spring.. .Jessica Ford, a fourth-year recipient of the scholarship, is heading into her senior year at Ohio University?s Athens campus and said she is incredibly thankful for the Gates? support.. .?It?s amazing to see this kind of generosity continue for the duration of my college years,? she said. ?I think it really speaks to their character. It?s neat to be a part of the Gates? first graduating class of scholarship recipients.?. .In 2004, Chillicothe native Larry A. Gates and his wife, Mary, established the scholarship fund to pave the way to a college education for students graduating from Ross County high schools. This is the fourth class to benefit from the scholarship fund, which will eventually total approximately $10 million.. .?Our decision to support scholarships is driven by a strong belief in young people and a deep belief in the power of education and learning,? Gates said.. .As a former senior vice president of human resources and administration for Philip Morris Companies, Gates traveled the globe, managing worldwide human resources for the multinational corporations.. .Although they gained an array of worldly experiences, Mary and Larry Gates never lost their perspective.. .?Living on the cusp of Appalachia you see the disparity. Many of our young peo