The Scioto Foundation has announced the creation of the Matthew A. McCoy Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Arnold and Wanda McCoy in memory of their son who died unexpectedly at the age of 48 last February.
Eligible applicants for the scholarship must be graduates of South Webster High School and have a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0. Applicants also must be actively involved in extracurricular school activities, community service organizations and/or church groups; demonstrate leadership and exemplary character, and complete a personal essay illustrating the student’s above characteristics.
To make annual scholarship award selections, applications will be reviewed by the school administrators with assistance from the McCoy family.
Matthew McCoy was a 1986 graduate of South Wester High School and a 1990 graduate of Miami University. A resident of Cincinnati, he had a successful career in business banking with PNC Bank.
McCoy was valedictorian of his graduating class at South Webster; a member of National Honor Society; a four-letter athlete in cross-country, basketball and baseball; a trumpet player in the marching band and a member of the select chorus. He also won the prestigious Debbie Willis Award in his senior year. A 4-H Beef Club member who served on the Scioto County 4-H Fair Board, he had the 1983 Scioto County Fair Grand Champion Steer. He was also an active member of the Christ United Methodist Church youth fellowship.
In the summer of 1984, he was selected to participate in the Scioto County Junior Honors Program at Miami University where he met the love of his life and future wife, Cindy Gray. Among several academic honors, McCoy received the Harry Kuhner Scholarship, a four-year award for the study of business at the college of his choice. Upon graduation, he attended Shawnee State University for two years as a pre-business major before transferring to Miami to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. While at SSU, he worked as a teller at Security Central National Bank.
“If I could draw a diagram of a perfect son, Matt was it,” said his father. “He cared for everyone, the elderly as well as the young. He thought a lot of Mr. Kuhner.” Matt was the youngest of the McCoy’s three sons.
After graduating from college, he began his career in Cincinnati at PNC Bank, then known as Central Trust Bank, in management training and ultimately became a Vice President of Commercial Lending.
Cindy and Matt were married September 1, 1990, after both graduated from Miami. They have two sons, Adam Matthew, who graduated this spring as co-valedictorian from Miami Valley Christian Academy (MVCA), and Aaron Michael, who will be a freshman at MVCA in the fall. In their Mt. Carmel-area home in Cincinnati, Matt actively participated in the Chamber of Commerce for the betterment of Clermont County and served many years as a member of their community’s Homeowners’ Association Board, according to Cindy.
“He touched the lives of many young men, in addition to our sons’, as both a long-time baseball and basketball coach,” said Cindy. “He was very involved in our sons’ school community and an active volunteer in our church,” she added. “Whether from church, work or the neighborhood, people always mention they never saw Matt without his beautiful, big
smile,” Cindy commented. “We miss that grin,” his friends and colleagues often say. “We always knew it was going to be a good day when we saw Matt.”
“He absolutely lived his priorities – God and his family first,” his wife added. “He is gone way too soon, but there’s nothing he left undone or unsaid. He never ended a conversation with his family without saying ‘I love you.’
Matt was an exceptional person who brought joy to everyone. In business, he was focused on building relationships with his customers. In his home-life, he adored his sons and was involved in everything they did. “ As a family, we were a team. He set an honorable example for our sons, placing faith, character and kindness above all else.”
Contributions to the Matthew A. McCoy Memorial Scholarship Fund from family, friends or the general public may be made at any time. Donations may be in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property.
Additional information about the McCoy Scholarship Fund or other planned giving opportunities at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting Patty Tennant, Program Office – Donor Services, or SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip at (740) 354-4612.