Appalachian Outreach/Studies

The Appalachian Outreach Department at Sinclair serves Dayton’s Appalachian communities through programming and services that help eliminate barriers and ensure access to post-secondary education. In addition to promoting the benefits of education, the department partners with college and community leaders to create sustainable opportunities, both within the community and at Sinclair—through celebrating and educating people about Appalachian identity and values and bringing awareness to issues facing Appalachians in our community.

Services and Commitments

Scholarships
Institutional and Foundational Scholarships are available through Appalachian Outreach. The following scholarships are based on need and are approved by the Appalachian Outreach coordinator and the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Please contact the Appalachian Outreach office for more information.

  • The Appalachian Outreach Scholarship is an institutional scholarship provided by Sinclair Community College for the purpose of assisting eligible students with funding their Sinclair education. To be eligible to receive the Appalachian Outreach Scholarship students must meet the federal definition of Appalachian, or currently live, work or volunteer in a local Appalachian community.
  • The Our Common Heritage Lela Estes Scholarship is a scholarship awarded through the Sinclair Foundation and was established to assist people of Appalachian heritage to meet their educational needs to better serve their family and community. Students must apply online through STARS.
  • The Jack and Ann Klein Scholarship is awarded through the Sinclair Foundation and was established to assist people of Appalachian heritage to meet their educational needs. Students must apply online through STARS.
  • The William Pearl and Mae Morgan Scholarship is awarded through the Sinclair Foundation and was established to assist people of Appalachian heritage to meet their educational needs. Students must apply online through STARS.

Sinclair and Community Talks
Appalachian Outreach provides presentations about Appalachian history and identity, and facilitates dialogues on issues impacting members of Dayton’s Appalachian community. These personal and professional development opportunities are offered to enhance knowledge and skills for those who serve the Appalachian community, as well as build community through celebrating Appalachian culture and heritage.

Appalachian Community Advisory Board
The Appalachian Community Advisory Board comprises local Appalachian community leaders and citizens, as well as Sinclair faculty and staff, and meets quarterly to share information and provide support for Appalachian community initiatives.

Annual Appalachian Unsung Hero Awards
This award recognizes unsung heroes who have performed good deeds and built pride and self-esteem but have gone unnoticed or unrewarded for their exceptional efforts in the Appalachian community. Nominees for this award must meet the federal definition of Appalachian or must have demonstrated outstanding service within the Appalachian community. Nominations are accepted in March.

Bluegrass Music Courses
Classes in Bluegrass instruction are offered for the banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin during fall and spring semesters, along with a Bluegrass ensemble course. Classes are held on Saturday mornings.

Appalachian Studies Certificate and Courses
The Appalachian Studies Certificate is a short-term certificate designed for students who are planning on using Appalachian Studies to enhance their careers in a variety of disciplines such as: Sociology, Social Work, Education, Government, Health Care and Public Safety. The student who pursues this short-term technical certificate will use the certification to supplement their professional development.

Courses:

HUM 1140 Appalachian Folkways
HUM 1141 Appalachian History & Culture
HUM 1142 Native American History
GEO 1206 Appalachian Environment
SOC 1108 Appalachian Families

For more information about Appalachian Studies, please contact Carol Baugh at carol.baugh@sinclair.edu or 937-512-4620.