FFA alumnus leaves agricultural legacy

FFA alumnus leaves agricultural legacy (Andrew Stitzlein Memorial Scholarship)

Andrew (Andy) Stitzlein, son of Earl and Kathi Stitzlein, lived on the family dairy farm in Loudonville his entire life. He graduated from Loudonville High School in 1999 and from Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in 2001.

Andy was a lifetime FFA alumni member, president of the Loudonville FFA Alumni, a member of the Holmes County Farm Bureau Board, and a member of the Loudonville Fair Tractor Pull Committee.

Before his untimely death on July 4, 2012, Andy requested that a scholarship be established so that young people from Loudonville who shared his interest could have the opportunity to pursue the study of agriculture.

Family plans for the future with three trusts

Family plans for the future with three trusts (Noel and Ann Shaffer Scholarship)

Noel and Ann Shaffer were married in Jeromesville on June 4, 1935. He was a Science teacher at Jeromesville. Ann was a college student at Wooster College.

Noel continued teaching for a total of forty-four years at Jeromesville, Loudonville and Ashland University. Ann worked for Flxible Company for twenty-six years before retiring. Both were active in the Lutheran Church, in service clubs and community clubs.

The Shaffers planned for the future by establishing three trusts: A Family Trust, a Skip Generation Trust for their grandchildren and a Charitable Remainder Trust for groups which they wished to assist.

Memorial fund supports firefighters’ training

Memorial fund supports firefighters’ training (Captain Fred Schwan Firefighter/Paramedic Memorial Scholarship)

A life-long resident of Ashland County and a 1971 graduate of Ashland High School, Fred Schwan served the Ashland community for over 30 years as a Fire dispatcher, Volunteer firefighter, full-time firefighter/paramedic and Captain at Ashland Fire Department.

Fred also was owner of Schwan Moving Service, which became Schwan Lawn and Landscapeas well as an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

When he passed away in 2016, Schwan’s family and friends of Fred created a memorial scholarship to support training of firefighters and paramedics who have a desire to serve Ashland County.

Players honor influential coach

Players honor influential coach (Coach Doug McDonald Honorary Scholarship)

Former Ashland High School basketball players established the Coach Doug McDonald Honorary Scholarship Fund to venerate their former coach and mentor.

Doug McDonald graduated from Fostoria High School in 1959 and played on a basketball scholarship at The Ohio State University with legends Jerry Lucas, Gary Bradds, Bob Knight, Larry Siegfried and John Havlicek, his roommate and an eight-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics.

McDonald was the Ashland High School boys’ basketball coach from 1969-1972, during which he compiled a 70-14 overall record, including four Cardinal Conference championships and appearances in three district finals.

Scholarship aims to empower women

Scholarship aims to empower women (Jane Maun Memorial Scholarship)

Jane Maun was a devoted wife and mother, dear friend, and dedicated educator.

She believed strongly that education, particularly for women, is the key to the financial and social independence necessary to make healthy choices and establish successful relationships.

Her friends and family created a scholarship in her name to assist young women graduating from Hillsdale to continue their education, pursue their goals, and ultimately use their talents to help build a strong community.

Family creates two funds

Family creates two funds (Don and Carolyn Lowe Health Sciences Scholarship and Math/Sciences Scholarship)

Don Lowe was a latex chemist at Faultless Rubber Company following his service in Europe during World War II. He is credited with the development of latex balloon advances, the Omega solid core golf ball, and the chemical science behind a number of Kenner toys, including Stretch Armstrong and Baby Won’t Let Go. He was an active member of the community, serving his church and participating in local golf groups and community events.

Carolyn Lowe, a 1948 graduate of the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, provided caring nursing services for Samaritan Hospital, Medical Associates of Ashland, and private nursing patients during a career that spanned three decades. She is an active member of the Ashland community, serving as a volunteer at Samaritan Regional Health System and supporting her church and numerous community organizations.

The Lowe family created two scholarships—one for students majoring in Health Sciences and one for students majoring in math or science.

Ashland University graduate pays it forward

Ashland University graduate pays it forward (Peter Linneman Scholarship)

Peter Linneman was the first in his family to attend a college or university. In 1969, he came to Ashland University, where his eyes were opened to his full potential. It was also at Ashland University he met his wife, Kathleen.

After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, he became the Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Principal of Linneman Associates.

Linneman was named one of the 25 most influential people in real estate and one of 100 most powerful people in New York City real estate. His book on real estate and finance has been adopted by more than 50 universities including Yale, the University of Chicago, Columbia, and Wharton. He was chairman of the Board of Rockefeller Center Properties, and he serves on the Board of Directors of numerous NYSE and private enterprises.

Linneman used the money from an award he received from Pension Real Estate Association to create a scholarship to help local students to Ashland University.

Mapleton teacher and bus driver team up to create scholarship

Mapleton teacher and bus driver team up to create scholarship (Cynthia Johnston and Ed Wahl Scholarship)

Cindy Johnston was a fourth grade teacher at Mapleton who worked to make sure that every student was ready to take the state fourth grade tests and pass to the fifth grade. She was a very caring person who tried to make learning fun for her students. Cindy was listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and was awarded the Jennings Scholarship.

Ed Wahl was a bus driver and custodian in the Mapleton School District who had a passion for students he came in contact with. He was a dedicated employee, willing to do anything he could to help the District and to help students.

Cindy and Ed enjoyed a friendship that lasted over 30 years. They wanted to show their lifelong support and love for Mapleton students by offering a scholarship to Mapleton students pursuing careers in education.

Hayesville and Jeromesville alumni bury an old rivalry

Hayesville and Jeromesville alumni bury an old rivalry (Hayesville & Jeromesville Alumni Associations Scholarship)

The last students to graduate from either Hayesville or Jeromesville Schools were in 1964. Thereafter, both schools were consolidated into the Hillsdale School System. The people who graduated prior to that date compose the members of the Hayesville and Jeromesville Alumni Associations.

To demonstrate a spirit of cooperation, the members of the Hayesville Alumni Association and the Jeromesville Alumni Association, once longstanding rivals, agreed to create a scholarship in 2005 which would be granted to a Hillsdale senior to further his or her education.

Recognizing that these organizations will one day cease to exist, they desired to create a lasting legacy which would not only immortalize the organizations, but would uphold the importance of education.

Students create scholarship in memory of beloved teacher

Students create scholarship in memory of beloved teacher (John E. Hartzler Scholarship)

Former students of John Hartzler created the John E. Hartzler Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of his life and his career in education.

John began his teaching career in Jeromesville in 1933 and accepted a position at Ashland High School in 1936. He was an accomplished musician and enjoyed working with Dr. Louis Pete in the Music Department, with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and with the All-Ohio Boys Band at the State Fair. Many of his students remember him playing the piano in school assemblies and musicals.

Hartzler served as Principal of Ashland High School from 1951-1957. He then accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Akron Public Schools and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1972.