Crawford County, Ohio Scholarships
The CF4CC currently holds 32 different scholarships and accepts applications for the Bucyrus Rotary Club Jerry Volkmer Memorial Scholarship and Bucyrus Rotary Club STRIVE Scholarship. Most but not all of our scholarships are for students who have graduated from or are graduating seniors of one of the Crawford County, Ohio schools. Interested applicants should review the scholarship requirements for each of the scholarships.
The Foundation has recently revamped our scholarship process in order to simplify the application process. We now have five online applications and one paper applications. The Pry Scholarship and the Samuel Neff Fellowship for International Study Scholarship each have their own separate online application as they have multiple deadlines throughout the year. The Come Home Scholarship application is a paper application that can be downloaded on the Come Home Scholarship page. All other scholarships have two separate online applications (one for graduating high school seniors and one for high school graduates) with an application deadline of MARCH 1, 2019 at 5pm. NOTE: The application deadline for every scholarship (except the Pry Scholarship, the Samuel Neff Fellowship for International Study, and the Come Home Scholarship) is MARCH 1, 2019 at 5PM.
All online applications must be submitted through our SmarterSelect portal. You will need to start an account on SmarterSeclect or login to your account in order to apply.
APPLICANTS: Please do not wait until the last minute to start your application. Our application process takes time and involves multiple information verifications that must be completed by outside individuals before you can completely submit your application.
To view the full scholarship requirements list, please visit our scholarship requirements page.
Below is a list of our available scholarships with a brief descriptions of each.
The Crawford County Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship
The Crawford County Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship was established in 2010 to help students with tuition costs as they further their education. This scholarship is specifically designed to help a graduating male and female student from each of the six Crawford County High Schools as they pursue higher education plans.
The Crawford Forward Scholarship
The Crawford County Young Professionals (CCYP) established the Crawford Forward Scholarship in 2015 to be awarded to a current Crawford County resident working toward an Associate's or Bachelor's degree from a college or university in Crawford or surrounding counties. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. Individuals who are passionate about Crawford County and using their education to make an impact in our community are encouraged to apply. Applicants will submit an essay and finalists will conduct a follow-up interview with the CCYP Scholarship Committee, who will select the recipient.
The Daryl Stucky Memorial Scholarship
The Daryl Stucky Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of Daryl E. Stucky, a life-long resident of Crawford County. Mr. Stucky spent his adult life as a farmer and retired after 20 years as an employee at BuE Comp.-Lykens, Ohio. Mr. Stucky loved to attend the sporting events of his grandchildren and understood the importance of continuing education beyond high school.
The family of Mr. Stucky generously started this scholarship so $500.00 annually could be awarded to a graduate of Wynford High School. An essay providing evidence of community service and a minimum 2.5 grade point average is required for this scholarship.
The Doug and Renee Leuthold Scholarship
The Doug and Renee Leuthold Scholarship Fund is the newest scholarship fund at the Foundation. Started by Doug and Renee Leuthold at the end of 2018, this scholarship will award eight $2,500 scholarships annually. Applicants must be a current or former resident of Crawford County who is graduating from or has graduated from a Crawford County high school (If the student is attending a vocational high school, such as PCTC or Tri-Rivers, that student's home high school must be one of the Crawford County high schools) OR must be a current resident of Crawford County who has earned their high school diploma or passed an Ohio High School Equivalence Assessment and have been a resident of Crawford County for a minimum of 2 years at the time of application. Applicants can be attending any college, university, trade school, or certificate/technical program and can be entering any level of educational attainment. Preference is given to those who can display financial need. This scholarship is renewable for all the years of post secondary education by reapplying and being chosen each year.
The Dr. Laurie Anne Rhodebeck Memorial Scholarship
The Dr. Laurie Anne Rhodebeck Memorial Scholarship was established by the Friends of the Crawford Park District in memory of Dr. Laurie Anne Rhodebeck.
Laurie graduated in 1972 from Galion High School and was the class salutatorian. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and Spanish from Miami University and completed her Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University in their joint Politics and Psychology programs. Laurie’s teaching career began at the University of Notre Dame, continued at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and ended up at the University of Louisville where she held a tenured position as Associate Professor. Laurie was an avid gardener and loved the arts, nature, and animals of every type and size.
Applicants can be entering any level of their educational attainment, attending any college, university, technical or vocational school, and entering any field of study. Preference is given to those studying environmental sciences or other studies that correlate with the mission of the Crawford Park District and to those who can display community services activities. An essay on the environment is required. This scholarship is renewable for the entire time a student is in school as long as they reapply each year.
The Dustin T. Stover Scholarship
The Dustin T. Stover Memorial Scholarship is given annually to remind us of a truly inspirational story. Following a car accident in January, 2001 that hospitalized Dustin for nearly three months, he started the uphill task of redeveloping mental and physical abilities he possessed prior to the accident. Dustin passed away July 4, 2002 from bacterial meningitis. This scholarship is awarded annually to two graduating seniors, one from Colonel Crawford High School and one from Wynford High School, continuing on to pursue any form of higher education. Recipients are selected solely based on their essay, which is prompted by several questions related to inspiration.
The Holmes Liberty Alumni Scholarship
The Holmes Liberty Alumni Scholarship was established in 2012 to express a sense of gratitude for the education received while attending Holmes-Liberty School. This scholarship is specifically designed to help graduating students of Wynford High School who might not otherwise consider any formal education beyond high school. Students who have a special appreciation for assistance they have received and those who exhibit a strong desire to improve themselves and/or contribute to the well-being of others are especially encouraged to apply.
The James E. Huggins, Sr. & Margaret M. Huggins Agricultural Scholarship
The Huggins Scholarship was started in 1999 in honor of James E. & Margaret Huggins, and is available to any graduate of a Crawford County High School. Applicants must be entering an accredited institution of higher education in an agricultural-related program, either at the undergraduate or graduate level.
The Jeanne A. Miller Scholarship
The Miller Scholarship is named in honor of Jeanne A. Miller, a beloved teacher for the Wynford School District. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior of Wynford High School who displays a strong desire to continue their education. This scholarship encourages applicants who might not otherwise consider a post-secondary education. Preference will be given to first generation post-secondary students.
The John W. Brubaker, Jr. Scholarship
The Brubaker Scholarship is named in honor of former Bucyrus High School Chemistry teacher, John W. Brubaker, Jr. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior of Bucyrus High School who is pursuing a degree in a science- or education-related field of study.
The Kenneth Cummins Scholarship
The Kenneth Cummins Scholarship was transferred to the CF4CC in 2016. It was established to express a sense of gratitude for Dr. Cummins and his gift for teaching the concepts of chemistry and mathematics in students as well as conveying the thrill of learning to others. This scholarship is specifically designed to help graduating students of, or students who have already graduated from, Buckeye Central High School. Students may apply during any level of their educational attainment.
The Kevin A. Binau Scholarship
The Binau Scholarship is named in honor of Kevin A. Binau, former President and CEO of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group. Awarded annually to graduating seniors from any Crawford County High School, recipients are awarded $1,000 based upon high academic achievement, a commitment to community service, and exhibition of high personal character.
The Kiwanis Kahle-Wenner Scholarship
The Kiwanis Kahle-Wenner Scholarship awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to graduating seniors of Colonel Crawford, Bucyrus, Wynford or Wayside Christian High School. Preference is given to students who can display financial need and to those who are entering the fields of forestry, health care or computer science. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Bucyrus Kiwanis Club.
The Larry Schiefer Memorial Scholarship
The Schiefer Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Larry E. Schiefer, a beloved father, grandfather, and teacher. Larry taught business and accounting for many years at Wynford High School; he was very passionate about the importance of education.
The family of Mr. Schiefer generously started this scholarship so $1,000.00 annually could be awarded to a graduate of Wynford High School. An essay providing evidence of community service and a minimum 2.5 grade point average is required for this scholarship.
The Magaret and Donald Wenner, MD Scholarship
The Margaret and Donald Wenner, MD Scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Donald Wenner and his wife, Margaret.
This scholarship was generously started by Dr. Wenner so that twenty $2,000 scholarships can be awarded annually to Crawford County high school graduates or graduating seniors who want to further their education. Applicants may be entering any level of their academic attainment including graduate school. Preference is given to graduates or graduating seniors of Bucyrus High School and to those who display financial need. This scholarship may be renewed via re-application each year.
The Marvis Schaaf Scholarship
The Schaaf Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Marvis Ann Schaaf, a generous member of several organizations in Crawford County. Marvis worked as manager for the Ohio Bureau of Unemployment Services before retiring after 35 years of employment. She was a member of St. Johns UCC of Bucyrus and the Church Women's Guild. She was also involved with the North Side Reading Circle and Salvation Army Board. Marvis was honored with the title of Bucyrus Business and Professional Woman of the year in 1970.
Marvis generously provided for this scholarship in her will, so a $3,500.00 will be awarded to two graduates of any Crawford County, OH High School. Recipients of this scholarship will be chosen based upon the student's financial need and academic qualifications.
The Merle & Peg Hutson Scholarship
The Merle and Peg Hutson Scholarship Fund is named in memory of “Coach” Merle Hutson, beloved football coach and educator for many years at Crestline High School. Coach’s career as a player went from high school to college to both pro and semi-pro. Later, he was inducted into the Heidelberg College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the football stadium in Crestline is named in his honor. His coaching career was interrupted only when he enlisted in military service during WW II. Applicants must be graduates of Crestline High School, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to applicants who can display examples of extracurricular activities, community service and leadership. Finalists will be interviewed, and should have knowledge of Coach Hutson and his importance to Crestline High School.
The Mount Zion Milton Harman Scholarship
The Mount Zion Milton Harman Scholarship was created in honor of Milton Harman, a long time superintendent of Mount Zion School. The alumni of Mount Zion created this $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a graduating senior of Wynford High School after completing his or her first year at an accredited college, university or trade school.
The Nancy Angene Johnson Scholarship
The Nancy Angene Johnson Scholarship was established in 2016 in honor of Nancy Angene Johnson. Applications are open to graduating students of Wynford High School planning to attend any college or university. Students who graduated not more than six years earlier from Wynford High School may also apply. Students who display a strong desire to continue their education are encouraged to apply. The following conditions increase an applicant’s chances of receiving this scholarship.
- Students entering Bluffton University or any campus of The Ohio State University.
- Students intending to pursue the field of elementary or secondary education, with the intent of teaching in the public school system.
- Students who can display financial need (e.g. evidence of student loans)
The Noah Skylar Lear Scholarship
The Noah Skylar Lear Scholarship is named in memory of Noah Skylar Lear, a Bucyrus High School student who passed away in 2016. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who is graduating from (or graduated from) any Crawford County school. The applicant can be entering any level of their educational attainment (i.e. graduating senior, first semester of 1st year, 1st semester of 2nd year, etc.). This scholarship may be awarded repeatedly to the same individual, provided the student has reapplied and is deemed most worthy of that year's applicant pool.
The Pry Scholarship
The Pry Scholarship was established in honor of retired Executive Director of The Community Foundation for Crawford County, Janet P. Pry. With over 30 years of combined experience as both a volunteer and the executive director of the foundation, Janet understands the struggles students face as they navigate the time and monetary commitment necessary for a post-secondary education. The intent of this scholarship is to help the non-traditional student improve their life through continuing education.
This scholarship is intended for students attending any accredited certificate program or two year degree program at the Crawford Success Center of North Central State College OR any equivalent program in the counties surrounding Crawford County. Preference will be given to those attending the Crawford Success Center, those who have previously been awarded the scholarship and are reapplying for renewal, and to non-traditional students. (A traditional student is considered a student who just graduated high school, is dependent on their parent(s), and does not have children.) Those reapply for renewal of the scholarship may be attending any college or university. The applicant should be a graduate of any Crawford County High School, Pioneer Vocational School, or Tri-Rivers Vocational School OR if applicant did not graduated from a Crawford County high school, they must has been a resident of Crawford County for a minimum of three years. In addition, a short essay explaining why the student is seeking this scholarship and how education will improve their life is required. Proof of a high school diploma or GED certificate is required along with a recommendation from a representative of the program/institution where the applicant is attending. The scholarship may be renewed via re-application the entire time the student is in school.
This scholarship has its own separate online application with multiple deadlines throughout the year. There are three deadlines each year - one for each college semester (fall, spring, and summer). The deadline will be approximately one month prior to the beginning of classes at North Central State College each semester. Please check the application for the exact date each semester.
The Richard A. Miller Scholarship
The Richard A. Miller Scholarship Fund was established in honor of a vibrant young man, Richard (Dick) A. Miller, who lost his battle to multiple sclerosis at the age of 29.
At Crestline High School, Dick was extremely active in multiple extracurricular activities. These included National Honor Society, plays and musicals, choir and Royal Blue Express, football, basketball, and tennis – all while being an A student. He also sang in the United Methodist Church choir. Dick graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where he played football and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His degree was in Applied Math and Computer Sciences. In 2005, Dick was inducted into the Crestline Athletic Hall of Fame, and his football jersey (#90) was retired in 1994. The Crestline High School tennis courts are named in his memory. The Richard A. Miller Scholarship was established by the 1982 class of Crestline High School following his death in 1994.
The Richard E. Stearns Scholarship
The Richard E. Stearns Scholarship Fund has been established in honor of retired Crawford County elementary education teacher, Richard E. Stearns.
As one of seven children, Mr. Stearns understands the struggle for parents to fund education for all of their offspring. As a college student, Mr. Stearns learned the difficulty of paying for college on his own. He knows that while students graduating high school may be able to get a scholarship to help pay for the first year of higher education, they may find that they are having a difficult time finishing their college education due to lack of funds. He decided that something needs to be done to help those students.
Mr. Stearns generously started this scholarship so that $1,000 can be awarded annually to a Crawford County high school graduate who is entering his or her junior or senior level at an accredited institution of higher learning, with a major in an educational or medical field of study.
The Robert Schwaderer Scholarship
The Robert Schwaderer Scholarship was transferred to the CF4CC in 2016. This scholarship is specifically designed to help graduating high school seniors or graduates of Buckeye Central High School. Students may apply during any level of their educational attainment. Preference is given to applicants who are pursing an agricultural field of study or are attending The Ohio State University or OSU's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster, OH.
The Rollie and Esther Wilson Scholarship
The Rollie and Esther Wilson Scholarship was established in 2015 by the Rollie and Esther Wilson family. Rollie and Esther Wilson were happily married for 67 years, until the passing of Esther in 2012. Rollie subsequently passed away in 2017.
This scholarship honors the memory of Esther and Rollie and commemorates Rollie’s dedication to the Colonel Crawford Girls Softball program. For many years, Rollie operated the scoreboard and raised the flag at the Colonel Crawford High School Girls' Softball team games.
A $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a FEMALE athlete (particularly female SOFTBALL players) graduating from Colonel Crawford High School. Applicant must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and have attended Colonel Crawford High School for a minimum of her junior and senior years.
The Samuel Neff Fellowship for International Study
Samuel Neff and his family, during the hundred years they were associated with the Bucyrus community, were actively involved with the larger world around them. Neff's descendants believe it is appropriate that the recipient is an internationally-minded young man or woman excited about engaging in a significant international experience and be willing to share that experience with others. This scholarship is intended for any Crawford County High School student, or graduate of any Crawford County High School, who is pursuing an educational experience outside the United States. Preference is given to Bucyrus students or graduates, applicants traveling to an area other than Western Europe, and to those who can show financial need. Exchange programs set up by other organizations, like Rotary or college semesters abroad, are applicable for this award.
This scholarship has its own separate online application with TWO DEADLINES throughout the year, MAY 15th and OCTOBER 31st.
- The May 15th deadline is for students traveling in the fall of the same year they are applying. (Example: It is the year 2020. Applicant X is going to be traveling abroad during the FALL of 2020. Applicant X would need to get their application into the Foundation before the MAY 15, 2020 deadline.)
- The October 31st deadline is for students traveling in the spring or summer of the year after the year they are applying. (Example: It is the year 2020. Applicant Y is going to be traveling abroad during the SPRING or SUMMER of 2021. Applicant Y would need to get their application into the Foundation before the October 31, 2020 deadline.)
If there are extenuating circumstances, you may apply at other times, but there is NO guarantee that funds will be available.
The Susan Campbell Memorial Scholarship
The Campbell Scholarship was started to honor Susan Campbell's commitment to the importance of community service. She was a beloved Colonel Crawford High School teacher, guidance counselor, and coach who passed away in 1997. She was also the first Colonel Crawford Leo Club Advisor. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to graduating seniors of Colonel Crawford High School who have exhibited high academic standards and a strong commitment to community service as they pursue their goal of a post-secondary education.
The Tyler Niese Memorial Scholarship
The Tyler Niese Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of Tyler Niese, a young man from Buckeye Central High School who passed away in 2016. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to a graduating senior of Buckeye Central High School. The recipients for this scholarship will be selected by the Buckeye Central School's Scholarship Committee. Preference will be given to students who have had to overcome some educational or life situational hardship.
Wynford FFA Rising Sun Scholarship Fund
The Wynford FFA Rising Sun Scholarship was established in January 2018 by the Wynford FFA Alumni. Eligible applicants must be a graduating senior from Wynford High School who has received their State FFA degree or students already in post-secondary stages of their education who have previously received this award. The student can be attending any college, university, or trade school and studying any subject matter. The Wynford FFA scholarship selection committee may or may not require interviews. This scholarship is renewable for the entire time a student is in school to encourage completion of his/her course study; however, the student will have to reapply every year and be chosen.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
in Crawford County
The following scholarship is administered by the Bucyrus Rotary Club; however, the Foundation collects their applicant submissions.
Jerry Volkmer Memorial Scholarship
The Jerry Volkmer Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of former Bucyrus Rotary Club member and long-time resident of Bucyrus, Gerald "Jerry" Volkmer. Jerry's professional background and Rotary Club commitment exemplified "Service Above Self." A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduate of or graduating senior of Bucyrus Secondary School, Wynford High School, Colonel Crawford High School student or a student from any one of those schools attending Pioneer Career & Technology Center. This scholarship is ONLY available to students pursuing an ASSOCIATE DEGREE. Students planning to attend a four-year college or university are NOT eligible. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has exhibited "Service Above Self" through a submitted essay and interview process. Awards are decided by the Bucyrus Rotary Club Scholarship Committee.
The STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) Scholarship. A $500 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Bucyrus High School who has successfully participated in the Rotary STRIVE program.
The student demonstrate improvement in the 4 A's:
- 1) Academics: Maintaining a “C” average during the second semester of school
- 2) Attitude: Maintaining appropriate conduct and a positive attitude
- 3) Attendance: Maintaining a 90% attendance level at STRIVE meetings
- 4) Altruism: Complete at least 10 hours of community service
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