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Aaron Seesan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Aaron Seesan Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • EST. 2005

The Aaron Seesan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Seesan family to honor the memory of First Lieutenant Aaron N. Seesan. Aaron died while leading his platoon on a mission to clear the roads and highways in Iraq as part of operation Iraqi Freedom. Aaron believed that anyone could achieve his or her highest potential through a lifetime of learning and was an advocate for the commitment to the educational process. The fund will award scholarships to graduating high school seniors who wish to pursue their goals through higher education.

Chester A. and Ethel J. Seran Scholarship Fund

  • EST. 2001

Community leader Chester Seran created this Scholarship Fund in his and his wife’s name in 1963 to assist applicants in obtaining a college education, “thereby raising the intellectual and moral leadership of the donor’s church and community.” Preference is given to applicants who are members of Westbrook Park United Methodist Church entering Christian service and attending Otterbein University. During his lifetime Mr. Seran was an active participant in the selection of scholarship recipients, and since his death the Selection Committee continued the purpose of the fund in his memory.

Don and Elsie Sickafoose Educational Fund for Tuscarawas County

Don and Elsie Sickafoose Educational Fund for Tuscarawas County

  • EST. 1997

Don and Elsie established this fund to provide educational loans to deserving students in Tuscarawas County where they hope there will eventually be a community foundation created to incorporate this and other funds serving the area. The Selection Committee is made up of Tuscarawas County residents, including at least one member of a Tuscarawas County Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.

Don and Madalyn Sickafoose Educational Trust Fund

Don and Madalyn Sickafoose Educational Trust Fund

  • EST. 1982

Philanthropists Don and Madalyn Sickafoose from Magnolia established this fund. Income from the trust is used to make educational loans to deserving students residing in southeastern Stark County, northwestern Carroll County, and northern Tuscarawas County. A selection committee of three members makes award recommendations to Stark Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee. Madalyn Sickafoose died in 1990.

Ruth Skeeles Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • EST. 1995

The Worley School PTA in Canton, Ohio, created this permanent memorial scholarship fund to honor Ruth Skeeles, a principal at Worley School from 1938-1967. Net income from the fund is to be distributed for a scholarship award to a student who has attended Worley School in Canton.

Hope Spidell Sparks Charitable Trust Fund

Hope Spidell Sparks Charitable Trust Fund

  • EST. 1983

John C. Sparks established this memorial fund in 1983 to honor his wife Hope Spidell Sparks, who had died that year. Income from the fund is used for college scholarships given to students as recommended by the selection committee. The applicants must be top students who are graduates of Strasburg High School or members of one of the three churches of which Hope and John Sparks were members. Scholarship recipients also attend a summer seminar on the philosophy of individual liberty, a subject of particular interest to Mrs. Sparks.

Stark County Bar Association Scholarship Fund

Stark County Bar Association Scholarship Fund

  • EST. 2003

This fund was created by the Bar Association to provide scholarships for students pursuing a law degree who are likely to return to the Stark County area to practice law.

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