Endowed Funds of The Plain Local schools foundation and Alumni Association
The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association holds a variety of named endowed funds that support the Plain Local School District with monies
The Bill J. Bowling Family Endowment Fund
The Bill J. Bowling Family Endowment Fund supports the Plain Local School District with programming and facility with grants that provide exceptional opportunities for all 6,000 students in the district. The fund was set up by the Bowling family in memory of Bill who passed away in 2013.
All three of Bill’s daughter’s (Elizabeth, Michelle and Laura) graduated from GlenOak High School and excelled in academics and athletics through their educational career. Bill valued the diversity and opportunities that public education offered his children, and now grandchildren. Because of those opportunities and life lessons that his children experienced it was the desire of the family to support the Plain Local School District in the spirit that captured everything that Bill valued about Plain Local and public education.
Donations to the Bill J. Bowling Foundation will support programming and facility grants to Plain Local Staff based upon the values that all students receive the opportunity to be challenge, to excel, to take chances without the fear of failure and to work hard and remain optimistic.
The Mary Tydin Miller Memorial Endowment Fund
The Mary Tydin Miller Memorial Endowment Fund was established by her parents to celebrate Tydin’s life. Tydin had a mighty spirit, helped others, worked hard and never gave up. Tydin was a 2005 graduate of GlenOak where she embraced the many challenges she faced. Beginning with her life as an orphan in Vietnam, then moving half-way around the world, learning a new language and culture, Tydin developed a positive attitude toward everything she encountered. With the help of her family, friends, teachers and coaches, Ty became a persevering kid full of hope and happiness. She always had a smile on her face and was genuinely kind to everyone she met.
At GlenOak High School, Ty played the trumpet in the band, sang in the choir and was a two-time state qualifier in cross country.
The endowment fund awards “Star Grants” to staff annually for programming that supports enriching and exceptional programming for all students of Plain Local and one $500 scholarship annually to a graduating GlenOak senior who is pursuing an associate degree at an accredited college or university.
Donations to the Mary Tydin Miller Memorial Endowment Fund will benefit the “Star Grants” awarded to staff annually at convocation each August that supports enriching, innovative and meaningful programming for all students of Plain Local.
Sydney Kleptach Memorial Endowment Fund
Sydney was a 2018 graduate of GlenOak High School, and a student at the University of Mount Union. She was a very active student, majoring in biology, French and playing on the women’s soccer team. In high school, she was the president of the National Honor Society, a student ambassador, a Varsity soccer player, and dedicated over 900 hours to community service. Outside of her studies, she was gifted in artistic endeavors including choir, creating realistic drawings, and self-taught musical instrument talents. Sydney’s greatest talent though, was touching the lives and bringing pure joy to everyone she met. Her time with us was very short, but the impacts she had on us, others, and the community will last a lifetime. The Glenoak High School National Honor Society and Student Council have created this $1,000 scholarship from the proceeds of a Winter Wonderland Semi-Formal Dance that took place on January 5th for all GlenOak High School students.
Jim Hillibish Memorial Endowment Fund
This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Jim Hillibish, who worked for the Canton Repository for parts of five decades, writing stories, feature and entertainment articles, editorials, and general interest commentaries, as well as columns on gardening, cooking, and computers. He held various positions at The Canton Repository, such as photographer, reporter, columnist, entertainment writer, features editor, bureau chief, lifestyle section editor, editorial writer and editorial board member. He also helped to create the newspaper’s entertainment section, and, in 1996, designed and launched CantonRep.com. At Glenwood High School, he studied journalism and became the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Eagle’s View, his senior year.