Learn About The Scholarships
Plain Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association Annual Scholarship Opportunities
The Plain Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association offers scholarships to graduating seniors annually from the various scholarship funds listed below. The Plain Local Schools Foundation was created in 1989 to help insure quality educational experiences by serving as a receptacle for special private gifts and funds on behalf of Plain Local Schools. Many of these private gifts are in the form of scholarship endowed funds that memorialize a graduate, teacher or community member; or that honor the legacy of Plain Local by supporting graduating seniors in their pursuit of higher education.
The 2015 recipients for each scholarship were honored May 13, 2015 at the Academic Awards Night. Click here for the list of all 2015 recipients.
Applications for the 2016 graduating class will be available online or through Naviance in November 2016. Deadlines for submission are listed on each application form.
Florence Elizabeth Barr Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is in memory of Florence Barr. She was not only an outstanding female athlete, but also a revered educator in the Plain Local School District. The scholarship is open to any female GlenOak athlete who has at least four letters in at least two separate sports. Along with at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA, applicants must submit the application along with an essay and letters of references.
Brian D. Beck Memorial Scholarship
Brian Beck, a 2008 GlenOak graduate, had a love and passion for the Plain Local Health Tech program. The annual $1,000 award is given to those pursuing a health-care or medical related degree. Funding for this scholarship is through the annual “Father’s Day 5k” race created by Brian’s family featuring special awards for father / child finishers. Applicants must be planning to pursue a degree at an accredited college or university in the health care field, carry a minimum cumulative GPA 3.00 and submit an application and essay. The family requests that winners appear at the annual “Father’s Day 5k” race in support of the scholarship fund.
Peter N. Cazantzes Memorial Scholarship
An educator for more than 30 years in Plain Local, Pete Cazantzes dedicated his life to improving the lives of those around him. He demanded the most out of his students and gave selflessly of himself to his community. The Cazantzes family and friends have established this $1,000 memorial scholarship to recognize a Plain Local graduating senior who has shown a dedication to his or her community and exemplifies good character. There is no minimum GPA requirement; rather the scholarship focuses on character, community service and the spirit exhibited in the required essay.
Cassandra Chine Memorial Scholarship
Cassandra Chine was a 2013 GlenOak graduate who lost her battle with cancer in Fall 2015. A local agency, Wishes Can Happen, granted Cassie a wish of her choice while battling cancer. Unfortunately, Cassie’s health was such that she could not partake on a trip or other experience as her wish.
Wanting to make a difference in the life of someone pursuing higher education, Cassie decided her wish would be to award the money, which would have been spent on a trip or experience for her, as a one-time $5,000 scholarship to a 2016 graduating GlenOak Senior.
No minimum GPA is required, but applicants must have displayed a commitment towards academic achievement. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s financial need. Applicant must be attending Stark State University or Kent State Stark Campus.
Plain Local Alumni Association / Drenta Family Scholarship
Awarding $500 scholarships each year, the PLSAA / Drenta Family Scholarship was established to award GlenOak High School graduating seniors who are the child, or grandchild, of any member of the Plain Local Schools Alumni Association. The scholarship honors Vic and Darlene Drenta, whom are both alumni and career educators of the Plain Local School District. The scholarship is important in maintaining the legacy of the four high schools that have comprised the Plain Local School District over the years – Middlebranch, Glenwood, Oakwood and GlenOak. With over 32,000 graduates from these high schools, it is a critical link to the history of the community. This one-time award will be presented to the selected recipient upon completion of their first-grading period and the presentation of a record of passing grades to the Plain Local Schools Alumni Association.
Thomas Filicky Memorial Scholarship
Tom Filicky began his teaching career in 1967 for Plain Local Schools as the vocational electronics teacher at Oakwood High School and later GlenOak High School. He was honored as a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholar in 1969 and was selected “Teacher of the Year” in 1991. In 2005, he was inducted into the Plain Local School’s prestigious Hall of Distinction. This $500 scholarship is awarded to a GlenOak High School graduating senior who has demonstrated the high qualities and character that Filicky exemplified throughout his life as a teacher, mentor, leader and friend. Applicants must be a GlenOak High School senior planning to pursue a degree at an accredited college, a cumulative minimum GPA of at least 2.8, along with demonstrated excellence in academics, the arts and in the areas of leadership and community service.
Abbey E. Foltz Memorial Scholarship
Abbey Foltz, a 1999 GlenOak graduate, lost her courageous battle to cancer in August 2000. Although frequently hospitalized and on treatments during her high school career, Abbey overcame insurmountable obstacles and worked hard to achieve her academic and personal goals. She had the courage, drive and perseverance to finish high school and subsequently attend The Ohio State University. It was obvious to anyone who caught her sparkling performances in May Shows, musicals and concerts that the performing arts were especially important to Abbey. Abbey’s parents and family, all of whom were also Plain Local graduates, have established this $500 scholarship for GlenOak students to commemorate Abbey’s love for music and to honor her memory. Applicants must be planning to pursue a four year degree at an accredited college or university, have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, and be member of vocal music department for at least two years (one year must be senior year).
Matthew Fox Memorial Scholarship
This $250 scholarship was established by Matthew Fox’s parents, family and many friends to honor his memory and love of music. Matthew, a 1995 GlenOak High School graduate, died tragically on September 5, 1995 in an automobile accident. Matthew’s passion was to write, perform and teach music professionally. He was an active member of the GlenOak Music Program for four years where Matthew’s love and compassion for music was unsurpassed. This scholarship is to award a GlenOak senior who shares this passion for music and plans to pursue a major in music at the college level.
The Glenwood Class of 1962 Scholarship
This scholarship is established by the graduates of Glenwood High School Class of 1962 with monies raised during class reunion events and other fundraisers. The members of the Glenwood Class of 1962 feel strongly about giving back to current students in their pursuit of higher education and are offering two $500 scholarships each year. Applicants must show financial need, demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership and community service along with having a cumulative 3.2 GPA or higher. Preference to children or grandchildren of any Glenwood graduate may be given for one of the two scholarships awarded.
Haws Leadership Scholarship
This $500 scholarship was established by Plain Township Trustee Scott Haws upon his election to office on his promise to give back to the community. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, demonstrated excellence in academics and at least three of four areas of athletics, leadership, the fine arts and community service. Preference is given to graduates planning to attend Kent State University or Walsh University.
Bill Mease Memorial Scholarship
Dedicated to a former Plain Local Superintendent and educator, the $1,000 Bill Mease Memorial Scholarship honors the man who strived to improve the educational opportunities of thousands of children in this community. Bill was the inspiration and driving force behind the concept of a community high school campus among other educational programs that laid the framework making Plain Local an excellent place to learn. This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and at least three of the following four areas: athletics, leadership, the fine arts and community service.
Tydin Miller Memorial Scholarship
Tydin Miller, a 2005 graduate of GlenOak High School, embraced the many challenges she faced. Beginning with her life as an orphan in Vietnam, and then moving halfway 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. Tydin’s family and friends have established this $500 scholarship to celebrate the life of a young woman who helped others, worked so hard and never gave up. This scholarship is for applicants pursuing an associate degree at an accredited college or university and having at least a 2.80 cumulative GPA.
Plain Local Teachers Association Harry Timpe Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who will be entering the education field and demonstrate the characteristics of an outstanding educator. Harry Timpe was a dedicated and passionate career-educator in the Plain Local School District. The effects that Timpe had on his students were everlasting and changed the face of education in Plain Local. Applicants must have the personal attributes, character traits and dedication that would deem him/ her an exemplary teacher candidate. The award check will be issued upon acceptance into the College of Education at the respective college / university (typically junior year).
The Plain Local Schools Foundation & Alumni Association also raises monies for elementary grants, scholarships and district-wide events while also growing the endowment fund. Over the years, alumni and foundation friends have contributed more than $600,000 to the foundation general endowment fund in addition to the above scholarship funds. Monies raised are focused on the need to continually develop new resources that enable the Foundation to address the program and scholarship needs of the Plain Local School District and support the district’s educational philosophy of “Educating the Whole Child”.
Gifts to the Plain Local Schools Foundation provide the opportunity for every Eagle to achieve his or her highest goals. The generosity of our donors allows the foundation to support every facet of the Plain Local School District to enrich the lives of youths in our community. To establish an endowed fund, give a gift to benefit the students of the Plain Local School District or for more information, contact Diane Pilati, executive director at email@example.com, or call 330-491-3870.