Endowed Funds

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. Read about the endowed funds and make a donation below.

The Bill J. Bowling Family Endowment Fund

bill and sue bowling fundThe 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

tydin miller end fundThe 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.

Delaney Grace Riley Memorial Scholarship Subfund

Delaney Grace Riley, a Glenwood student in 2015, was walking to school on a beautiful September morning shortly into the new school year when she suddenly and without warning succumbed to an undiagnosed heart condition and passed away.  Laney was taken from all of us far too soon at 10 years old but her exuberant spirit for the love for others, giving back to the community and thirst for knowledge is something that should never escape any of us. This $1500 scholarship was established by Laney’s family, friends and our Plain Local community to honor her love for life. Delaney was active in Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts of America, First Friends volleyball. This scholarship is to award a graduating GlenOak senior who plans to pursue a postsecondary education at any level.

Paula Perticarini Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Paula Perticarini Paula Marie Perticarini was a dedicated family member, mom and professional Canton City School District teacher who raised her family in the Plain Local School District. She lost her life to pancreatic cancer in 2023. According to her closest coworkers, Paula had a great outlook and sense of humor with all of her students. She valued developing a relationship with them and cared deeply about their academic needs and success.  She was patient, sweet and above all else, kind. As a teacher, Paula was an advocate of all of her diverse students, As a mom, she was the biggest supporter of her two girls and the roles they both played in clubs and activities while attending GlenOak High School. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, decorating, crafting and baking. Above all else, she loved her family.

Plain Local Schools Foundation Endowment – Arts Subfund

Plain Local Schools Foundation Endowment Subfund

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