The family of Matthew T. Williams created the scholarship to honor Matthew T. Williams. First Lieutenant Matthew T. Williams graduated from Minerva High School (Ohio) and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. First in his class, Matt earned the John Levitow Award, the highest honor bestowed during Airman Leadership School. Matt completed his Associates of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.
After acceptance to the Airman Education and Commissioning Program in 1999, he attended and graduated from The Ohio State University (OSU) summa cum laude and received the 2001-2002 Everett Student of the Year Award from the OSU Electrical Engineering Department. While at OSU, Matt was diagnosed with cancer, and he passed away in 2006.
The Ohio School Psychologists Association established this scholarship to benefit graduate students who are in the 2nd term of their first year at one of the nine Ohio Graduate Training Programs in School Psychology.
The scholarship encourages women to acquire a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field. The donor’s bachelor’s degree is in mathematics, followed 15 years later with a master’s degree in business administration. Her degree in mathematics provided opportunities for jobs in software development and application, medical research, technical documentation, organizational education and training, scientific research, and business. Her career was challenging, dynamic, encouraged creativity, never boring, offered schedule flexibility that allowed her to parent her four children, provided career choice independence, and was lucrative. Go STEM Girls!
Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Barbara La Londe of Dublin established this fund in memory of their daughter Lisa La Londe-Cox who passed away in 2001 at the age of 41. Ms. Lisa La Londe-Cox was a medical social worker and mother of three children.
Marcia Wetherbee was born in 1944, and grew up in Bexley, Ohio. She attended Eastern New Mexico University, and relocated to Massachusetts where she lived until her passing in 2019. As owner of “The Meeting Place,” a coffee shop in Bay Village, Massachusetts, she served her neighborhood as a host, member of the Neighborhood Association, political activist, and volunteer. Marcia loved children and was a fierce advocate for the most vulnerable, and after decades at “The Meeting Place,” she went to work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Adoption Social Worker until her retirement. Throughout her life, she organized, entertained, and developed rich communities of friends. When Marcia arrived for a visit, everyone knew the party was about to begin!