The fund was established in memory of Margaret Ford and Lloyd K. Smucker by their son, John L. Smucker. Margaret and Lloyd Smucker lived most of their adult lives in Medina County, and Margaret Smucker taught in the Medina County public schools for many of those years. This fund provides scholarships annually to assist economically disadvantaged graduates of high schools in Medina County, Ohio to continue their education through college.
The James T. and Lucille C. Shidecker Fund was established in memory of Mr. Shidecker's mother, Sarah Belle Fridelle Shidecker, and Mrs. Shidecker's mother, Lewella Fletcher Church. A self-employed engineer, Mr. Shidecker was a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1923. The fund equally supports scholarships for graduates of the Danville Public School System in Knox County and Big Walnut Public School System in Delaware County. Both Mr. and Mrs. Shidecker are deceased.
The James W. Faulkner Memorial Fund is a scholarship fund held by The Columbus Foundation on behalf of the Central Ohio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It was founded to perpetuate the name, works and ideals of James W. Faulkner (1864-1923), Statehouse correspondent for The Cincinnati Enquirer, founder of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association, and dean of political writers during his lifetime. According to a published history of the fund, Faulkner arrived in Columbus in 1890 to cover the Ohio General Assembly and was astonished by what he found. Lobbyists roamed the floors of the legislature even as sessions were held, trying to influence the lawmakers. Political “correspondents” sent reports to Ohio newspapers that were little more than propaganda paid for by the lobbyists.
With fellow journalists, Faulkner proposed to legislative leaders that all but working newspapermen be banned from legislative sessions. The journalists then formally organized the group that would become the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association and elected Faulkner its president. The General Assembly in 1893 gave this organization the role of determining who would have floor privileges as legitimate working journalists, a role that continues to this day.
Faulkner served as the group's president for 24 years, and became known for loaning money to needy college students seeking to become journalists. After his death, friends and colleagues collected money for a memorial fund to continue that financial aid. By 1931 the group had raised $13,000 and formed a board to oversee the fund. For the last 50 years it has provided scholarships to journalism students. This fund grants scholarships to deserving journalism students at colleges and universities in the State of Ohio.
The scholarship was established as a tribute to the tireless efforts of George Jenkins and Howard Hennen on behalf of Cadiz High School Athletes. This scholarship benefits graduating seniors or graduates of Harrison Central High School, with preference for students of the former Cadiz High School District.
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship awards to graduating seniors of the Columbus Public School District who may major in any area of study, who have a strong interest in public service and/or public policy, and who participate in The John Glenn Learning Community at The Ohio State University.
The scholarship honors the memory of Janet and Erin Emerine, lovers of learning. Janet dedicated her life to teaching people of all ages. Erin dedicated her life to improving the community around her through volunteerism. They valued education as a tool to succeed in life, and they would have wanted others to have the opportunity offered by a scholarship.