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The Genoa Area Local Schools Scholarship Foundation, Inc. honored 33 students at the high school’s Honors Award Program held in May.

This Foundation was organized by a local group of interested citizens in January 1991, and has held a tax-free status with the IRS since March 2, 1994. The organization’s assets continue to grow. In 2013, funds totaled over $570,000 – up from $550,000 in 2012, compared to $383,000 in 2008.

“Our growth continues only due to a community program that is funded by caring supporters of  Genoa Schools, local businesses, local community clubs, as well as many thoughtful and helpful individuals,” said Diane Gerkensmeyer, Foundation president.


This year, the Foundation awarded a total of 58 scholarships to 33 seniors. The awards included 33 individual scholarship funds that offered 47 scholarships in 2013. In addition, 11 scholarships were given by various local businesses and organizations in conjunction with the Foundation. In addition, one four-year renewable scholarship of $1,000 per year, the Dehn Sisters Memorial Scholarship Trust, was awarded.

In 2013 approximately 4,000 Foundation brochures will be distributed by the Foundation. Students interested in information on scholarships offered through the program should contact their school counselor or principal.

Contributions to the various scholarship funds can be made through gifts, honorariums, memorials, wills, etc. Gifts of money or stock may be designated to create a new scholarship or to the principal of an existing scholarship fund.  Many graduating classes, along with the alumni reunions have given remaining monies to a scholarship fund.

For more information, call the school office at 419-855-7741.

Awardees included:
Helen Asmus Memorial Scholarship – Jacob Cameron, Abby Karikas, Clay Parlette, Ryan Szymanski;

Stella Bertz Scholarship – Mackenzie Baumhower, Bailey Dipman;

Doris Brossia Memorial Scholarship – Clay Parlette;

Clay-Genoa High School Reunion Scholarship – Jeremy Kopena;

Curtice Kidz/Allen Township Scholarship – Chelsey Criswell, Jeremy Kopena;

Envirosafe Scholarship – Jason Helle;

Bruce and Alyssa Gackstetter Memorial Scholarship – Mackenzie Hoyles;

General Scholarship Fund – Alex Claussen, Emily Henneman, Chris Smith;

Genoa Area Federation of Clubs – Tomme Bergman Memorial Scholarship – Kayla Carmody;

Genoa Area FFA Alumni Scholarship –Nicholas Keller, Seth Morrison, Rachael Weber and Kevin Witt;

Genoa Area Music Boosters Scholarship – Mackenzie Baumhower;

Genoa Athletic Boosters Scholarship – Karlie Borowicz, Jacob Young;

Genoa Elementary Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) Scholarship – Ryan Szymanski;

Genoa Golf Scholarship – Skyler Zunk;

Genoa Grange Scholarship – Rachael Weber;

Genoa Kiwanis Scholarship – Mackenzie Baumhower, Karlie Borowicz, Kevin Witt;

Genoa National Honor Society Scholarship – Nicholas Keller;

Genoa Wrestling Scholarship– Jacob Fejes;

Lester M. Henningsen Scholarship – Nicholas Keller;

Andrew Hirt Memorial Scholarship – Jeremy Kopena;

Ryan Kimball Memorial Scholarship – Selina Peer;

“Papa Joe” McLear Memorial Scholarship – Payton Wolfe;

Edith C. Niehousmyer Scholarship – Nick Mortensen;

Helen L. Niehousmyer Scholarship – Jeremy Kopena;

Curt Reinbolt Memorial Scholarship – Shantel Hunt;

Carol Scharer Scholarship – Angelita Zacharias;

John F. Schultz Memorial Scholarship – Rachael Weber;

The Sheahan Family Scholarship – Rachael Weber, Jacob Young;

Marcia Tank Education Scholarship – Paige Neuman;

Marcia Tank Science/Engineering Scholarship – Jason Helle;

Debra Sue Vine Memorial Scholarship – Alexis Ortiz;

Wagner/Sondergeld Memorial Scholarship – Paige Neuman;

James Walton Scholarship – Skyler Zunk.

Additional local scholarships include:
Clay-Genoa Volunteer Firemen’s Association – Mackenzie Hoyles;

The Dehn Sisters Memorial Scholarship Trust – Nick Mortensen;

First Federal Bank – Alexis Ortiz;

Genoa Area Education Association (GAEA)-David Miller Honorarium – Nick Mortensen;

Genoa Area Education Association (GAEA) – Nick Mortensen;

GenoaBank – Elizabeth Bates,  Jonathan Belsky;

Genoa Coterie Club – Alexis Ortiz;

Genoa Chamber of Commerce – Elizabeth Bates, Alexander Miekis;

Pepsi Americas – Kyle Nutter.



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