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Peter Kiziu Scholarship
Adriana Cannon, a Lake High School graduate, and Kristin Filby, a graduate of Whitmer, were recognized for their community involvement and pride. They are on the Eastern Y Penguins Swim Team, which plased in the top eight in the 2013 Ohio High School State Swim Meet. They are also lifeguards and frequent volunteers at the Y.
Cannon is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cleveland State University and Filby is majoring in Exercise Science at Bowling Green State University.
The scholarship provides $750 to each recipient. It is named after Peter Kiziu, who served as executive director of the Eastern Y from 1990-97. “Pete” also served as president of the East Toledo/Oregon Kiwanis; president of the Maumee Chamber of Commerce and participated in a number of community activities. He and his wife Nancy reside in Sarasota, Fla.
“This year, we added a fourth $1,000 scholarship and changed the way in which scholarships were awarded,” said Scholarship Chairperson Christina Renz. “Two scholarships were awarded to top German-language students from the greater-Toledo area, and two scholarships were awarded to top students that have volunteered at the Festival and/or are active volunteers/members of any of the seven societies of the G.A.F.
“Students for both awards must have taken an academic or college preparatory course of study and must have attained a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0-point system,” Renz said. “We look for well-rounded students that have participated in a variety of school-sponsored organizations and extra-curricular events. Students applying for the German-language scholarship must be in at least their third year of German language study.”
“The GAF Society is pleased and proud to lend support each year to talented students of German language and culture. It’s a natural extension of our overall mission to preserve our unique heritage,” said Mel Arndt, GAF Society president.
Recipients of the $1,000 scholarships included:
• Alex Kneisel, graduate of Whitmer High School.
• Joe Heidenescher, graduate of Toledo Early College High School.
• Maria Raymond, graduate of St. Ursula Academy.
Awards of $50 were presented to the following students chosen by their teachers as their schools' top graduating scholars: George Miller Davis, Anthony Wayne High School; Nicholas Billmaier, Central Catholic High School; Bethany Rupley, Maumee High School; Matthew Langenderfer, Sylvania Northview High School; David Vidovich, St. John’s Jesuit High School; Devon Turski, Start High School; Emily Zirker, Sylvania Southview High School and Elijah Lawrence, Woodward High School.
Each of the participating schools will receive a classroom subscription to German World magazine. German World is an excellent teaching tool, publishing articles in English and German, side-by-side.
Additionally, several German and Swiss Societies make scholarships available. The Toledo Schwaben Verein gives $500 scholarships to full time students in an undergraduate college program or a technical school. This year they awarded scholarships to the following students:
The Schwaben Verein Scholarships: Thomas Henry, Owens Community College; Elise Lohmann, University of Toledo; Monica Mason, Kent State University; Brian Mathe, Michigan Technological University; Henry Witt, University of Findlay.
The Chris Ziegler Scholarship: Craig Lohmann, Bowling Green State University.
The Maria Schmalzried Scholarship: Emily Belcik, Capital University.
2013 College Grants ($500): Joseph Heidenescher, University of Toledo, Megan Henisse, Bowling Green State University, Krystin Hidden, University of Toledo, Monica Mason, Kent State University, Maria Raymond, Bowling Green State University, Racquel Sohasky, Unknown, Regis Weiss III, Unknown, Samantha Whiteman, Unknown;
Former District 496-Gill Hall, PA, Personal Giving Grant ($500): Emily Schoenfelt, University of Mount Union;
High School Freshmen Grant ($100): Joseph Stenske
Additionally, the Toledo Swiss Ladies awarded a $750 scholarship to Kaylie Livingston, who will attend Ohio State University.
The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.
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