Mami County Foundation Awards 41 Scholarships
PIQUA – Miami County Foundation recently awarded 41 scholarships totaling $107,700 to local students to
support tuition for their post-high school training or educational pursuits. There were 223 applications submitted to Miami County Foundation for its twelve endowed scholarship funds.
The foundation’s executive director, Natalie Rohlfs, said, “We wish our congratulations to this year’s student
recipients! Miami County Foundation is grateful for the generous and visionary fund donors for their original
endowment and their continued investment in these young peoples’ educational opportunities and career paths.”
Thelma Ross Dalton Memorial Scholarship:
Endowed by the late Mrs. Dalton, this scholarship provides tuition
support to selected residents of Miami County, whether graduating senior(s), non-traditional students or currently
enrolled in college, to further their post-high school education in an accredited college, trade, vocational, nursing or health-related facility. Students can reapply in future years. The average award for this year’s recipients is $2,913.
Ashley Andrews Troy High School
Adam Bensman Miami East High School
Aliviyah Boggs Bradford/Upper Valley Career Center
Natalee Carlin Newton High School
Marie Ewing Non-Traditional/College
Jordyn Frees Troy High School
Lexi Gastelu Piqua High School
Ella Gover Lehman Catholic High School
Caitin Hallum Bethel High School
Grant Klopfenstein Troy High School
Sophia Markley Miami East High School
Andrea Marrs Piqua High School
Christopher Nichols Tippecanoe High School
Kathryn Oen Tippecanoe High School
Hayden Parsons Bethel High School
Tori Quinter Covington High School
Lauren Setzkorn Non-Traditional/College
Jaden Stine Newton High School
Morgan Taylor Troy Christian High School
Sydney Taylor Troy Christian High School
Bethany Weldy Covington/Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Michael Whidden Non-Traditional/College
Amelia Zweizig Tippecanoe High School
Richard and Doris (Taylor) High Scholarship:
Doris High established this scholarship to be awarded to a Newton High School graduating senior(s) majoring in engineering, nursing or education. The average award for this year’s recipients is $4,333.
Don Favorite Deeter, M. D. Memorial Scholarship:
This scholarship was established by Mary McCrea Deeter and is awarded to a resident of Newton Township, Ohio, a graduating senior of Newton High School, majoring in science with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. This year’s award is $4,000.
Miami County Agricultural Leadership Scholarship:
This award was endowed by the Miami County Agricultural Leadership Fund to award a Miami County graduating senior(s) seeking a degree in an agricultural study or related field with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Each student will receive $500.
This year, the family of Christopher Heiss contributed to Miami County Foundation’s Miami County Agricultural
Leadership Fund, making two additional Miami County Agricultural Leadership Scholarships in memory of
Christopher Heiss possible.
According to his aunts, Melanie Morris and Amy Picklesimer, “Christopher exemplified leadership in his life. He often helped others in the realization of their plans as well. He was a caring son, loving husband and doting father of soon-to-be two children,” when he passed away in an accident in January 2021 at the early age of 29. They said, “It is the hope of Christopher’s family that this scholarship will enable others to see their agricultural visions come to fruition.”
Miami County Medical Society Scholarship:
The Miami County Medical Society endowed this fund to award residents of Miami County who have been accepted into or who are pursuing an approved course of study to become a medical doctor at an accredited medical school, college or university. Each recipient will receive $3,500.
Newton Board of Education/American Legion Scholarship:
This scholarship is presented to a Newton High School senior(s) with 2.75 grade point average or higher. The recipient(s) demonstrate superior work ethic and participates in a variety of extra-curricular school activities and community service, exemplifying traits such as leadership and a positive attitude. This year’s award is $2,800.
Regina Mikalauskas J.A.K. Trade Scholarship: Jim and Amy King endowed this award to annually support a Newton High School graduating senior(s) who has enrolled in an accredited vocational training program or technical school. This award is $1,000.
Leland and Shirley Mott Memorial Scholarship:
The children of Leland and Shirley Mott established this fund in their parents’ memory to award a selected Troy High School senior majoring in Art, Art History Art Education.
Sierra Rose Gudim
Marjorie Lyons Netzley Scholarship:
Endowed by the children of Marjorie Netzley in her memory and recognition of her dedicated service in medical fields, this scholarship became available to Darke and Miami County residents who are pursuing a health or medical-related degree with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. This year’s award is $700.
Robert E. Netzley Scholarship:
Endowed by the children of the late Robert Netzley in memory of his commitment to public service within the Miami Valley, this scholarship became available to Darke and Miami County residents whose career goal is in public service in fields such as government, not-for-profit, church, politics or health and safety with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. This year’s award is $700.
Dorothy Bleil Richi Scholarship:
Made possible by Ben Richi, the Dorothy Bleil Richi Scholarship is awarded to a St. Patrick Catholic School student or graduate enrolled or attending Lehman Catholic High School. This award is $1,000.
Troy High School Band Scholarship:
Made possible by an anonymous donor and in its first year of awarding, the recipient of this scholarship will be a graduating Troy High School senior involved in band or guard for all four years of Troy High School. She or he will have a 3.5 grade point average or higher, must receive a recommendation from a Troy High School Band Director, and pursue higher education in music or STEM studies. This award is $3,000.
Miami County Foundation administers and distributes scholarships annually. For more information about future
scholarship opportunities, grant applications for local non-profits, schools or municipalities or to support Miami
County Foundation, please visit www.miamicountyfoundation.org.
You can reach Miami County Foundation at P.O. Box 1526, Piqua, OH 45356, , (937) 773-9012 or follow their Facebook or Instagram pages @miamicountyfoundation.
Miami County Foundation was founded in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt to honor his wife, mother and children. A Troy
native, Mr. Hunt incorporated the Miami County Broadcasting Co. in 1946 and founded the county’s first radio
station WPTW in Piqua. It had long been his dream to establish a local foundation to serve the entire county.
Miami County Foundation effectively assists, encourages and promotes the health, education and welfare of the
citizens of Miami County by soliciting, receiving and administrating assets exclusively for their charitable needs.
Miami County Foundation serves with the motto of “People Helping People.”
Lehman - Jay Mclellan and Ella Gover
Troy - Sierra Gudim
Miami East - Chris Heiss, Lauren Wright, Adam Bensman, Nancy Royer - AG
Newton - Natalie Rohlfs and Mr. Fisher with Owen Via