New scholarship to honor Woody Sturm


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SIDNEY — The family of the late Clarence “Woody” Sturm have created the Woody Sturm and Family Scholarship at the Community Foundation of Shelby County to help students pursue schooling or training in a trade.

“We wanted to create a scholarship in memory of Woody,” his wife, Kathy Sturm said. “He was very well known and loved in this community and we thought a scholarship fund would create a lasting and positive impact.”

There is a long history of SHS football in the Sturm family. Woody’s older brother Joe Sturm, along with Joe’s two sons, played. Woody was a member of the Yellow Jackets football team that went 10-0 for three straight seasons from 1968-1970 for a 30-0 record. In remembrance of that achievement, the Woody Sturm and Family Scholarship will be awarded to a Sidney High School senior who played football for at least their junior and senior years of high school.

The recipient will also be chosen for their strong character and work ethic and preference will be given to a student enrolling in an accredited certification, technical school, or pursing a two-year degree.

“Our intention with this scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to the ‘average Joe,’ someone like Woody, who is a member of the football team and wants to continue his education after high school,” Woody’s brother Joe Sturm said.

The Sturm family would also like to thank everyone who contributed in the past and/or will contribute to this fund in the future to keep this scholarship possible for years to come.

The Community Foundation houses more than 110 local scholarships totaling more than $160,000 in one-time and renewable awards. To support the Woody Sturm and Family Scholarship or any existing scholarship or to find out how you can create your own, contact the Community Foundation at 937-497-7800 or visit www.commfoun.com. The Community Foundation has been helping people help others since 1952 by managing many charitable funds created by local residents or organizations to support favorite causes and organizations.

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