SIDNEY – Spencer Hina, son of Mark and Nichole Hina, of Sidney, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Lantz Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is a one-time $1,000 award. Spencer will graduate from Fairlawn High School, and plans to attend the Ohio State University – Lima Campus, where he will pursue Psychology.
Madison Allison, daughter of Dean and Cari Allison, of Maplewood, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Lee E. Schauer Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is a $12,000 award, renewable over 4 years. Madison will graduate from Fairlawn High School, and plans to attend the University of Findlay, where she will study Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
The Scholarship Selection Committees found both Hina and Allison to be mature and confident youth who are committed to achieving their goals. They felt they exemplified the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility which the YMCA stresses through their character development program.
A reception for both scholarship winners and their families was held on Thursday, May 26, at the YMCA. In attendance were several YMCA Board members, Y staff and volunteers that served on the two selection committees. The program was led by Dean Weinert, YMCA Board president and Devon Beer, chairman of the YMCA Foundation.
“The field of candidates gets better every year as demonstrated by their character, accomplishments and their willingness to lead and serve others” said Ed Thomas, CEO of the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA. “We believe that both Spencer and Madison will be a credit to the memory of Jim Lantz and Lee E. Schauer.”
Both students have been involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities in the community, with more than 500 volunteer hours to their credit spanning from 2012-2016.
The Lantz scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Jim Lantz, who lost his life in a car accident in high school. Jim’s family established the scholarship with the hope of preserving Jim’s memory and being able to positively impact the lives of youth in our community.
“This was a very tragic experience for our family, and we miss Jim every day,” said Kim Curlis, sister of Jim Lantz, who served on the scholarship selection committee. “We want to turn something sad into something positive, where we can make a difference in someone’s life, and we believe Spencer is an excellent candidate for the scholarship.”
The Schauer scholarship was established in 1990 in memory of Lee E. Schauer, who lost his life in an accident the summer before his senior year. Initially a one-time award of $1,000, the scholarship is now at a level of $12,000 as the result of a large endowment made to the YMCA by Lee’s parents, Ron and Marlys Schauer. Their desire was to honor and perpetuate Lee’s memory in Sidney with this scholarship as well as to make a “significant difference” in the life of a college-bound senior. The committee believes that Allison will be a real credit to the memory of Lee Schauer.