One of the main objectives of the TPS Foundation (TPSF) is to provide annual scholarships to graduating TPS seniors. This year, these scholarships were awarded to 30 recipients from eight different TPS high schools.
The scholarships, which were awarded to students pursuing both college and Career Tech pre-apprenticeship programs, amounted to a total of $32,200. This year’s awarded scholarships are provided thanks to many community corporations and private donors, including the University of Toledo and Telesystem.
The TPS Foundation received applications from more than 80 TPS students. The recipients of the scholarships were chosen based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and school involvement, and a personal essay explaining the impact the funds would have on their education.
After reading through all of the submitted applications and essays, the TPS scholarship selection committee, which consisted of Gaye Martin, ProMedica; Martin Lamar, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority; Matt Mishler, Telesystem; Adam Motycka, U.S. Federal Court System, and Brian Mysko, Telesystem, selected the 30 recipients they felt best embodied the mission of the TPS Foundation. Special thanks goes to Jennifer DeYarman, TPS, for her support in this process.
The Stories Behind the Students
The selection committee was amazed by some of the stories the students shared within their essays. Stories of struggle that were met with perseverance — and stories of success that only the most dedicated students can achieve.
“Looking back on the experience, I am grateful for the way in which it helped me grow…I turned a horrible situation around and allowed it to push me to succeed.” - Waite High School Scholarship Recipient
While the overarching theme of the essays were similar — young men and women who have overcome obstacles — each student’s journey is unique. And within each personal essay is a lesson we should all take away, whether we’re parents, teachers, leaders, or simply members of the community.
“I learned that when all odds are against me, I do not give up… I learned that I will not go back on my word.” – Rogers High School Scholarship Recipient
“I learned to have a servant’s heart.” – Start High School Scholarship Recipient
The TPS Foundation has no doubt that these young men and women will make an impact in our community in the years to come, just as they did within the schools of TPS.
Funding Student Success
The TPS Foundation was created more than 25 years ago to provide a reliable source of scholarship funds, and for programs and initiatives to enhance teaching and learning in Toledo Public Schools. The Foundation is proud to have played a role in the education that these scholarship recipients have received thus far — and we’re grateful to be able to further provide these students with funds to help them take their education further.
For the first time, in 2017, the TPS Foundation is providing scholarships for students pursuing Career Tech and non-traditional certificate programs. The TPSF Board recognizes that all students are not interested in attending traditional colleges, and values the contributions made by other professions, such as building trades and culinary programs.
This year’s scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Celebration of Excellence Dinner, sponsored by Eastern Michigan University. The annual dinner will be held on Thursday, April 27, and is an evening to honor valedictorians, salutatorians and scholarship recipients from the Class of 2017.