The Zonta Club of Findlay has awarded seven $1,000 scholarships and two $500 Zonta International Scholarships to women in Findlay and Hancock County.
The criteria for selection for the 50th annual scholarship awards was based on academic and merit achievement, school activities, community service, leadership, career goals and financial need. All seven recipients personify Zonta’s mission of improving the status of women as they plan to use their education to improve the lives of others both domestically and internationally.
Funding for all Zonta’s scholarships and service projects is derived from its spring geranium sale.
• Rebecca Sharrer, daughter of Barbara and Fred Sharrer, a graduate of Liberty-Benton High School. She received the Elizabeth M. Kobezska Z Club Scholarship, given to a Liberty-Benton student who most portrayed the qualities of the Z Club founder, Elizabeth Kobezska. Sharrer was the president of the LBHS Z-Club as well as student council president. She will attend Ohio State University in the fall to study biomedical sciences.
Sharrer was also the recipient of the Zonta International Young Women In Public Affairs Award. This is a $500 award first given by the Zonta Club of Findlay and passed on for competition at the district level for $1,000 and then the international level for $4,000. The criteria for this award is active commitment to volunteerism, experience in local or student governments, volunteer leadership achievements, knowledge of Zonta International and its programs and advocating Zonta International’s mission.
• Jana Fish, daughter of Jeff and Jenny Fish, also a graduate of Liberty-Benton High School and a member of Z-Club. She plans to attend Bowling Green State University in the fall to study tourism, leisure and event planning.
• Madison Endicott, a graduate of Van Buren High School. She will attend Ashland University in its honors program to major in exercise science.
• Rebecca Kirian, daughter of Dean and Jane Kirian, an Arcadia High School graduate. She will attend the University of Cincinnati, majoring in dietetics.
• Beth Palmer, an Arlington High School graduate. She will attend the University of Cincinnati to major in biomedical engineering.
• Michelle Flanagan, a graduate of Van Buren High School, who will attend the University of Cincinnati to major in journalism.
• Mikayla Brown, a junior at Hillsdale College, where she is majoring in history and minoring in music education. After her undergraduate study she plans to go on to law school at the College of William and Mary.
• Karen Wise, a junior at Bluffton University where she has a dual major in business administration and early childhood education. She is the 2014 recipient of the Findlay club’s $500 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1998 to women in their second year of an undergraduate program in business, leading to a business management career. Wise, a 2012 honors graduate of Riverdale High School, is the daughter of Tom and Carol Wise of Findlay.
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