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New SHS Alumni Association scholarships reflect generosity of families | News, Sports, Jobs

New SHS Alumni Association scholarships reflect generosity of families | News, Sports, Jobs

Through the generosity of two local families who wish to memorialize their children, there is one new scholarship for post-secondary level and one for high school level.

Both are available to apply for during the 2022 scholarship application period along with many other named and academic scholarships. It is currently listed online at www.salemohioalumni.org.

Matthew Yerkey ’82, DDS, and his wife Wanda funded the E. Blair Yerkey Memorial Ohio State University Scholarship in memory of their son, Ethan Blair, who died in 2005 of a seizure disorder at the age of 21 months.

The scholarship is for a Salem High School graduate who is currently attending Ohio State University. Applicants need to describe how they live with or overcome life challenges. The first scholarship will be awarded in 2022, the year Blair graduated from Salem High School.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ding Laurie

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Deming Lowry graduated in 2005 from Salem High School and in 2009 from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism. A compassionate and compassionate young woman, she believed that helping others selflessly was an integral part of a purposeful life.

She passed away in October 2020 at the age of 34. Generously funded by the W. Robert Lowery family, the Elizabeth (Lizzie) Lowery Memorial Empathy Scholarship recognizes the quality of empathy in a graduating student.

One or two high school students graduating annually may be selected for their good deeds in helping others. Applicants will need to demonstrate acts of empathy during their high school experiences or in special activities both within and outside of a traditional high school environment.

The online application process is convenient and easy to use. Students are invited to explore different scholarships and then register on the Student Application Portal.

Salem High School Alumni Association scholarship applications require online submission of information for each scholarship that students wish to apply for. The deadline for applications for secondary and post-secondary schools is Monday, March 21, 2022. Scholarships will be presented at the SHS Scholarship Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Salem High School Auditorium.

Since 1908, the Salem High School Alumni Association has been offering scholarships to help students pursue their career aspirations through the generosity of alumni and friends.

In 2021, the Salem High School Alumni Association awarded 96 scholarships totaling $375,250 to 88 Salem High School students and alumni. Since 1908, more than $8.3 million has been given to 2,456 recipients.

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