ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

ANNOUNCING THE KIRK FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

May 1, 2022

The Lima Shawnee Alumni- Legacy Scholarship Fund is privileged to announce the Kirk Family Foundation Scholarship. Created by donor Everett "Butch" Kirk III, the endowed scholarship will provide an initial $2,000 grant to a graduating senior interested in pursuing an education in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). The scholarship is in honor of three generations of the Kirk Family who have attended Shawnee Local Schools.


Mr. Kirk is a 1971 graduate of Lima Shawnee High School. After receiving his B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University, he and his grandfather, Everett S. Kirk, Sr. founded the International Tank Service, Inc. and today serves as President and CEO. A lifelong resident of the Lima area, Butch is involved in many community organizations past and present. He is currently a trustee of Rhodes State College and a member of the Heir Force Community School Board. He is past president of the Lima Family YMCA, past president of the Lima Rotary Foundation, past fund chair of the Boy Scouts of America, trustee for the John H. Keller Fund, and a past board member of Allen Lima Leadership. Mr. Kirk is also a member of the Lima Community Foundation Board of Directors, the 501(c)(3) administrator for the scholarship fund. 


“The Kirk Family is honored and blessed to afford this endowment ensuring academic scholarships for future Shawnee High School Students. In God We Trust.” - Everett “Butch” Kirk, III

We are honored that Mr. Kirk has chosen the Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund to support Shawnee graduates by establishing the Kirk Family Foundation Scholarship.

ANNOUNCING THE STEVEN J. GORDON SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

December 9, 2021

The Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce a new scholarship for Shawnee graduating seniors - the Steven J. Gordon Scholarship. Mr. Gordon is a 1993 Shawnee graduate, and the 2014 recipient of the Shawnee Distinguished Alumni Award.  


While in high school, Steve participated in football and student government. After Shawnee, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Penn State University. In 2010, Mr. Gordon began granting scholarships for Shawnee seniors in recognition of their outstanding leadership and service to the school. Between 2010 and today, Steve and his wife Ariele have awarded scholarships ranging in value from $500 to $5,000 to 90 students, with total grants reaching nearly $100,000. In addition to his support of Shawnee graduates, he has been a major contributor to the Kathie Naab Conwell Memorial Scholarship.   


Steve currently works in Commercial Real Estate Finance in New York City where he resides with his wife Ariele, and three children - Sammy (11), Ryan (9), and Leia (5). Steve currently serves on the advisory boards of the Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund, the Harmonie Club, and previously served on the Penn State Real Estate Board.     


We are honored that he has chosen the Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund to continue his generosity by establishing the Steven J. Gordon Scholarship Award.  

ANNOUNCING THE ZARZAR - PORTMANN SCHOLARSHIP FOR MEDICINE 

November 6, 2021

The Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund is privileged to announce our most recent named scholarship: the Zarzar - Portmann Scholarship for Medicine. Created by donors Rik Portmann and Bob Zarzar, this $100,000 endowed scholarship will provide an annual $4,000 grant to graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in the field of medicine. The scholarship is in honor of their fathers, physicians who served the Lima community for many years. 

Mr. Portmann is a 1969 graduate of Lima Shawnee High School. Rik graduated from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 1973 and went on to own businesses in the transportation and distribution industries. He currently resides on the west coast of Florida. 

“I feel it's important to assist in all areas of education,” said Mr. Portmann. “Education offers the largest single support to one's personal growth. For once you have the knowledge, it lasts a lifetime and no one may take it from you.”


Mr. Zarzar is also a 1969 graduate of Lima Shawnee High School. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Michigan, he continued his education at Michigan and received his MBA in Accountancy. A CPA, Bob was a partner with Price Waterhouse and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Zarzar served on the board of directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and was chair of the AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee. He currently resides outside of Washington, DC, in Oakton, VA.


"Shawnee has graduated so many students that have had important, positive influences in their communities,” said Mr. Zarzar. “It is my hope that this scholarship will help continue that legacy of which we all are tremendously proud."

ANNOUNCING THE KEITH AND DEBORAH WANDELL NAMED SCHOLARSHIP

May 1, 2021

The Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund is honored to announce the single largest gift in the short history of the fund. Through the generosity of donors Keith and Deborah Wandell, the Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund will establish its first named scholarship – the Keith and Deborah Wandell Scholarship.


“It is a privilege to announce this transformational gift,” said Bob Zarzar, Chair of the Stewardship Committee for the fund. “This $100,000 gift will provide endowed resources to directly support graduating seniors today, and for generations to come, as they pursue their education on the way to becoming our next leaders.”


A 1968 graduate of Shawnee High School, Mr. Wandell is the retired President, CEO, and Chairman of Harley-Davidson Inc. He is also the lead independent director of the Dana Incorporated board of directors. Mr. Wandell received an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Dayton.


About the Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund


The Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund was created in 2019 through the Lima Community Foundation. It is a great opportunity for donors to honor the special people at Shawnee who contributed toward their success, or the success of friends and family. It is a simple way to honor the many generations who have attended Shawnee over the past 100 years.


Donations, gifts, and pledges of any size may be made in honor or celebration of an individual or group. Named scholarships are also available. A named scholarship helps meet the needs of students while providing the opportunity to reflect the specific interests, accomplishments, or desires of a donor in a particular academic or vocational area.


More information may be found at www.LimaShawneeScholarshipFund.org or on Facebook at Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship. Contributions may be made directly through the website. Additional questions may be directed to Bob Zarzar at razarzar@aol.com, Tom Orchard at 2taorchard@gmail.com or at info@LimaShawneeScholarshipFund.org.

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