Scholarship Opportunities

The Plain Local Schools Foundation was created to ensure that Plain Local Schools students and teachers have quality educational experiences. Many of the private gifts and funds we receive are in the form of scholarship endowed funds that memorialize a Plain Local student, teacher, community member or honor the legacy of Plain Local by supporting graduating seniors in their pursuit of higher education.

Applications for the 2019 graduating class will be available online for GlenOak students in January 2019. 

Florence Elizabeth Barr Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is in memory of Florence Barr.  She was not only an outstanding female athlete but a revered educator in the Plain Local School District. This scholarship is open to any female GlenOak athlete with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4, who has at least four letters in at least two separate sports. Applicants must submit the application along with an essay and letters of references


Brian D. Beck Memorial Scholarship
Brian Beck, a 2008 GlenOak graduate, had a love and passion for the Plain Local Health Tech program.  The annual $1,000 award is given to applicants who plan to pursue a health care or medical related degree at an accredited college or university, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and submit an application and essay. Funding for this scholarship is through the annual “Father’s Day 5k” race created by Brian’s family, featuring special awards for father/child finishers. The family requests that winners appear at the annual “Father’s Day 5k” race in support of the scholarship fund.


Peter N. Cazantzes Memorial Scholarship
An educator for more than 30 years in Plain Local, Peter Cazantzes dedicated his life to improving the lives of those around him. He demanded the most out of his students and gave selflessly to his community. The Cazantzes family and friends have established this $1,000 memorial scholarship to recognize a Plain Local graduating senior who has shown a substantial dedication to his or her community and exemplifies good character. There is no minimum GPA requirement – rather the scholarship focuses on character, community service and the student’s spirit exhibited in the required essay.


Plain Local Alumni Association /Drenta Family Scholarship
Awarding $500 scholarships each year, the PLSAA/Drenta Family Scholarship was established to award GlenOak High School graduating seniors who are the child, or grandchild, of any member of the Plain Local Schools Alumni Association. The scholarship honors Vic and Darlene Drenta, whom are both alumni and career educators of the Plain Local School District. The scholarship is important in maintaining the legacy of the four high schools – Middlebranch, Glenwood, Oakwood and GlenOak – that have comprised the Plain Local School District over the years. With over 32,000 graduates from these high schools, it is a critical link to the history of the community.


Thomas Filicky Memorial Scholarship
Tom Filicky began his teaching career for Plain Local Schools in 1967 as the vocational electronics teacher at Oakwood High School and later, GlenOak High School. He was honored as a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholar in 1969 and was selected “Teacher of the Year” in 1991. In 2005, he was inducted into the Plain Local School’s prestigious Hall of Distinction. This $500 scholarship is awarded to a GlenOak High School graduating senior who has demonstrated the same revered qualities and character that Filicky exemplified throughout his life as a teacher, mentor, leader and friend. Applicants must be a GlenOak High School senior who holds a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.8, plans on pursuing a degree at an accredited college and has demonstrated excellence in academics, the arts, leadership and community service.


Abbey E. Foltz Memorial Scholarship
Abbey Foltz, a 1999 GlenOak graduate, lost her courageous battle to cancer in August 2000. Although frequently hospitalized and on treatments during her high school career, Abbey overcame insurmountable obstacles and worked hard to achieve her academic and personal goals. She had the courage, drive and perseverance to finish high school and subsequently attend The Ohio State University. It was obvious to anyone who caught her sparkling performances in May Shows, musicals and concerts that the performing arts were especially important to Abbey. Abbey’s parents and family, all of whom were also Plain Local graduates, have established this $500 scholarship for GlenOak students to commemorate Abbey’s love for music and in honor of her memory. Applicants must be planning to pursue a four-year degree at an accredited college or university, have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and have been a member of the vocal music department for at least two years (one year must be senior year).


Matthew Fox Memorial Scholarship
Matthew, a 1995 GlenOak High School graduate, died tragically on September 5, 1995 in an automobile accident. This $250 scholarship was established by Matthew Fox’s parents, family and many friends to honor his memory and love of music. Matthew was an active member of the GlenOak Music Program for four years and his passions included writing, performing and teaching music professionally.  This scholarship is to award a GlenOak senior who plans to pursue a major in music at the collegiate level and shares Matthew’s unsurpassed love and passion for music.


Glenwood Class of 1962 Scholarship
This scholarship is established by the graduates of Glenwood High School’s Class of 1962, with monies raised during class reunion events and other fundraisers. The members of the Glenwood Class of 1962 feel strongly about giving back to current students in pursuit of higher education and offer two $500 scholarships each year. Applicants must show financial need; demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership and community service; and hold a cumulative 3.2 GPA or higher. Preference to children or grandchildren of any Glenwood graduate may be given for one of the two scholarships awarded.


Haws Leadership Scholarship
This $500 scholarship was established by Plain Township Trustee, Scott Haws, upon his election to office and his promise to give back to the community.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, demonstrate excellence in academics and be an exemplary student in at least three of the following four areas: athletics, leadership, the fine arts and community service. Preference is given to graduates planning to attend Kent State University or Walsh University.


Bill Mease Memorial Scholarship
Dedicated to a former Plain Local superintendent and educator, the $1,000 Bill Mease Memorial Scholarship honors Bill Mease – a man who strived to improve educational opportunities of thousands of children in the Plain community. Bill was the inspiration and driving force behind the concept of a community high school campus and spearheaded several educational programs that laid the framework for Plain Local – making it an excellent place to learn. This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and at least three of the following four areas: athletics, leadership, the fine arts and community service.


Tydin Miller Memorial Scholarship
Tydin Miller, a 2005 graduate of GlenOak High School, always had a smile on her face and was genuinely kind to everyone she met. From beginning with her life as an orphan in Vietnam, to moving halfway around the world learning a new language and culture, Tydin embraced the many challenges she faced and did so with a positive attitude. With the help of her family, friends, teachers and coaches, Ty became a persevering kid full of hope and happiness. Tydin’s family and friends have established this $500 scholarship to celebrate the life of a young woman who helped others, worked incredibly hard and never gave up. This scholarship is for applicants pursuing an associate degree at an accredited college or university and having at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA.


Plain Local Teachers Association Harry Timpe Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who will be entering the education field and demonstrate the characteristics of an outstanding educator. Harry Timpe was a dedicated and passionate career-educator in the Plain Local School District. The effects that Timpe had on his students were everlasting and changed the face of education in Plain Local. Applicants must have the personal attributes, character traits and dedication that would deem him or her an exemplary teacher candidate. The award check will be issued upon acceptance into the College of Education at the respective college / university (typically junior year).


Sydney Kleptach Memorial Scholarship (New Scholarship)
Sydney was a 2018 graduate of GlenOak High School, and a student at the University of Mount Union. She was a very active student, majoring in biology, French and playing on the women's soccer team. In high school, she was the president of the National Honor Society, a student ambassador, a Varsity soccer player, and dedicated over 900 hours to community service. Outside of her studies, she was gifted in artistic endeavors including choir, creating realistic drawings, and self-taught musical instrument talents. Sydney's greatest talent though, was touching the lives and bringing pure joy to everyone she met. Her time with us was very short, but the impacts she had on us, others, and the community will last a lifetime.   The Glenoak High School National Honor Society and Student Council have created this $1,000 scholarship from the proceeds of a Winter Wonderland Semi-Formal Dance that took place on January 5th for all GlenOak High School students.

Evans/Yohe Family ASL Scholarship (New Scholarship)
This $250 scholarship was established by Denise (Yohe) Evans, Cutler Realtor and GO ’82 alumni in honor of her brother, Rick Yohe, who lost his hearing at age 2, and Rick’s family who are very involved in the deaf community. The scholarship is being awarded to a graduating senior who plans to further their education in ASL, deaf studies, teacher of the deaf or hard-of-hearing, or a related field.


Evans/Yohe Family Video Production Scholarship (New Scholarship)
This $250 scholarship was established by Denise (Yohe) Evans, Cutler Realtor and GO ’82 alumni in honor of her son Brad, and her nephew Zane, who both were students of the GlenOak Video Production program. The scholarship is being awarded to a graduating senior who plans to further their education in video production, photography or a related field.


Plain Township Fire Department Scholarship (New Scholarship)
This scholarship is established by the Plain Township Fire Department and the Fire Fighter Union IAFF Local 2967. The goal is to provide two individual $500.00 scholarships to deserving GlenOak High School seniors enrolled in Health Tech, Tech Prep, or the Nursing program.


Jim Hillibish Memorial Scholarship (New Scholarship)
This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Jim Hillibish, who worked for the Canton Repository for parts of five decades, writing stories, feature and entertainment articles, editorials, and general interest commentaries, as well as columns on gardening, cooking, and computers.  He held various positions at The Canton Repository, such as photographer, reporter, columnist, entertainment writer, features editor, bureau chief, lifestyle section editor, editorial writer and editorial board member.  He also helped to create the newspaper’s entertainment section, and, in 1996, designed and launched At Glenwood High School, he studied journalism and became the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Eagle’s View, his senior year.


Any questions regarding scholarships, making a donation, or if you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact Anna Bodner, Director of the Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association at or 330-491-3870.