Named Scholarships

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Hayley A. Hopkins Memorial Scholarship

Haley was a student of the graduating class of 2012 from Stow-Munroe Falls High
School. She was a 4 year member of the Woman’s Soccer and Lacrosse teams earning
various accolades throughout her career. Haley was a percussionist in the band for 4
years and a squad and section leader for a year. She was also an avid artist taking AP Art
her senior year and continued her drawing well after high school. Her community
service primarily stemmed from being active in her church through the youth program
and various outreach programs, such as, going to Work Camp every year to help build
what was needed in a community in F rakes, Ky. Touring across the country with her
youth choir and hand bell choir was one of her favorite things to do to spread a positive
message through music and her church.

Haley continued her passion for soccer and lacrosse for 2 years at North Carolina
Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC before transferring back to the University of
Akron to pursue the major of study she wanted.

We lost our Haley in a tragic car accident by the hands of a drunk driver on July 31,
2015. This scholarship has been set up with money donated to the family. Haley was
someone who always wanted to help her friends when in need, so we feel honored to be
able to continue her efforts in helping others as they find their way into college.

The Robert and Barbara Kerscher Scholarship

A one-year scholarship partnered with Ohio Northern University
Established in 2016
First Granted in 2017

The Robert and Barbara Kerscher Scholarship will consist of $1000.00 paid in two installments
of $500.00 per semester upon written verification of enrollment at Ohio Northern University.
The recipient of the scholarship also will receive an additional $2500.00 scholarship from
Ohio Northern University, per year, as long as he or she is in good academic standing.
Robert Kerscher and his wife Barbara are 1966 graduates of Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Robert went on to Ohio Northern University, receiving his BA in Business Administration in 1970, and
his MBA from Baldwin Wallace College in 1978. Bob also received an Honorary Doctorate in
Business Administration from Ohio Northern University in 2014. Bob founded Lexi-Comp lnc., a
medical publishing company which provides clinical content at the point of care. He retired as
Chairman and CEO of his company. Bob is an active supporter of Ohio Northern University,
serving as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Specific Requirements:

The applicant must be accepted to and planning to attend Ohio Northern University at the time of the scholarship interviews.

The James P. and Johann L. Banks Scholarship

James P. Banks was a gifted communicator. A warm, congenial man, Jim had a great sense of
humor and an extraordinary sense of compassion. His kindness inspired and touched the
hearts of all who knew him.

For 22 years, Jim served as director of development for higher education institutions
including Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University, and The University of Akron,
where he served for 19 years. Jim coordinated the $10 million 1970 Centennial Campaign
that generated the funds necessary to build the University of Akron’s E. J. Thomas
Performing Arts Hall.

Community service was Jim’s greatest passion. He served as trustee and past president of
Family Services of Summit County, past president of United Disability Services, past
president of Associated Health Agencies and past president of the Hattie Larlham
Foundation for children and adults with profound developmental disabilities. Jim was a
Rotarian for more than 40 years and founded or assisted in chartering seven Rotary clubs,
including the Rotary Club of Stow-Munroe Falls. He was the past president of the Rotary Club of
Cuyahoga Falls and served as Governor, District 6630 from 1978-1979. Rotary awarded him
the Michael J. Johns Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Johann L. Banks was a lover of the arts, an accomplished gardener and a dedicated
volunteer. She enjoyed Akron Symphony concerts and served as president of the River
Estates Garden Club in Cuyahoga Falls. She volunteered with the Food Cupboard at First
Congregational Church of Akron and tutored individuals with disabilities at Weaver
Industries. For many years, Johann was a member of PEO (Philanthropic Educational
Organization), helping to find ways to assist and support higher education for women.
Together, they humbly dedicated their lives to “service above self”, and believed one must
act with integrity, serve with love and work for peace.

Jim & Johann moved to Stow from Cuyahoga Falls in 1975 and became involved in their
community through Rotary. Their wish was to establish this scholarship to benefit students
in the Stow-Munroe Falls School System.

It is our great pleasure to carry out their wish.


Cherie Banks Meyers

735 Carriage Trail

Sagamore Hills, Ohio 44067


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