Our scholarship program is exclusively for graduating seniors from Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Good luck and Go Bulldogs!

Becky Artz Memorial Scholarship

The Stow Schools Foundation established the Becky Artz Memorial Scholarship the fall of 2001 in order to honor Becky’s memory and to assist a Stow-Munroe Falls senior in their pursuit of a degree in education.

  •  Must be a graduating senior from Stow-Munroe Falls High School:
  • Aspiring to become an Educator.
  • Planning to attend a post secondary institution.
  • Grade Point Average 3.0+

Catherine Galay Menapace Memorial Scholarship

Gifted with a marvelous intellect and a profound love of learning inherited from immigrant Ukranian parents, Catherine Galay Menapace was the first in her extended family to attend college.  She graduated from Kent State and taught in Ohio high schools for twelve years.  When her own children entered Holy Family and Stow High, Kay vigorously supported both schools, attending countless meetings as a tireless advocate of a quality education for all students.  This scholarship was established in her honor by her husband, family and friends.


You must be a Stow-Munroe Falls graduating senior who demonstrates a desire and ability to further one’s education.  Financial need will be a consideration.  A student who would be the first in his or her  immediate family to attend college may also be a consideration 

Class of 1948 Scholarship

71 years after they graduated, the 1948 classmates join together to honor their deceased members and praise their school. They received a solid education, whether they went to work or on to college.

You must be a Stow-Munroe Falls graduating senior who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, compassion, character and scholarship need

Dorothy L. Kistler Music Scholarship

With an exceptional aptitude and ear for music shown at an early age, Dorothy L. Kistler throughout her lifetime shared her gift with family and friends and instilled a love and appreciation for music in all who were fortunate enough to know her.

– The recipient must have demonstrated superior talent in music, and intends to pursue music as a career (as a musician, teacher or music related position.)
– The scholarship is to go to a post secondary institution that the student will attend in furtherance of such pursuit. Financial need should be a consideration.

Horn Family Scholarship

The Horn Scholarship was the first trust established with the Stow Schools Foundation in 1988.  It set an example for other funding to honor and remember significant people and accomplishments in the form of scholarships to be granted to the students of the Stow-Munroe Falls school system.  The Horn Scholarship is funded by Ed and Pat Barr in honor of Pat’s parents, Merle and Marcella Horn.

 ELIGIBILITY: Candidate must be a graduating senior who has demonstrated exemplary qualities in service, scholarship, leadership and character.

I.O. and Mary Frances Forbs Adams Scholarship

Coming soon.

James and Ida VanGilder Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named for Jim VanGilder who served as the Principal of the Stow-Munroe Falls High School for twelve years. Mr. VanGilder was also the Director of Personnel and Staff Development for fourteen years and retired in 1992 after 40 years of service in public education. Jim’s wife, Ida, was his strongest supporter and gave him constant encouragement.

Jim and Ida wish this scholarship to go to a Stow-Munroe Falls graduate who plans to attend a four-year college or university. The scholarship is open to any major field of study.

The criteria for this scholarship is improvement in the student’s last three years in at least two of these areas: attendance, attitude, academics and school involvement.

James P. and Johann L. Banks Scholarship

This scholarship was established in June 2000 by the Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club in honor of member James P. Banks and his wife Johann L. Banks. Mr. Banks has been an extremely active member of the Cuyahoga Falls and Stow Rotary Clubs and has served Rotary as a Governor of District 6630. Mr. Banks also spent many years of his career in at the University of Akron.

In promoting the ideals of honesty, fairness, high morals and ethical standards, this scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating senior from the Stow-Munroe Falls High School who plans to pursue a four-year degree at a college or university. The scholarship is open to any major field of study. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be planning to attend The University of Akron


Norma L. Watkins Scholarship

In 1947, Norma began her career in business. Starting out as a pioneer for women in business, she dedicated her life to one employer and continues today as one of their most valued assets. She has been honored by the Who’s Who of American Women and was previously active in the Business/Professional Women of Stow.

This scholarship is given to a female high school senior who desires to seek a career in business.

Paul and Mildred Underwood Memorial Scholarship

Paul and Mildred Underwood were residents of Cuyahoga Falls. While they had no children of their own, the Underwoods loved children and made arrangements to benefit children from their estates. Paul died in 1983 at the age of 85 and Mildred died in 1997 at the age of 94. Both were extraordinary professionals who dedicated their lives to their families, their work, professional associations and to the community. The Underwoods established and operated a successful typesetting business in the Akron area. They served the community through the City Council, Lions Club, Masonic Order, Eastern Star and the Business Woman’s Professional Organization.

You must be a graduating senior with the following qualifications:
– Pursue a four year undergraduate degree.
– Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher
– Must have been active in school and community.

Robert and Barbara Kerscher Scholarship

Robert Kerscher was a long-time trustee at Ohio Northern University. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be planning to enroll at Ohio Northern University. 
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior from the Stow-Munroe Falls High School who meets the following criteria:

– Attained an accumulated grade point average of at least 2.50
– Demonstrated a commitment to developing their intellectual, and social potential
– Has earned a reputation for being honest, kind, moral and socially responsible
– Will attend an accredited college or university in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree
– The scholarship is open to any major field of study.

Stow Schools Foundation At-Large

This scholarship recognizes students who have worked hard to achieve their academic and career goals.

Other factors considered will be:

(1) contribution to high school through extra-curricular activities, service, and leadership

(2) part-time work

(3) family and financial factors

Susan Martucci Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2017 to honor Susan Martucci. Mrs. Martucci served the Stow-Munroe Falls School District for many years as a teacher and administrator. She also served on the board of the Stow Schools Foundation.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior from the Stow-Munroe Falls High School who meets the following criteria:

– Attained an accumulated grade point average of at least 2.50
– Demonstrated a commitment to developing their intellectual, and social potential
– Has earned a reputation for being honest, kind, moral and socially responsible
– Will attend an accredited college or university in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree
– The scholarship is open to any major field of study.

Charles Monteith – Darrow Street Grange Scholarschip

Charles Monteith was the first Mayor of the Village of Stow and the Mayor again when Stow first became a City.  He served on the Board of education of Stow and Summit County.  Mr.  Monteith was an active long-time member of the Grange.  This scholarship was funded in his honor by the Darrow Street Grange.

The scholarship will be awarded based upon the following criteria:
– Desire to complete a college education in agriculture, family and consumer science, ecology or veterinary medicine.
– Need for financial assistance.
– Service to your community, church and school.
– Good moral character.
– Scholastic achievement.

Hayley A. Hopkins Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be: a Stow or Munroe Falls resident, a graduating senior of SMFHS who will attend a college or associate degree program in the Fall within the U.S. The applicant MUST BE ACTIVE IN EACH of the following:

– An athlete (preferably 2 high school sports or more); involved in music such as a band member, orchestra, or choir; active in the community via Church or non-profit organization. 

Stow Teachers Association Scholarship

The Stow Teachers Association is the professional organization representing all certificated/licensed teaching positions in the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools District. This scholarship is intended to support graduating Stow-Munroe Falls students who plan to enter the teaching profession. May require an interview

Terry Wysmirski Memorial Scholarship

This $500 scholarship was funded by the Wysmierski family in memory of their mother, Terry Wysmierski. She worked for the Stow School system for over 30 years. She had a passion for helping students in need and encouraging them to pursue their education to the next level.
You must be a graduating senior of Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

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 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.

Tavern of Stow Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Scholarship

Long time residents of Stow, Dan and Kerry Russo purchased the Tavern of Stow in 2017 inspired by their memories of growing up around family and authentic homemade food. They have built the Tavern of Stow into an establishment where families and friends gather; and as local business owners in a community they love, supporting both community and education has been their mission.

As restaurant owners, Dan and Kerry understand the importance of developing young service minded professionals to ensure great experiences continue to inspire others. Therefore, in keeping with their mission, they have created the Tavern of Stow Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Scholarship.

GPA: 2.8 or above.

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