Salem High School Alumni Association, Ohio

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Thank You Notes from Scholarship Recipients

The following words of appreciation are excerpts from a representative sampling of the many notes received.

FROM 2016

"I am sincerely honored to have been selected as one of the recipients for the Charles Fox Medical Scholarship. Thank you very much for your generosity.  The assistance from this award has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist.  Additionally, I would like to thank you for the invitation to attend the SHSAA Award Dinner.  This was an incredible experience that I will not soon forget."  Bryan Hutson '01

"Thank you for the generous scholarship I received. I am so thankful to have grown up in a community that supports and cares for us young adults as we continue on our journey in life.  No matter where I go or what I do in life, there will always be a little space in my heart for Salem." Chelsea Sedmak '16

"I am especially thankful this year to the Hickey family for awarding me with the Nancy Hickey Memorial Healthcare Scholarship.  Your help and belief in me motivate me to continue working to do my best academically." Brook Ackerman '14

"Thank you for awarding me one of the 2016 Merit Scholarships.  I will put it to good use as I continue my education at KSU. I plan to major in Criminology and Justice Studies, hoping one day I can help and serve the community."  Mason Filaccio  '16

"The scholarship I was awarded has given me the opportunity to cover the costs of my first year of college tuition, reducing the stress that the price of college can create.  The Salem High School Alumni Association has an excellent reputation and earns it by assisting graduates every year. Thank you for your efforts to make these scholarships available." Keaton Turney '16

"I will be attending Cleveland State University and pursuing a degree in biology.  Thanks to your scholarship I am one step closer to achieving my medical degree.  Considering the extraordinarily high costs of college, I know I would not be able to accomplish this on my own.  Your generosity has pushed me to continue to work hard in order to accomplish my dreams and to prove that I am worthy of this scholarship." Madelyn Harter '16

"Thank you so much for the John F. Cone Humanities Scholarship.  I can't express how much I appreciate your generosity.  Even though it's been four years since I've graduated high school, it's a good feeling to know that SHSAA still 'has my back.'" Meg Bell '12

"Thank you for your generosity.  It is a huge relief to know that hard work and determination do pay off in the end--getting good grades helped me become more knowledgeable and paid off part of my tuition in the process."  Emily Fitch '16

"Thank you for helping me and so many others with their careers and dreams.  With this scholarship I will study musical theatre at Youngstown State University. Theatre is something I am very passionate about, and I have you to thank for helping me make my passion a lot easier to pursue." Jacob Nash '16

"I would like to express my gratitude for the Merit Scholarship and the Schafer Award that I received. I am so proud to be a Quaker and couldn't have been more blessed than to have grown up in this wonderful town." Amanda Valiente '16

"My sincere gratitude for making the Academic Merit Scholarship and the John Michael Pozniko Engineering Scholarship possible. . . . I plan to major in Computer Engineering with hopes of pursuing a career in robotics. The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses and will allow me to concentrate more of my time on studying."  Jarrod Polen '16

"Thank you for honoring me with Leon H. Colley Award.  It means so much to have the support of the Alumni Association as I pursue my BSN." Ciara Andrews '12

"It is with much gratitude that I write this letter of appreciation to you for being selected as a recipient of the 2016 Academic Merit Scholarship. This scholarship will allow me to develop my skills through education . . .  as I begin a journey towards an exciting career in the field of nutrition and dietetics." Kiersten Quinn '16

It is because of the generosity of this organization that I am able to attend college and pursue my dreams.  I will always be deeply grateful for everything you do in order to help Salem graduates.” Gianna Pacifico ‘15

 “I greatly appreciate being selected as one of the 2016 J. Robert Sebo College Scholarship recipients.  The scholarship will help me in furthering my education. Thank you for this amazing gift.”  Joshua Townsend ‘14

“Thank you for selecting me to receive the Memorial Book Award. . . .  I personally would not have been able to accomplish many of my achievements without your gracious financial contributions, and I'm extremely blessed to have such a strong support system from my alma mater.”  Cassie Wood ‘14

“The Memorial Book Scholarship will be enough to pay for all my books and supplies this coming school year.  This award not only relieves financial stress but truly shows how supportive the alumni association is to my future career, and that is a gift that exceeds all others.” Michaela Lehman ‘13

 “Your support is truly appreciated. I'm proud to be a Salem Quaker and will use my scholarship money as I pursue my degree in engineering at Miami University.”  Olivia Stiff ‘16

 “I thank you for your generosity.  Your scholarship is very special to me as it reminds me of the continued support of my community.”  Katie Howell ‘16

“I am so thankful to the association for helping me further my education at Walsh University. I plan to finish up my BSN by May 2017 and then finally join the workforce as a nurse.”  Taylor Zamarelli ‘13

"Thank you so much for granting me the Max Fisher Athletic Scholarship.  I will put it to good use towards my education at Baldwin Wallace University, where I plan to major in business and film."  John Scheets '16

I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Charles Fox Medical Scholarship. The SHSAA has been a tremendous support in my academic endeavors for which I am truly grateful!" Mariah Poage '09

"Thank you for choosing me as one of the 2016 Merit Scholarship recipients. The scholarship is ultimately a steppingstone in the direction towards my life goal and dreams. Your generosity reminds me of the positive impact a small town organization can have towards aiding the youth of this amazing community." Sydney Green '16

"Thank you so much for awarding me with the Academic Merit Scholarship and the Greenisen Leadership Scholarship. The money received will greatly help to fund my education at Hiram College in Biology and Biomedical Humanities. I hope to one day give back to the association so that future Salem graduates may benefit as well. Thank you for everything--I'm so proud to be a Quaker."  Kerry Dombroski '16

FROM 2015

"My deepest thanks and gratitude for awarding me the John F. Cone Humanities Scholarship.  With the help of this scholarship, I am able to take extra credits and graduate this June (one full year early)! With your help I am able to live my dreams and study in one of the best cities in the world for my line of work.  It is the support I feel from your organization, the community of Salem, and my friends and family that makes it possible for me to be here doing what I love."  Tyler Stouffer '12  [Tyler is studying acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles.]

"Thank you so much for all of your financial support over the last few years! ... I will be completing a year-long internship with the organization Men Stopping Violence beginning in October in Atlanta.  This would not have been possible without all of the support from SHSAA." Matthew Evans '12

"I am looking forward to beginning the next chapter in my life.  College will be both a difficult task and an exciting adventure. My thanks for the opportunity you have generously given me and thank you for believing in my ability to succeed." Kelly Hough '15

"I would like to thank the SHS Class of 1966 for their gracious scholarship that will help me in my second year of college. My gratitude can not be fully expressed.  This scholarship will further my education and help me make SHS, the teachers, and the Class of 1966 proud."  Logan Joy '15

"Thank you for selecting me for the Sebo Bowling Green Scholarship.  It means so much to me to have community support behind my education and only pushes me to do my best in order to honor those that have supported me." Brittany Skiba '14

"I can't even find the words to express how thankful I am that you chose me to receive this scholarship.  I'm so blessed to be able to call myself a Quaker. Thank you for providing me with the support to chase my dreams." Blake Veglia '13

"Thank you for choosing me for the Max Fisher Athletic Scholarship.  The money will be going towards my tuition at Kent State University.  It's good to know that all my hard work has paid off." Michael Ciotti '15

"I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the SHS Alumni Association for awarding me the Florence C. Schafer Award. The generosity of SHSAA is overwhelming.  I am so grateful to have grown up in a community as loving and caring as Salem." Katie Matthews '13

"Thank you for the scholarship money for Wooster Music Camp.  I had a great time, met new friends, and learned a lot more about music."  Ethan Gill '19

"I am tremendously thankful to all involved in the process of making my scholarships possible.  I appreciate the generosity of the donors for taking money out of their own pockets and donating it to help students, like myself, continue our education and become successful in life.  I am also very thankful to the board members for overseeing the money in order to make scholarships possible, and the Scholarship Committee for choosing me to be a recipient.  The generosity, hard work, and kindness of those involved with the Salem Alumni Association make them the best at supporting the community and the students of Salem High School.  It makes me happy to know that others believe that I can accomplish my goal of becoming a registered nurse. Again, thank you, Salem alumni, for making a great difference in my life."  Listy Barnhart '15

"I can not possibly express my gratitude enough for being selected as a recipient of the Nina J. Cone and Stephen F. Cone Music Scholarship.  Thank you so much for your continued support of my studies. . . . I feel honored to know that my alumni association takes my studies so seriously.  With this scholarship I am closer than ever to my goal of graduating from the Dana School of Music debt free, which is an amazing feeling.  It is awesome and humbling to see such incredible support for the arts."  Brenna Price '12

"Thank you so much for the scholarships I received from the Salem Alumni Association. I will be forever grateful for my Academic Merit Scholarship and the Greenisen Leadership Scholarship that I was awarded. The money I received will help me tremendously in college. I hope one day to be able to give back to this great association and help kids like myself achieve their goals." Timothy Erskine '15

"My plans include Army basic training in July as I have joined the Ohio National Guard.  My studies will begin at the University of Cincinnati in January 2016 with a major in criminal justice. I would like to thank the alumni association for my recent scholarship.  It is an honor to have been selected for this award, and it will be a tremendous help with my college fees." Bransen Panezott '15

"Thank you for awarding me with the $5600 Academic Merit Scholarship.  Your support is appreciated greatly. This organization makes postsecondary education a reality for people who have considered it a dream. I am planning to major in advertising with a minor in design.  With this education I plan to help our local businesses and communities draw in more customers. I have a special interest in the arts and also plan to support the art programs in our community.  This scholarship is helping me to reach my goal." Brianna Parfaite '15

"This note brings sincere gratitude for your selecting me to receive the Max Fisher Athletic Scholarship and the J.Robert Sebo Achievement Scholarship.  Your financial generosity will help me pursue my engineering degree at the University of Akron."  Jesse Slocum '15

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to be receiving the Memorial Book Award.  I appreciate all that is done for Salem's alumni.  This money will help me to continue my education and pursue my dream of being a teacher." Kayleigh Null '12


From 2014

""Ever since I was a small child, I dreamed of being an airplane pilot. Since I was just recently named a recipient of the J. Robert Sebo College Scholarship, my dream is starting to come to reality. Without Salem's alumni association many students would not be able to pursue their dreams. I not only received financial support for school, but I met Mr. Sebo, who has given me confidence with finishing my schooling. I will be sure to stop in every semester to share with you my progress or just to say hello. It is amazing to be a part of the nation's best alumni association. Without each and every one of you, it would never be possible." Lance Leininger ‘12

"I'm writing to express my sincere gratitude to all of you and to the Hickey and Peters family. I was appreciative and honored to be the first recipient of the Lois A. Peters Memorial Business Scholarship. She was an inspirational and wonderful woman. The financial assistance you provided me with these past four years has been a great help as I pay my educational expenses. I hope one day I will be able to help others achieve their goals just as you and all the generous donors have helped me." Christina Gentile ‘11