Salem Saxon Scholarship Fund announces recipients

The Salem Saxon Scholarship Fund announced the recipients of the 2014 scholarships at its joint social on July 12 at the Salem Saxon Club.

This is the 29th year that the fund has presented scholarships to area high school graduates. Over $130,000 has been awarded to students in recognition of academic achievement and community service.

This year’s recipients are Allison Cosma, Frederick Schlueter, Jeremy Truex, Emma Wilson, Joshua Townsend and William Opsitnik.

Allison is the daughter of Robert and Amy Cosma and a graduate of Lisbon High School. She will attend Kent State University Salem Branch to pursue a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. She plans to obtain her RN license with a career choice of becoming a neonatal nurse.

Frederick is the son of Fritz and Lori Schlueter and a graduate of West Branch High School. He has many possible interests for his future career goals. He has already begun his course of study at the University of Dallas in Texas where he will initially be completing a liberal arts curriculum to guide his eventual career path.

Jeremy is the son of Mark and Darla Truex and graduated from West Branch High School. He will be attending the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg to obtain a degree in entrepreneurship and small business operations and plans to start his own business with a goal of providing work and contributing to his community. He also plans to participate in a study abroad program to advance his understanding of languages and cultures.

Emma is the daughter of George and Deanna Wilson and graduated from Salem High School. She will attend the University of Mount Union and major in national security and foreign intelligence analysis, with a minor in legal studies. She plans to attend law school with an ultimate goal of working for state or federal government in national security legal affairs.

Joshua is the son of Charity Townsend and graduated from Salem High School. He will attend Kent State University Salem Branch to begin basic requirement courses and then plans to transfer to Cincinnati University to study human genetics engineering. He would like to use his degree in the area of cancer research with a special interest in searching for a cure.

William is the son of Bill and Missy Opsitnik and is a graduate of United Local High School. He will attend Kent State University pursuing a degree in education with a goal of becoming a high school math teacher in the local community.

Each recipient received a certificate of achievement and a check for $500 presented by Henry Spack, Saxon Club men’s branch president; Marilyn McNutt, Saxon Club ladies’ branch president; and the scholarship fund trustees. The Salem Saxon Club is a local branch of the Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons (ATS), a national fraternal organization.

Trustees of the scholarship fund are Sam McKinney, Hilda Spack, Art Maroscher, Barbara Spack, and legal counsel Geoff Goll. The fund is supported by proceeds from bingo, which is held at the club every Wednesday, and from other charitable fund-raising events held throughout the year, as well as from memorial and honor donations.

Anyone wishing to make a donation may send a check to the Salem Saxon Scholarship Trust Fund, 1980 state Route 9, Salem OH 44460.