Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Receives Donation From Bank

Pictured from left: Kerri Gearhart, NwOESC Superintendent and Jacque Wells, Farmers and Merchants Bank. Farmers and Merchants is a longtime supporter of the Franklin B Walter Scholarship program and presented the program with a donation of $1,000 towards the student scholarships.


The Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award’s Program was established by the Ohio Superintendent’s Educational Service Center Association to promote student achievement and recognize outstanding students. A senior from each county within the State of Ohio will receive the award annually.

This scholarship award is named in honor of Franklin B. Walter who served as State Superintendent Of Education for Ohio from March 1977 until August 1991. Throughout his career, Dr. Walter exemplified concern for young people and dedicated his life to the improvement of education in Ohio.

The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams Counties, fully supports the Franklin B. Walter Program. However, we have expanded the recognition. Outstanding students in each district will receive a scholarship award of $200 each while one county winner will be awarded $500. The NwOESC also honors a special education provider from each county for the work done on behalf of students with disabilities across northwest Ohio. All students will be recognized at a local ceremony in March 2017 and county winners at a state-wide banquet in Columbus in April 2017.


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