In 1986, the Fairview Park Education Foundation established their first scholarship. Since then we have been awarding scholarships to outstanding Fairview High School seniors.
This is a list of the scholarships available this year:
Dr. John Babel Memorial Scholarship –– Established in 2016 in honor of the 3rd Superintendent of the school system, Dr. John Babel Jr. Dr. Babel was born in upstate New York, and upon his high school graduation was intent on staying on the farm. Upon encouragement from his father, he attended a two-year agricultural college. As a result of the advice from his high school teacher he continued with his schooling and pursued his teaching certification and later his Masters at Cornell University. He was first in his family to attain a college degree and continued on to complete his PhD from The Ohio State University. He taught at Cleveland State University for 25 years and was a member of the Rotarian Club for over 35 years. Dr. Babel’s life was changed by those in education, and he believed in the value of lifelong learning. The $1,000.00 scholarship is being awarded to a senior who will pursue a career in education. The scholarship is not limited to a four year or Bachelor level programs at a college of university.
Frank W. Barr Memorial Scholarship Established in 1990 in honor of the 2nd Superintendent of the school system who served from 1964 to 1979, Dr. Barr was a member of many professional educational organizations as well as a member of many community groups. The $500 scholarship is being awarded to a senior who will pursue a humanities and/or liberal arts major at a college of university.
Mary Lou Chalfant Memorial Social Studies Scholarship Mary Lou was a social studies teacher at Fairview High School for many years. She retired from the Fairview Park Schools and after her retirement established this scholarship. This $500 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding social studies student who will be pursuing a career in Social Sciences or Social Studies Education. Students applying for this scholarship should provide one letter of reference from one of their social studies teachers.
Bruce Linden Cherkala Memorial Scholarship Created in 1991 by the Cherkala family as a memory to their son, Bruce, who graduated from Fairview High School in 1968. While at FHS, Bruce was an honor student, letterman in football and tennis. Bruce went on to graduate from Denison University and then Case Western Reserve School of Medicine with a M.D. degree. Bruce passed away suddenly in 1982. This $500 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who will pursue science or mathematics at a college or university.
Maureen Cundiff Memorial Scholarship Established as a scholarship in 2007 through donations made by community and friends for the Cundiff Family. Maureen was a very active person in the community, including being a member of the board of education, president of PTA, member of the Gemini Committee and many more organizations. She gave so much of herself to her family and community that having a scholarship in her memory is a wonderful way to remember her. The scholarship is a $500 scholarship and the scholarship is to be awarded to an outstanding female varsity athletic.
Laura Dean Scholarship Memorial Scholarship Established in March 2001 through a bequest of funding from the estate of a former Fairview Park teacher and former Fairview High principal, Laura Dean. Ms. Dean’s teaching and administrative career in the Fairview Park Schools began in 1929 and lasted for 45 years. Her first assignment was teaching mathematics to elementary students and later serving as the second principal of Fairview High School. It was at her request that the scholarship awards be given to young women pursuing careers in mathematics or in the field of applied mathematics. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to deserving graduating female seniors.
Shirley Docherty Memorial Scholarship Established in 2013 by her children Denise Devine and David in memory of their mother Shirley Docherty. Shirley was a homemaker most of her life but after she graduated high school she drew maps for the War Department. After the war, she was employed for NACA, (now known as NASA) were she worked as a graphic artist in the Aircraft Engine Research Lab. This $500 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding art student pursuing a degree in Art/Graphic Arts at a college or university.
Maxine Field Memorial Scholarship Established in 2016 by the Field children in memory of their mother Maxine A. Field (nee Waack). Maxine was a proud resident of Fairview Park. She graduated from FHS in 1948 where she was head majorette for the marching band. Also in 1948 she represented Fairview Park and the state of Ohio as Miss Ohio in the Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After marrying Roland Field, they built a home and raised a family in Fairview Park. In 1966 Maxine again represented Fairview Park and Ohio as Mrs. Ohio in the Mrs. America pageant held in San Diego, California. Maxine was a model and fashion coordinator for many local stores and malls. She also enjoyed singing, dancing and the theater where she acted in many local little theater productions and musicals. Maxine continued to enjoy activities, especially Jazzercise, up to shortly before her passing at the age of 84. This $1,000 scholarship is to be awarded to a deserving graduating senior who will be pursuing a career in either the fashion industry or music (especially theater, singing and/or dancing).
Dorothy Graab Memorial Scholarship Established in 2013 by children Donald and Janet Graab Miller in memory of their mother Dorothy Graab. She graduated from Warwood High School in West Virginia where she played oboe and glockenspiel in the band and graduated as the valedictorian in 1944. After graduation, she enrolled at Northwestern University where she majored in chemistry. Dorothy continued to study piano until graduation in 1948. In 1948 she joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a forerunner of NASA, as a chemist at the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dorothy was an active volunteer in civic and community groups. She served as PTA president multiple times and was an elected school board member, ultimately serving as president of the Fairview Park School Board. A lifelong lover of music, Dorothy was an accomplished piano player who took great pleasure and pride over the years in supporting the Cleveland Orchestra. This $750 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who is active in one or more music programs but is not necessarily pursuing that at a college or university.
Judson Graab Memorial Scholarship Established in 2013 by children Donald and Janet Graab Miller in memory of their father Judson Graab. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he majored in chemistry. Judson’s time at Ohio Wesleyan was interrupted by his service in the US Army during World War II. Upon graduation in 1948 he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a forerunner of NASA, as a chemist at the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Judson remained at NASA for his entire career, serving as the longtime head of the analytical chemistry department and he retired in 1978. Judson was also part of the team of parents who created the Fairview Park Band Boosters and establishing the annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast. Upon his retirement, Judson worked with the Fairview High School auto shop as a volunteer. His continued support was acknowledged by the Fairview Park Education Association with their Friend of Education award in 1992. This $750 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who will pursue a degree in the sciences, preferably chemistry at a college or university.
Fred J. & Betty J. Helwig Scholarship This scholarship was given in the names of their parents’ honor by the Helwig children. The scholarship was created in 1999 and funded each year by the Helwig children. The scholarships are awarded to hard-working students who demonstrate initiative, self-motivation and a desire to achieve. In addition to the scholarship award, the scholarship recipient’s names will be added to a permanent plaque that hangs in the Fairview High School halls to commemorate this award. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded and are renewable for up to a maximum of four years of college.
Hall of Fame Scholarship Established in 2015 by the Fairview Park Schools Halls of Fame. The Hall of Fame committee honors three groups from the Fairview Park Public Schools; distinguished alumni, outstanding former athletes, exceptional (retired) faculty. The committee is awarding a $500 scholarship to a senior that is pursuing a degree in the field education.
Mary Hoertz Memorial Scholarship A $250 scholarship is given to a graduating senior who has shown leadership, community involvement, school participation and academic ability.
Michael Holick Memorial Scholarship This $500 scholarship was established in 2008 by the Holick family. Michael Holick was proud to be a resident of Fairview Park for 56 years and loved his community. He was married to Jeanne in 1951 and his four children are all graduates of Fairview High School. His talents as a master finish carpenter for 56 years are appreciated today as he is responsible for building his family home and homes for his children in Fairview Park, in addition to rebuilding the corner of West 204th Street and Lorain Road. He was also involved with many building, renovating and remodeling projects in the Cleveland vicinity. Michael was an active member of the Carpenters Local Union 1108 and the memory of his talents, love and support of his family and pride in his city will shine forever.
Robert V. and Rose T. Kundmueller Memorial Scholarship (originally the Robert V. Kundmueller Memorial Scholarship) Established by the Kundmueller Family in 1990 in memory of Bob Kundmueller, this scholarship is also in memory of Rose Kundmueller who passed away on November 14, 2014. Bob and Rose became residents of the city of Fairview Park as newlyweds in 1955, raised six children who were educated in the Fairview Park School System, and were local Fairview Park business owners for many years. Bob was the Foundation’s founding treasurer and trustee, involved in numerous civic organizations, and a Fairview Park Citizen of the Year recipient. Rose was actively involved in the PTA and they both were strong advocates and supporters of the Fairview Park schools. The scholarship is funded on behalf of the proceeds totaling $108,000 from the Robert V. Kundmueller Memorial Golf Tournament – the Foundation’s annual fundraiser that occurred for 18 consecutive years. This scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is awarded to a student showing outstanding academic achievement as well as community and school participation.
Lewis F. Mayer Memorial Scholarship This $500.00 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Fairview High School senior, in memory of Mr. Mayer, a humanitarian of Fairview Park, an educator, principal and the first superintendent of the Fairview Park Schools, serving from 1921 to 1964.
Nicoloff & Thoma Memorial Scholarship This $500 scholarship has been ongoing for many years with the Business Advisory Council, but beginning in 2008, it was named in memory of Richard Nicoloff. Richard passed away suddenly in September of 2007 and was a strong proponent of education. He held two master degrees and had a career in banking that took place at the Cleveland branch of the Federal Reserve and at National City Bank. Two of his children are graduates of Fairview High School and his wife Judy is a long time member of many community organizations in Fairview Park. Pauline Thoma (Judy’s mother) passed away in 2015 and was added to this memorial scholarship. She was a journalist for over 50 years with the Plain Dealer. She held many distinctions during her career which included inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993, was on the executive board of the Newspapers Guild, served as treasurer of the Theta Sigma Phi (Women in Communications), served on the Board of Directors of Sigma Delta Chi (Society of Professional Journalists) and Treasurer of the Cleveland Press Club. This $500 scholarship is given to a student who is pursuing a career in business/actuarial science/communications.
Nelson Russ Memorial Scholarship Established in 2001 by Mrs. Fern Russ, in memory of her late husband, Nelson. Mr. Russ served as the Recreational Director for Fairview Park, served on the Fairview Park City Council and was one of our City’s Citizens of the Year. Mr. Russ served three decades on the faculty at Fairview High and distinguished himself as Fairview High School’s first Varsity football coach. The $500 scholarship is given for academic and athletic excellence, preferably in the sport of football.