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Secor Scholarship

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What is the Secor Scholarship? The $2,000 renewable Secor Scholarship was established as a memorial to the Steven and Doris Secor bequest.  It is awarded to a high school senior or high school graduate living in Findlay or Hancock County who plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning to pursue any undergraduate field of study, full-time in the subsequent academic year.

How is the selection made? A committee of local volunteers review the applications and conduct interviews with the top candidates. The selection is based on a strong commitment to service, volunteering and extracurricular activities as well as academic excellence.

Who is the 2016 recipient?

United Way of Hancock County’s Secor scholarship committee has announced the selection of Jordan Trenkamp, a senior at Van Buren school, as this year’s United Way Foundation Secor Scholar. The $2,000 renewable Secor Scholarship was established as a memorial to the Steven and Doris Secor bequest.  It is awarded to a high school senior or high school graduate living in Findlay or Hancock County who plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning to pursue an undergraduate field of study, full-time in the subsequent academic year. The candidate must exhibit a strong commitment to service, volunteering, extracurricular involvement and academic excellence.

Trenkamp, the daughter of Doug and Kris Trenkamp, was selected because of her volunteerism, academic accomplishments, involvement in extracurricular and school activities and her ability to exemplify leadership skills.

“Jordan has given her time to Gliding Stars for the last 6 years. She decided she wanted to be a coach, but did not want to be paid. This action shows that Jordan is dedicated to our program and is not interested in any personal gain,” said, Cindy Bregel, executive director of Gliding Stars, an adaptive ice skating program for individuals with disabilities.

Alyssa Brown, director of youth ministries at St. Michael Church, said, “Jordan has been deeply engaged with the youth program at St. Michael Parish specifically through the youth board. Every other week, she dedicates an additional two to three hours to the various youth ministry programs, planning and discussing with her peers how to bring the parish youth closer to Christ.”

Trenkamp’s service oriented involvement additionally includes volunteering with Silver Blades Figure Skating club, the Y ENGAGE Youth Council, St. Michael’s Belize Outreach program, St. Michael’s music ministries and more.

In her Secor application, Trenkamp wrote, “Volunteerism and service to me are happiness. Life is a classroom and adaptable to comply with anyone’s liking. The path of life sets its course to teach someone and build happy memories along the way. The two biggest parts of my path that have had this effect on me have been volunteer work and service, which go hand in hand.”

Past Recipients

Alisha Schroeder, 2016

Carly Smith, 2015

Trent Schroeder, 2014

Marisa Burkett, 2013

Mikayla Brown, 2012

Andrew Bishop, 2011

Cole Lautermilch, 2010

Spencer M. Bruce, 2009

Thomas Davidson, 2008

Anthony Baratta, 2007

Allison M. Lause, 2006

Lisa Voigt, 2005

Amy Cranfield, 2004

Allison Cox, 2003

Julie E. Reid, 2002

Gregory P. Zunkiewicz, 2001

Cassie D. Burns, 2000

Amy M. Peters, 1999

Susie C. Coolidge, 1998

Bradley A. Dukes, 1997

David W. Coolidge, 1996

Carrie R. Schlosser, 1995

Sara E. Reineck, 1994

Bethany E. Rustic, 1993

Sarah J. Decker, 1992