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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.

Secor Scholarship 2018 Recipient - Matthew Lichtinger

United Way of Hancock County’s Secor scholarship committee has announced the selection of Matthew Lichtinger, a senior at Findlay High 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.

Lichtinger, the son of Michele and Vince Lichtinger, was selected because of his volunteerism, academic accomplishments, involvement in extracurricular and school activities and his ability to exemplify leadership skills.

Jenny Coulter, a guidance counselor at Findlay High School, said, “Matthew is the definition of responsible. Throughout his time at Findlay High School, Matthew has balanced his time with intentional, rigorous coursework as well as a variety of extracurricular organizations and leadership roles.  Within each of the challenging courses Matthew has selected, he has earned the highest possible grade. Additionally, Matthew balances his time as the National Honor Society President (leading approximately 75 seniors and 88 new inductees). He also is the secretary of Junior Statesmen of America (JSA), a captain of the varsity football team, Findlay First Edition choral member, president of the Red Cross Youth Council and leader within the St. Michael’s Youth group. In each of these organizations, Matthew actively shows the utmost integrity for himself and the organization as well as a strong sense of responsibility, accountability, and leadership.”

Lichtinger’s service-oriented involvement additionally includes volunteering with Key Club, Backyard Mission Trip, Christian Clearinghouse, Wilson Vance Right to Read Week and Coats for Christmas.

In his Secor application, Lichtinger wrote of a mission trip to Belize, “We had come down to help them, to teach them…but they were trying to help us. They were a caliber of people I only hope to be someday…”

Past Recipients

Jordan Trenkamp, 2017

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