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United Way Awards Secor Scholarship

United Way of Hancock County’s Secor scholarship committee has announced the selection of Trent Schroeder, 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 any 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.

Schroeder, the son of Wil and Sandy Schroeder, was selected because of his volunteerism in and out of school, his clear vision when working on projects, and his facilitation and leadership skills.

“Trent continually sets a positive example to others through his hard work and initiative to take on tasks to improve his school for himself and others,” said Ryan Imke, assistant principal at Findlay High School.

Some of Schroeder’s volunteer positions in the community include: digital display content manager at Findlay High School, “Run Like It’s Recess” 5k co-chair for St. Michael Parish, and “Relay for Life” chair for Findlay High School, which raised $20,000. Schroeder also worked extensively on a school food drive, not just collecting food, but researching hunger statistics and needs in Hancock County.

“It was not until I began coaching cross-country that I realized how valuable service was to the volunteer,” Schroeder wrote in an essay. “Never before did I realize that my actions could have such an outward impact on someone like they did on these children.”

“Still today, I am able to enjoy the rewards of that very first cross-country season; it has opened my eyes to the true beauty of service,” he wrote.

Schroeder will be honored at United Way of Hancock County’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The annual meeting is open to the public and the cost to attend is $30 or $300 for a table of ten. It is being held at the Findlay Country Club. To attend the annual meeting, call the United Way office at 419-423-1432 or visit to register.

The United Way Foundation of Hancock County is a nonprofit entity established to ensure the permanence of the United Way of Hancock County. The purpose of the foundation is to offer an opportunity for donors to continue their philanthropic efforts through bequests. For more information on making a financial gift to the United Way Foundation of Hancock County, or for Secor scholarship information contact the United Way office at 419-423-1432.