On behalf of myself, the Board, and our scholarship recipients, thank you for your generosity, energy, and patience as The Warren A. Sill Fund has gone from thought to reality in a very short three years. Like a puppy navigating steps for the first time, the WASF has taken time to find its footing; however, I am confident that Warren would have taken pride in the progress realized by the organization, as well as the students the Fund has chosen to support.
Since 2013, the WASF has raised over $15,000 (10 percent overhead) via two annual events that collectively drew over 200 supporters. The WASF Board of Directors has distributed over $4,000 in scholarships to three deserving Kent State University (KSU) students with another $1,000 plus to be allocated this spring. The WASF’s mission is to deliver scholarships to unique, high character students that reflect and embody a dedication to education and a valuation of friendship – qualities that Warren exuded.
Taylor Williams, a Junior Education Major from Cleveland, Ohio, is our 2015-16 scholarship recipient. A single mother and transfer student, Taylor has demonstrated a tremendous degree of resolve and dedication during her early academic career. Her selection was a unanimous decision by the Board and we eagerly look forward to partnering with her during the coming academic year.
Furthermore, in addition to Taylor joining the WASF family, the Board extended book scholarships to 2014-15 recipients Kyle Lucas and Samantha Kirk both of whom are set to graduate in May. The WASF could not have asked for two better ambassadors during out inaugural year than Kyle and Samantha.
Lastly, please mark your calendars for our third annual “Spring Out of Hibernation” event to be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. A save-the-date will reach your inbox around the first of the year with a detailed invitation to follow. In keeping with tradition, the next edition will be a bigger party than the last.
Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions, constructive criticism, and/or ideas for future growth. This blog space will function as a venue for WASF updates and announcements (social media, organizational partnerships, and board growth are on deck). Thank you for your support, encouragement, and guidance over the past 36 months – the importance of your presence cannot be overstated.
Tyler T. Allchin
Chair, The Warren A. Sill Fund