The President's Corner
When I first joined Parma City Council, one of my goals was to create a city of Parma scholarship to assist our young residents with college costs. Those of you who read this column regularly know my story. My single mother simply could not afford to assist me financially with college costs. So, I had to work – often two jobs – and apply for scholarships so that I could attend. I knew that attending college would go a long way in pulling myself up the socioeconomic ladder. With the help of, then mayor, Dean DePiero and Law Director Tim Dobeck, we created the Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
The Foundation raises private funds from generous donors and has given out about $7,500 to college-bound Parma residents each year for well over a decade. The Foundation was named in honor of Andrew Boyko who devoted his professional life to serving Parma as law director, judge and in many other capacities. I am happy to say that two of Mr. Bokyo’s sons continue to serve on the Board with myself, Mayor DePiero, and Law Director Dobeck. They include renowned attorney Timothy Boyko and Dr. Jeffrey Boyko.
I am happy to report our winners for 2020, who were rated by our selection committee in a blind fashion, using criteria such as financial need and community involvement. First, Joshua Matheis, who recently graduated from St. Ignatius High School was awarded $1,500. Mr. Matheis will be attending my alma mater, the University of Dayton, this fall.
Next, Kelly Boddy was awarded $1,500 to assist with her tuition to either The Ohio State University, the University of Notre Dame, or Vanderbilt University. She is a graduate of Magnificat High School and plans to major in pre-med and Spanish.
A graduate of Holy Name High School, Savannah Dawson plans to attend Ohio University in the fall. She will use her $2,000 award to assist with her tuition as she pursues a major in music education.
Finally, Justin Swanberg, who plans to attend either the University of Toledo or Bethany College as an environment studies major, was awarded $2,500. Mr. Swanberg is a proud graduate of my wife’s alma mater, Valley Forge High School.
Congratulations to all of our winners, who will be presented with their checks at an upcoming meeting of Parma City Council. As you can imagine, it has been challenging raising funds for the scholarship fund this year. Therefore, if you can find it in your heart and means, I encourage you to please consider a donation of any amount. You may send your check to The City of Parma Scholarship Foundation, 7335 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio, 44129. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-885-8091. Best wishes as we celebrate our nation’s 244th birthday! Please wear your mask and social distance as our nation fights the pandemic. This is a great way to come together as a nation and show how much we care for one another.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan