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HCEF In The News


Carol Hawkins Maurer Cruise for Higher Education Aids Nursing Students

       On March 11, 2017 more than two dozen friends and family members of the late Carol Hawkins Maurer set sail aboard The Caribbean Princess to raise funds for the Carol Hawkins Maurer Memorial Nursing Scholarship.  The eight day cruise traveled to the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.  Marcella Hawkins, cruise organizer and sister to Carol, stated, “Carol devoted nearly 40 years of her life to nursing and she loved to travel. Coordinating this cruise was a great way to honor Carol’s memory by including her family and friends and raising funds to support our future nurses. Thanks to the cruisers, cruise line, travel agency, and other friends we raised $4,254.34. ”

       The scholarship fund is held with and administered by the Holmes County Education Foundation. The fund was created in 2013 after the passing of Carol and the renewable scholarship is awarded annually to a Holmes County resident with demonstrated financial need, academic merit and who is pursuing a degree in the nursing field.  Preference is given to those students attending Ashland University, her alma mater. Since the fund was established, four students have received the award. The recipients to date include: Ian McCulloch, Emily Stair, Nathan Hall and Kelly Shaffer.

       If you wish to contribute to the Carol Hawkins Maurer Memorial Nursing Scholarship, you may donate online here or mail in your contribution to the Holmes County Education Foundation, 114 North Clay Street, Millersburg, OH 44654. Please note Hawkins Maurer in the memo. Since 1991, the Holmes County Education Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in need-based scholarships and grants to Holmes County residents pursuing further education. Please contact Executive Director, Darla Stitzlein at 330-674-7303 to learn more about the scholarship program.


Local residents who attended the cruise, posed for a quick photo during a "Sail Away Party" (above).


Lilian Grace Edna Duncan Scholarship Established


     The Lilian Grace Edna Duncan Scholarship was established by the late Lilian Duncan and was created because of her strong belief in the importance of education. It is being administered by the Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF).  The Lilian Grace Edna Duncan Scholarship will be awarded to West Holmes High School graduating seniors with demonstrated financial need and who are pursuing a higher education in the field of English, Family Consumer Science or Education.  Preference will be given to applicants who have attended Killbuck Elementary School or who reside in Killbuck, Ohio.  The award will be presented annually and is limited to tuition and student fees.  This scholarship is renewable and students will be able to apply for it beginning in January 2018.  Additional contributions are welcomed to this scholarship fund and all other funds held by the Foundation. 

     Lilian Duncan was born and raised in Killbuck, Ohio where she became a graduate of the Killbuck High School – Class of 1936.  She pursued higher education at Muskingum College, graduating in 1940, and subsequently taught high school classes in Louisville, Sullivan, and at West Holmes until her retirement in 1983.  Lilian’s nephew, Jim Lowery remarked, “My Aunt Lilian lived to teach.  I found a clear understanding of her devotion to her job and community when I met one of her former students while attending the College of Wooster.  Even though my family left the Holmes County area, Killbuck has remained our home base.  When asked to endorse this scholarship before my aunt died, I did so enthusiastically and look forward to meeting those whom this scholarship will help.”   


      Lilian enjoyed being an active part in the local community through her involvement with Killbuck United Methodist Church, DAR, Holmes County Historical Society, and Holmes County Retired Teachers Association.  Lilian also served as a Wolf Creek Cemetery trustee, Pomerene Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, and Killbuck Museum volunteer.     

      Foundation Executive Director Darla Stitzlein commented, “Although Lilian Duncan’s presence will be missed in our local community, we will continue to honor her memory through this generous opportunity she has created for future generations of students.”      



Lilian Duncan



Rodhe’s Receive the 2016 “Friend of Philanthropy” Award


     Recently, Arlie and Evelyn Rodhe were recognized by the Holmes County Education Foundation Board of Trustees as the recipient of the 2016 Friend of Philanthropy Award.  The Rodhe’s were presented the award at a luncheon held at the Inn at Honey Run.  The month of November is National Philanthropy Month.  This local award was created in 2011 as a way to honor individuals and couples and to recognize their philanthropic support and efforts that have changed the lives of young people in the Holmes County community.

            Arlie and Evelyn are both graduates of Millersburg High School, and have been residents of Holmes County most of their lives.  Arlie’s parents founded Rodhe’s IGA and he worked alongside both of them, while Evie was active in bookkeeping and various aspects of the business.  Arlie has been active in East Central Ohio Food Dealers, the Ohio Grocers Association, National Grocers Association, and Food Marketing Institute.

     Though now both retired, they were very active in the Holmes County community.  Arlie served as president of Millersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Millersburg Jaycees, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, and has served on various fundraising committees in the community.  Both have been involved with St. John’s Evangelical Covenant Church in Millersburg, singing in choir and serving on councils and committees. 

     The couple together have four married children, eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one more due in February.  Their sons Kurt and Scott now manage Rodhe’s IGA Market Place in Millersburg.  Their daughter Sue lives near St. Louis and daughter Kay lives in Wooster.  Both were active in the store during their school years. The couple have loved following their grandkids in school activities and enjoy reading and travelling. 

            The couple established the Rodhe Family Scholarship with the Holmes County Education Foundation in 2013.  Since that time, three college students have received financial assistance toward obtaining their degree.

     “On behalf of the Holmes County Education Foundation, I’d like to thank Arlie and Evelyn Rodhe for their generosity to the Education Foundation, which in turn helps the students we serve and the Holmes County community,” commented Executive Director Darla Stitzlein. 


Photo of Arlie and Evelyn Rodhe accepting the award from Holmes County Education Foundation Executive Director Darla Stitzlein and Trustee members John Waltman, Linda Angelo, and Judge Robert Rinfret.





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