The Carl and Florence Maurer Scholarship was established recently by Florence Maurer and was created because of their strong belief in the importance of education. It is being administered by the Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF).  The Carl and Florence Maurer Scholarship will be awarded to West Holmes High School graduating seniors with demonstrated financial need and who are pursuing a higher education.  The award will be presented annually and is limited to tuition and student fees.  This scholarship is renewable.


     Carl graduated from Lakeville High School.  Florence was raised in the Loudonville area and graduated from the C. E. Budd School in 1938.   The couple met at a dance and later was married for 52 years before Carl passed away in 1996 at the age of 79.

     The couple had 50+ years’ experience in farming together.  They raised cattle, sheep, hogs, and chickens. They farmed the land where Carl had been raised.  The couple was very active in the Holmes County Farm Bureau.  Florence was an active member of the Garden Club, Homemakers’ Club, and the Porkettes. Florence enjoys gardening and frequently entered her flowers and produce in the Holmes County Fair.  They were faithful fans and followed the West Holmes High School sporting teams.  Florence also spent many years volunteering in the kindergarten classroom at Nashville Elementary School.  She also served as cook at Lakeville Elementary and West Holmes High School.  Carl and Florence shared a passion for traveling and enjoyed many bus trips to various parts of the country.       

     Florence stated, “Carl and I just wanted for the kids to get an education.  Creating this scholarship will help those kids go to college.”       

     Foundation Executive Director Darla Stitzlein commented, “It’s easy to see that Florence and Carl had a strong work ethic and valued their community, youth, and caring for the land.  Establishing this scholarship allows their values to be carried on for future generations by assisting today’s youth in their pursuit of a college education.  We are extremely grateful to Florence for her generous gift and her future gift made through her estate plan.”   

     The Holmes County Education Foundation currently administers 54 named scholarships and has been encouraging further education for Holmes County residents by awarding well over $7 million in scholarships and grants since 1991.  Students interested in applying for scholarships administered by the Holmes County Education Foundation may visit the Foundation’s website at  The next scholarship application period begins January, 2017.  Current Foundation scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply for this new scholarship.  Additional contributions are welcomed to this scholarship fund and all other funds held by the Foundation. 


The Paul and Elizabeth Young Memorial Music Scholarship was established recently by the family of the late couple and was created to honor Paul and Elizabeth and their love of music.  It is being administered by the Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF).  The Paul and Elizabeth Young Memorial Music Scholarship will be awarded to West Holmes High School graduates with demonstrated financial need pursuing studies in music or having four years of high school music. 

   The couple was married for 58 years before Elizabeth passed away in 2004 at the age of 79.  Paul passed away in May at the age of 90.  The couple raised three sons: Brent, Brad, and Brian.  Paul served in the United States Air Force as a navigation and turret gunner on B29s in World War II.  Paul then worked for Farm Bureau Co-Op on the farm fuel truck routes and then Manager of Production Credit Association and later became a real estate agent.     

      In 1965, the couple opened Young Music & Sound.  Even though Paul didn’t play an instrument, he and Elizabeth wanted to provide something for Holmes County which was needed.  Elizabeth did the music part and Paul handled the business end.  Elizabeth worked many years as a clerk / cashier at several downtown businesses before they opened the music store.     

      They were members of the Millersburg United Methodist Church.  She was the church pianist and also a piano teacher for many years.  Paul enjoyed golfing and flying planes.  He served on the Holmes County Airport Authority Board and was a long-time member of the Millersburg Rotary Club.  Elizabeth was involved with the beautification and restoration of Millersburg’s downtown and county courthouse areas.      

        Foundation Executive Director Darla Stitzlein commented, “The Young family is a well-known and hard-working family who has been involved in this community for several decades.  Establishing this scholarship allows the sons to honor their parents and their love of music while supporting our students in their higher education pursuits.  We are very grateful to the family for their generosity.”      


         Brad Young stated, “Mom and Dad would be proud that their legacy will continue after their passing and that their hard work and dedication to this area will help others to advance their learning and maybe even produce a musician or two in the process.”         

         “Through-out the 50 year stand of Young Music & Sound, we feel that ‘music is what heart-felt feelings sound like.’ Music can change the world, because it can change people,” remarked Brent Young. 




Click here to see the complete list of scholarships administered by the Foundation. 

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