PSF Scholarships

PSF Scholarships for Pettisville High School Graduating Seniors

The following Scholarships are offered by the Pettisville School Foundation. All are one time, non-renewable

awards and are contingent upon successful completion of one term of college work.

The Richard M. Werder Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. Valetta Werder to honor the

memory of her husband, Richard, and the attributes and values he possessed. The endowment was one of

the first donations to the newly formed PSF in 1986.

The Bryant A. Weber Memorial Scholarship was established in the will of Mrs. Leone C. Weber to honor

the memory of Mr. Weber. Mrs. Weber designated a specific percentage of her estate to the Pettisville School

Foundation for the purposes of establishing a scholarship. Mr. Weber was a generous donor to the PSF

during his lifetime and the establishment of a scholarship is an appropriate way to remember him.

The Pettisville Teacher Association Scholarships were established by that organization to encourage PHS

graduates to consider the teaching profession. The scholarship was endowed by a generous donation by a

former PHS teacher and supplemented by faculty and staff. The fund is supported annually by donations

from the association, whose members donate time to take tickets at Blackbird athletic events.

The Lawrence H. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship was created by Mrs. Herma V. Schroeder in November

of 1999 to encourage PHS graduates to further their education. Mr. Schroeder was a member of the

Pettisville Board of Education in the 1940’s and was a supporter of the value education had for each

individual. Mrs. Schroeder herself was a former teacher, having taught in a one room schoolhouse, then at

the “new” Pettisville School in 1932 to 1937 and then again in the 1940’s.

The David E. Springer Memorial Scholarship was created by the estate of the former superintendent of the

Pettisville Local Schools by a donation of $30,000 to establish a scholarship. This gift was made with the

request that the PSF invest the sum and award and pay annually the net income and principal as a

scholarship to a graduating senior who is pursuing post high school education and that financial need be one

of the criteria for the selection of the annual beneficiary of the scholarship.

He began his career as a teacher in Pettisville, where he served as coach, principal, and superintendent

during his 19 years here. Mr. Springer, who passed away on November 26, 2006 at the age of 89, graduated

from Wren High School in Van Wert County, earned his B.S. and M.A. from The Ohio State University.

The PSF 30th Anniversary Scholarship. The first “non-sponsored” scholarship was created by the PSF in

2019 after a successful 30th anniversary funding drive. The scholarship selection considers need as well as

non-traditional approaches to post-secondary education which may include, in addition to typical two and

four year programs, apprenticeships and training programs that do not necessarily result in a two or four

year degree.

The PSF Career Scholarship, first offered to the PHS Class of 2021, is intended to benefit the graduate who

desires to secure training for an occupation/skill in an area not traditionally supported by institutions of

higher education. The initial scholarship will be in the range of $1,000 and will be awarded annually to a

graduating senior who is continuing his/her education by pursuing a trade or career that requires additional

(non-college) training beyond high school. This scholarship could support an internship, an apprenticeship,

or classes to learn a new skill or trade. This grant will be paid directly to the training entity or reimbursed to

the participant. Candidates with financial need may include that need to support both the award of

the scholarship or a request for additional funds. Not subject to GPA requirement.

The Pettisville Grain Company Scholarship, first offered to the PHS Class of 2021, is preferred to benefit a

PHS graduate to secure training or college credit in an agriculture related field. The initial scholarship will

be for $1,250 and will be awarded annually to a graduate with a preference (although not limited to) for

students who plan continuing their education by pursuing a two or four year degree in an ag related field or

becoming securing skills in an agricultural related field. If there are no applicants in the ag area, this

scholarship can be awarded to any applicant as chosen by the scholarship committee.

Grieser Transportation is planning two career scholarships with the first being offered to the PHS Class of 2021. One scholarship focuses on individuals being trained in the diesel mechanical field and the second on individuals who are seeking their CDL (Commercial Drivers’ License). Both scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 and will be offered annually.

Grieser Transportation is a family owned and operated, full-service transportation company that has been around for over forty years. They take pride in meeting customers' needs for time-sensitivity, safety, and reliability and are always looking to expand services!

Currently they run nineteen tractors with Conestoga style flatbed trailers. Primarily operating in the Midwest, Southeast, South Central, East, and Northeast of the United States, they haul a wide range of products from particle board, steel door track, steel tubing, brick, lumber, coils, etc.

One of the owners of the family operation, Dave Grieser, has served as President of the PSF Board of trustees and in 2021 is in his record 32nd year as a trustee.