PSF Scholarships for Pettisville High School Graduating Seniors
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
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.