A legacy of learning: The Wagnalls Scholarship Program

By Rick Palsgrove
Managing editor

The Wagnalls Memorial Library and Wagnalls Memorial Foundation have always supported and embraced the ideals regarding the importance of education.

As part of that ongoing educational legacy, The Wagnalls Scholarship Program for 2021 is seeking applicants. There are eight different scholarship categories to choose from, each one meant especially for graduating seniors living in Lithopolis and the Bloom Township area (Canal Winchester students are eligible as long as they live in Bloom Township). These include scholarships for arts and education degrees, as well as a four-year scholarship. Visit www.wagnalls.org for more details and requirements for each scholarship, including how to apply or call (614) 837-4765 ext 126. The application deadline is March 11. Applications for 2021-22 became available in January.

“Mabel Wagnalls Jones established, as one aspect of her bequest to The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation, a fund to provide scholarships for students residing in Bloom Township with preference to Lithopolis,” said Sarah Mayzum, Wagnalls Memorial program manager. “The first scholarships were awarded in 1948. She intended the scholarships be used for attending institutions of learning, music and arts, subjects near to her heart.”

Mayzum said that, over the years American Legion Post 677, Charles V. Moore and A.B. and Hazel Weiser have funded scholarships that are currently administered by The Wagnalls Foundation.

“Last year the Wagnalls Memorial scholarship committee voted to add several major-specific scholarship and a volunteer scholarship to the scholarships offered from the Mabel Wagnalls Jones fund,” said Mayzum. “Also new last year is the ‘Style to a Tea’ scholarship, sponsored by the annual ‘Style to a Tea’ event held by local business owner Kathy Moling.”

Mayzum said there are 13 scholarships available to apply for the 2021-22 school year. Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but only one scholarship per student will be awarded.

“Although the scholarships no longer meet the total financial obligation of a student attending college, The Wagnalls Memorial is pleased to be able to recognize the hard work of our local students in a small way,” said Mayzum. “Because we serve such a small community, we typically are able award scholarships to the majority of applicants.”
She said approximately more than 3,200 students have received scholarships over the

history of the program.

“The amount awarded since the scholarship program started is over $7 million,” said Mayzum.

Last year’s Wagnalls Scholarship Program awardees were: Lane Eggleston, Jessie Mayne, Lauren Lyons, Abby Arementrout, Roxy Kuzma, Drew Kotwis, Annalise Grammel, Kaylee Phillips, Alex Mobley, Sadie Williams, Skylar Allen, Jenifer Grote, and Trace Wisecarver.

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