PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, June 17, 2014 – Owens Community College student Conner Edgar of Toledo has been chosen by the Walters Family to receive a $500 Ryan, Mary and Hayden Walters Scholarship for the upcoming 2014-15 academic year.
Established in 2011, the endowed scholarship honors the legacy of Ryan, Mary and Hayden Walters and their commitment to lifelong learning. The scholarship is given annually to an Owens student with aspirations of careers in early childhood education, information systems, computer programming and computer systems.
“On behalf of the Walters’ family, extended family, friends, and local community it is truly an honor to present the Ryan, Mary and Hayden Walters Scholarship to Conner Edgar,” said Robin Arquette, who is the sister of Ryan Walters. “It gives us great joy and pride to be able to assist in helping students in the community achieve their educational goals.”
Selection criteria for the scholarship is based upon recipients being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Owens per semester and achieving a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Additionally, preference is given to a student who is majoring in early childhood education, information systems, computer programming and computer systems. Scholarship applicants also must state how they will utilize their college degree to give back to the community in which they live in the form of an essay.
Edgar is pursuing his associate’s degree in early childhood education and plans to continue on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. He graduated in 2012 from Whitmer High School with a 4.0 GPA and will be the first person in his family to attend college. He ultimately envisions a career working with children with learning disabilities.
“Teaching and working with children is what I have always dreamed of doing,” explained Edgar. “Receiving this scholarship will help me to continue my service to the community and pay it forward. The experience of helping others has taught me that it is not the material things in life that make you happy but building relationships and sharing with other.”
In June 2010, Ryan, Mary and Hayden Walters lost their lives as a result of a tornado and damaging storms that devastated the Northwest Ohio region.