On Tuesday, March 15, representatives from Medical Mutual of Ohio presented Toledo Public Schools with a $450,000 donation that will be used for scholarships and to grow two mentorship programs.

The money will be disbursed to the reconstituted Toledo Public Schools Foundation over a three-year period to help fund college scholarships for TPS students. A portion of the donation will also be used to expand the district’s Young Men of Excellence and Young Women of Excellence mentorship programs.

The Toledo Public Schools Foundation, formerly the Scholars of Toledo Foundation, is being revitalized with new leadership, a redefined focus and commitments of involvement from graduates. The Foundation also has a new board of directors. Board members were introduced at a news conference on March 15 at Waite High School.

Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of TPS, is a 1994 graduate of Waite, and never misses the opportunity to promote public education.

“As superintendent, I’m dedicated to ensuring that all students who attend a TPS high school have the same chances I did to follow their dreams of attending college,” he said in remarks for the news conference. “The Toledo Public Schools Foundation is focused on that same goal – providing support to students who are ready to take on college after high school.”

Two members of the Young Men of Excellence group also spoke during the news conference, thanking Medical Mutual and the foundation board members.

Waite High senior Anthony Ashford, who has signed to play football at Sienna Heights University, said the mentors and members of the Young Men of Excellence chapter at Waite helped turn his life around. And he spoke of the importance of being able to go to college to help him realize his dreams.

Helping students attain their dreams is a major reason for the donation from Medical Mutual, said Frank Bloomquist, the company’s vice president for the Northwest Region, adding the company is committed to investing in the community where it does business and where its 500 employees live.

The goal of the Toledo Public Schools Foundation is to provide financial support to students through scholarships; board members also hope to raise funds for other key district initiatives.

Gary Thieman, retired senior vice president of Medical Mutual and a graduate of Start High School, is the foundation’s interim executive director and its board members, many of whom are TPS Proud graduates, are:

Bob Clark, a retired TPS administrator (and a Waite High School graduate)

Dennis Hopson, a retired professional basketball player (Bowsher High School graduate)

Bob Howell, chief executive of SSOE (Start High School graduate)

• Bob LaClair, chief executive officer for Fifth Third Bank (Libbey High School graduate)

Mark Luetke, marketing and public relations expert (Start High School graduate)

Dr. David Mallory, a physician with ProMedica Physicians Family Practice of Toledo (Bowsher High School graduate)

Gaye Martin, manager of Community Relations and Advocacy for ProMedica (Bowsher High School graduate)

Matt Mishler, national account manager at Buckeye TeleSystem

• Adam Motycka, law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio

• Rick Salem, owner of Rick’s City Diner (DeVilbiss High School graduate)

Chris Varwig, vice president of the Toledo Board of Education (Bowsher High School graduate)

Medical Mutual of Ohio is the oldest and largest health insurance company based in Ohio. With its home office in Cleveland, the company has nearly 500 employees in its Toledo office. The company serves more than 1.4 million customers and is dedicated to supporting organizations in the communities where their employees live and the company does business.

To see the application form for the 2016 scholarships that will be awarded in April, click here: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/29772-Toledo-Public-Schools-Foundation

Posted on March 17, 2016