Scholarship offerings

The Piqua Community Foundation offers several scholarships to graduating high school seniors and/or those already attending an institution of higher learning. Information about our programs is listed below.

Those renewing scholarships should contact The Foundation at info@piquacommunityfoundation.org or 937.615.9080.

The Little Kinger Fund Athletic Scholarship

The Little Kinger Fund makes one scholarship available each year, to a young woman graduating from a Miami Valley high school who will be participating in an inter-collegiate level sports program in college.

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund Scholarship

The G. William Hartzell Charitable Fund makes scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Students must be enrolled in a four-year program; those attending community college or junior college are not eligible.

The Patricia L. Recker Memorial Fund Scholarship

The Patricia L. Recker Memorial Fund awards renewable scholarships each year to graduates of Piqua High School or Lehman Catholic High School who are going on to attend an institution of higher learning.

The Clifton Alexander Memorial Scholarship

The Clifton Alexander Memorial Scholarship awards one scholarship each year to a Piqua resident graduating from Piqua High School, Lehman Catholic High School or Upper Valley Career Center’s high school program that is going on to attend an institution of higher learning.

The Robert and Miriam Hartzell Scholarship Fund

About the fund: The Robert & Miriam Hartzell Scholarships were established at The Foundation through a grant from the Hartzell Norris Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, trustee. The scholarships are made each year to a graduate from each of the following high schools: Lehman Catholic, Miami East, Piqua and Troy.

Qualifications: Applicants must attend a four-year college or university and be studying for a four-year degree or a degree designed for more than four years. Applicants must also be a student of one of the following high schools: Lehman Catholic, Miami East, Piqua and Troy. Winners will be determined based on leadership achievement and potential, scholastic achievement and potential, financial need and character assessment.

Award value: One scholarship of up to $2,500 at each eligible school, renewable up to four years with continued full-time enrollment at a four-year college or university and a 3.0 grade point average.

Applications are available through the guidance department at each school.

The Forever Code Strong AP Art Scholarship

About the fund: This fund was opened to memorialize the life of Cody Coffman, a 2011 Piqua High School graduate who passed away after several bouts of cancer in 2016. In his four years at PHS, Cody developed a creative style of art that was uniquely his own and he used art as an outlet and to express the emotions he felt during his fight with the disease. Cody is remembered for his heart of gold, selfless demeanor and perseverance. This fund offers scholarships to other artists who embody the qualities for which Cody is remembered.

Qualifications: This scholarship will be awarded to a senior AP art student from Piqua High School who exemplifies the same characteristics as Cody. The scholarship will be given to someone who has demonstrated a passion for the arts and submits a high-quality AP portfolio, while showing kindness, selflessness and perseverance through difficult situations.

Award value: At least one non-renewable scholarship of $1,000

Applications are available from Mr. Seth Fashner at Piqua High School.

Scholarship programs managed by Piqua Education Foundation (PEF)

Applications for the following scholarships are available through the Piqua Education Foundation (PEF) or Piqua High School counselors.

The Richard Donnelly Scholarship

About the fund: Richard Donnelly was one of the Piqua city employees who won the $207-million jackpot in the Mega Millions Lottery in December 2008. Richard opened funds at The Piqua Community Foundation to help Piqua and its residents.

Richard is a great supporter of local schools and youth programming. A military veteran, he has a special interest in projects that serve veterans and their organizations. He is known for being a hands-on donor who will show up to help execute and maintain the projects he supports.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a senior at Piqua High School who will be attending The Ohio State University after high school graduation.

Award value: Two non-renewable scholarships. Value determined each year based on current fund value.

The Don J. Massa and Lois V. Massa Scholarship

About the fund: Don Massa formed the fund in 2020 in memory of his late wife, Lois, who passed away in 2018. Don passed away later in 2020.

The Massas were well known as generous and involved residents of the Piqua community for many years. Don originally came to Piqua to fill a management position at Jackson Tube Service in Piqua where he spent many productive years. The Massas loved to travel and were active volunteers in local organizations such as the United Way, the Scouts, and the parent-teacher association. Their family includes three grown children and numerous grandchildren.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a senior at Piqua High School who will be majoring in a STEM – science, technology, engineering or mathematics – field at a college or university after high school graduation.

Award value: One non-renewable scholarship of $1,000