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Toledo Community Foundation

Toledo Community Foundation and Buckeye Broadband Announce 2019 Scholar of the Year

Published on 04/04/2019 7:00 am by Joanne M Olnhausen

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Toledo Community Foundation and Buckeye Broadband announced this year’s Scholar of the Year. One of eight nominees was chosen by a committee of community leaders and educators as the Buckeye Broadband Scholar of the Year.

Skyelar Raiti of Toledo School for the Arts (TS4A) was named Scholar of the Year.

Skyelar Raiti has participated in a wide variety of activities inside and outside of the classroom while in high school. Skyelar has participated in studies abroad in Kofu, Japan and China, and has participated in and received numerous honors for his musical talents as an accomplished pianist and organist, and performances on the cello.

A TS4A Ambassador and Quiz Bowl team member, he has noted academic achievements while maintaining a 4.35 GPA and receiving an ACT score of 35. Skyelar also participated in The University of Toledo Confucius Institute, Glendale Groove Jazz Band, Chinese Center of Toledo, Toledo International Youth Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra. He plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall, double majoring in linguistics and music.

The Buckeye Broadband Scholar of the Year program is administered by Toledo Community Foundation, and recognizes select college bound seniors who will be attending an accredited school of higher education in the United States in the fall of 2019 for their academic achievements. Throughout the school year, eight Scholars were chosen from those applications submitted by the High School guidance counselors whose schools are located within the Buckeye Broadband Toledo service area. Each chosen scholar qualifies for a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited school of higher education.

The Scholar of the Year honor is worth $10,000.00 to one individual, which can be applied towards tuition, room and board (on campus), books and fees. The renewable scholarship is awarded in increments of $2,500.00 annually, provided the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative
G.P.A. and full time status. Local sponsors of the program include Directions Credit Union; Hires Dental Care; Perrysburg Auto Mall; Siena Heights University; and Unison Health.

Eight local students were honored for their accomplishments:
• David E. Bixler – Maumee High School
• Jayden Bolden – Sylvania Northview High School
• Kylie B. Grant – Northwood High School
• Payton L. Kamer – Whitmer High School
• Skyelar J. Raiti – Toledo School for the Arts
• Kagen R. Ruley – Springfield High School
• Zachary L. Shultz – Perrysburg High School
• Ella M. Zaborowski - Toledo Christian Schools

A Scholarship Advisory Committee comprised of community leaders and educators interviews the eight finalists and recommends the Scholar of the Year. The program will be offered again through the eligible schools in August.

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 860 funds with assets of approximately $300 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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