Students representing Stark County high schools were awarded $7,000 scholarships renewable for four years through the Paul and Carol David Foundation. The foundation funds about $1.5 million annually in scholarships for Stark County students.

The Paul & Carol David Foundation announced a class of 60 new Stark County graduates to its David Scholar Program. The late Paul David, founder of Camelot Music retail store chain, and his wife, Carol, created the David Scholar Program in 1980 with the intent to assist Stark County students, who might not otherwise be able to pursue a college education.

"The David Scholar Program is one of the few programs we fund where we have the opportunity to directly interact with the people we support through our gifting," said Walt Stanislawski foundation's director and executive vice president. "As a result, it is one of our most rewarding experiences. It is a real treat to watch Carol and Jeff witness the impact, first-hand, they have on these students and families. I always look forward to the David Scholar dinner for that very reason."

Each student will receive $7,000 per year in a renewable four-year scholarship with a total value of $28,000 per student. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. These newly awarded scholarships combined with the renewable scholarships for previous David Scholars amounts to approximately $1.3-$1.5 million annually awarded to Stark County students.

"Although the David Scholar Program is intended to help those students with the greatest need, we've found middle-class families often have the greatest gap as they do not make enough to just cut a check for tuition but they make too much to qualify for federal and state need-based aid," Stanislawski said. "As a result, we've expanded the number of scholarships we allocate to this group."

Applications for the Class of 2019 David Scholars will be accepted online via the foundation’s website starting in October, and is open to all students who will graduate from a Stark County high school. Visit for more information.

2018 David Scholars:

Alliance: Phoebe Jackson, Daijin Johnson, Mariah Stanish, Anthony Young

Central Catholic: Olivia DiRuzza

McKinley: Madison Buckley, Imani Curtis, Emily Glover, Haylee Kutzli, Nakyla Raye-Hill, Elizabeth Robinson

East Canton: Mary Reichard

Fairless: Lexis Pasthing

GlenOak: Megan Cordell, Sydney Kleptach, Kyra Koprowski, Jenna Ritchey, Darius Stokes

Jackson: Jacob Griffiths, Joana Kyle, Hailey Seibert

Lake: Irene Kotyk, Taylor Planey

Louisville: Dennis Girton, Dylan Hoover, Harlie Murphy, Sara Severns, Dylan Walczak

Marlington: BreAnna Boyce, Briton Polen

Massillon Washington: Logan Anania, Alex Berbari, Megan Brant, Kayleigh Calandros, Spencer Compan, Morgan Crum, Savannah Evans, Gianna Hatheway, Nathaniel Hochstetler, Neil Huth, Matthew Meyer, Michael Morgan, Karoline Smith

Minerva: Peyton Morgan

Hoover: Samantha Battista, Emma Chufar, Lauren Ickes

Northwest: Josef Chiboroski, Chelsea Grisby, Nasya Rechel

Perry: Andrea Hufstetler, Sarah Kiser, Josephine Lacourt, Nathan Talafous

Sandy Valley: Liam Ott, Halie Sciury

St. Thomas Aquinas: Ryan Appleby, Jessica Risher

Timken Early College: Erin Scroggs

Tuslaw: Cody Mast