Cooper’s national scholarship programs benefit children of U.S. employees
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company today announced that six recent high school graduates have been selected to receive scholarships to pursue higher education.
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Mitchel Schroeder, son of Kim Schroeder, who works in Distribution and Operations Planning at Cooper’s Findlay headquarters, and her husband Roy, was named the recipient of the fourth annual Roy V. Armes Scholarship. (Photo: Business Wire)
The Roy V. Armes Scholarship, a renewable scholarship which provides up to $5,000 over the next four years, was awarded to one student, and Cooper Centennial Scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, were awarded to five students.
The Roy V. Armes Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor former Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Roy Armes, upon his retirement. Armes served Cooper for nearly a decade, and this fund was created in recognition of his many contributions and achievements. The scholarship is focused on high-achieving students who will attend a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue careers in business or engineering and goes to the child of a Cooper employee in the United States.
The recipient of the Roy V. Armes Scholarship is:
Mitchel Schroeder– Mitchel is the 18-year-old son of Kim Schroeder, who works in Distribution and Operations Planning at Cooper’s Findlay, Ohio headquarters, and her husband Roy. A salutatorian of Ottawa-Glandorf High School in Ottawa, Ohio, Mitchel intends to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University in the fall. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club vice president, Game Guys founder and vice president, soccer captain, and participated in tennis, baseball, and CYO basketball. He has also served as a Sunday school teacher at St. John the Baptist church and volunteered for Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice.
The Cooper Centennial Scholarship is in its sixth year and was originated to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary in 2014. The scholarship is available to the children of Cooper employees in the U.S. who are outstanding high school seniors and who will pursue degrees at a college, university or technical school.
Centennial Scholarship recipients are:
Madeline Fulk– Madeline is the 18-year-old daughter of Beth Fulk, an Engineer in Cooper’s Findlay, Ohio plant, and her husband Joshua. As a graduate of Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio, Madeline plans to attend Kent State University and earn a degree in architecture. She is a piano player and competes in cheerleading. She also serves as a member of her church’s youth group, has taken six mission trips with her church, and supports youth by volunteering as a junior cheer coach.
Abigail Hatch– Abigail is the 18-year-old daughter of Robert Hatch, who works within Original Equipment Sales at Cooper’s Findlay, Ohio headquarters, and his wife Arika. Abigail graduated from Liberty-Benton High School in Findlay, Ohio, and intends to pursue a degree in pharmacy at the University of Findlay. She was a member of National Honor Society, Fermata, the Blue Acapella group, Student Council, and played basketball and soccer. Abigail’s community involvement included participation in the 2019 Hancock Youth Leadership program, as well as service as a STRIDES leader.
Kyleen Hewitt– Kyleen is the 18-year-old daughter of Jimmy Hewitt, who is a Section Manager at Cooper’s Texarkana, Arkansas tire manufacturing facility, and his wife Crystal. Kyleen is a graduate of Fouke High School in Fouke, Arkansas, and plans to attend Southern Arkansas University where she will study agribusiness. She was a member of the softball and trap shooting teams as well as active in Fouke FFA, Two Rivers 4-H Club, and BETA Club. Kyleen also volunteered with the Miller County Fair Association and the Circle J Cowboy Church youth group.
Madeline Parmelee– Madeline is the 17-year-old daughter of Ray Parmelee, a Cooper Master Black Belt working in Findlay, Ohio, and Nicole Wortman. She graduated from Liberty-Benton High School in Findlay and, this fall, will pursue a degree in biology at Siena Heights University with the intention of going to medical school. In addition to playing soccer, Madeline also participated in her school musical and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was active in her community through ENGAGE and the Zach Morgan Memorial Soccer Tournament.
Maggie Rump– Maggie is the 18-year-old daughter of Brad Rump who works in Testing Services at Cooper’s Findlay, Ohio headquarters, and his wife, Kara. Maggie is a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School in Ottawa, Ohio. She plans to attend The Ohio State University at Lima as a pre-med student. She has served in a number of leadership roles including Key Club officer, Builders Club president, and Glamour Gals secretary. Maggie also participated in cross country and track and field, as well as religious education and youth group activities at St. John’s church in Glandorf.
"Cooper’s company purpose is to help everyone travel through life’s journeys with confidence, and to be there for people at every turn. This year, in particular, when graduating seniors had an unusual end to their school year, we’re proud to celebrate the accomplishments and invest in the future of such a deserving group of students," said Chris Ball, Cooper Tire President – Americas. "We wish these scholarship winners the best of luck on their continued education, and ultimately, their careers."
Cooper’s scholarship programs are administered by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, an independent philanthropic agency that manages nearly 400 funds, including 115 scholarships. To be considered for these awards, each student is required to submit an application and essay. An independent committee of the Community Foundation then selects the winners. Since the inception of these two funds, Cooper has awarded 32 students with scholarships.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.
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