Scholarships

The Strimbu Memorial Fund was founded in 1990 to honor Nick Strimbu, Jr. During his lifetime he developed a legacy of leadership, self-reliance, and service matched by few. It is this legacy that prompted the Fund to be established so that Nick’s unfinished work might continue.


Below is a list of the most recent Strimbu Memorial Fund Scholarship winners:

2023 Scholarship Winners

Cole Burnett
Badger High School
Scholarship sponsored by Miller Livestock

Madeline Thomas
Brookfield High School
Scholarship sponsored by Kirila Family Fund

Tamera Slater
Farrell High School
Scholarship sponsored by Ziegler Tire

Megan Ickes
Greenville High School
Scholarship sponsored by Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation

Benjamin Jones & Benjamin Swanson
Hickory High School
Scholarship sponsored by Matune/Basile Advisors

Angelina Russ
Hubbard High School
Scholarship sponsored by Truck World, Inc.

Alexander Kavanagh
Kennedy Catholic High School
Scholarship sponsored by National Interstate Insurance

Dino Haidaris & Kylie Schwartz
Lakeview (OH) High School
Scholarship sponsored by Farmers National Bank

Makayla Tarr
Mathews High School
Scholarship sponsored by Governor Insurance

Marissa Hillyer & Michael Mendoza
Reynolds High School
Scholarship sponsored by Reynolds Services, Inc.

Ella Labbiento
Sharon High School
Scholarship sponsored by JCL Development

Jacob Tonty
Sharpsville High School
Scholarship sponsored by The Grandy Family in memory of Gary “Gus” Grandy

Giorgio Fernia
Warren JFK High School
Scholarship sponsored by Huntington Bank

Alena Hemminger & Richard Preston
West Middlesex High School
Scholarship sponsored by Hill, Barth & King

The overall winner was Richard Preston from West Middlesex, who received $10,000.00.

The two $5,000.00 winners were Dino Haidaris of Lakeview (OH) and Jacob Tonty of Sharpsville.

Scholarship Award Commemorative Plaque

In addition to receiving the scholarship awards, each participant received a plaque commemorating the life of Nick Strimbu, Jr. The gazebo depicted on the plaque is located at the homestead of Mr. Strimbu in Brookfield, Ohio. The building is the site where meetings were held to strategize and plan with community leaders, regarding the many challenges and projects of the time. It was the board meeting site for various organizations. It was also used for family functions and as a private meeting place for anyone in need. The barn in the background was built by Mr. Strimbu, who had a fondness for agriculture. He was born and raised on a farm where he developed his strong work ethic. His love for the land kept him simple, grounded, and approachable by all. Having served in World War II, Mr. Strimbu had a deep love for this country, and the flag symbolizes his patriotism.

The plaque was created to inspire individuals to rise to the occasion by reminding us that one person’s actions can touch and help hundreds and even thousands of people’s lives. Our hope is that those who have earned the plaque will make similar contributions during their lifetime.