Ben Shaver (Ben and Alyce Shaver Memorial Scholarship)
When Ben returned from spending 30 months overseas during World War II in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he enrolled at Muskingum College where he met and married Alyce Cowan. They were loving partners for the next 61½ years.
Alyce taught in elementary schools in Zanesville, Alvordton and Hayesville. Ben taught high school biology and history and coached basketball and baseball while earning his M. Ed. Degree at Ohio University. At the age of 30, Ben became superintendent of schools at Alvordton in Williams County, Ohio which led into becoming superintendent of the newly organized Millcreek-West Unity School district. In 1961 he accepted assignment as superintendent of the newly formed Hillsdale Local district where he spent the next 12 years before becoming Ashland County Superintendent.
Ben was co-founder and president of the Ohio Association of Local Superintendents (OALSS). He later became president of the Ohio County Superintendents Association.
In 1979 he was employed as director of member services at the Firelands Electric Cooperative where he served with distinction for over 10 years.
Ben and Alyce dedicated their lives to helping young people and hope that this scholarship will motivate and help many students to reach and enjoy more productive lives.