Dave and Diana Kowalka (Dave and Diana Kowalka Scholarship for Social Sciences, Environmental Studies or Education)
Dave served the Ashland City Schools as a teacher, Gifted Coordinator and Principal before moving on to Ashland University as a professor in the Education Department. He graduated from Lake High School in Walbridge, Ohio. Dave taught in Euclid City Schools, East Cleveland City Schools, worked at the Euclid YMCA, The Natural Science Museum in Cleveland and at the Ashland Times-Gazette as a columnist and a photographer. He served on the Board of the Ashland Art Center along with many community organizations. Diana served the Mapleton Local Schools as a teacher before moving on to Ashland University as an Adjunct in Education supervising Student Teachers. She graduated from Shelby High School in Shelby, Ohio, earning a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Sociology at B.G.S.U. along with post graduate work at Rutgers, John Carroll and Ashland University. Diana worked at the New Jersey State Home for Girls as a social worker, Coordinator for The Schools Neighborhood Youth Corp program at John Hay High School in Cleveland and as a teacher in East Cleveland City Schools. She served on the Board of Good Shepherd Home, along with many other community organizations. The Kowalka’s have established this scholarship to encourage and inspire others to provide service to humanity. It is their hope to provide someone the opportunity to begin learning and sharing their talents with others.