Stories Behind Our Scholarships


 


Joe Acito Memorial Scholarship
Joe Acito, Elder Class of 1963.  Joe taught English at Elder for 43 years and had the additional role of Alumni Director the last 16 years of his professional career.  He lived Altiora – the higher things - in all that he did – at Elder with his students in the classroom teaching the rhyme scheme of a Shakespearian sonnet or constantly reminding the kids, as he so affectionately referred to anyone younger than him, that reading is fun – encouraging them to read books they enjoy as opposed to assigned novels.   He also lived Altiora through his work with the Alumni – organizing reunions and planning feel good events like golf outings, the Sports Stag and the ever popular Alumni Family Picnic at Stricker’s Grove.  He made Elder grads feel so very welcome to come back to their alma mater… like they belonged to a most important group where the only requirements for membership are a year of graduation, a friendly smile and a handshake.  And last but certainly not least… Joe lived Altiora in his home life, raising a wonderful family with his wife, Fran, his daughters Anne and Gina- Gina’s husband Mike Fieler - an ’88 Elder grad and Joe’s  son, Tony – also an ’88 grad and Tony’s wife Jenny.  Joe passed away suddenly in March of 2011 and a permanent scholarship was established in his name through memorial donations.  Joe Acito Fundraiser, Friday, March 18th CLICK HERE FOR FLIER ... 

Jack Adam Achievement Scholarship 
Jack Adam, Elder Class of 1957, earned a B.S. degree in Physics at Xavier University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration at Purdue University.   Jack founded Mead, Adam, an investment counseling firm in Dayton with an office in Columbus and sold Mead Adam to Johnson Investment Counsel in 2009. He retired in 2014.  Jack and his wife Carol, a Seton graduate, reside in Dayton and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Jack began his scholarship for incoming freshmen at Elder in 1984 and continues to encourage academic achievement through this scholarship today.  Their children live in Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, and California. It’s difficult to see the grandchildren play sports so Jack and Carol attend many Elder games, including games at the Jack Adam Baseball Stadium at the Panther Athletic Complex, named for Jack in the spring of 2014.


Dave Allen Scholarship

Dave Allen has been directing Elder’s glee club since 1970.  He is a founding member of the Seton-Elder Performing Arts Series (formerly the Seton-Elder Series at Eight) and also conducts the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra.  In February of 2011, Dave was honored for his 50 years as music director at St. William Parish.  At that time, an anonymous Elder benefactor established a scholarship in Dave’s name.  His is married to Carol, has 3 children - Colleen Schoenfeld, Kathy Ciarla and Mary Beth Heiland and continues making music for Elder, St. William and the larger Cincinnati community.  The scholarship recipients are chosen on the basis of service to their church, the school and the community and involvement in the Elder Glee Club along with academic achievement.

Brad Arling Scholarship
Brad Arling, Elder Class of 1989, went to Our Lady of Victory where he received the outstanding boy award at his 8th grade graduation.  In August of 1984, just before starting his freshman year at St. Xavier and after receiving that news that he made the freshman soccer team, Brad suffered a brain injury while playing softball at a family picnic.  After being in a coma for 2 ½ months, he spent several months in the hospital doing various therapies to aid in his recovery.  He continued outpatient therapy for many years.  Life was extremely difficult for Brad.  A short time after he came home, his mom received a phone call from Principal Fr. Tom Kuhn who said, "What can Elder do for Brad?".  The students, staff, and administration accepted Brad and worked with him to help him progress in every area.  Brad was involved in the glee club and joined the swim team where he came in last place in every meet however his times improved and Coach John Book worked hard to help Brad improve.  Brad went on to receive the Altiora Award at his graduation.  Today Brad tells his story to school-aged children and other groups in the hopes that people will “think first” before participating in sports or activities where injuries can occur.  Brad’s mom and dad, Rita and Paul, created a scholarship in Brad’s name in June of 2007.  Brad lives in Madeira and is an active presenter in the Think First Injury Prevention Program through Tri-Health.

Frank & Sophia Auberger Scholarship
Sophia, Elder Class of 1927, and her late husband Frank, Elder Class of 1928, first met as neighbors having grown up in Price Hill together.  They both attended Elder but didn’t start dating until the early 1930’s and they were wed in June of 1937 at St. Lawrence Church.  Sophie and Frank worked together at a local bank for years and they never had any children.  When Frank passed away in 1962 Sophie started a new chapter in her life and went on to live to be 105 years old.  Sophie was instrumental in starting the Over 50 Dinner Dance for those Elder alumni who have been out of Elder for 50 years or more.  This concept continues today but rather as a Mass and brunch.  The Frank & Sophia Auberger Scholarship (originally the Frank Auberger Scholarship) was established in 1985.

Andy Backs Memorial Band Assistance Fund
Andy Backs, Elder Class of 1979, loved his music, his sports and his Elder High School Panthers.  As a 1979 grad who always “bled purple” and wore it on his sleeve, Andy was an integral member of the Elder Pep Band, and later joined other Elder alums in the formation of Lee’s Junction, a well-known jazz and big band. He never lost his love for the music. However Andy is more widely known for some other “music to our ears.”  As the “Voice of Elder Sports,” Andy Backs started announcing while still in high school at Elder soccer games held in The Pit. Over the years Andy would go on to announce volleyball, lacrosse, football, basketball and baseball. The timely, sharp and business-like tones of Andy’s voice became a welcome, familiar and distinctive addition to any Elder sporting event.  But beyond the music, and outside of the competitions, Andy’s first love was Elder High School.  And, just like the motto on the gymnasium wall, “What Andy had, he gave…”.  Andy was at the ready, willing and able “do for Elder” whatever he could to make the Elder experience better for all. “Altiora” can be just a word for some, but for Andy “Altiora” meant taking the gifts God gave him, developing them to the best of his ability, and sharing them with others.  In 2014, our Voice of Elder Sports fell silent as Andy passed away in the spring of that year only a few days after announcing one last Lacrosse game in the Pit.  Through memorial donations for Andy and additional contributions to the Elder band over the years, a band assistance fund was created in Andy’s name.

Jeff Beck Memorial Scholarship
Jeff Beck, Elder Class of 2000, participated in Elder’s Kairos as a leader, and he enjoyed the intramural sports.  His passion was inline hockey, which he played for 6 years on a traveling team, which went to Nationals three times during his tenure.  He played ice hockey, before Elder had hockey, to stay in shape for inline.  He attended Ohio Northern University (ONU) and graduated with a Civil Engineering degree in 2004.  While at ONU he came into his own, and credited his years at Elder as the foundation for his success.  He was awarded one of four Trustee scholarships.  He maintained his scholarship all four years while being a resident assistant, captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team, being active in ASCE (civil engineer society), and working each year on the Concrete canoe team.  After graduation he had just begun his career as a project engineer with HGC construction in Cincinnati.  As he did each year with fellow class mates from Elder, he went on a camping trip.  In Aug of 2004 the trip was to Mammoth Cave and on the way there, the car he was riding in, lost control and hit a tree, instantly killing Jeff and his college roommate, Greg.  Each year we have a Golf Outing full of fun, family and friends, Jeff’s three “F”s, around his birthday in May.  The proceeds go to the Elder scholarship in his name, but our main goal is just the three “F”s.  This scholarship is for any senior(s) attending Ohio Northern University first, and then any senior(s) going to study engineering.

Bill Family Scholarship
The Bill Family Scholarship was started in 2012 by Jeff Bill, Elder Class of 1996, to commemorate the 40th wedding anniversary of his parents, Dave and Maureen (Calme) Bill.  Dave is also an Elder graduate of the Class of 1966, and Maureen is a Seton graduate from the Class of 1968.  In recognition of his parents’ sacrifices to have their children educated in the Catholic school system, and, with an understanding that his Catholic education was an important building block for his life achievements, Jeff committed to funding this need-based general scholarship fund for the Elder endowment.  His sister, Allison (Bill) Klocke, Seton Class of 1992, and his brother, Brian Bill, Elder Class of 1994 were supportive of the fund, too.  There have been a number of Bill family members who have benefitted from a Catholic education.  For Jeff, his grandfather, Herb Bill, was the first to graduate Elder in 1934.  Along with his wife, Rita (Mott) Bill, Seton Class of 1934, Herb was instrumental in subsidizing Catholic education for those attending grade school at St. Lawrence.  The example that Herb and Rita set also inspired Jeff and his family to start this fund.

 

Jeremy Boschert Memorial Scholarship

 

Jeremy, Elder Class of 1992, was the 5th Boschert to attend Elder after his father ’63, uncle ’66, brothers ’88 and ’91.  He always wore an engaging smile and even if you met him once he made you feel like a friend. Elder pride drove Jeremy, whether playing trumpet in the Band, Series at Eight, Wrestling or Soccer…and playing at The Pit was the BEST.  The teachers at Elder with a commitment to higher education, religion and family values only added to his eminent personality and learning.

After Elder, following his two older brothers and later a young sister, Jeremy attended Xavier University.  At the age of 20, sadly, Jeremy suddenly died.  Besides the love of his family, Jeremy had so many friends and the funeral Mass could barely hold everyone.  This prompted Jeremy’s family to start a memorial scholarship at Elder in his honor.

Jim Botts Memorial Scholarship
Jim Botts, Elder Class of 1969, was active in athletics at Elder and, when not participating, was an avid fan  in the stands who wore the purple proudly both in and away from school.  The excellent education he received at Elder prepared him well for attaining his degree at UC and for facing future challenges and experiences beyond high school.  He developed strong family, work, social, ethical, and moral values that insured success, not only in business career, but in all aspects of family and daily life.  Jim  and his wife Peggy had two sons, Brent and Christian, who  attended LaSalle, another excellent GCL high school. Jim loved golfing and following the Reds, Bengals, UC, Purdue, and professional golf as a spectator.  He was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for his family and friends.  He was the ultimate family man and lived life to the fullest until fighting a valiant battle against leukemia.  A friend and colleague created a scholarship in Jim’s memory and family and friends support the fund through a golf outing also set up to honor Jim.  As a staunch supporter of Catholic education throughout his life, Jim would be honored to know that, in his memory, deserving young men have been given an opportunity to receive the quality education that Elder High School provides in preparing students for future success in life as a recipient of his scholarship.  Click here for more details about the Jimbo Scramble Memorial Golf Outing.

The Class of 1983 / Dr. Bob Kemper Scholarship
The Class of 1983 / Dr. Bob Kemper Scholarship was created in 2011 to not only honor the memory of the 1983 class president, Bob Kemper who passed away in September of 2011, but to also recognize and memorialize all the men of the Class of 1983 who have passed away.  This class endowment scholarship will forever remember the contributions of so many 1983 class members who have contributed the resources and memories to allow for the continuation of resources to provide for the younger generation to attend Elder.  Class of ’83 guys are proud of their four years at Elder as well as a lifetime of memories and service to the Elder community thereafter.

College Endeavor Scholarship
In 1981, an anonymous Elder alumnus and his wife put the wheels in motion on creating a scholarship fund at Elder.  Their main aim was not just to get a student through Elder, but also to see that the student was going to go on to college.  The donors are very committed to the scholarship, following each student closely for their four years at Elder.  The Elder faculty and staff are always so interested in and committed to their students and because of this, one cannot help but be enthusiastic right along with them.  Elder is so special to the donors of this scholarship.....always was...and  always will be.    

Dad’s Club Scholarship Fund
The Elder Dad's Club is a group of fathers, alumni, and friends of Elder who gather each Tuesday night to socialize. In the fall, the club watches films from the week’s previous football game. Members also volunteer for many school events and fundraisers. Tuesday meetings are open to all men and start at approximately 7 p.m. in Elder’s cafeteria.  The scholarship began through memorial donations that came to Elder to honor long-time Dad’s Club member and Elder alumnus, Joe Lind, Class of 1953.

Scott Dannemiller Memorial Scholarship
Scott Dannemiller, Elder Class of 1972, played on Elder’s tennis team all four years and was team captain during his senior year.  In August of 1986, he was married and had two children but his life was cut short that year due to a freak accident.  Scott’s family owned the Dannemiller Electric Co., Inc. and he was performing electrical work for Great American Insurance Companies in their downtown office building when an electrical explosion occurred in a high –voltage vault housing the company’s electrical system.  Scott’s mom, Martha Dannemiller, called Elder in October of that same year to create a scholarship in Scott’s name.

Jim and Elaine Day Family Scholarship
Jim Day, Elder Class of 1947, is the president, owner and CEO of Esther Price Candies.   Jim, along with three other Cincinnati business partners, purchased the Dayton candy company from founder, Esther Price, in 1976.  In 2006, he became the sole owner of Esther Price and, more recently, his three daughters and sons-in-laws joined Jim in ownership, making it a family owned and operated company!  Prior to owning Esther Price Candies, Jim worked for Day Precision Wall.  Jim is married to Elaine, his wife of 63 years.  Jim and Elaine created the scholarship in 1997 because they strongly believe in the value of a Catholic education and want more Catholic youths to have that opportunity.

Terence “TJ” Doherty Memorial Scholarship

Terence Doherty (TJ), Elder Class of 1998, was a tri-sport athlete his freshman year at Elder. He soon found a love for running and a love for Spanish. While at Elder, his Spanish class traveled to Spain.  While on this trip, he fell in love with the Spanish culture and way of life.  TJ was certain that he would return some day.
TJ decided to go to the University of Cincinnati where he continued running and majored in Spanish. 
Shortly after graduation, he moved to Colorado to teach high school Spanish.  While living in Boulder, TJ began working at Spectra Logic where he was responsible for sales in Mexico and expanding their business in Central America.  He then obtained his Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature from Bowling Green State University. The Master’s program curriculum included studies in Spain. 
After graduation he returned to Boulder and resumed his career at Spectra Logic. TJ remained very active with running and bicycling. Often, he would use bicycling as a second means of transportation.  On July 22, 2012 as TJ was bicycling home, he was struck by a motor vehicle and was transported to Boulder Hospital where two days later, TJ passed away at the young age of 32.

Because of his love for running and Elder, his family decided to start a Scholarship at Elder in his name. Each year since his death there has been a TJ Memorial Annual Run, Walk and Ride to raise money for the scholarship.


Michael F. Doyle Memorial Scholarship

Michael Francis Doyle, Elder Class of 1999, played on Elder’s basketball team all four years and was co-captain during his senior year. He attended the University of Dayton and graduated in 2003 with a degree in finance. In July of 2004, he moved to Chicago where many of his UD friends had relocated. He was an account manager for Lind/Waldock, a futures investment firm. On New Year’s Eve in 2007, he was adjusting a chair on a 3rd-story porch when he fell through the rail and was killed, as a result of a defective metal railing. The next weekend his friends from Elder organized a fund raiser to raise money for the Elder basketball summer league (along with a generous donation from his fellow employees at Lind/Waldock.) In the summer of 2007, his brother Patrick, Class of 1997, organized the 1st Annual Mike Doyle Golf Outing to raise money for the Memorial Scholarship and to continue support for the summer league. The memorial was established in his name that year. The Golf Outing continues each year, through the efforts of his family - parents Jim and Jean Doyle, brother Pat, sister-in-law Kate, and nephews, Matt, Jack, and Charlie Doyle.  There is also a fund raiser held each year in Chicago on his February 23rd birthday to contribute to the fund and summer league.

Bob and Rita Driehaus Family Scholarship
Bob, Elder Class of 1946, and Rita Driehaus were married for close to 60 years and raised six children in Catholic schools.  Bob was Chief Financial Officer for Cincinnati Financial and supported Elder in many ways, including serving on the Principal’s Advisory Board and he also served as leadership for several capital campaigns.  He received the Altiora Award in 2005.  A scholarship was created in April of 1987 in the Driehaus Family name and that fund is now the Bob and Rita Family Scholarship.  Bob passed away in April of 2012 and Rita continues the Driehaus family commitment to Catholic education though her support of their scholarship.


Don Driehaus Family Scholarship

Don Driehaus, Elder Class of 1951, was born on Gilsey Avenue behind Elder and claimed that he grew up on the fifty yard line of The Pit.  Don and his wife Clare raised eight children.  Sons Don ‘77, Steve ‘84, Joe ‘86, Jim ‘87 and Dan ‘90 all graduating from Elder with distinction and daughters Dianne, Denise and Cathy from Seton.  Don had a sharp wit and jovial attitude that endeared him to many.  He served as a loyal alumnus, supporting Elder as an institution of Christian learning and excellence and remained a lifelong supporter of Elder up until his passing in 2008.   The Driehaus family is proud to support Elder in Don’s name and they created this scholarship in 2013.  He truly represents the Spirit of Elder’s motto Altiora – To strive for the higher things.  In Don’s own words, “Elder is more than an institution---It is a way of life.”

Sonny Edrich Memorial Scholarship
Sonny Edrich, Elder Class of 1988, lived life to the fullest in his 32 years on this Earth.  In fact he was known to have seen and done more things in those 32 years than most could ever imagine.  He had many obstacles growing up with Marfan Syndrome and finally lost his battle with the disease in September of 2002.  But he never let physical limitations defeat his unwavering spirit.  After graduating from Elder, he went on to Xavier University where he earned two degrees with honors.  He worked jobs in the music industry as a Label Rep at EMI and Mammoth Records and later with Tri-State Promotions.  He also loved the game of golf and worked at Pebble Creek Golf Course for several years.  Charlie and Debe, Sonny’s parents, requested that memorial donations for Sonny come to Elder. A golf outing was started in his memory the following September and through the memorial donations and the successful first golf outing at Pebble Creek, a scholarship was created in his name.  The Sonny Memorial Golf Outing continues today and Sonny’s scholarship is awarded each year to a student at Elder who, like Sonny, is physically challenged.

Ellerhorst Family Scholarship
Bob Ellerhorst, Elder Class of 1946, and Marian Ellerhorst raised 7 children in Catholic schools with their four boys, Gary, Gregg, Pete, Brian all going through Elder.  Bob and Marian created a scholarship in December of 2000.  Bob passed away in February of 2008 but through Marian’s and her family’s continued commitment to Catholic education, their family scholarship continues on.




Dan Finley Memorial Scholarship
Dan Finley, Elder Class of 1953, was a multi-sport star at Elder.  However during his sophomore year and after making varsity football, he contracted polio.  He spent a year in the hospital and the following years in and out of therapy and rehab to learn to walk again.  Dan had a successful business career and retired at Sherwood Medical in 1991.  Though he passed away in 2008, the people he touched are still talking about Dan Finley and his compassion, inspiration and motivation.  He will be remembered for his smile and his uncanny ability to remember everyone he ever met.  He was a motivator and an inspiration to many and was the subject of a true story in “Chicken Soup for the Soul in the Workplace.”  In 2009, he was inducted posthumously into the Price Hill Baseball Old Timers Hall of Fame.  His wife Dorothy and children Terry ’76, Kathy ’77 (Seton), Mike ’79 and Danny ’86 (DeLand High School in FL) have raised funds to honor Dan through the Daniel J. Finley “It’s Gotta Be Done” Memorial Fund and created this scholarship in 2013.

 

Paul “Hans” Frey Memorial Scholarship
Paul “Hans” Frey, Elder Class of 1957, taught at Elder for thirty-seven years and coached for twenty-two. During his tenure, he never had a losing season winning 12 GCL championships, seven district titles, three regional titles and two state championships. He was GCL Coach of the Year ten times, Ohio Coach of the Year twice, McDonald’s All-America Coach of the Year twice and Kellogg’s National Coach of the Year once.  

Coach Frey did not just teach his players to be champions on the court, but through his lessons on the value of hard work and perseverance, taught the young men of Elder life lessons that would stay with them after they walked out of the Pit for the last time as players. He put his heart and soul into each of the 501 games he coached and accepted nothing less from his players. Paul was married to his wife Carol for forty years before losing the battle with cancer in August of 2006.  He truly embodied the school motto Altiora or Strive for the Higher Things.” Shortly after his passing, a group of lifelong friends of Paul formed a committee to raise money to create a scholarship to honor their friend and then on December 7, 2007, Elder High School dedicated Paul “Hans” Frey Court in Elder’s Memorial Fieldhouse.

Toby and Judi Heile Scholarship
Toby Heile, Honorary Elder Class of 1961, began working at Elder in 1966 as a bookkeeping and economics teacher upon his graduation from Xavier University in Economics. Toby came to be not only well known and respected amongst the Elder students but was also an icon at Philipps Swim Club where he worked as a lifeguard, assistant manager and eventually managed this popular west side summer hangout.  While teaching at Elder, he also began the PR Department which eventually led to the Alumni/Development Office – an extremely important piece to Elder continued success. Toby was so very instrumental in putting Elder on the map in the area of Development and Fundraising and that program flourishes today due to Toby’s ground work in encouraging Elder alumni to give back to their alma mater.  He started, maintained and strengthened relationships between the school and Elder’s alumni that still exist today and he created a true sense of loyalty and pride amongst the Elder family that is unrivaled.  Toby took Development one step further in 1989, when he created the Planned Giving Program at Elder now known as the Fr. Schmitt Society.  He was the driving force behind Elder’s first major fundraising efforts including the Spirit Fund, the campaign to build the Elder Memorial Fieldhouse, and Vision 2020 which opened the Rev. Jerome A. Schaeper Center in fall of 2002.  He was also instrumental in working on Elder’s 50th and 75th Anniversaries.  Toby married Judi shortly before he began working at Elder and raised three children – Mike, Jenny and John and they have six grandchildren.  Mike and John are both Elder graduates.  Judi, in addition to raising thee wonderful children, worked at the College of Mount St. Joseph holding several positions over her career in administrative support, Career Services, Academic Administration and eventually she became Assistant Academic Dean up until her retirement from the Mount in 2011.   She was part of the first grant program that established cooperative education at the Mount.  Toby built the Development Office from the ground up and has dedicated his life to his family and his career at Elder.  He believed strongly that everything he did was done for the betterment of Elder High School and this mantra continued all the way up until his retirement in 2015.  Toby and Judi have worked in tandem to create a fantastic team that has touched so many lives.  In March of 2013, an anonymous Elder benefactor established a scholarship in Toby and Judi’s name.  

Christopher P. Hendy Scholarship
Chris Hendy, Elder Class of 1976, has always felt strongly about the importance of participating in extracurricular activities. His son was very active in the mock trial program at St. Xavier (at that time the family lived in Loveland). The experience and confidence gained by that participation helped inspire the current mock trial scholarship program at Elder High School. The scholarship was created in 2011 and the recipients are picked annually by the moderators of the mock trial program. Chris and his wife Connie reside in Florida.

Richard E. Henkel Memorial Scholarship
Dick Henkel, Elder Class of 1944, enjoyed his years at Elder and made many life-long friends there. One classmate, Norbert Bunke, was godfather for his first child, and they later became partners in a law firm. It was one of the first law firms to re-locate its office from downtown to Western Hills, and the firm is still located on Glenway Avenue.  At Elder, Dick achieved academically, enjoyed basketball (although he never made varsity), won a medal for playing violin, and edited The Purple Quill. Later, at Xavier University, he again edited the student newspaper and was enrolled in the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society. Before attending law school, he reported for the Western Hills Press and as a young lawyer, edited the Cincinnati Bar Association Journal for several years, on a volunteer basis.  Because Dick was in the accelerated Latin School program at St. Lawrence, he entered high school young and graduated just before his 17th birthday. He entered the U.S. Navy as soon as he turned 17, where he served at the Intake Station on Treasure Island in San Francisco. He received high commendation from his superior officer at the end of his service.  Dick graduated from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. While attending Georgetown he worked in the office of then Ohio congressman William E. Hess.  Dick married Alice Griffiths (Seton ’48) and they raised six children: Mary, Peter, Julie, Christine, Joe and Tom. Through memorial donations for Dick upon his passing in 1999 and additional contributions to Elder from his family, a scholarship was created is Dick’s name.

John P. Kiely Memorial Scholarship
John Kiely, Elder Class of 1953, went on to attend Xavier University and after graduating he joined the Coast Guard Reserves before deciding to go to law school at the University of Cincinnati.  While in law school he worked as a law clerk at Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, where his dad was a senior partner.  John eventually was hired as an associate, and then later became a partner.  In 1967 John married Marlene and had two children, Michael and Colleen.  In 1998, after John learned that he had lung cancer with an undesirable prognosis, he decided he wanted to do something for Elder, the school he still loved.  He had been giving to the Annual Fund for years, but he wanted to do something “special” which would continue after he was gone so he created this scholarship.  One year after he started his scholarship fund, John died suddenly and yet in his memory, many friends donate to his fund and due to continued donations, his scholarship continues to grow to this day.

Robert G. and Eleanor Kraft Memorial Scholarship
Robert and Eleanor Kraft worked hard to give their six children the benefit of a Catholic education. All four of their sons (Robert Jr. '65; Jim '72; Jack '76; Chuck '78) attended Elder, as well as five grandsons. Robert Sr., a 1941 Purcell High School graduate, served as a member, and ultimately president, of Elder’s Advisory Board, as well as a member of Elder’s 50th and 75th Anniversary committees. He was a longtime Elder football and basketball season ticketholder, with Eleanor often joining him. They were also longtime season ticket holders for Seton & Elder Series at Eight (now called the Seton-Elder Performing Arts Series). Robert and Eleanor's love for Elder and their commitment to make it a place for young men to grow, not just intellectually but also physically, spiritually, culturally and socially, is the reason that their family created this scholarship in Robert’s memory in 1997, adding Eleanor to the scholarship after her death in 2011.

Guy Langenbrunner Scholarship
Giles “Guy” Langenbrunner, Elder Cass of 1948, was drafted into Army Airborne in 1952.  After being discharged, Guy married Del and raised four children together.  Sandy lives in Chicago, Lori in Houston, Doug in Newark, OH and Greg lives on a piece of adjoining property to Guy and Del’s.  While raising a family, Guy became president of G&G Langenbrunner Masonry and built a successful masonry business.  After retiring in 2014, Guy handed over the reins to his son Greg who has plenty of help from his daughter Katlin and two sons, Gerad and Grant who are part of the business.   Guy’s two sons and two grandsons all graduated from Elder.  Guy and Dell have 11 grandchildren and Guy is blessed to be part of this fine group of Elder Alumni.  Here’s to Elder and “Vaya Con Deus.”


Lautenbach Family Scholarship 
Ned, Elder Class of 1962 and Terry, Elder Class of 1955, Lautenbach, have always felt strongly about the importance of a solid foundation in education.  Both Terry and Ned held senior executive positions with IBM and were extremely successful in their field.  They decided to create a scholarship in the Lautenbach name in 1999 and for it to honor their deceased brother, Thom, Elder class of ’55.  All three of the Lautenbach brothers – Thom, Terry and Ned – felt that Elder High school was a significant factor in their academic and personal development and helped to change their lives.  Terry passed away in 2004 and through memorial donations for Terry upon his death, and the ongoing of support from Ned, the scholarship continues to recognize and encourage academic excellence.  Ned and his wife Cindy reside in Florida.

Mark LeTang Memorial Scholarship
Mark LeTang, Elder Class of 1985, his father, Paul A., and his two older brothers, Dan and Paul K., all graduated from Elder.  Mark attended grade school at Fairview and Schiel, the German bi-lingual schools in Clifton, where he carried top honors.  While attending Elder, Mark was employed at Price Hill Chili.  He enjoyed repairing cars but his true love was music and he was the guitar player for the band CEREBUS.  Mark was set to attend Cincinnati Technical College the fall semester after he graduated from Elder but his life ended in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 19.  His parents established a scholarship in Mark’s memory and memorial gifts throughout the years have helped grown the fund.

Kyle S. Martin Memorial 
Kyle Martin, son of Steve Martin, Elder Class of 1971, went to St. John the Baptist High School in Long Island, NY – a school just like Elder High School.  There Kyle thrived academically and was active with football, basketball and track & field.  He died in April of 2012 at the age of 26 from injuries he received from an automobile accident three years earlier.  If Kyle were here today, he would want students at Elder to make use of every opportunity, know the faculty and what they expect of them, and to ask questions regarding future endeavors and what is needed to accomplish goals all along life’s journey.  Kyle’s uncle, Bill Martin, established a scholarship in Kyle’s name in 2012.


Mitchell McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship
Mitchell McLaughlin, Elder Class of 1994, loved his years at Elder.  The teachers and friends there all made a deep impression that helped to cement the foundation of integrity and honor that was inherent in him.  Those traits served him well until he died in his sleep in February, 2006.  He left behind his young wife, a two year old daughter, unborn son and family and friends who still grieve and miss him.  On his final day, we decided to honor his memory by creating a perpetual scholarship in his memory.  Hopefully, every young man who gets a Mitchell Ryan McLaughlin Scholarship will stop for a moment and realize that he is also being given an opportunity to be guided to become a man of honor and integrity.  Even though Mitch's life was short....he made a difference!

Ken Meade Memorial Scholarship
Ken Meade, Elder Class of 1980, was the oldest of five Meade boys to attend to Elder.  Ken was a confident student and very involved in activities such as the chess club, Risk club, poster club and served on the pep rally committee.  He gave much credit to his teachers, administrators and the other students for shaping his outlook on life at a critical time.  Elder taught Ken about faith, friendship, responsibility and family and the importance of each.  He graduated from UC with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and went on to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, TN.  He got married and had two daughters and enjoyed his family, golfing, boating and fishing.  Ken died tragically in a 1996 boating accident at the age of 34 and through the memorials from his funeral, Ken’s family established a scholarship in his name. 

 

Mark Christopher Miller Scholarship
Mark Christopher Miller, Elder Class of 2001, was the youngest of two sons to attend Elder High School.  Mark’s interests were that of most any young man.  He loved his time with friends, playing guitar, working on his car, and listening to music.  Mark attended UC and transferred to Cincinnati State to pursue a promising future in Automotives.  He had found something he loved and was looking forward to starting a career.  Unfortunately, his life was taken in a car accident two weeks before his 22 Birthday.  What everybody remembers about Mark was his bigger than life smile and heart of gold.  A best friend to many, a brother, and loving son, he was loved so very much.  Through memorial contributions and a fundraiser for Mark in October of 2004, a scholarship was created which will keep Mark’s memory alive at Elder High School.  

 

Jerome H. and Patricia T. Nymberg Scholarship 

Jerry and Pat Nymberg are the proud parents of six children—five sons who graduated from Elder and a daughter who graduated from Seton—and 18 beautiful grandchildren.  The Nymberg children, along with their wonderful and loving spouses, established the Jerome H. and Patricia T. Nymberg Scholarship to honor their parents in 2012.  A brief ceremony to announce the scholarship was held at Elder High School over the Thanksgiving holiday that same year.  The honorees were both honored and humbled by the experience, and absolutely delighted to lend their names to a scholarship that would serve deserving young men in the Elder community.  


Keith and Kurt Oblinger Memorial Scholarship

Keith Oblinger, Elder Class of ’96, and his brother Kurt, class of ‘03, lived life to the fullest.  While at Elder, both were involved in many activities and were extremely well respected among their fellow classmates.  Both Kurt and Keith shared many things growing up and unfortunately that later included heart disease. In February 2005, Kurt was hospitalized with congestive heart failure.  His brother Keith, who had been diagnosed six years earlier with the disease, headed home to Cincinnati to visit him.  Keith died in a tragic car accident on his way. Shortly after Keith’s passing, Kurt had a heart transplant and decided that he would do whatever he could to help others with heart disease and to promote organ donation. He founded Team Oblinger to honor the memory of his brother Keith and to raise money for the American Heart Association.  The team, which is one of the largest teams that participate in the Cincinnati Heart Mini-Marathon, has raised thousands of dollars for heart research.  Sadly in April of 2005, Kurt had complications from his transplant and died from the disease that both he and his brother shared.  After Keith's death, a scholarship was established in his name at Elder. Now the scholarship includes Kurt's name.



Neil J. O’Connor/Gilkey Scholarship
Neil J. O’Connor, Elder class of 1935, married Betty Gilkey (Seton ’36) whose four Gilkey brothers all graduated from Elder in early 1940’s.  They all went in the Army or the Army Air Core and fortunately they all returned after WII.  Neil J. O’Connor, Jr. graduated from Elder in 1960 and his three sons Neil III ‘85, Michael ’87 and Kevin ’ 90 all graduated from Elder.  This Scholarship was created to thank Elder, to provide financial help to current Elder students so they can have the same opportunities and to recognize the O’Connor’s and the Gilkey’s who benefited from their Elder education.

Tom and Bonnie Otten Scholarship
Tom Otten, Elder Class of 1964, began working in as a student worker during his sophomore year at Elder High School in 1961 and has never left!  He continued to work at Elder throughout college as an office worker, custodian, and coach.  After graduating from Thomas More, Tom began his teaching career in the Elder Mathematics Department.  This was a pivotal year for Tom. Not only did he begin teaching at his alma Mater, but he married the love of his life, Bonnie, in July, 1968.  In 1971, Tom became Assistant Principal and later took on the role of Business Manager.  In 1997, he became Elder High School’s 10th principal.  Tom and Bonnie have 5 children – Michelle, Paul ‘90, Katie, John ’99, and Betsy – and 12 grandchildren.  Throughout their marriage, they have always worked as a team - raising their children, supporting each other’s dreams, and sharing a commitment to Elder High School and the greater community.  Bonnie is a former Elderama Chair, past Girl Scout leader and neighborhood director, cantor at St. Antoninus, and currently volunteers for numerous school and community organizations, including the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.  Tom’s love of Elder is contagious and apparent in all he does (and wears)!  As principal, he has brought Elder into the forefront of technology; launched the Elder Honors Program to instill academic excellence, leadership, team unity, and community outreach to prepare students for life beyond Elder; organized the Price Hill Pacer, a 5K race benefiting Santa Maria Community Services and Price Hill Will; and awarded over 100 diplomas to World War II veterans who left Elder early to fight for their country. He instituted the much-loved Principal’s Pancake Breakfast.  He also has led three capital campaigns that have strengthened Elder’s standard of academics, improved the physical plant, enlarged the campus and expanded the financial aid program.  In addition to his dedication to Elder High School, Tom supports the Price Hill community through his involvement in Santa Maria, Price Hill Will, Citizens on Patrol, and numerous other community-building organizations.  Tom and Bonnie have worked in tandem to create a fantastic team that has touched so many lives.  In May of 2014, an anonymous Elder benefactor established a scholarship in Tom & Bonnie’s name.  

Tim Peters Family Scholarship
Tim Peters, Elder Class of 1980, was an active leader throughout his time at Elder as President of Student Council and captain of the Wrestling team.  He completed his college degree at the University of Cincinnati and went on to pursue an extremely successful sales career.  Tim’s three sons, Bryan, Nick and Matt also attended Elder and he and his wife, Pam, were actively involved in the Elder community.  Tim was known for his contagious laugh and for looking out for his family and friends.  He had the ability to bring a smile to every situation.  He died unexpectedly in July of 2012 at the age of 50 from heart failure.  Tim’s family and friends have established this scholarship in his memory.

 


Mary Kuhn Preotle Scholarship Fund

Mary Kuhn Preotle, mother of former principal Fr. Tom Kuhn, ’81-’88, was always dedicated to all levels of Catholic education from grade school to college.  In that spirit, although she lived her whole life in Dayton, she wanted to start a scholarship to help young men attend Elder.



Reis/Albers Scholarship Fund
Tony and Regina Reis both learned the lesson of sharing as children.   That lesson comes quickly when you grow up in large families.  Thirteen siblings in Tony’s family made Regina’s eleven brothers and sisters seem quaint in comparison.  Both grew up during the Great Depression and despite being very successful high school students, they were not able to attend college.  The financial situation of the depression era combined with the need to help support their numerous younger brothers and sisters, prevented both of them from furthering their education.  Both Tony and Regina were especially aware of the value of a Catholic education.  The Great Depression taught Tony and Regina many, many lessons and taught America that material goods can come and go seemingly overnight.  Tony quickly learned the two things that can never be taken from you regardless of your economic situation are your faith and your education.  After their son graduated from Elder, it didn’t take them long to realize that Elder provides their students with both of those priceless gifts.  Having struggled through the depression, Tony and Regina wanted to do all they could to make sure that finances would not get in the way of a deserving young man from experiencing the opportunity of a Catholic education.  This scholarship fund, created in June of 1986 and named in honor of Tony and Regina’s parents and family, aims to enable young men with the gift of a faith based education and values that can never be taken away.   It is one of Elder's earliest scholarships.

Fr. Don Rettig Scholarship
Fr. Don Rettig joined the Elder faculty as a member of the Foreign Language Department teaching German the fall after his ordination in 1971.  A colleague in the Foreign Language Department commented that “Fr. Don was fresh out of the seminary, ready to begin parish work and eager to get started at reworking the German program at Elder.  He certainly made a lasting impression in both fields.” Fr. Don had made innumerable trips to Germany and forever instilled in his classes an authenticity which only could come from frequent contact with the homeland.  Then in 1974, Fr. Don became the Moderator of the Alumni Association while continuing to teach German and serve as assistant at local parishes.  That guidance and Fr. Don’s dedication to Elder resulted in a record setting career of service among priest/faculty of forty-three years and unprecedented service to the Alumni Association for forty years.  Upon his retirement in 2014, an Elder alumnus from Fr. Rettig’s 1st class/1st bell Old Testament class, made a push to create a scholarship in Fr.’s name.  Through this alum’s significant contribution, along with gifts from several alumni, the scholarship was created.


Elizabeth & Leslie C. Rogers Memorial Scholarship
Tom Rogers, Elder Class of 1956, and his wife Jeanne understand the financial demands placed on parents for a Catholic education.  Tom’s parents, Elizabeth and Leslie, sacrificed to send their six sons and two daughters to Elder and Seton.  Jeanne’s parents did the same for their four children.
Without a quality foundation in the primary and secondary grades it is impossible to compete at the college/university level in today’s world.  So Tom and Jeanne created this scholarship.

Don Ruberg Scholarship 
Don Ruberg, Elder Class of 1947, and his wife Timmy raised a family of five children.  Don served on several committees at Elder including the Elder Classic Golf Committee and was a  true leader in organizing class reunions and get togethers for his Elder classmates.  1959 Elder graduate Dennis Casey created this scholarship in 2008 to honor Don who Dennis claimed was instrumental in turning his life around.  Don was coaching basketball for Elder in Dennis’ early years as a student and encouraged Dennis to not give up on the sport and try out again for basketball.

Jason Sedler Scholarship
Jason Sedler lives in Delhi with his parents Joe and Sue.  He has physical disabilities that have presented challenges to him all throughout his life.  Joe and Sue created a scholarship in Jason’s name at Elder High School and the fund will be awarded to students who are physically disabled in some way.


Jerry Stautberg Memorial Scholarship
Jerry Stautberg and his wife Kathy always said that the best money spent was for tuition to Elder (and Mercy!).  When Jerry died unexpectedly during a long awaited liver transplant, many decisions needed to be made quickly. The decision to support Elder High School came easily with the many fond memories of those days with big smiles on their faces.  Jerry and Kathy’s sons Mike, Brian, and Greg grew in their four years of high school - not just in wisdom, but in character and personality.  Through many generous memorial donations, a scholarship was created in Jerry’s name in 2009 and since then, a car show began in his memory which benefits his scholarship.  Jerry was a member of the first graduating class (1964) of LaSalle High School, and he spoke highly and happily of his days there. 

Dennis A. Stemler Scholarship
Dennis Stemler, was diagnosed with Idiopathic (unknown cause) Epilepsy since age two.  He was on many medicines throughout his life and he struggled often with the side effects of the medicines, the after effects of the seizures and the teasing of kids (they did not understand) when having a seizure.  He was tested for brain surgery, but unfortunately was not a candidate.  Through all of this, Dennis did NOT let his seizures, medicines or others misunderstandings stop him from giving 110% in all he wanted to do in life!  He enjoyed playing many sports, including basketball, volleyball and running and he loved to make others laugh and smile.  He came to Elder in August of 2002 where he earned academic honors, ran cross country, played intramural basketball, joined glee club and was a member of the corn hole club.  Dennis loved the great camaraderie, education, spirit and pride of Elder.  In February, 2004, Dennis was trying out for Elder’s JV volleyball team and never found out if he would have made it because on February 24th  that same year, while typing up a religion assignment at home, he had his last seizure.  He passed away from what is called SUDEP (sudden unexplained death from Epilepsy).  The odds for this to happen to someone with Epilepsy are ONLY .1%.  For some reason, God chose Dennis to go to Heaven early where he is certainly helping out with God’s plans and still giving 110%.  Dennis’ parents, Dennis and Debbie, created a scholarship in Dennis’ Memory and recipients are chosen based on their perseverance (working through difficult obstacles), determination (never giving up and always giving 100%) and Christian values (living everyday as a gift from God).

 


Mark Tedesco Scholarship
Mark Tedesco grew up in an Elder family.  His father, uncles, and cousins all attended Elder.  Mark could not wait to participate in Elder football and become part of the Elder community.  After graduating from Our Lady of Victory in 1975, Mark entered Elder as a freshman and on December 26th that same year, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.  He remained in a comatose state for 9 ½ years and passed away in 1985 at the age of 24.  Though Mark’s dream was short-lived, he will always be a “man” of Elder.  He loved and respected Elder’s principles and teachings.  Mark would be so proud to give another boy the chance to experience the same through his scholarship.
 

Ernest J. Timperman Scholarship 
Ernie Timperman, Elder class of 1945, has a soft spot in his heart for Elder.  He transferred to Elder his freshman year from Holy Cross High School in Latonia, KY and just recalls having an uplifting experience.  He enjoyed math and felt that the teachers at Elder prepared him well going into a demanding engineering program at UC.  Fr. Charles Schreibeis and Fr. Paul Kappes in particular were two math teachers with whom Ernie respected greatly.  Their command of the subjects they taught while maintaining a high level of discipline made them stand out amongst the other faculty members at that time.  Ernie and his wife Phyllis live in the Bridgetown area and Ernie created his scholarship in August of 2007.

 

Janet M. and Donald L Traut, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Don, Elder Class of 1950, and Janet Traut were married for over 60 years, and were lifelong residents of 
the West Side.  Don served in the US Army during the Korean conflict, and upon return worked for 
Burger Brewing before joining the Inter-Ocean Life Insurance Company.  Working during the day and 
going to the University of Cincinnati at night, Don went on the earn degrees in business and finance.  He worked for Inter-Ocean, and then Cincinnati Financial Corporation until reaching the position of 
Treasurer of the life insurance operations of CFC.  He retired in 1993 to be able to spend more time with Janet and his family.
Don and Janet were actively involved in supporting many local Catholic organizations and Elder was 
close to their hearts.  Don passed away in November of 2015, two years after the love of his life.  This 
scholarship aims to continue passing along the blessings of Don and Janet’s success in life to future 
generations of Elder men.

 

Edgar and Alice Willig Scholarship Fund

Edgar and Alice Willig are the proud parents of 11 children. Edgar and Alice valued their Catholic faith and their children’s Catholic education. Raising 11 children was a challenge financially, emotionally and physically. Edgar and Alice relied on their Catholic faith to support them in raising their children. They accepted this challenge with grace and rose to the occasion in influencing others to follow the values of their Catholic faith. Prayer was an integral part of their parenting and family life. Praying as a family was a daily event. Their children’s friends participated in the nightly family rosary if anyone was visiting.  
Edgar and Alice created this scholarship fund as a means to assist others to reap the benefits of an excellent Elder High School education. As Elder High School has taught these values and Catholic beliefs to their children and grandchildren, they hope for others to be able to experience such opportunities of faith. Their hope is that those recipients of this scholarship follow these practices of faith in their life’s journey.

 

Fr. Jim Willig Memorial 

Fr. Jim Willig, son of Edgar and Alice Willig, attended Elder for two years before entering into the seminary and though he never graduated from Elder, he considered himself to be part of the “Elder Family.”  He was a gifted and inspirational priest who shared his faith, humor and wisdom in multiple parish missions across the country. He was featured in numerous radio broadcasts and authored three books. Fr. Jim died of renal cell cancer at the age of 50 years old. He co-authored the book “Lessons from the School of Suffering” in which he shared his faith journey with having stage 4 renal cell cancer. 
Fr.  Jim’s unending faith in the Lord challenges us all to mimic such qualities and thus “follow the footsteps of Jesus”.
The Willig family created this scholarship fund in memory of Fr. Jim. It is the family’s hopes that those recipients of this scholarship will strive to live a life of faith according to the Gospel message that Fr. Jim preached.

 

John A. Zeiser Family Foundation Scholarship
John Zeiser, Elder Class of 1955, was founder and CEO of Zeiser Construction Co. in Price Hill.  He started the business in 1978 and worked there nearly all the way up until his death from heart failure in August of 2011.  John was dedicated to helping the needy and was a loyal contributor to Elder High School throughout his life. In honor of his memory the Zeiser Family Foundation, which was started by John, is committed to continuing in his tradition of charity and promoting Catholic education to needy individuals through this scholarship.  John received Elder’s Altiora Award in 1998.