AUSTINTOWN Fitch alumna funds scholarships for 2

Fitch grad feels the scholarships will help give two students a head start at YSU.
AUSTINTOWN -- For nearly 40 years Shirley Tavenner-Schreiber has wanted to help pay for the college education of a Fitch High School graduate. This fall she'll finally get her chance.
Tavenner-Schreiber will award $10,000 scholarships to one boy and one girl who will attend Youngstown State University this fall.
The winners will be announced at Fitch's graduation Sunday.
Tom Inchak, director of instruction, said that the scholarships will be among the largest awarded through the high school.
"It's going to mean a lot for some deserving students," he said. "[Tavenner-Schreiber] obviously feels not only really good about us, but also about YSU."
Tavenner-Schreiber said she has wanted to fund a scholarship at Fitch since 1962, when she graduated from what was then Youngstown College with a bachelor's degree in business education.
She is a 1958 graduate of Fitch.
"I said if I ever had the means to get anyone else started, that's what I wanted to do," she said.
Was scholarship winner: Tavenner-Schreiber noted that a scholarship from an individual helped her. She was named the winner of that scholarship at her high school graduation ceremony.
"It was the thrill of my life, other than my daughter being born," she said.
The scholarship helped pay for her freshman year at Youngstown College. She was then able to find financial help through the college.
Tavenner-Schreiber said the scholarships she will award are designed to allow students to get a head start. Tuition at YSU is around $4,000 a year, so the scholarship winners will have to find another source of money for their education after about two years.
"As long as they get through one to two years and do well, there's all sorts of things available," Tavenner-Schreiber said.
Years since college: Since graduating from YSU, Tavenner-Schreiber, 61, has worked as a public high school teacher and a preschool teacher. She also worked at several technology companies.
Now retired, she lives with her husband near Lake Tahoe in Nevada. She said she called Fitch about the scholarship in February after an investment in the stock market paid off.
"I just felt with the means we have now, it was time to give someone else a break," she said.
The scholarship winners will be chosen based on their academic record, involvement in school activities and need. They will have to maintain a certain grade point average at YSU.

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