The Victoria Berkey Kreiser Scholarship for Secondary Education was established in recognition of Edith P. Painter, Dean of Women at Youngstown University. In 1965 when faced with the reality of having to drop out of school due to financial hardship, Victoria met with Dean Painter and explained her unfortunate situation. Because of Dr. Painter’s dedication to the students of YSU, she assisted in obtaining a donation and an on-campus assistantship that enabled Victoria to continue her education and graduate in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a secondary education teaching degree.
The Andrea Wood Business Journal Scholarship was established in 2016 by the Youngstown Business Journal. The Business Journal established this scholarship for undergraduates to learn the foundation of writing about current events and the arts. Their scholarship is awarded to a student in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences who is majoring or minoring in journalism.
The David and Cynthia Yakubovic Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018. David and Cynthia truly exemplified what hard work, discipline and determination can achieve. David earned his accounting degree from YSU over a ten-year period while working at Fitzsimmons Steel. Cynthia, his wife of 53 years, attended YSU, worked at Macy’s, and tended to their family of four daughters. David and Cynthia were two of the original season ticket holders at Stambaugh Stadium after attending Penguins games at Fitch and Rayen for years. Their scholarship is awarded to a student athlete on the YSU Football Team.
The Joseph Edwards Memorial Scholarship was established by Joseph’s friends and family as a way to honor him. After attending Youngstown State University, Joseph started as a faculty member at the Dana School of Music in 1969 before ultimately becoming Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication. During his tenure with YSU, he was the recipient of several awards, including the Distinguished Professor of Music Award and the prestigious Watson Award. In 2000, Dean Edwards was honored with a chairperson’s leadership award and was the first recipient of the College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Award. His scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Dana School of Music.