Kenneth Schuler had an unconditional love for the staff and students at Glen Oaks Community College. He felt very strongly about having a community college in the county, so that students who may not be able to travel away to college could still receive a quality education.
In 1967, Glen Oaks was a brand new college, which was ready to grow into the future. However, as with many new establishments, and as the years passed, the college encountered numerous budgetary challenges. At those times, whenever Ken heard rumblings of the possibility of the “Oaks” eliminating sports, he would ponder why, and then set into motion well thought out suggestions and creative ideas to not let drastic cuts happen. Today, you can see that Ken’s efforts were not in vain; Glen Oaks has a fine compliment of many sports, for both men and women, of which he was extremely proud.
Ken was very close to the students and knew that many of them would not have challenged themselves to attain a college education if the option of playing sports was not available, Ken knew this because he, too, was drawn to college because of his love of playing basketball. Ken’s parents could not afford to send him to college, but fortunately, Ken had a higher authority in his comer. God gave Ken the gift of being an outstanding basketball player, which enabled him to achieve his dream of a college education. This gift took him on a joyful ride, to a full scholarship, where he attained both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Kenneth’s last wishes were to “gift forward” a Memorial Scholarship to Glen Oaks. The scholarship is to be awarded to both a male and a female athlete. His desire was for the recipients of the scholarship to set goals, to complete their education and to strive for their ambitions in life.
- Students must pursue an Associate Degree or Certificate
- Students must have and maintain a GPA of 2.5
- Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, otherwise attach statement of condition
- Returning students must be a member in good standing as determined by the Athletic Director
- Basketball, student athletes, one female and one male with positive, enthusiastic attitudes. The athletes should have goals and a strong desire to acquire a college education.
- Academic ability, financial circumstances and career goals will be taken in consideration when selecting the recipients.
- The recipients of the Kenneth C. Schuler Memorial Athletic Scholarship will be expected to maintain a semester GP A of at least 2.5 while receiving the scholarship.
- Students must remain a member in good standing as determined by the Head Coach and Athletic Director.
- The students will be selected by the scholarship committee based upon the above criteria in consultation with the Head Coach, Athletic Director and a former basketball player from one of Kenneth Schuler’s previous teams. Beginning with the 1967-68 basketball team, one former player will be invited to participate on the selection committee for one year. Each year another former player will be invited to represent the next year’s team. (1968-69) this team tradition will continue into the future, along with the scholarship.
- The scholarship may be applied to all education related expenses.
- Donor has requested that two (2) awards, one female and one male student, be awarded scholarships based on availability of funds, provided the principal is not utilized.
- Must reapply
The Office of Financial Aid will disburse the scholarship according to the standard school policy. If, at any time, the College Foundation policies and procedures in effect for the administration of award and scholarship funds are changed, these provisions are automatically modified to conform. Whenever it appears that changing conditions make this plan no longer applicable, practical, or suited to the general purposes stated above, the College Foundation would confer with the donor or their representative to secure a modification of the plan. If the Foundation is unable to locate the donor or their representative after reasonable efforts, then the Foundation is authorized to utilize the fund for any other suitable educational purpose, so that the fund will provide the maximum service to the community through the advancement of higher education.