I decided to apply for this scholarship; it ended up meaning far more to me than I first imagined. Having the opportunity to share my story with a group of adults that cared meant the world to me. I had lived through four of the hardest years of my life and had no one to tell about it. I grew up hearing that "no one cares where you've been, just about what you bring to the table." That is absolutely not true, since where you've been and what you've gone through shapes who you are. These people cared about my story, and how it shaped who I was. I am so proud and thankful to be a part of this family. I am thankful for the people who took the time to listen and care about my story and how it affected me, and also to be able to be a part of all of this. 
I made it. I made it because of the army I had behind me. "It takes an army." That's what I've been hearing all of my four years in college. Never underestimate the power of your presence in someone's life who is struggling.  ~Lacy Marinaro

Being a finalist for Sandusky County Positive People and being awarded college scholarships meant the world to me.... Especially after I didn't think I did very well at my interview.... I was a bit tough-tied and had a hard time coming up with appropriate answers to the judge's questions.... BUT they all were very patient, kind, and very supportive and encouraging to me.... The morning of the awards breakfast, thought I felt nervous, I felt a sense of pride that a group of people in the community felt my story wa worthy of an award....

I am also a national speaker, and will continue my speaking engagements.... And who knows?... I may even write a book!.... If I do, I will make sure I mention SCPP and what an awesome influence they have on me!.... SCPP came into my life in 2013.... Tom and all the members of this organization have offered me an abundance of encouragement.... A ton of support.... And served as mentors to me, as well as guided me through college life.... I gained many lifelong friends and made connections, which I might not have had the opportunity to make if it were not for them.... I am proud to say that they are instrumental to many of my successes AND what a HUGE impact they have had on my life....  ~Tyler Aldrich

I am about to start my fourth year at Ohio State with a major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Business. I have been involved in Electronics Club and many engineering projects on the side. My most recent is the robotic hand project which is attached. Essentially I built the hand using cardboard, super glue and some fishing line, they are all attached to servo motors. The glove over my hand is fitted with flex sensors in parallel with a static resistor, creating voltage dividers. I then take the proportion of voltage going through those sensors (Changes as I bend them due to the density of conductive material) and map it to the open and closed angles for the servos. I wrote the code using an Arduino micro controller and that's how it is all put together. I am currently interning at Whirlpool in findlay as a Electrical and Computer engineer, primarily working on building a developing the test system for their new line next year using Python 3. I also have ran tests to collect data on test box data transmissions, built a circuit to collect data on humidity and temperature around the electronics lab, and configured a wireless network for the new line coming in this fall. And lastly, it seems to be coming together that I will be doing research next semester with intelligent systems inside vehicle's fault detection systems. In the future I hope to pursue a career in research, and possibly get my master's degree in Computer Science with a focus on intelligent systems and/or machine learning. It should be fun!   ~Ricky Taulker

11/2020 Kit Talley said:

Hey friends! 

About 2 years ago, I was able to join an amazing organization known as Sandusky County Positive People! The goal of SCPP is to help high school seniors who have overcome a major obstacle in their lives and came out on the other side with a positive attitude! 

They do amazing things, and one of those things is providing scholarships and gift packages to SCPP award recipients! But they need YOUR help to do so!

Please consider donating to this amazing organization, or simply share this post with your friends! Anything helps. It would make such a difference in the life of a current high school senior who is working hard to pursue their goals!!

Thanks all 😁

11/2020 Ricky Taulker -

Hey everyone, I’m sharing a fundraiser for a scholarship organization that’s very dear to me. I’ve shared and talked about it before, but each year I grow more steadfast in my conviction that we each have the ability to change the world, even if in small increments.

SCPP seeks out talented kids who’ve grown up under extraordinary circumstances, but nonetheless are persevering and overcoming obstacles that most people wouldn’t ever think a child should have to endure. This organization provides scholarships, networking abilities, and a Damn good support system to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have this opportunity.

In 2015 I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Hoffman and company as I applied for this scholarship, and quickly realized how dedicated this incredible group of people are to instantiating change in our community. While this may not be the most opportune time for folks to be able to donate, please consider at least sharing and looking into the amazing work SCPP has done and continues to do.

We all have a responsibility to our community in order to thrive and succeed. Sometimes, your small sacrifice becomes an opportunity for an underprivileged person to change their own lives, thus allowing this cascade of change that propagates through commitment to giving back. I’ve known first hand what an opportunity like this can do for a person, and I can vouch at any time that your consideration to donate could be one of the most impactful decisions you can make this year.

Thanks everyone, and stay safe!

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