Graduate supports Howland Tigers

Bartz scholarship stays local

WARREN — Elizabeth Z. Bartz said Kayleigh Crumb was an excellent choice as the first student to receive the recently endowed Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers.

Bartz, the president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, recently provided a $30,000 endowment to Kent State University at Trumbull to award scholarships to graduating Howland High School seniors who are entering KSU at Trumbull as a freshman.

“I want to be a news anchor or work in the broadcasting field with my journalism major. Even while at Howland High School, I was able to take classes offered by Kent State and was able to obtain nine college course credits,” Crumb said. “This scholarship, generously provided by Ms. Bartz, helped me a lot so I could attend Kent State University at Trumbull, where I am getting the same education as the main campus in an affordable, safe and convenient location.”

Bartz graduated from Howland 40 years ago and enrolled at KSU Trumbull, where she attended for two years before completing her journalism studies at the Kent State University main campus in Kent.

KSU Trumbull awarded its first $1,000 scholarship from the new endowment to Crumb last fall, when she graduated high school and enrolled at KSU Trumbull.

After the first semester at the university, she was named to the dean’s list by achieving a 4.0 grade average. In addition, she also received a KSU Trumbull Freshman Scholarship for her efforts.

“I am delighted that Kayleigh was the first student from Howland High School to receive this scholarship. She has already done so well and has a bright future ahead of her,” Bartz said. “I endowed this scholarship last year in honor of my 40-year graduation anniversary from Howland High School because I wanted to give back and help graduating seniors from Howland High School attend the local area KSU Trumbull Campus, just like I did. Meeting Kayleigh has showed me I made the right decision to help promising students pay their early college costs.”

The annual scholarship winners, selected by Howland High School, must be a graduating student who will attend KSU at Trumbull on a full-time basis. The endowment is funded to ensure a scholarship is awarded each year and will be managed by KSU.

Howland Local Schools Superintendent Kevin Spicher said Bartz’s gesture “is philanthropy at its finest.”

During a formal signing ceremony of the endowment May 5, 2016, Bartz said she decided in 1976 with her parents to “stay local” after graduating.

While at the Trumbull campus, she said she worked on the campus newspaper and became its editor. She credited the campus and professors as the place and people who supported her at beginning.

Bartz graduated from KSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1980 and a Master of Arts degree in political science in 1982. She later launched Akron-based State and Federal Communications.

Bartz is still active at KSU, serving on the KSU National Alumni Relations Board of Directors as well as the KSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications Alumni Board.

“At our regional campus, we want to target more scholarships to help high school students within our local community,” Dave Smith, Director of Advancement at KSU Trumbull, said during the ceremony. “This new scholarship certainly helps that effort as we can assist students graduating … This will be a perpetual scholarship that will proudly be here forever, in her name.”

This fall, Crumb will attend KSU main campus for her second year of classes. She also is being inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success later this month, the nation’s largest leadership honor society.

Howland High School principal Sandra E. Williams said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to help our kids. This scholarship gives them a head start to get to college. And this is a tribute for any student who wants to stay locally after graduating high school.”

Upcoming seniors at Howland High School who will graduate and then attend Kent State University at Trumbull this fall can learn more about the Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers and apply at