FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has honored one student as the recipient of this year's Roy V. Armes scholarship and five others as winners of Centennial Scholarships.
"This is a very deserving group of scholarship winners who have demonstrated commitment to their education and achieving their goals," Brad Hughes, Cooper President and CEO, said in a statement. "...We are proud to support the children of Cooper employees through these national scholarship programs and wish them well in their future endeavors."
Mr. Hughes noted that the tire maker saw the largest number of qualified applicants for the awards this year. Applicants are chosen based on the strength of their resume and an essay. An independent committee selects the winners.
Cooper's scholarship programs are administered by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, an independent philanthropic agency.
Established in 2016 and named in honor of former Cooper Chairman Roy Armes, the Roy V. Armes scholarship recognizes a high school student who demonstrates high achievement in the classroom and is choosing to pursue a degree in either business or engineering at a four-year collegiate institution. The $5,000 award goes to the child of a Cooper employee working in the U.S.
This year's Roy V. Armes' scholarship recipient is Jay Kaufman. He graduate of Ottawa Glandorf High School in Ottawa, Ohio, where he was a three-year member, letterman and captain of the football and basketball teams. In addition to serving with the Student Council and National Honor Society, he has volunteered with the American Red Cross, Challenged Champions Equestrian Center and the Meadows of Ottawa care facility.
Mr. Kaufman is active within his church, where he has served as a mass server, lector and vacation bible school volunteer.
After high school, Mr. Kaufman plans to study mechanical engineering at Ohio State University.
He is son of Jill Kaufman, manager of research and development for Cooper's Global Technical Center in Findlay, and her husband, Glenn.