BY SAM HOUSEHOLDER email@example.com
---- — GOSHEN — When Maxine Sailor died in 2011, her husband, Ernest, knew he wanted to do something to keep her memory alive and help others in the process.
Sailor has set up a $50,000 endowment for the Maxine Sailor Memorial Scholarship which will be awarded to deserving students from Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School.
Sailor, 90, said that he has saved money for 60 years and wanted to help others.
“I know there’s a lot of kids that would like to go to college that can’t afford it and if they can get a little help, they need somebody out ahead to help them,” he said.
Sailor did not go to college himself, despite having earned the right to free college tuition by serving in the Navy during World War II.
He always wondered what would have happened if he had.
“The only thing I’ve ever said about me going to college was that I was already set up as a tool and dye maker before I went to service. I had a job and everything that was waiting for me when I came back. So I can see why I didn’t go, (but) I don’t know really why I didn’t go to school,” he said.
Maxine, he said, went to Millersburg High School before moving on to Tobias Beauty College. She ran a salon out of their home for 40 years.
Sailor’s financial advisor, Matt Szynal, said Ernest came to him with the idea for the scholarship.
“So he said this is what I’d like to do and he allowed me to kind of run with this a little bit and I got in contact with Fairfield and explained what we wanted to do and what we wanted to set up.” Szynal said. “It’s a huge gesture, when Fairfield heard how much they were a little taken back, they said they were not used to getting gifts of that size.”
According to Szynal, the scholarships will be $2,000 each and paid in four installments over the course of the student’s four years at college. The scholarship will also go towards vocational and trade schools.
It’s for “anyone who tries to better themselves,” Sailor said.
Szynal said that Sailor gave loose guidelines and ultimately decided to leave it up to Fairfield who receives the scholarship.
“Someone that tries hard and gets decent grades,” Szynal said.
Sailor said that he wanted people to remember his wife of 61 years and the life they had together.
“I just wanted to do something to have her remembered by,” he said. “We just had a wonderful life I just want that to live on.”
Officials from Fairfield could not be reached for comment due to the spring break holiday.