There are certain times in life when a young person needs a helping hand, a nod, a show of faith from someone outside their immediate family. One of the more challenging times is the transition from the safety net of high school to the world of college.
For a group of young students, including children of Steiner Electric employees, this affirmation came in the way of scholarships from the Steiner Kerman Education Foundation.
For example, Amanda Chapman, daughter of Steiner Electric Will Call sales representative Paul Chapman and graduate of Glenbard East High School, responded to the news of her scholarship with a thank you note.
“Thank you for sponsoring this generous scholarship,” she wrote. “This scholarship will immensely help my financial obligations and help further my higher education … thank you so much for believing in my future at the college of DuPage by awarding me the Steiner Kerman Foundation Scholarship.”
Chapman was one of three winners of scholarships earmarked for children of employees. The other winners included Nicole Cermak, daughter of John Cermak, who works inside sales at the company’s St Charles facility. Nicole graduated from Hampshire High School in May and will be attending Illinois State University in the fall. “I will be studying Business in Accounting as I hope to get my masters in professional accountancy,” she said.
The third winner is Catherine Genevieve Goebel, daughter of Chris Goebel, applications engineer in the Power Systems Division. Goebel is a graduate of Metea High School where she had a 4.0 GPA. She will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she will play piccolo in the Marching Illini Band.
The Foundation also has programs geared for students who are not children of employees.
This year, for instance, April Dzik from Hobart (Ind.) High School won a scholarship. The athlete and volunteer at her church and with local community groups will enter Indiana University Northwest (Gary) as a second semester first-year student having taking dual credit classes. She will be studying psychology and elementary education.
Another winner was Marc Clay, a 2017 graduate from Elk Grove High School. Marc will be attending Harper College where he will be studying in the nursing degree program. Nursing became a passion for Marc a couple years ago when an injury put him in the hospital and in contact with medical health professionals. That was a turning point, as he turned away from business, which had been an interest, and toward health care. He has already become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), and is working in the health field while going to to school.
These students have more in common than similar ages and graduation dates. From their applications, it is evident that they embody the respect and initiative that represent the values on which the Foundation was created,says Carol Kerman, president of The
Steiner Kerman Education Foundation.
The Foundation was established in 2007 by Harold Kerman, who was at the time the company’s CEO, and over the last decade it has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarship monies. This includes scholarships awarded to Steiner employee children ($290,000), and scholarships presented to high schools and colleges in the municipalities near Steiner Electric locations as well as the Chicago Electric Association Education Foundation ($160,350). The Fund, which was established from Kerman’s personal holdings and is not funded by company profits, was started “as a way to give back and in appreciation for opportunities given to him,” Carol Kerman says.
In his younger days, Harold Kerman got a hand up from his aunt. She gave the 1937 graduate of Von Steuben High School, a public high school on Chicago’s North Side, money to attend Wright Junior College. This helping hand led to night school at Northwestern University where he graduated in 1941. After graduation, he served in the armed forces during WWII and upon his return he passed the CPA exam in 1946.
“The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation bases scholarships on an individual’s need and goals,” explained Carol Kerman. “Careful consideration is given to the prospects ability to view the world, ‘As if your glass is half full.’
“High School students are in a delicate phase of life,” she added. “The Steiner Kerman Education foundation focuses on fostering positive impact that continues the student’s path to fulfillment.”
For more information on the scholarship program, click here.
The 2016 Walk and Roll Chicago Online Silent Auction is LIVE!
The Walk & Roll Auction has been created by generous event partner, the Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI), with major support from BP and other partners including Steiner Electric. The Auction is open to all and the funds raised directly support the mission of the American Cancer Society and have been generously donated.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. Every dollar raised makes a life-saving difference and helps to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
The Auction is easy to use and open to all! Simply…
Register via your mobile phone (by text) for the auction today!
Text the keyword, walkroll2016, to the number 24700
Reply with your full name to the message from the GiveSmart system
Click the blue link in your welcome message to open your mobile browser
Start browsing and bidding on silent auction items
Don’t want to register via your mobile phone? You can view items online by visiting the Auction website. You may click the “Register for Auction” link on the website, and you’ll receive a welcome email with a link that will allow you to bid online only.
Hurry! You can preview and bid on your favorite items until 8PM CST on Tuesday, April 26.
Join the American Cancer Society, Chicago Electrical Industry (CEI), and Steiner Electric on Saturday, April 23, 2016 for Walk & Roll Chicago at Soldier Field.
Many Events, One Goal
Whether you walk, roll, run or stroll, the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll® brings people together to walk 5K, run 5K, bike 15K or skate 10K along the Lakeshore path each April. Walk & Roll is a family friendly fundraising event that brings our community together in the fight against cancer.
Come together with thousands of walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and volunteers to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about reducing cancer risk, and raise money to support the lifesaving services of the American Cancer Society.
Sign up to participate at Walk & Roll Chicago today and help us save lives and create more birthdays in the process!
Want some company? You can walk along with us by joining the Steiner Team. Our team is committed to helping the American Cancer Society raise awareness about what we can do, together, to help end this disease. Our mission is clear – keep fighting for the day when no one hears the words “you have cancer.”
To learn more about the event, registration, volunteering, donating, sponsorship opportunities, fundraising tips, and more visit the official Walk & Roll Chicago website.
The registration fee per participant is $15 and will be credited toward the fundraising goal.
Cancer survivors register for free!
Registration for kids 17 and under is free, too!
Participants are welcome to bring signs and posters to carry on the routes. Many will picnic and enjoy the entertainment around Soldier Field before and after the event. Participants are welcome to bring charcoal grills, athletic equipment, games, etc. and to join in with others celebrating their efforts in the fight against cancer.
The Electric Association Education Foundation is excited to be awarding six academic scholarships for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Friday, January 15, 2016. In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Electric Association Education Fund Scholarship Program the following requirements must be met:
The candidate must be an Electric Association Corporate member or any employee of an Electric Association Corporate member or any lineal descendant of any Electric Association Corporate member or lineal descendant of an employee of an Electric Association Corporate member. The Electric Association member must be a member in good standing as of the most recent December 31st.
And the candidate must attend or plan to attend an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school.
The following available scholarships will award $2,500 each to its respective individual recipient.
Electric Association Scholarship
Joseph J. Archibald Memorial Scholarship
Anixter Family Scholarship (2 available)
The Kinander Family Scholarship
The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation Scholarship
Schools are open and kids are back in the classrooms…much to the joy of parents all over the country. For Steiner Rockford, the start of the school year kicks off something very special that lasts the whole year.
Last year, Steiner’s Rockford office started something small for a local school that has now become a yearly event for our employees that means a lot to them, to the community and to the kids. Following in the tradition of our Elk Grove office and its “Fill the Backpacks” campaign every year, Steiner Rockford adopted a school and has been raising funds for donating basic supplies. Continue reading “Supporting the Kids”