Zachary Thompson is winner of 11th annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service
Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., councilman on the Verona Town Board, announced that he has selected
Zachary Thompson from the town of Verona as winner of the 11th annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.
Scherz said Thompson organized a canned food drive to help food banks in Verona and Vernon and played a role during a local police academy training event, earning him accolades from Lt. Steven Lowell of the Oneida City Police Department.
Lastly, Scherz said, Thompson participated in the Oneida City Police Department job shadow program. As winner of this award, Thompson received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $250.
“Upon reviewing Zachary’s application, I was struck by how he took the initiative to start a canned food drive, which even included monetary donations for a couple area food banks,” said Scherz. “For a young man like Zachary to step up says a lot about his thoughtfulness of others and willingness to help.
“This comes as no surprise, though, as almost 10 years ago, his sister, Stephanie was the winner of the second annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service. It’s obvious Zachary cares about not only the Verona community, but the surrounding areas as well, as his volunteerism has extended beyond the town of Verona.
“I congratulate Zachary for not only winning the scholarship, but for also setting a great example for others to follow. On a personal note, I know Dad would’ve been impressed with the on-going volunteer efforts of this young man.”