Fritz Scherz is pictured with Zachary Nell.

Scherz announces winner of ninth annual Fred Scherz, Sr., Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service

Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., member of the Verona Town Council, announced that he has selected Zachary Nell of Verona as winner of the ninth annual Fred Scherz, Sr., Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.

Nell initially joined the Verona Volunteer Fire Department as a junior member. Since he has turned 18, he can apply to become a full member and continue his volunteerism. Although he’s been a member for a little over one year, he’s already responded to various calls for assistance in the community.

Additionally, Nell has voluntarily assisted at the Vernon Verona Sherrill Baseball Clinic, as well as at the Oneida County Youth Bureau Camp for American Legion Baseball and other activities.

As winner of this award, Nell received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $250.

“Upon reviewing this year’s applications, I was struck by how Mr. Nell felt the urge to volunteer at a junior age with the Verona Volunteer Fire Department,” said Scherz. “It’s a well-known fact that volunteer fire departments throughout central New York and beyond need volunteers. For a young man like Zachary to step up says a lot about his character and willingness to serve.

“He comes from a family who’s volunteered in various communities over the years, so it’s nice to see him continue the Nell tradition. It’s obvious he 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 my Dad would’ve been impressed with the on-going volunteer efforts of this young man.”

For more details on the Scherz Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service, visit, or or call 315.363.3509.

By martha

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