members serve in a volunteer capacity and only legitimate expenses of
the Foundation in connection with its day-to-day operations are funded
from the Foundation's working capital.
December of 2000, Bill Goodwill met with CCAVTS to establish a Tool
& Die scholarship for needy students in the name of Paul C.
Goodwill who was a toolmaker at Talon for 30 years. His family wanted
to honor him and his many years of work in the tool and die field and
at the same time help worthy students further their technical education.
with CCAVTS staff, it was agreed that to qualify for the scholarships,
the students had to meet several criteria including:
attended at least two years at the Vocational-Technical School, with
academic concentrations in any of the specialty fields offered by the
- Having at least a 3.0 high school Grade Point Average and submitting SAT/ACT scores if the post-secondary school requires them
- Acceptance to an accredited college or trade-technical school in a major related to the tool and die industry.
- Personal references, and a Student Aid Report to establish financial need.
selection committee was formed to make final decisions on the students
comprised of school staff and representatives of the Meadville area
tool and die industry. It is important to note that no Goodwill family members or any individuals related to the selection committee are eligible for scholarships.
May of 2001, the first scholarships were awarded and many of the
Goodwill family were on hand for the award ceremony held in the
auditorium of the Meadville Area Senior High School .
on the left are from left to right: John Rosco, grand nephew of Paul C.
Goodwill and a former CCAVTS graduate; Richard A. Goodwill, son and
Board Member; Yvonne Kilburn, granddaughter; Daniel Pittner and Krista
Miller, scholarship recipients; Bill Goodwill son and Foundation
Executive Director; Barbara Goodwill, Foundation Secretary; Diane Kerr,
grand daughter and Board Member; Patricia Swartz, daughter; Barbara
Lallier, grand daughter; and Joseph Piazza, son-in-law of Paul
making the awards, Eric McGuirk, Chairman of Student Services said: "We
are very pleased to be able to establish these scholarships, because
they will help students further their education who might otherwise not
be able to continue their advanced training. It is also our hope that
these students will come back to Meadville to employ their educational
and technical training in our vibrant tool and die industry."
the Goodwill Family Foundation has two important missions: to help
young people in the Crawford County further their education, and in
doing so, help strengthen the county's economy.
there is a need to help the economy that is home to so many families
who now or used to work in the tool and die
industry which has been adversely affected mostly by foreign
competition and cheap labor.
Some may think that
rewarding scholarships has little to do with helping a local economy
that has been devastated by the loss of industry. However, any
progressive corporate CEO recognizes that the
most important resource of any successful business enterprise is its
human capital. Long gone are the days when young people could get their
high school diploma and venture forth into the work world expecting
success and rewards. Today, not only is an advanced education required
to move forward in life; technical skills are more important as part of
a well rounded education.
The Crawford County Area Vocational and Technical School (see their website at) http://www.ccvts.org/ has been training young people via academic classes, workshops and
work-study programs in a wide variety of technical skills for more than
The Goodwill Family Foundation is
proud to play a small part in helping to upgrade the skills of
tomorrow's technical and skilled workers and in a larger sense, helping
to strengthen the County's economy. Accordingly, the Foundation's
mission is five-fold:
- To award scholarships to needy students who show academic and technical promise so they can further their formal education.
- To provide an incentive to the entire student body at CCATVS by rewarding diligence, hard work and academic achievement.
help develop a highly-skilled workforce in the County, which in turn,
will attract industry and help broaden the economic base of Crawford
- To act as an incentive to other affluent
CC residents or trade/professional groups such as machine tool
associations which may be interested in contributing to the scholarship
The rest of the
site provides examples of how the Foundation is working to achieve
these various objectives and fulfill its mission.