Scholarships provide additional financial support to exceptional students entering grades 6-11. Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to financial need, academic merit, community service, or leadership. Scholarship awards will continue through graduation and will not be altered, augmented, or replaced, provided the student maintains his or her academic and behavioral eligibility. To learn more about our scholarships and their criteria, read on below:

Current Use Scholarships - Supporting Students for a Specific Term

The Aspire Scholarship is funded by donors who offer deep financial support to strong academic leaders.

The College Bound Scholarship is funded by Jeff Knapp '83 and Annette (Wasem) Knapp '84 to support students with an outstanding commitment to academics.

The Harding Family Charitable Trust Scholarship is a competitive, renewable, need-sensitive, and merit-based scholarship for Upper School students from Olmsted Falls or Berea.

The Kauffman Family Scholarship is funded by a Lake Ridge family and is offered as a competitive award that supports students with financial need.

The Public Service Scholarship provides a scholarship to children entering grades 9-12 who are the sons and daughters of first responders (police officers, paramedics, fire fighters and active military personnel). Several scholarships are offered through this program by Atlanta friends of Mitch White; the Fauver Family; Nancy and Joe Scarpitti; Eric Sutherland '80; and Chrissy and Don Wostmann in honor of their son, Alec '19, on the occasion of his graduation from Lake Ridge Academy.

The Joyce B. Sommer Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 by Ken Sommer and his family who have been part of the school's community since Lake Ridge Academy first opened its doors in 1963. The scholarship honors Ken’s late wife, Joyce, and is awarded without restriction to a deserving student each year.

The Sheerer-Filion Scholarship, in honor of Evan Filion ‘16 is a competitive scholarship that is awarded to one or more students with financial need in the middle or upper school.

Endowed Scholarships - Supporting Students in Perpetuity

The Carol Klimas Scholarship Fund was created in 2018 at the time of President Carol Klimas’ retirement in recognition of her longstanding devotion to deserving students who have the ability to thrive at Lake Ridge Academy. The scholarship is awarded to entering students in grades 6-11 whose actions, community service or other leadership suggests a high degree of integrity and respect for others.

The Chloe Geiselman Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 for Lower School students by Chris Geiselman and Greta Lesher in memory of their daughter, Chloe.

The Dresing Family Scholarship was created by Tom '83 and Janna Dressing and is a competitive award that supports students with financial need.

The Fauver Family Scholarship was funded by Cole M. Fauver ‘79 in 2020 to support students of financial need.

The General Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to support K-12 students with demonstrated financial need.

The Herbert W. and Mildred N. Kaatz Scholarship supports students with demonstrated financial need and was established by Herb and Don Kaatz '70 in 1992 in honor of Mildred, their wife and mother respectively, who was actively engaged with Lake Ridge Academy.

The J.A.G. Scholarship supports students with the highest level of financial need and was established in 2014 with a gift by a former Lake Ridge mom in honor of her own mother and son.

The Jane Maczuzak Scholarship Fund was created to honor former Lake Ridge Academy faculty member Jane Maczuzak and supports deserving Upper School students who have an interest in science.

The John W. Kemper Scholar Award was established in 1980 by John and Betty Kemper to support students entering grades 9-11 whose outstanding academic achievements could make an exceptional contribution to the school.

The Michael Benjamins '94 Memorial Scholarship was established in 2000 by William R. Litzler, President of C.A. Litzler Co., in memory of Lake Ridge Academy alumnus, Michael Benjamins '94 to support students with demonstrated financial need.

The Norton Family Endowed Scholarship was created in 2022, by Ben and Brenda Norton, to provide support to students with demonstrated financial need, with a preference given to students who live in Lorain County.

The Yanna Voutsiotis '05 Endowed Scholarship was created in 2012 by George, Vivy and Alexia '07 Voutsiotis in memory of their daughter and sister, Yanna '05. The merit scholarship honors one or more students entering grades 9-12 who embody Lake Ridge Academy core values and demonstrate a combination of extraordinary excellence in athletics, academics, and community service.


Please contact Isaiah Cavaco, Assistant Director of Admissions, Financial Aid & Scholarships at 440-327-1175 ext 105 or via email [email protected] with any questions.