It is the goal of Fields of Learning to make this program available to every student in Ohio who
attends a school that fields a football team. Announcements will emphasize that this
is in no way limited to the various groups of direct participants in high school football.
And furthermore, it will be emphasized that the scholarship money can be used for any
reasonable type of continuing education, and not limited to attending college.
With the intent of getting more personally in touch with the communites and school districts,
the founders have made a committment to visit each one of the approximately
725 football-playing high schools in Ohio, and to photograph every school and football field.
Though obviously a daunting and time-consuming endeavor, the outings to find and photograph
schools are proving to be memorable and enjoyable family outings. In
April, 2014 we completed the school visits and celebrated as we snapped the photograph of
Manchester High School along the Ohio River in Southern Ohio. Since then, 9
additional schools have taken up football, all of which have been visited and photographed as of January, 2017.
After our initial 14 years of awarding scholarships,it is impossible to predict whether it will remain a small family
endeavor, or take root and become something much larger. Among former #1 New York Times
bestsellers are books comprised of collections of personal stories, like Chicken Soup for the Soul
by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen and The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo
Thomas and Friends. An idea for the future is to publish a book consisting of a collection of
Fields of Learning essays. The royalties from book sales would then help fund Fields of Learning
for future generations.