Friends, Michelle Wightman and Karrie Wieber, died in a car-train collision in 1989.  With the help of attorney Tom Murray, Michelle’s mother, Darlene Lowery, created a foundation inspired to benefit Sandusky/Erie County. 

The Wightman/Wieber Charitable Foundation not only is a perpetual memorial to the two girls, but it has proven to be a generous resource to help the community, families, and children since conception in 2000.

Mylander Scholarship

George Mylander was an original member of the Wightman/Wieber Foundation Board of Trustees.  At meetings, George rarely responded to topics on hand immediately or briefly. He spoke after listening & thinking. Detailed histories were included in his replies which made one follow his explanations full circle. We had to appreciate the depth at which George loved and served  his community. Then George would end, typically putting both hands on the table and conclude with specific eye contact with each of us, simultaneously giving his grin. Without fail, each Wightman Wieber board meeting was punctuated by us all learning from George’s experience and respectfully returning his grin in kind.

The George Mylander – Michelle Wightman-Karrie Wieber Charitable Foundation Scholarship is a $5,000 annual award.


  1. Senior at BGSU Firelands
  2. Prefer a student majoring in education
  3. A Sandusky High School graduate… if not then a student who graduated from an Erie County high school
  4. No GPA requirement
  5. A student exhibiting need and deserving financial aid for undergraduate degree completion



Abigail Gilreath,
senior Inclusive Early Childhood Education major from Sandusky, OH with a 3.47 GPA

Caitlin Willinger,
junior Inclusive Early Childhood Education major from Sandusky, OH with a 3.01 GPA

Claudia Gonzales,
senior Inclusive Early Childhood Education major from Sandusky, OH with a 3.6 GPA

Katelyn Alexander,
junior Inclusive Early Childhood Education major from Milan, OH with a 3.87 GPA

One scholarship recipient, Claudia Gonzalez, spoke about her journey. As a Sandusky High School student, she began taking classes through the College Credit Plus program at BGSU Firelands’ campus in 2012. She’s working toward a four-year degree in early childhood education.

Completed Wightman Wieber Grant Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 1 and September 1 each year.

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