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2009: Dr. William Stewart

Dr. William Stewart Honored with the 2009 Bob Beam Award.

Representatives from the Community Foundation presented the 2009 Bob Beam Award to Dr. William Stewart in May 2009 for his service to the Foundation's Scholarship Central and GEAR UP programs. Dr. Stewart received a chestnut wood box made, by Ray Thomas, from a beam of a former Muskingum County school house.

For more than 10 years, Stewart conducted SAT/ACT test preparation classes in his home for local high school students. Meanwhile, Scholarship Central Access Program was consistently contacted by local students seeking assistance with standardized test preparation, most often the ACT. In 2007, Dr. Stewart began offering free ACT Preparation classes through Scholarship Central and GEAR UP at the Muskingum County Community Foundation offices. Through these classes, Dr. Stewart met with more than 330 students and contributed 82 hours of his time.

Students who participate in the ACT Prep Classes average a two point increase on their composite score per class. Students who participate in this ACT preparation program receive an ACT test prep book. Students from his classes have been admitted to more competitive colleges and have received more financial assistance due to his efforts. He is helping the Community Foundation improve the quality of life in our community by assisting students and future residents to attend college.

Stewart has received degrees from MIT, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and Muskingum College. He was an award-winning professor in engineering management at Purdue University in the 1980s, where a scholarship was established in his honor by a former student.

Stewart is president and chief operating officer of Stewart Glapat Corporation.

In addition to his service to Scholarship Central and GEAR UP, he is involved in local education in a number of other ways, including serving as a trustee at Zane State College, teaching physics part-time at Ohio University-Zanesville and AP Calculus at Zanesville High School. He is a registered professional engineer and a licensed teacher in math, physics, and integrated science.

The Bob Beam Award is presented to an individual or organization that has made extraordinary efforts in support of the Muskingum County Community Foundation. The award is presented from "time to time" when such recognition is appropriately earned. The award is named for J. Robert Beam, third President of the Community Foundation and Founding Trustee Emeritus whose dedication to the Foundation's progress since 1987 is remarkable and commendable.

The past recipients of the Bob Beam Award are the law firm of Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam, and Dal Ponte for its fine pro bono work on behalf of the Foundation and Tom Lyall who spent countless hours creating financial reports that made comprehensible the complexity of community foundation fund accounting.

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