Michael J. Manges was a tireless volunteer for our Orrville Area United Way. When he was killed in an automobile accident in 1993, friends, family and co-workers sent donations to United Way in his memory. From 1994 – 2008, two $200 book scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors in Orrville and Dalton whose teachers chose them for their volunteerism.
Beginning in 2009, a change was made to the policy by the United Way board of directors. It is a fitting tribute that a $500 scholarship in Mike’s name is awarded each year to a Wayne College student who is at least a sophomore preparing for a career in social work.
The United Way board continues to fund this award to celebrate the living legacy of a large-hearted man who gave of himself without reserve.