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Council for Developmental Disabilities of Sandusky County

Annual Kentucky Derby

Scholarship Information

The Council for Developmental Disabilities of Sandusky County will award a scholarship to a graduating senior and resident of Sandusky County who will be pursuing a degree in higher education and whose scholastic goals are directed toward working with the developmentally disabled, Special Education, or a related field.

Congratulations to our 2023 High School Scholarship winners from Gibsonburg High School Kelsey Kilgore and Aurora Fields.

Council Scholarship forms for the 2023 – 2024 school year are available via the links on the right; the application deadline for all scholarships is February 27, 2024.

Other Scholarships Awarded in 2023

The Council for Developmental Disabilities of Sandusky County also awarded a college scholarship to an adult actively working in the DD field as Direct Support Professional. The scholarship awarded was for a nontraditional student currently advancing their education in service to individuals in our community.  This year, our DSP Scholarship went to Jade Felter of Clyde High School who works for local provider Wynn-Reeth.

The Council also awarded a grant to a local organization for their efforts to enhance our community by serving the interests of individuals with disabilities in Sandusky County. The 2023 Community Enhancement Grant was awarded to Flat Rock Homes.

Congratulations to all our valued local partners for your unwavering dedication, support, and commitment to building a strong community.

Council History

The Council of Retarded Persons of Sandusky County began in October of 1955 under the leadership of Lillian Wonderly, a parent of a child with a disability.  During the beginning years, the first classes were held in the old YMCA building on East State Street and were operated entirely by donation.  In the fall of 1959 the school operation moved to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church building where it stayed until 1963.  At that time it moved into a new school building at the present site, located at 1001 Castalia Street.

The school building was named School of Hope and it consisted of three classrooms, an office, a kitchen, restrooms, a boiler room, and an all-purpose room which was used as the first workshop.  The total cost of the school, including equipment, was estimated at approximately $95,000.00.  Support for the school came from state subsidy, local school systems, gifts from organizations and individuals, and a .3 mill tax levy.  Administration of the school was handled by Department of Welfare Administrator, Sara Walden.  In the first year of operation at this site, thirty-one students were served in two classes by two instructors and one assistant.

Transportation was provided by a new bus, donated by the Crippled Children’s Association of Sandusky County and a private carrier.  This bus traveled throughout Sandusky County.  In 1967, two additional classrooms and restrooms and a sheltered workshop were added.  In 1967-1968 school enrollment grew to forty-five students with an additional eighteen individuals having full-time employment at the sheltered workshop.

The Council became the Board of Directors of the Council for the School of Hope.  They were the governing body until this responsibility was taken over by the “169” Board.  The Council at one time was part of the state’s Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC).  It is presently a group unique to Sandusky County.  The Council has a Board of Trustees, goals, a budget, and looks to provide areas of unmet need.

Council (Present Day)

The Council’s goal is to support the School of Hope and eligible persons from Sandusky County with various projects throughout the year.  We have sponsored…

  • Levy Campaign Support
  • Summer Recreation for students with financial support from Sandusky County United Way
  • High School Scholarships
  • Various equipment upgrades for School of Hope
  • Holiday Parties for eligible adults and Christmas gifts for School of Hope students
  • Staff appreciation meal

We are able to afford these endeavors due to annual fundraising efforts through our Derby Event.

Please consider becoming a member of this very dedicated and giving group by joining the Council today.  If you are interested, please contact the administrator:

Council for Developmental Disabilities of Sandusky County
1001 Castalia Street
Fremont, Ohio 43420.


The mission of the Council for Developmental Disabilities of Sandusky County is to promote the general welfare of all individuals in Sandusky County who are developmentally disabled at home, in the community, in foster homes, in institutions, and in public, private and religious schools; regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin.


Council Officers & Trustees

President – Annette Overmyer
Secretary – Thalia Britner
Michele Mong – Treasurer
John Kolesar     Michelle Kiser  
Amy Schneider     Bonnie Loparo
Lea Musa  
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