Scott Hamilton – 2021 Gold Key Service Award Recipient

“Scott is the definition of what the Gold Key Service award is all about. Never have I seen a board member more involved in his community. He is a great role model,” says his nominator Steve Milano. “He is so involved with the youth. This year, Scott and his wife Edie, took on the kindergarten book drive. This was previously a Canton South Men’s Club project, but that organization disbanded last year. They bought books for all the kindergartens at Walker Elementary.”

His volunteer efforts include additional work with the Canton Local School District Canton Local Men’s Club project and along with his wife Edie, countless hours and over $54,000 through their foundation for the benefit of the students and athletes in Canton Local schools. His leadership activities, membership on boards/committees, and service awards & honors include: Canton South Baseball Association, 20+ years (president, 10 years); Canton South Rotary Club, past president and member; Canton South Kiwanis, member; Canton South YMCA Board of Directors, youth basketball director and youth flag football director; YMCA Volunteer of the Year, 1996; Junior Achievement Board of Directors; president, Hamilton Foundation, 13 years.

“Scott works tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of students and the community he serves, “says Steve. “He is an integral member of our board of education and serves the Canton Local community with honesty, integrity, and compassion for others. He’s lived in Canton Local his entire life and is grateful for teachers, coaches, and community members who shaped his and his family’s lives. His efforts to give back inspires others. Scott is a selfless leader who remains calm under pressure, demonstrating the utmost integrity even when faced with difficult people or situations. He is not afraid to stand up for what is fair and always seeks the best solution for the fair and equitable treatment of all.”

Gold Key Service Award was established by United Way of Greater Stark County in 1961 to recognize individuals who have continually demonstrated the highest degree of personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity. Their contribution of time and talent supports United Way’s efforts in the areas of health, education and financial stability.