Enerquip was happy to present Medford Area Senior High School student Amber Shaw with the Joseph & Frances Simek – Enerquip Memorial Scholarship on Wednesday, May 24.
The scholarship is presented annually to one student who demonstrates their dedication to hard work, community and education, and who also has plans to pursue further education at an accredited technical college. When the Community Foundation reviewed Shaw’s application, it was clear that she embodied these traits.
The scholarship is named for Joseph “Pep” and Frances Simek because of their dedication to the Medford, Wisconsin, community. With the help of his brother, Ron, Pep ran the Tombstone Tavern, which evolved into Tombstone Pizza.
The Simeks sold the company to Kraft in 1986, and Pep continued to grow several businesses, including Pep’s Pizza in Medford; several resorts and hotels in Green Bay, Lake Holcombe, Wisconsin, and Belize; and, of course, Enerquip.
While Pep focused on his entrepreneurial endeavors, Frances dove into community involvement. One of her notable efforts was settling a drawn-out dispute about a new library for Medford. Frances decided to donate $1 million to have the library built in 1998. The new library was dubbed the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library, and is still a valuable part of the Medford community today.
The Simeks were a generous family, and always made an effort to give back to their community. Their legacy continues with each recipient of the Joseph & Frances Simek – Enerquip Memorial Scholarship. We congratulate Shaw in her successes so far and wish her the best of luck in her future educational pursuits.