Seeds for the Future: Howard and Sally Seeds
September 18, 2012
Howard and Sally Seeds recall their high school days with fondness. As teen sweethearts, they enjoyed life near Youngstown, Ohio, and looked eagerly to the future. Today, after more than 58 years of marriage, the Seeds share a strong commitment to their family and in giving back to others. Also topping their list of favorite ways to spend time together: cheering on the Buckeyes.
Howard’s interest in Ohio State football actually began before he knew Sally. As a child, he was intrigued by the play-by-play of football games on the radio. He asked his mother if she would buy tickets to a home game as a Christmas gift so he and his brother could experience the excitement for themselves. That day at Ohio Stadium made Howard a fan for life. In fact, he has attended all home games since 1974 and possesses every ticket stub—including those to bowl games—to prove it.
The Seeds’ children—Kathy, Ken, and Debbie—all studied at Ohio State. Kathy graduated with bachelor’s degrees in nursing and education. Ken and Debbie completed their degrees at Youngstown State University. “We hoped that someday we would be able to help other students obtain an education at Ohio State,” Howard said. “Being able to endow our first scholarship was one of our proudest moments.”
After Howard retired and sold his welding supply business in 1996, the couple established the Howard and Sally Seeds Scholarship Fund at Ohio State to benefit Youngstown-area students. In 2006, the Seeds created the Howard Seeds Family Football Scholarship Fund to benefit student-athletes on the football team. They funded a third scholarship, the Kathy L. Seeds Memorial Football Scholarship, in 2009 to honor their daughter, who lost her battle with kidney disease at the age of 48.
“Kathy was an avid fan who spent many Saturdays in the fall cheering on the Buckeyes with family and friends,” Sally said. “She would be pleased that a scholarship in her name helps to support members of the team.”
In addition to the scholarships, the couple also gives to the Athletic Advancement Fund and the Franklin County Ohio State Alumni Club Wall of Honor and Remembrance Park, which recognizes alumni who have died during active duty.
These days, Howard and Sally, who are recognized by the President’s Club for their generosity, divide their time between North Lima, Ohio, and Siesta Key in Florida. “We believe in sharing with others the good fortune that comes into their lives,” Howard said. “We view our financial support of Ohio State as one of the great joys of our life. We are part of the Ohio State family.”