Pat Perin receives The Summit’s highest alumni award

Pat Perin receives The Summit’s highest alumni award

The Summit Country Day School awarded its highest alumni award to 1945 graduate Patricia (Tyler) Perin on Sept. 6.

Summit Country Day School Head of School Rich Wilson awarded the McKenzie-Sargent Distinguished Alumni Award to Patricia (Tyler) Perin on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Mrs. Perin is a 1945 graduate of The Summit. She and her husband, Joe, are probably best known in Cincinnati for building what was once the city’s largest-volume furniture store and producing one of Cincinnati’s most memorable advertising jingles of the 1970s which aired frequently on the Uncle Al Show.

The Perins have created three scholarships at The Summit directed to students who have enthusiasm, energetic spirits and a desire to rise to their greatest potential but couldn’t otherwise afford a top-tier independent school education like that at The Summit.  

At The Summit’s Leaders of Character Reception where she was given the McKenzie-Sargent award, Mrs. Perin acknowledged the impact The Summit and its teachers had on her life. She was awarded a full scholarship that enabled her to attend The Summit for high school. “I am acutely aware that only a Summit scholarship recipient can truly appreciate the importance, the power and life-changing effect that a Summit education can provide,” she said.

The McKenzie-Sargent award is The Summit’s highest alumni award and is named for the first two alumnae, Anna McKenzie and Olive Sargent, who graduated from The Summit in 1893. The award recognizes achievements in career, community volunteer leadership and/or service to The Summit.

“The generosity of Pat and her family has made a tremendous impact on our school,” Mr. Wilson said. “The three scholarships they have endowed will give many children the advantage of a Summit education for years to come.”

Summit scholarships are awarded on merit and financial need through the application process. For more information, go to