Mr. Howard E. Collins established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Eleanor Griffin Collins. Mrs. Collins was active for many years at Centenary United Methodist Church. Her service to the church included membership in the Wesleyan Service Guild, Love Circle and Sunday School. Mrs. Collins graduated from East High School and studied Business at Franklin University. She served as Street Captain for the Alum Crest Acres Association.
Charles Weaver was a Realtor and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Mr. Weaver directed that this fund be used to provide scholarships for students who held full- or part-time jobs and graduated from Columbus City Schools.
The scholarship honors the memory of Louis Meredith Kovach, who was a lighter-than-air enthusiast, avid traveler, and Worthington’s Linworth Alternative Program (The AP, now called the Linworth Experiential Program) graduate. During his senior year at the main high school, he was invited to witness the reconstruction of the Goodyear Blimp that was based in Italy. Louis saw this ten-week trip as an opportunity of a lifetime, and a chance to visit the lighter-than-air pioneers who were still alive in Europe. The AP saw this as a life experience that met the educational philosophy of the school. Louis transferred to The AP in order to travel to Europe his senior year, allowing him to gain the needed credit and still graduate high school, all while following his dreams. This life adventure served as one of the building blocks for the Walkabout Program at the Linworth Experiential Program.
The Dr. Carol Scholarship represents a life of passion, as she has taught gifted children for 45 years. Dr. Carol believes in the abilities of gifted children to make this world a better place. These children will be our leaders, our researchers, our inventors. It is her belief that an investment in their futures can only serve to awaken the important aspects of learning for the world of tomorrow. She had many incredible experiences with gifted children and their families throughout many years in the public schools, and after years in the classroom, she retired from public schools to start her own practice in serving the needs of the gifted child and their families.
Dr. Carol operates Gifted Services of Ohio, which serves gifted children, grades K-12. She has also written three books on the subject of gifted education and received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in curriculum of the gifted adolescent. Her books include, Helping Gifted Children Soar, 2000 with a revision in 2012; A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child, 2010, and she is writing Turning Stress into Success: A Handbook for the Gifted.
It is Dr. Carol’s belief that too often the gifted child is not understood and that parenting a gifted child is like riding the world’s highest, longest, and most complicated roller coaster ever built. It takes support and understanding to help these children develop to their highest potentials. Applicants to the scholarship intend to be among the leaders of the next generation.
The Ohio Green Beret Support Group is a charitable 501(c)(3) subsidiary to the Ohio Chapter of the Special Forces Association. Its members are Green Berets who reside or serve in Ohio. The organization’s purpose is to assist Green Berets and their families when these elite soldiers are unable to do so on their own. Green Berets have the highest casualty rate among all members of the U.S. military, and there is a 70-member unit based near Columbus, Ohio that deploys frequently and have multiple combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other regions. Many of these soldiers have been wounded in combat; nine have been inducted into Ohio’s Military Hall of Fame for Valor.
The scholarship program supports these members and their families. It provides grants for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, Ph.D. programs, and trade certification training for members, spouses, their children, and other legal dependents. This is our best way of providing support for some of Ohio’s greatest American heroes, who have volunteered for and completed the most rigorous training in the military and have chosen to serve in assignments of highest danger.
Family and friends established this fund in memory of F. David Smucker, a former president of the boosters for the Grove City High School Marching Band, to support Grove City High School students for the post-secondary study of music.
Mary E. Harper established this scholarship fund in memory of her husband, George L. Harper, Sr., who did not have the opportunity to attend high school, and her stepson, George L. Harper, Jr., a member of the Hilliard (Ohio) High School Marching Band, who was killed in a school bus accident at the age of 13.
Bertha Mae Johnson's will established this fund in memory of her husband, the Reverend L. H. Johnson, founder and pastor of Christ Memorial Baptist Church. The fund is to be "used to assist some deserving student in the acquiring of his or her advanced education in the hope that he or she will add to the general achievement and betterment of the world." Recipients must be members of Christ Memorial Baptist Church.