This scholarship award was established in 1995 by the Board of Directors of The National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) to honor a man whose fifty+ year commitment to the ice cream and frozen dessert industry is unparalleled. An applicant for the award can pursue any course of study, as long as the educational institution criteria are met. The course of study is not limited to something of benefit to the retail ice cream and frozen dessert trade.
The Scot A. Elwood Memorial Fund has been established in loving memory of Scot Alexander Elwood who graduated from New Albany High School in 2002 and was killed in a tragic accident during his sophomore year at Cornell University. Scot's family and friends hope to memorialize Scot through these scholarships, by promoting his ideal of combined athletic and academic excellence.
Beginning in 1995, the island of Montserrat in the West Indies experienced a volcanic eruption that made much of the land in the south part of the island uninhabitable. Elizabeth Salt, after having studied about Montserrat while pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology at The Ohio State University, wanted to support the island’s recovery. She contacted the Montserrat Red Cross, which put her in touch with the island’s librarian. Elizabeth, a librarian herself, developed a relationship that allowed her to help support rebuilding the materials collection for the island’s library. Montserratians value education, and as a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, often send students to the United States and other countries for post-secondary education. Although the library on Montserrat has been relocated and now operates normally, Ms. Salt continues to support higher education for the island’s students through this annual scholarship.
The scholarship will be awarded to a West High School student athlete in memory of Darrell McDade, a former student athlete and 1986 graduate of West High School. Darrell was a teacher, coach, and mentor to many City League students. He worked in Columbus City Schools elementary and high school special needs classrooms, and coached football, baseball, and girls’ basketball at West. Coach McDade supported his student athlete’s both on and off the field, and this scholarship is a way to continue that support in his memory.