A first-time recipient holds an associate degree in Digital Design and Graphics from Columbus State and is currently studying Interactive Media Design at Franklin University and plans to graduate May 2020. She is an AmeriCorps volunteer and works 20-25 hours weekly with the Community Properties of Ohio (CPO) Building Blocks Program where she visits with parents in the inner city and helps them with early childhood literacy. In the future she plans to design content for learning tools and products. She leads by example and is a driven and innovative leader. She has one daughter.
This outstanding woman is a three-time scholarship recipient, studying Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State. She currently has an impressive 4.0 grade point average and plans to graduate in May 2021. She is a former foster youth and was involved with Columbus State’s Scholar Network Program. For the last three years she has planned and traveled to Washington DC to meet with government officials and advocate for the rights of foster youth. She was very involved at Columbus State and was described as a force to be reckoned with. She is a superb student and a hard working student leader.
This three-time recipient is studying Psychology at Ohio University. Prior to OU, she was a powerhouse at Columbus State in their TRIO/Student Support Services Program where she planned many events and served as a Student Ambassador on campus. She is focused on equity and being an agent of change. She worked with one of the Columbus State advisors to increase their financial literacy offerings. She also participated in a program called Fierce Conversations where she traveled to Chicago and worked with other students to increase their cultural awareness, improve their public speaking, and develop the tools to have difficult conversations. Her ultimate goal is to be a mental health professional working with veterans.
A second-year recipient is finishing a dual major in Human Resources Management and Business Administration at Franklin University and will graduate in spring 2020. She recently earned her associate degree of Applied Science and Human Resource Management at Columbus State where she also works full-time. She is very accomplished and last March was vetted to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor on affordable education and the wrap around supports that are crucial to student success. She has done extensive reading and has become expert on the history of marginalized populations that are systemically deprived of a higher education. She plans to continue to law school, to be a voice for the voiceless, and wants to pay it forward by helping individuals in a way that others have helped her. She is the proud mom of an 8-year old.