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Scholarship

Alumni Scholars Program

ASP provides recognition and financial assistance to outstanding incoming freshmen.  Ohio State Alumni Clubs select and recommend talented incoming freshmen for this merit-based scholarship.  Once recipients are announced, students have the opportunity to participate throughout the school year in a program that strengthens their relationships with one another, and the Alumni Association.  Each quarter, one formal event is planned for the Alumni Scholars that helps them build professional and leadership skills, introduces them to Ohio State Alumni working in their field, and presents the opportunity to give back to their community through service projects.

To receive the ASP award, students must:

*  Be admitted to the university.
*  Rank in the top 10 percent of his or her high school class.
*  Be recommended by school principals, counselors, and/or teachers based on scholastic ability and character.
*  Have a record of performance in activities both in school and in the community.
*  Impress the club’s scholarship committee during the personal interview by demonstrating a sound interest
and positive attitute toward college.
*  Be residents or attend high school in the county/area in which the participating alumni club’s membership is based.

Emerging Leaders Scholarship (established 2011)

To receive the ELS award, students must:

* Be ranked 25% of his or her high school class.
* Be recommended by school principals, counselors, and/or teachers based on scholastic ability and character.
* Have a record of performance in activities both in school and in the community.
* Demonstrate strong leadership and service accomplishments.
* Be residents or attend high school in the county/area in which the participating alumni club’s membership is based.


 

2017 Scholarships Recipients

This year’s Alumni Scholar Scholarship winners are Dominique Carravetta of St. Charles East High School and Derek McCurdy of Carl Sandburg High School. Our Emerging Leader Scholarship winners are Molly Curley of Rosemary High School and Josh Seltzer of Deerfield High School.

Dominique Carravetta

Dominique Carravetta is a 2017 graduate of St. Charles East High School in St. Charles, IL and is the daughter of Ro and Gerette Carravetta. As a dedicated student, Dominique participated in numerous honor societies, service clubs, and athletics. She was a varsity swimmer all four years of high school and team captain her senior year. Dominique was a member of Science, Math, Social Studies and Spanish National Honor Society along with National Honor Society where she spent many hours tutoring for these organizations. As an active member of Key Club she continued to serve the community by tutoring at the local middle school and spending time with homeless veterans and assisting the elderly. Dominique’s favorite service opportunity came through the program Orthokids at Delnor Hospital. As a volunteer there she swam with children with disabilities which helped them increase their mobility and strength while having fun in an inviting environment. After her positive experience with Orthokids, she chose to be a PE Leader her senior year for an adaptive class where she helped fellow students with disabilities participate in gym class. She has a true passion for helping children with disabilities and plans to continue such volunteering in the future. Dominique will be attending The Ohio State University this fall and majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering in the Honors College. She will also have business as a focus in her education.

Derek McCurdy

Derek McCurdy is a 2017 graduate of Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois. In high school, he was president of the Sandburg SuperfanZ student section, vice president of National Honors Society, co-captain of the soccer team, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and maintained perfect attendance. With four years on the District 230 Relay For Life committee, Derek dedicated time organizing the largest all-youth Relay event in the world, culminating in serving as Event Chair for the district’s 20th annual event. In addition to his participation with D230, Derek has just begun his term on the National Campus Leadership Team responsible for Social Media & Communications. He plans to continue his passion for Relay and cancer awareness in college. Derek works as a summer lifeguard at Centennial Park Aquatic Center. He also has been a part of three mission trips with his church youth group. Derek participated in an exchange program with Austrian school as part of his German class, and he intends to incorporate a study abroad experience while attending The Ohio State University. As a direct admit to Fisher College of Business, he intends to study Marketing and has been accepted to the Media, Marketing and Communications Scholar program.

Molly Curley

Molly Curley is a 2017 graduate from Rosemary High School in Aurora, Illinois. She graduated with four years of high honor roll and was named an Illinois State Scholar. She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society. As a member of NHS, she donates her time to local nursing homes and the school’s tutoring center. She played on the Varsity volleyball team in high school along with club seasons at sports Performance. She was named an All-conference Scholar Athlete all four years. She spends the rest of her time coaching seventh grade volleyball. She is extremely excited to be attending The Ohio State University next year and cannot wait to be a Buckeye!

Josh Seltzer

Josh Seltzer is a 2017 graduate of Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has competed in club gymnastics for the past ten years and will be continuing next year at the collegiate level at Ohio State. In high school he was an Illinois state scholar and he was on the high honor roll as well as a member in the Deerfield Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Josh has played the trumpet for nine years and was a member of the jazz band, marching band and top concert group. Outside of school he spent time playing Buddy Baseball where volunteers help kids with special needs play baseball. Josh also worked at his local synagogue as an assistant teacher to a third grade class every Sunday. He is planning to major in Computer Science and is very excited to be attending The Ohio State University