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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.


 

2016 Scholarships Recipients

This year’s Alumni Scholar Scholarship winners are Austin Hilvert of Bartlett High School and Nicole Marcus of Naperville High School. Our Emerging Leader Scholarship winner is Morgan Martinez of Rosary High School.

Austin Hilvert

Austin Hilvert is from Bartlett, IL and is the son of Chris and Cheryl Hilvert. He graduated from Bartlett High School in the top 2% of students in School District U-46; he is also the Class President of the Bartlett High School Class of 2016. In high school, Austin participated in student government, Varsity baseball, and numerous other organizations such as Fundraising and Cancer Education Club, National Honor Society, Peer Leaders, and the Principal Student Advisory Board. He donated hundreds of hours of his time assisting the underprivileged community in the Elgin area and even founded a campaign to create care packages to be donated to the pediatric oncology ward at Central DuPage Hospital. He is very excited to be attending The Ohio State University this fall to major in Neuroscience and begin his pre-medical studies.

Morgan Martinez

Morgan Martinez is a 2016 graduate of Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois. She was the four-year President of The Future Business Leaders of America, member of Dominican Preachers, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Foreign Language Society. Morgan made high honor roll all four years at Rosary along with being a four-year scholar athlete. As a four-year varsity golfer, Morgan won numerous awards and recognition, such as the Kane County All Area Team, all four years, and the Girls Catholic All Conference Team. She was also a member of the 2013 down state golf team. Her proudest achievement is as President and Founder of The Bookworm Foundation of Kane County, where she collects donated children’s books from the community and distributes them to children and school programs in need. She formed a partnership with Goodwill Industries and plans to continue her foundation at The Ohio State University, helping the children of Columbus and the surrounding areas. As of now, her foundation has donated over 10,000 books to those in need. Aside from school and volunteering, Morgan works as a caddie at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove and was selected to caddie at the 2015 Palmer Cup. She is also employed by Fishermen’s Inn, as a banquet server, and The Friends of Aurora After School Program, as a reading mentor. Morgan has been directly admitted into Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and plans to continue on to dental school.

Nicole Marcus

NicoleScholarshipNicole Marcus is a 2016 graduate of Naperville North High School in Naperville, IL and is the daughter of Steven and Maria Marcus. She was a National Merit Finalist, a member of the National Honor Society, and was selected for the 2015-2016 Daily Herald DuPage County Academic Team. Over her four years at Naperville North, she found a home in a wide variety of communities including Latin Club, the Junior State of America, Cross Country and Track, Peer Tutoring, and the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation. A leader in many of those clubs, she served as the Latin Club Historian and Secretary, the Junior State of America Activism Director, and a Cross Country Captain. She represented them in broader communities as well, serving as Illinois Junior Classical League State Secretary and the Midwest Director of Expansion for the Junior State of America. Further engaging in her community, she was chosen as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council, and later served as a co-chair, presenting the council’s findings on student voice and engagement to the State Board. She volunteers as a lector at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and has served on three mission trips with her church. Nicole is beyond excited to attend The Ohio State University and will be studying International Studies and Economics as an Eminence Fellow in her pursuit to deepen her understanding of the world as she prepares for a career of service.