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Scholarship Endowments

Alexander Griffin worked for the Cincinnati Board of Education for 34 years. He and his wife, Helen Godfrey Griffin, had 12 children. Even though different family situations in their lives prevented Alexander and Helen from graduating high school, they knew the importance and value of a high school and college education. The Griffins stressed the importance of education to their children, friends, and family.

In loving memory of their parents, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Griffin established the Alexander & Helen Griffin Memorial Scholarship Endowment in April 2009 to offer renewable need-based scholarship awards to minority graduates of the Cincinnati Public School system or GED recipients who desire to enrich their lives with a post-secondary education.

Every donation received helps to fulfil the scholarship’s motto “Invest in a young mind, empower a life forever!”

The Alexander and Helen Griffin Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to minority seniors with financial need graduating from Cincinnati Public Schools or those who have obtained their GED certificate and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Aries Newton was born and raised in the projects of the West End of Cincinnati.  His mother received welfare assistance in raising Mr. Newton and his four sisters.  When he neared completion of high school, he did not believe there would be any help in attending a college or university. He was able to receive a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati.  Today, Mr. Newton would like to give back to the community with this scholarship to help young African American males and females attend college.

The Aries Newton Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to African American students with financial need who are graduating seniors from the Cincinnati Public School District and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Charles and Mary Yeiser were tremendous philanthropists in Greater Cincinnati. They generously left a gift in their estate plans to establish the Charles F. and Mary Yeiser Scholarship Endowment for local students with financial need who go to college. Mr. Yeiser graduated from and was the Headmaster of Cincinnati Country Day School where the school continues to give out an annual award to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. He earned his master’s degree from Xavier University. Mr. Yeiser was the director emeritus on the Cincinnati Symphony Board of Directors and he and his wife, Mary, endowed the CSO principal French Horn Chair. Both Mr. and Mrs. Yeiser are deceased, but their legacy continues through their scholarship endowment at CSF.

The Charles F. and Mary Yeiser Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who are attending college in the Greater Cincinnati area and seniors who are graduating from a high school in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Applicants must be seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Christopher Mayer lived a life that was full and a life that was ended too soon. Chris was a devoted husband to his wife, Jenny, and to his three children, Daniel, Caroline and Elizabeth. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH where he was an alumnus of Archbishop Moeller High School (Class of 1994) and of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (Class of 1999). For 16 years, Chris was an exceptional engineer, manager and mentor at Proctor and Gamble. Chris’ family established this scholarship endowment to celebrate Chris’ life and to honor his remembrance. This scholarship endowment will assist students who have lost a parent and who need financial assistance to attend college.

The Christopher Mayer Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to seniors with financial need graduating from a Greater Cincinnati area high school and who has a parent who passed away before their high school graduation. Applicants must be obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Christopher Todd Grant lived a full life for a 12-year-old boy. However, his life ended way too soon. Chris was a talented soccer enthusiast and he played in the Northern Kentucky Soccer League. Family friends, Kathleen and Jerry Kern, assisted in establishing the Christopher Todd Grant Memorial Scholarship Endowment to celebrate Chris’ life, his remembrance and his love of all things “soccer”.

The Christopher Todd Grant Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors from a high school in Northern Kentucky, who have financial need and have played soccer in high school or grade school and are obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

This scholarship was established at CSF August 26, 1992 through a gift from their husband, Howard Wacksman, in memory of Dee. It was expected to be set up as an endowment to go specifically for a student who will be or currently is studying in a qualifying bachelor’s theatre program. 

The Dee Wacksman Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards nonrenewable scholarships to graduating seniors in Greater Cincinnati who are pursuing a bachelor’s in the fine arts.

The donor to this fund wishes to honor her late father who was a graduate of Withrow High School in Cincinnati, OH. 

The EAE Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who graduated from Withrow High School and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree majoring in nursing or education.

The Else and Adele Raschig Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree majoring in teaching/ education.

This scholarship endowment was established by Mr. George Fee in memory of his mother Mrs. Fannie Fee. Fannie lived a long life of 100 years, and her life was full. Fannie was an artist who was very involved with the arts in Cincinnati. Her son George coupled his love of teaching and education with Fannie’s love of the arts to create this scholarship endowment. 

Throughout his tenure as a Judge of Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Judge Benjamin Schwartz sought to aid and inspire young people who were brought before him to take maximum advantage of and to expand their educational opportunities as a means forward improving their circumstances. He continually sought financial support for those individuals who he considered to be worthy and capable of accepting the advantage of available opportunities. 

The Judge Benjamin S. Schwartz College Endowment provides renewable scholarships to students who have been adjudicated of a felony in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court and have graduated high school or has earned a GED certificate and are obtaining their workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Louis B. Zapoleon Scholarship Endowment was established in 1969 by Marguerite Wykoff Zapoleon in memory of her husband. Mr. Zapoleon’s career included serving as an economist for the Federal Government, college professor and author. He also was an expert chess player. Louis and Marguerite met at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C. and later married. Marguerite was a native Cincinnatian who graduated from Walnut Hills High School and held two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati in liberal arts and the other in commercial engineering.  Marguerite was involved in education and became the first woman to serve on the Guidance Services Division of the U.S. Board of Education during WW II. Clearly the Zapoleons had a passion for education which is why Marguerite established this scholarship. Mrs. Zapoleon passed away in 2003.

The Louise B. and Marguerite Zapoleon Endowment awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need from the Greater Cincinnati area and who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree majoring in the field of education.

Mr. Henry Woolfolk established a scholarship endowment at the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation in memory of his late parents, Lucian B. and Theodosia B. Woolfolk. Lucian Woolfolk retired from his career in Cincinnati and had a sincere interest in assisting in the education of students who have financial need.

The Lucian B. and Theodosia B. Woolfolk Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to graduates with financial need from high schools within Hamilton County, OH and are planning to enter a program that leads to a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a college or university in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Created in the spirit of one of Cincinnati’s most innovative educators, business and community leaders, the mission of the Major R. McNeil Scholarship Fund is to promote professional development for high school students who seek to carry on his legacy, which is driven by the philosophy of passion, service and impact.

The Major R. McNeil Endowment provides renewable scholarships for African American high school seniors graduating from Withrow High School who have financial need and are planning to obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

To generations of listeners and viewers, he was the gregarious Pat Barry. Barry Tingley Jr. adopted his alter-ego, Pat Barry, when he began his broadcasting career in 1968 in his hometown of Springfield, OH. Mr. Barry spent over five decades on radio and television in OH, locally at Q-102 FM and WLWT-TV. Throughout his life, Mr. Barry mentored and helped young people. The Pat Barry Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to continue his efforts and his remembrance.

The Pat Barry Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards nonrenewable scholarships to students with financial need who graduated from high school in Greater Cincinnati and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Greater Cincinnati majoring in communications, the arts or music.

The Richard B. Easley Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors with financial need in Greater Cincinnati who are obtaining a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Colerain Township Business Association (CTBA) is an organization of businesses in the Colerain Township area that represents the business community to specific governmental agencies. It works on community projects, addresses the needs of the business community and provides educational experiences for members of the business community. In 1997 the CTBA began fundraising for a Scholarship Endowment Fund. In 2015 it merged with the Colerain Chamber of Commerce and the work continued to provide funding for the students who reside or attend schools in Colerain Township. 

The Purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to assist those students who desire to pursue undergraduate degrees from a college or university and have displayed both academic and community-minded credentials during their high school years and are in need of financial help to begin their education at the college or university level. 

The Scholarship Endowment for Students of Colerain Township awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors from Colerain High School or Northwest High School who have financial need and are obtaining their bachelor’s degree and who have demonstrated both academic and community-minded credentials during high school years.

The Wynne Family Memorial Scholarship Endowment awards renewable scholarships to graduates with financial need from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH. The student must attend the main campus at the University of Cincinnati and be obtaining a bachelor’s degree in the college of Arts and Sciences.

Scholarship Funds

The Advertising Club of Cincinnati was created to provide financial support for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the marketing communications field. There are two scholarships: one for those attending an accredited non-proprietary two-year college pursuing a marketing communications degree and one for those attending an accredited non-proprietary four-year college pursuing a marketing communications degree.

The Advertising Club of Cincinnati Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to students obtaining an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing and communications. Associate’s degree applicants must attend Cincinnati State Community & Technical College, Gateway Community & Technical College or the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Bachelor’s degree applicants must attend Mount St. Joseph University, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More University, University of Cincinnati or Xavier University.

Amy (Turck) Weiss passed away in November 2019, at the age of 51. Amy was born and raised in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in accounting. She spent her early twenties working overseas where she met the love of her life, Doug Weiss. They were married in Cincinnati then lived in Hawaii, San Francisco, and Boston before moving to Philadelphia, where they had three daughters. The family then settled in Cincinnati where Amy devoted her life to raising her three girls. Amy cherished her family and enjoyed every moment with them. She was a friend to everyone she met, and her smile would light up the room.

 Amy was very active in volunteering in her community and with the Girl Scouts of America. Amy was a Girl Scout growing up, then became a Girl Scout leader for all three of her daughter’s troops. She was also a generous mentor to other Girl Scout leaders in the community. Service to others was very important to Amy – it was a central part of the activities she organized for her Girl Scout troops, and for herself. She loved traveling abroad and sharing the world with her daughters and husband. She always enjoyed being outdoors hiking, biking, paddle boarding, or doing any activity that would connect her with nature.

The Amy Weiss Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor Amy’s life and her commitment to service and the Girl Scout community.

The Amy Weiss Memorial Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to female students graduating from high school within Greater Cincinnati who have been a Girl Scout for a significant period of time and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Ohio National Foundation established this scholarship fund to provide secondary education tuition financial assistance for the children of Constellation Insurance, Inc. employees. 

William James “Bill” Kraus (June 26, 1947- January 11, 1986) was born in Fort Mitchell, KY, and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1965. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History at the Ohio State University.

Bill moved to San Francisco in 1976 where he worked for and with Harvey Mike who rose from Castro Street camera store owner and organizer to City Supervisor. Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States, if not the world over, until his assassination in 1978. Bill continued his work with the San Francisco City Council and later with the US Congress as an aid to Representatives Phillip and Sala Burton.

Bill’s leadership was critical during the 1980’s Aids crisis as he advocated for funding at the national level for AIDS research. Tragically, Bill died of AIDS himself in 1986 at the young age of 38. 

Bill was a central character in Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played on, a book (19787) and movie (1993) that tells the story of the AIDS crisis and the incredible political challenges of securing funding from the Regan administration to find a cure or at least slow the progress of the disease. Sandy Shilts and many others maintain that homophobia was the reason so many people were allowed to die of this terrible new disease. It took years for adequate funding to be made available for the necessary research to even discover the cause of so many dying of this new disease, let alone create funding towards a cure. Our country and our country and our world owe a huge thanks to Bill Kraus and many courageous voices for standing up for people who were dying of a terribly frightening new disease that, at the time, was difficult to even ascertain. 

More than 65,000 people have died of HIV/AIDS in the United States. More than 1 million people live with the disease today. According to the World Health Association, more than 39 million people worldwide have died of HIV/AIDS since the epidemic began, perhaps in 1976. 

The Bill Kraus (St. Xavier ’65) Memorial Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors from St. Xavier High School who identify as LGBTQ and are active in the LGBTQ community and are obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Black Achievers Scholarship Fund provides nonrenewable scholarships for African American graduating seniors with financial need who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Carespring has twelve Life Plan communities for older adults in the Cincinnati/ Dayton OH areas and five in Northern Kentucky. Carespring established this scholarship not only to offer their employees and their children the opportunity for a higher education but to encourage them to choose careers in fields that are needed in Life Plan communities.

The Carespring Hero Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to current Carespring employees affiliate employees or an unmarried child or step-child of a current Carespring employee or one of its affiliates who are obtaining a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree majoring in nursing or therapy.

Carol Schroeder is passionate about our Cincinnati Zoo and its programs, including the Zoo Academy.  The Zoo Academy has been a part of the Cincinnati Public School System since 1975 and in conjunction with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden provides classes that prepare students for leadership roles in areas of plant and animal care, conservation and environmental science.  

The Carol J. Schroeder Cincinnati Zoo Academy Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors with financial need who graduate from the Cincinnati Zoo Academy and are obtaining a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree and are majoring in the fields of plant or animal sciences

Shirley Marts was a very bright high school student whose teachers spoke to her parents with the opinion that she should go on to college, her parents were unable to pay for college. Shirley matriculated at the University of Cincinnati through the assistance of others and went on to have a very successful career with Proctor and Gamble. 

As a result of having been blessed with the opportunity to get a college degree, Shirley chose to be a blessing to others by virtue of setting up a scholarship fund with her entire estate. The Scholarship Fund is meant to benefit others in the same way as Shirley was benefited and is intended to have a very favorable impact on individual’s lives for a very long time. 

The Cassie (Rowe) Kyle and Elmer E. Kyle Scholarship Fund by Shirley Kyle Marts awards renewable scholarships to students obtaining their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and who have been members of the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church for at least 4 years and are active within the church.

Chris and Deatria Godley, both entrepreneurs, know first-hand the challenges that are presented to students who have limited financial resources and aspire to obtain a higher education.

Chris, while being raised on a farm by his mother and grandparents in Washington, NC, was taught the value of hard work, respect and the importance and benefits of obtaining a college education. Although there were limited resources available in their household and neither of his grandparents completed high school, they instilled the importance of education in all eight of their children, including Chris.  Of their eight children, six have college degrees. 

Deatria, along with her three sisters, was raised by a single mother in Cincinnati OH.  She also grew up learning the importance of higher learning and with the help of the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation’s annual scholarship award, she became a first-generation college graduate in her family. 

Both Chris and Deatria’s experiences as young adults, working full-time jobs, while going to college further instilled in them their desire to be able to give back to students who faced similar challenges as they did.  Now they would like to create the opportunity to assist other underserved minority students to achieve their goals of obtaining a college education as well.

The Christopher O. and Deatria T. Godley Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who are graduating seniors from the Cincinnati Public Schools District, Pitt County Schools in NC and Washington High School in NC and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree majoring in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

Clara Lee Miller retired as a student counselor from the School of Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH. During her career, she also provided student counseling at DePauw University, Indiana University and Woodward High School. After her retirement, Clara Lee instituted a program called STP which assisted children residing in the inner city of Cincinnati with tutoring, field trips, life coaching and other experiential learning activities.

During the late 1980s, she became personally involved with the Findlay Street Neighborhood House (FSNH). With Clara’s help, this outreach program quickly grew into providing programs for the children at FSNH during summer breaks and food and presents for FSNH families during the holidays. The original once-weekly delivery of baked goods to FSNH donated by Kroger has now grown into deliveries of about 4,000 pounds of donated food from Kroger and local stores each month, helping 430 families in the neighborhood.

The Clara Lee Miller Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduates with financial need of Cincinnati Public Schools who are obtaining a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree majoring in the fields of social work, mental health, the arts or education.

The Coach John Calipari Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students who are the children or grandchildren of individuals who played or worked for John Calipari while he was head coach at UMass, the University of Memphis or the University of Kentucky and are obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

On May 23, 1985, a statewide tribute was held at Kings Island Amusement Park to honor a great legislator and an outstanding Ohioan, Corwin M. Nixon. This was not a political fundraiser but a true bi-partisan tribute inspired out of deep respect and admiration that was held for this outstanding American. 

The Corwin M. Nixon Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students who are residents of Warren County, OH. The student must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medical, pre-veterinary or nursing.

Courtis Fuller established this scholarship to provide assistance to students wishing to pursue a career in journalism. Mr. Fuller, a veteran Journalist since 1980 and a community advocate, was raised in urban Pittsburgh by a single mother who worked hard to provide the same opportunities for students needing scholarship assistance. 

The Courtis Fuller Journalism Scholarship Fund is awarded to a graduate of the Cincinnati Public Schools or a GED recipient studying journalism. 

The David J. Joseph Company Scholarship Fund is to honor and preserve the values on which David J. Joseph built his company and to provide scholarship opportunities to the children of David J. Joseph Company employees who possess and display similar values. Mr. Joseph’s values included honesty and integrity, a strong work ethic and leadership as well as fairness, consideration of others and service to the community. These values continue to be the cornerstone of the David J. Joseph Company. This scholarship fund was established at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the scholarship is administered by the Cincinnati Foundation. 

The David J. Joseph Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to the following: unmarried child or stepchild of an employee of the David H. Joseph Company and Joseph Transportation, Inc. and their majority- owned subsidies who are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Deon Miller was born on November 16, 1973 and began his education at St. Joseph Catholic School in September of 1978. Not long afterward, he was diagnosed with autism and he transferred to Margaret B. Rost School, a Robert A Taft High School “sister” school. He went on to graduate from Margaret B Rost School and, because of its “sister” relationship with Robert A. Taft High School, he received his diploma from Taft in 1996, He worked at Star Center from 1996-1998 after which he began working at Goodwill where he stayed until his death in 2011.

The Deon Miller Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors of the Cincinnati Public School District with financial need and who have been diagnosed with Autism or special needs.

Dr. Owens graduated from Woodward High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Antioch College. He then attended Yale University Medical School where he earned his Medical Degree and Master’s Degree in Public Health. He returned to his native Cincinnati in 1982 to establish the first division of reproductive endocrinology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center OB/GYN Department. In 2004, Dr. Owens was elected Hamilton County’s Coroner and re-elected in 2008. In 2010, he was selected to be the President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. In 2015, he served as Interim Health Commissioner/Medical Director for the Cincinnati Health Department. He finished out his career as President and CEO of Interact for Health and retired in 2021.

The Dr. O’Dell Moreno Owens Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to African American and Hispanic students with financial need who are graduates of Cincinnati Public School District, Covington Independent School District or Newport Independent School District who are seeking a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Don Greer Heritage Club Memorial Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to an employee or former employee of the Heritage Club. This scholarship is nonrenewable but recipients may reapply.

The Dupps Company Sons and Daughters Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to the children, stepchildren or grandchildren under the age of 26 of an employee of the Dupps Company, Sunrise USA, or Universal Maintenance who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Elizabeth A. Elliott Scholarship Fund was made possible through Ms. Eliott’s estate. Education was very important to her and she wanted her legacy to continue to impact the lives of women through providing scholarships towards obtaining advanced degrees. Ms. Elliott wanted to assist women seeking a post-graduate degree in the fields of medicine, nursing and the fine arts.

The Elizabeth Elliott Scholarship awards renewable scholarships to female students with financial need who are seeking a post-graduate degree in the fields of medicine, nursing or the fine arts.

The Ella Wilson Johnson Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to seniors with financial need who graduate from Cincinnati Public Schools and attend the University of Cincinnati to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

The Fletemeyer Family generously left a bequest to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) for scholarships to those attending Purdue University. Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation administers the Fletemeyer Family Scholarship on behalf of GCF. William Fletemeyer arrived in Indiana from Germany in 1872. He graduated from Purdue University and was employed at the Purdue Wood Shop. Mr. Fletemeyer was the oldest member of the Salem Reformed Church in IN. He passed away in 1939 in Lafayette, IN and was survived by his four children.

The Frank Foster Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors and those attending college within Greater Cincinnati who have financial need and are obtaining their bachelor’s degree.

Gregory Fritz had his long and successful “dream career” in the home and fashion industries. Mr. Fritz attributes his success to the mentors he had over the years and the time and knowledge they imparted upon him. Recognizing the importance of making a difference in someone’s life through mentoring, Mr. Fritz has been paying it forward by working with diverse young people through joining politically active organizations, such as Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG, in the Cincinnati community. Additionally, Mr. Fritz volunteers with political campaigns to increase the visibility of diverse candidates who reflect his values of equality, integrity and helping those in financial need. Mr. Fritz recognizes that many do not have fulfilling careers because they cannot attend college due to systemic inequities. He established this scholarship to make college education possible to diverse students so they may too be able to have their own dream careers.

The Greg Fritz LGBTQA+ Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships for graduating seniors and those already attending college in Greater Cincinnati, who have financial need and are actively involved with the LGBTQ community. Applicant can self-identify as LGBTQ or be an LGBTQ Ally.

The Guy McNeal Scholarship Fund is in honor of Guy McNeal, an advocate for social justice and criminal justice reform. It endeavors to support those in need throughout their pursuit of a higher education, regardless of past choices.

The fund provides college scholarships to formerly incarcerated individuals, their spouses, or children.  It was founded in 2022 by the friends and family of Guy McNeal, who found his life’s calling assisting those re-entering society after incarceration while working as an AmeriCorps Reentry Specialist at the New Mexico Corrections Department. Although he tragically died before he could start the new permanent role he had just accepted as a reentry specialist, it was clear the profound impact he had left on the inmates he worked with by the letters they sent to his family upon news of his death. Guy never lost sight of the humanity and integrity within those he worked with to plot out their lives upon release from the prison system despite the many obstacles and disadvantages they so often faced alone.  This scholarship fund was established in his honor, so that his legacy may continue to be one of dedication to those who are attempting to build a better life for themselves and their families.  

The Hamilton County Retired Teachers (HCRTA) Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to seniors with financial need graduating from high school in Hamilton County OH obtaining a bachelor’s degree in education.

The Iqbal Hyder Memorial Scholarship was established by Zakia and Syed Tanvir Hasan in memory of Zakia’s father who spent a brief time working on a newspaper in India. The Hasans see this scholarship as an opportunity to honor their roots. They also see this as an expression of gratitude for their home of Greater Cincinnati where they have raised two children. Among lessons the Hasans hope to pass on to the next generation are these: Always advocate for freedom of expression; always remember there are more ways to express than one. The Iqbal Hyder Memorial Scholarship focuses on the area of journalism and related majors.

The Iqbal Hyder Memorial Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to minority students with financial need who are graduating high school seniors or those already attending college obtaining their bachelor’s degree majoring in journalism and related majors.

The James and Jane Pape Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need, graduating from a Greater Cincinnati area high school and are entering a trade certification program, or obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a college or university in the Greater Cincinnati area.

John H. Crawford lll was a young African American male that was tragically killed on August 5, 2014. He had dreams of producing music and he loved to write and perform his art. The scholarship was established by his cousin and Body Revamped LLC to ensure that his legacy and his love for music will continue. 

The John H. Crawford III Memorial Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to minority students with financial need who are graduating seniors from a high school in Ohio and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in music or a related field.

During the 1983 season, the Cincinnati Reds established the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund to honor #5 upon his retirement as one of the greatest players in the team’s history. The Red’s desire was to create a perpetual remembrance of Johnny’s contributions to the Cincinnati community, The Southeastern portion of Ohio, and his hometown Binger, Oklahoma. The Fund is established with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation with the Fifth Third Bank serving as Trustee.

The Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students who are residents of the Greater Cincinnati area or Binger, OK and who have actively participated in athletics throughout high school and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Knox family has always known the value of a college education. The family has been provided with financial resources and educational opportunities that they recognize not everyone has. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to African American students with financial need, who have overcome significant hardships in their lives and wish to attend college. The Knox family desires to recognize students who have demonstrated academic achievement, service in the community and positive characteristics inside and outside the classroom.

The Lazarus Foundation Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students who have graduated from high school in the Greater Cincinnati area, have financial need and are obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Lea Brinker retired from Western Hills High School after 25 years of teaching. Ms. Brinker established this scholarship for Western Hills High School seniors who want to obtain a college degree in a STEM field and for Western Hills High School Seniors who wish to attend a non- proprietary technical and/or community college for workforce development and training. Ms. Brinker recognizes that high school graduates have several pathways they can take once graduated from high school. Her scholarship was established to support the graduates of Western Hills High School whatever their post high school graduation path may be. 

The Lea Brinker STEM and Workforce Development Scholarship Fund awards scholarships for Western Hills High School graduating seniors who have financial need and are obtaining a college degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) major or attending community college for workforce development and training.

Throughout their lives, the Ludekes have experienced first-hand the hard work, dedication and impact of staff who are employed in social services, older adult services and special education. Recognizing that people who choose careers in these fields are doing so out of their desire to help others even though pay rates are generally modest, they established this scholarship fund to assist graduates of Little Miami High School who are seeking careers in these three areas.

The Little Miami Scholarship for Serving Other’s Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors from Little Miami High School who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in social services, older adult services or special education.

Maia Swartz graduated from North Adams High School in 1991 in 1991, known by all for her deep passion for people and animals. While she moved away from Adams County to pursue her education and a variety of professional pursuits, Adams County and North Adams High School always remained close to her heart. This Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping future North Adams grads who share Maia’s interest in making the world a better place. 

The Maia Swartz Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors with financial need from North Adams High School located in Seaman, Ohio obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree majoring in social science, public service, medical or animal related fields.

The Marion Mensah Family values education and the doors of opportunities it can open. The late Dr. Tony A. Mensah started his educational journey in a small village in Ghana West Africa and continued until he obtained his PhD from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Mrs. Sheila (Marion) Mensah graduated from Walnut Hills High School, received her BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Kwatema Mensah also graduated from Walnut Hills High School (2008), obtained a BA in Business Administration from Tennessee State University and an MBA from Xavier University. After attending Cincinnati Country Day, Mr. Kwaku Mensah graduated Tema International School, Ghana, and obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Technical Institute. The Marion Mensah family could not have achieved these educational accomplishments without help from others. Both Sheila and Kwatema benefited from the generosity of scholarships from the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation when starting their journey to higher education. The Marion Mensah family wants to provide the same support and encouragement for others. In order to do this, the family is establishing a scholarship fund to assist students in Cincinnati to reach their higher education goals.

The Marion Mensah Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to African American graduating seniors with financial need from the Cincinnati Public School district who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the STEM (science, technology, science and mathematics) areas

The parents of Mark Hullar established the Mark Hullar Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1987 following his death in a tragic accident during his senior year in college. The fund was established to create a perpetual remembrance of his zest for life and is support, love, and caring for others. 

The Mark Hullar Memorial Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to residents with financial need of the City of Cincinnati who graduate from the Cincinnati Public School District and are obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Marquita and Cecil Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to first generation African American students with financial need from the Greater Cincinnati area who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Martha Watson Tanner Scholarship was established recognizing Ms. Tanner’s Appalachian heritage. This scholarship seeks to assist those who graduated high school in the Greater Cincinnati region and with financial need in attending college in the Appalachians.

Martha Watson Tanner Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who graduated from a high school in the Greater Cincinnati area and attends college in Eastern KY to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

The Mary Fain Wilson Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who graduated from high school within the Greater Cincinnati area and are obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Mary M. Roberts (1877-1959) was a most distinguished graduate of the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and also editor of the American Journal Nursing for 27 years. In her honor, the Alumnae Association of the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing established the Mary M. Roberts Scholarship Fund. When the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing closed, the scholarship was allowed to survive due to the generous bequest of Stella Abrams.

The Mary Roberts Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need from Greater Cincinnati and are obtaining a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The McCall Educational Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to African American students with financial need who graduated from a high school in the Cincinnati Public School District and are obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Education and volleyball have profoundly shaped the men and women in the Dan and Lynn Meyer family.  The fundamental values of leadership, responsibility, accountability, and community learned in each respective field have majorly impacted the extended Meyer Family.  To “pay forward” and encourage the next generation, the Meyer Family Scholarship Fund was initially established in 2021 to support graduating Moeller Volleyball seniors.  In 2022, it is being expanded to include Mount Notre Dame Volleyball seniors.  The scholarship will recognize the contribution.

The Meyer Family Scholarship Fund is awarded to a graduating senior with financial need from a high school within the Diocese of Cincinnati and is obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

For more than 25 years, Michael Bany was a fixture in the Cincinnati musical community, playing bass guitar with several well-known local bands. When he wasn’t performing, his time was spent composing and working as a piano technician. In December 1995, that accomplished career came to an abrupt and tragic end. The Michael Bany Memorial Scholarship fund was established by his family and friends to create a perpetual reminder to the Greater Cincinnati community of Michael’s love of music and his interest in the young people of this area.

The Michael W. Bany Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need, graduating from high school in Greater Cincinnati and who have demonstrated a musical ability and the desire to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a music-related field.

Mike Finnegan has been an educator for over three decades. His career began in 1985 where he served as a teacher and coach in Niger, West Africa with the United States Peace Corps. This two-year experience fed a desire to serve those less fortunate. Returning to the United States, Mike settled in Cincinnati, OH where he taught at Cincinnati Public Schools serving as a physical education teacher, athletics coach and director and fitness teacher. Since retiring, he has turned his attention to furthering the education of those with limited financial resources and educational opportunities by establishing this scholarship fund. Initial funding of this scholarship was made possible by the Tiger’s Journey cross country cycling trip where Mike cycled from Santa Monica, CA to Washington D.C. raising funds for the Mike Finnegan Health and Wellness Scholarship Fund.

The Mike Finnegan Health and Wellness Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to seniors with financial need graduating from Withrow High School in Cincinnati, OH and obtaining a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the fields of health, physical and/or mental wellness.

The Milton and Edith Brown Memorial Scholarship was established in their memory at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) and the scholarship is administered by the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation. The first scholarship was awarded in the spring of 1984.

The Milton and Edith Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who are graduates from high schools within the Greater Cincinnati area and are studying in the Christian Ministry or have parents who have served in the Christian ministry. The applicant can be obtaining an associate’s, bachelor’s or post bachelor’s degree.

Raepheal Dell was the son of Ms. Charity West (Davis). Rapheal, better known as “Snook”, received his diploma from Hughes STEM High School in the Cincinnati Public School District. Snook loved to play baseball but his number one passion was always football from the tender age of four until his untimely passing. He was a member of Western AA Warriors, Hughes STEM High School and Bluffton University. Snook will always be remembered for his smile, caring heart and his outgoing personality.

In remembrance of Snook, Get Everything U Foundation and Snook’s family, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, established the Raepheal “Snook” Dell Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor his life, his memory and his legacy for generations of student-athletes to come.

The Raepheal “Snook” Dell Memorial Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to African American graduating seniors with financial need from the Cincinnati Public School district who have actively participated in football or other organized sports in high school and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Mark Anthony Wojciechowski was a graduate of Glen Este High School. As a junior and senior, he excelled in Auto Mechanics and was offered an apprenticeship. Instead, because of his family’s history with the military, he chose to enlist in the Marines. He trained for seven months in Explosive Ordinance Disposal and graduated near the top of his class. He was deployed to Iraq twice and was killed while conducting combat operations against anti- Iraqi forces. He was 25 years old. 

The Remembering WOJO Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to graduating seniors and current college students in Greater Cincinnati who are obtaining their bachelor’s degree and are related to an active duty United States service member or a veteran.

The Roland E. Martha E. Nord Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors from Greater Cincinnati who have financial need and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Russel S. Girt Memorial Music Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to seniors with financial need graduating from a high school in the state of Ohio and pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati as a clarinet major or other woodwind major

In Remembrance of both Jake and Trey Stapleton, a memorial scholarship was established to commemorate their lives and continue their legacy of service and generosity. Both Jake and Troy were active in their communities and were often times referred to as ambassadors. Exemplifying a tireless work ethic, these men went above and beyond to assist those individuals in need of a helping hand. So in honor of Jake and Troy, it’s with immense hope that the recipient of this scholarship receives sufficient support, enabling them to expand upon their own goals and interests in the engineering field. 

The Snipes and Stapleton Memorial Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors with financial need from Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Montgomery, or Greene Counties and Northern KY who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

This scholarship was established in 2019 by an amateur golfer but it is not a golf scholarship. Par is a golf term. To shoot a par means to match a target set by the golf course for the ideal number of strokes it takes to play a round of golf on that course. Said differently “par” is meeting an established goal. Parity is the condition of being equal. This scholarship strives to help a student reach their par, the educational goal they have set, and simultaneously strives toward parity in educational opportunities between races. A golfer can strive to shoot the best possible score s/he can on the course s/he has decided to play. This scholarship helps provide a portion of the financial resources (the equipment) necessary for an African American student to stride onto the academic course of his/her chosen college, trade school or certified program in the United States of America and strive for their par, their established goal.

The Striving for PARity Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to African American graduating seniors from Hamilton County, OH with financial need and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Sultana B. Hasan Memorial Scholarship was established by Zakia and Syed Tanvir Hasan of Mason, Ohio, in memory of Syed’s mother. Syed was six when he lost his father, a physician in the Indian Army. While Syed’s memories of his father are few, he remembers his mother as the true warrior of their family. In the years after her husband’s death, Sultana earned her town’s respect as the widow of an army and community physician. She single-handedly and fearlessly raised her children—always challenging Syed to work just a bit harder in school, explore the sciences, and push to his fullest potential. She sacrificed so she could send him to the best of local schools, later encouraging him to travel for higher education and opportunities. The Sultana B. Hasan Memorial Scholarship is based on student’s financial need and focuses on the area of healthcare (undergraduate majors leading to degrees in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or allied healthcare fields). It is an opportunity for the Hasan family to honor their roots. It is also an opportunity for them to express their gratitude for Greater Cincinnati. Here, the Hasans raised two children who graduated from Mason High School.

The Sultana B. Hasan Memorial Scholarship Fund awards a minority student who is seeking a degree in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or allied health.

From 1973 through 2012 the Sycamore Flying Fish was a leading competitive non-profit swim club in Greater Cincinnati, OH. After combining operations with the Cincinnati Marlins in 2012, the Sycamore Flying Fish Fund was established to honor the team’s contribution to the sport of swimming.

The Sycamore Flying Fish Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors who swim on the Sycamore High School Team.

The Teen Tutors Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to current and past volunteers of Teen Tutors at the Advanced or Core levels who are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Third Protestant Memorial Church Scholarship Fund for College Education awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who have graduated from high school in the Greater Cincinnati area and are obtaining their associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The Third Protestant Memorial Church Scholarship Fund for Christian Theological Education awards renewable scholarships to students with financial need who have graduated from high school in the Greater Cincinnati area and are obtaining their associate’s, bachelor’s or post bachelor’s degree majoring in theology.

The purpose of the (TSAB) Scholarship is to promote the surveying profession by honoring and assisting Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Northern Kentucky University students in seeking a career in surveying or advancement in the surveying/ geomatics profession through higher education. 

The Tri-State Surveyor’s Advisory Board Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to full or part-time current students or students planning to enroll in a Surveying Major at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College or at Northern Kentucky University.

On April 19, 1986 Troy Tedesco was tragically killed in an automobile accident at the age of 18. Troy was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and was a member of the Mt. Healthy High School graduating class of 1985. Troy had a warm, caring personality and was active in sports. He left behind many friends and a wonderful family, who miss him dearly to this day. He made an impact on everyone who knew him and was liked by all, Like many kids in high school, Troy worked hard on his academics and was a solid b/c student. Troy was a hard worker and an all- around incredible person. Friends of Troy have established the Troy Tedesco Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor his memory and celebrate his life. 

The Troy Tedesco Memorial Scholarship Fund awards nonrenewable scholarships to seniors with financial need graduating from Mt. Healthy High School in Cincinnati, OH and obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Bryan Vielhauer and his family are native Cincinnatians and own a graphic design business called Decal Impressions in Over the Rhine. Bryan was fortunate in that he did not need to worry about the cost of college but believed in the importance of higher education being possible for anyone who wants it. He established this scholarship fund to create an opportunity for young people who graduate from the Cincinnati Public School System to be able to obtain a post-secondary education no matter what financial barriers they may encounter.

The Veilhaur Family Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduates with financial need from Cincinnati Public Schools or residents of Cincinnati with a GED certificate and obtaining a workforce certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field of study.

The William R. Noble Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to African American single parents with financial need who are residents of Greater Cincinnati and are obtaining a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a human services field.

The William J. Riley/ Madisonville Scholarship Fund awards renewable scholarships to graduating seniors with financial need from the 45227 zip code area and are obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Association Funds

Funds held at Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Administered by Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation

Barr Family Scholarship
Barrett Family Scholarship
Bob and Linda Kohlhepp Family Scholarship Fund
Borden, Inc. Scholarship Fund
Carl H. Lindner Family Scholarship Fund
Castellini Foundation Scholarship Fund                                                                                                  Charles H. Dater Foundation Scholarship Fund
Charlotte Schmidlapp Scholarships for Women Fund
Cincinnati Bell Scholarship Fund
Cincinnati Financial Corporation Scholarship Fund
Crosset Family Scholarship Fund
Duke Energy Scholarship Fund
Dwight H. Hibbard Scholarship Fund
E.W. Scripps Company Scholarship Fund
Farmer Family Foundation Scholarship Fund
Florette B. Hoffheimer Scholarship Fund
GE Aviation Engines Scholarship Fund
Goldman, Sachs & Co. Scholarship Fund
Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Association Fund (Fifth Third)
Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Association Fund (PNC)
Greater Cincinnati Scholarship Association Fund (Star)
H.C.S. Foundation Scholarship Fund
Heidelberg Scholarship Fund
Heinz Pet Products Scholarship Fund
Helen Steiner Rice Scholarship Fund
Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Family Scholarship Fund
Juilfs Foundation Scholarship Fund
Kroger Cincinnati-Dayton Scholarship Fund
Lazarus/Federated Department Stores Scholarship Fund
Lowe Simpson Scholarship Fund
Lyle and Rlene Everingham Scholarship Fund
Lyle Everingham Scholarship Fund
Midland Company Scholarship Fund
Milacron Geier Foundation
Nelson Schwab, Jr. Family Scholarship Fund
Nethercott Family Scholarship Fund
Ohio National Foundation Scholarship Fund
Pepper Family Scholarship Fund
Pichler Family Scholarship Fund
PNC Bank Scholarship Fund
Priscilla Gamble Fund Scholarship Fund
Proctor & Gamble Fund Scholarship Fund
Raymond W. and Augusta Klink Fund
Richard H. Heekin Scholarship Fund
Roger and Janet Ach Family Scholarship Fund
Roger L. and Joyce L. Howe Scholarship Fund
S. David Shor Scholarship Fund
SC Johnson, A Family Company Scholarship Fund
Semple Foundation Scholarship Fund
SupeRx Drug Stores Scholarship Fund
Thomas J. Emery Memorial Scholarship Fund
Thomas L. Conlan Memorial Scholarship Fund
U.S. Bank, N.A. Scholarship Fund
United States Shoe Corporation Scholarship Fund
Walter and Marilyn Bartlett Scholarship Fund
Western-Southern Foundation Scholarship Fund
William A. Friedlander Scholarship Fund

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