OHSAA awards $148,750 in scholarships

COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and its six District Athletic Boards will hand out $148,750 in college scholarships to 186 recent high school graduates following selections made by each of the OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards. The OHSAA’s annual college scholarship program is now in its 25th year.

Thirty-six of the honorees will receive $1,000 awards from the OHSAA, including six (one from each district) who will receive an OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholarship. The remaining 150 award winners are from the six respective DABs and will receive scholarships ranging from $500 to $750. The point system used in each district is described below. Nike and Molten have also contributed to the OHSAA scholarship program.

“The 186 young people receiving these awards truly represent what it means to be a student-athlete,” said OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross. “The recipients are our leaders of tomorrow. Their futures are very bright and their families, teachers and coaches are to be commended for helping guide them to great high school careers and now on to college. The OHSAA and our District Athletic Boards are very proud of all of them.”

More About the Scholar-Athlete Selection Process

Scholar-athlete recipients are selected based on a point system which rewards students for grade point averages; class rank; ACT or SAT scores; varsity letters earned; and individual and team athletic honors. The number of scholarship recipients from each district are based upon the number of schools within the district. The recipients were selected by special committees within each of the OHSAA’s six athletic districts. Individuals who receive athletic scholarships from NCAA Division I or II institutions or appointees to military academies are not eligible for an award.

2017 OHSAA scholar-athlete scholarship recipients from the Southwest District:

Tom Ballas, Fort Loramie – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete

Ashley Ho, Piqua – OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete

Aaron Hughes, Tipp City Tippecanoe – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete

Prescott Overbey, Cincinnati Mariemont – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete

Jessica Pitt, Springfield Kenton Ridge – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete

Olivia Robinson, Cincinnati Country Day – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete

Alexandra Stevens, Cincinnati Mother of Mercy – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete

Layla Al-Zubi, Cincinnati Indian Hill – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Andrew Augspurger, West Alexandria Twin Valley South – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Sabrina Bernardo, Hamilton Badin – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Nathan Blei, Covington – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Jacob Brown, Troy Christian – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Jenna Demeter, Springfield – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Amanda Devillier, Dayton Carroll – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Carson Fields, Cincinnati Mariemont – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Emi Ford, Bellbrook – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Krista Gehret, Anna – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Maria Herron, Russia – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Maxwell Hill, Cincinnati Sycamore – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Daniel Howard, Eaton – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Tia Karras, Dayton Miami Valley School – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

August Knemeyer, Yellow Springs – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Steve Kocher, Clayton Northmont – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Audrey Laiveling, Cincinnati Seton – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Stephen Lunt, Cincinnati Christian – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Hailey Magenheim, Cincinnati Indian Hill – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Joshua Martens, Springfield – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Rylie McCorkle, Springfield Northeastern – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Mattew Miller, Mason – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Laurel Pendergest, Hamilton Badin – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Caleb Phillips, Springfield Kenton Ridge – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Iris Puthoff, Middletown Bishop Fenwick – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Krista Reid, New Richmond – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Joshua Rine, Beavercreek – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Nick Saba, Cincinnati Indian Hill – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Madison Sullivan, Springfield Catholic Central – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Orchid Wang, Cincinnati Sycamore – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Christen Ware, Jackson Center – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Lydia Weidner, Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Henry Wong, Bellbrook – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Zachary Woodke, Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Megan Wright, West Alexandria Twin Valley South – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Kevin Yu, Cincinnati Country Day – SWDAB Scholar-Athlete

Northmont’s Steve Kocher among scholarship recipients

Reach the Ohio School Athletic Association at (614) 267-2502.