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.
Village Academy grads Tessa Medrano (OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete) and Jack DeLano (CDAB Scholar-Athlete) were among the Central District’s 20 recipients.
Medrano recently finished fifth in the 800-meter run during the Division III state meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. DeLano, a member of the National Honor Society who played soccer, basketball and ran track for the Griffins, graduated with a 4.2 grade-point average.
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. 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.”
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.
Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, contributed to this report.