AMF Scholarship Fund Continues to Make Impact Through the Years

Whether a senior yourself, or know someone who is graduating high school this year, we have a great scholarship opportunity! Our Scholarship Fund awards multiple $20,000 scholarships to students from around our Area of Impact looking to continue their education at a local college.

So, what makes this scholarship so great?

  • This is an annual scholarship at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation that has been impacting lives since 2003.
  • Through the years, the scholarship has awarded over one million dollars to deserving students.
  • Past recipients have gone on to continue their education at thirteen different colleges. Not only that, but these recipients have represented 53 different high schools through the years.
  • Currently, there are 26 students making an impact through the Scholarship Fund

Take a look at some awesome impact stories from past Scholarship Fund recipients!


Growing up, Alma struggled with acclimating to a new country and new language. Despite that, she persevered. In 2012, Alma graduated from Hamilton High School and received the Foundation’s $20,000 scholarship. Alma attended Northern Kentucky University, where she graduated in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry, and a 4.0! During her time in undergrad, Alma gave back to the Foundation as a Whiz Kids tutor. Now, five years after Alma received our scholarship, she is in her second year at Harvard Medical School.


Meet Devon Cook. He is a 2016 Brookville High School graduate and Scholarship Fund recipient. He now attends the University of Dayton. Devon has continued to give back to the Foundation by volunteering at our weekly Whiz Kids tutoring program. We’re excited to continue to follow Devon’s story and see the impact he’s going to make in his community.


Victor is one of our Impact Program students who has grown along with us. In 2011, he attended our Hispanic Character Camp as a 7th grader. Five years later in 2016, Victor graduated from Colerain High School and was recognized as one of our AMF Scholarship Fund recipients. In 2017, Victor returned to Hispanic Character Camp.   This time, as a coach.

We have loved seeing what our past scholarship recipients have gone on to do, and we are excited to see what our 2018 winners will have in store!

For more eligibility requirements and the application, visit our website today!


Congratulations to our 2018 Straight “A” Finalists!

This year, the Straight “A” Scholarship received more than 320 nominations from 118 local high schools. From those hundreds of nominations, 18 deserving finalists were chosen by our selection committee. The finalists were chosen based on their Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, winning Attitude, and strong Ambition, all while overcoming Adversity and continuing to Actively serve the community.

We are excited to announce the 18 deserving finalists of the 2018 Straight “A’ Scholarship! Congratulations to all those selected!


Each finalist will receive $2,000 towards their college education. In addition, Anthony will choose one male and one female overall winner to receive an additional $3,000 to further their education, for a total of $5,000. On April 24th, we will recognize these seniors at a luncheon hosted at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Congratulations to all the finalists again! We are excited to acknowledge your accomplishments and support your future impact!

Stay tuned for more on our finalists!

A Look Into #WhizKidsWednesday

Here at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation we have many programs that impact the Tri-State youth but, one of my personal favorite programs is Whiz Kids. In partnership with City Gospel Mission this program is in its 8th year. Every Wednesday, our volunteers go to Roberts Paideia Academy in Price Hill to tutor students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. During their time together, the tutor focuses one-on-one with their Whiz Kid and helps them with their reading skills and comprehension.

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This semester I am a tutor for Miguel. He is in 3rd grade and one brightest kids that I know. Every week, Miguel greets me with big smile and he is always the first one to sit down and begin reading his book. Tutoring Miguel is a blast because he loves to read his books and always wants to discuss what is happening in the book or at school! Miguel keeps me on my toes at all times and always makes Whiz Kids exciting.

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If it wasn’t for City Gospel Mission, we would not be involved with the Whiz Kids Program. City Gospel Mission is a non-profit that places focus on the homeless and people involved in the cycle of poverty. One of their main focuses is the tutoring and mentoring of at-risk youth in the Tri-State area.

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Every year we are in need of new tutors and if you wish to tutor, the link to sign up can be found here. Previous tutoring experience is not required to become a Whiz Kids tutor. City Gospel Mission provides the Whiz Kids tutors with training before the first day.

Tutors must be 16 years old or older and the program runs at Roberts Paideia Academy every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Next week we read all about the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship from Meggie!

-Ryan Quilty


Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Lineman of the Year Winners! 


On February 22nd AMF held their annual Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year Awards Banquet. It was a night filled with inspiration and excitement. We were honored to recognize all of the work these young men have accomplished on and off the football field. Out of the 80+ nominations these finalists were chosen by our Selection Committee: Anthony Muñoz, Michael Muñoz, Dave Lapham, Mike Dyer and Clint Bolin:


Ohio Division I
Offensive Lineman:  Zach Carpenter, Archbishop Moeller HS             
Defensive Lineman: Malik Vann, Fairfield HS

Ohio Division II
Offensive Lineman: Zeke Correll, Anderson HS
Defensive Lineman: Maurice Chapman, Winton Woods HS

Ohio Division III

Offensive Lineman: Jaison Williams, Trotwood Madison HS
Defensive Lineman: Jackson Gear, Archbishop McNicholas

 Ohio Division IV
Offensive Lineman: Mick Oakes, Indian Hill HS
Defensive Lineman: James Smith, Wyoming HS

Ohio Division V
Offensive Lineman: Ryan Wichmann, CHCA
Defensive Lineman: Michael Warden, Summit Country Day

Ohio Division VI
Offensive Lineman: Kevan Ridley, St Bernard Elmwood Place
Defensive Lineman: Patrick Magarian, Cincinnati Country Day

Southeast Indiana
Offensive Lineman: Josh Maple, Batesville HS
Defensive Lineman: Keegan Gindling, East Central HS

Northern Kentucky
Offensive Lineman: Carter Black, Covington Catholic HS
Defensive Lineman: Kameron Butler, Covington Catholic HS

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Overall and “In the Trenches” finalists with Anthony. From right to left: Zeke Correll, Dillon Stone and Malik Vann. 


The two athletes chosen as this season’s overall Offensive Lineman Zeke Correll from Anderson HS and Defensive Lineman Malik Vann from Fairfield HS. We were also very excited to award Dillon Stone from Hamilton High School as our 2nd annual “In The Trenches” Award finalist. This award recognizes a student athlete who most represents the Foundation’s mission on and off the field. This award takes into consideration a student -athlete’s athletic achievements, academic accomplishments and community involvement.


Dillon Stone “In the Trenches” winner with Anthony 

Here at AMF we believed Dillon exemplified what a “In the Trenches” finalists stood for. Dillon has an inspiring story of how football and his adoptive family has made him the man he is today. Mike Dyer from our selection committee wrote an outstanding article on Dillion’s story.  

A special thank you to our host Manor House located in Mason, Ohio. We would not have been able to recognize everything these student-athletes have accomplished without your support.


2017-2018 Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year Finalists

The Foundation was honored to be able to recognize these athletes for their accomplishments on the football field, in their classrooms and in their communities. Good luck to all of our winners as they continue their football and education careers!

Dayna Prinz- Lineman of the Year Coordinator Intern


Career Connection Talk


This internship with AMF has been very beneficial to me because of the opportunity I am receiving to better my skills and gain new experiences in the working world. One of the best things that Victoria, our intern director, does during our time here is the Career Connection talks. Victoria contacts and brings in former AMF interns to talk and discuss about their career path and how they got to the position they are in today.

About 3 weeks ago, we had our first Career Connection at AMF. Emily Kurzhals was an AMF intern in the Fall of 2016. She recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Communications and a Minor in Organizational Leadership, Certificate in Public Relations. Emily now works at P.L. Marketing in Cincinnati as a Space Planning Analyst for Kroger stores.

One of the biggest things I received out of Emily’s presentation was her path to finding a full-time job out of school was difficult. I am currently in the job search and there have been many times where I have felt overwhelmed. Hearing about Emily’s path and how she had a summer internship before finding a full-time job calmed my nerves a little bit because it reiterated that everyone’s path to a full-time job is different.

Another thing that this talk helped me with was the chance to question her about her resume, cover letter and interview questions. It is always good to hear ideas from another person because all employers look at resumes and cover letters differently, so having another opinion on how to write and format them could help me in the future.

I am looking forward to being able to talk with the next person coming in and hear their story about getting in to the working world.

If you are interested in an internship with AMF please contact Victoria Knepp at  We have internships every Spring, Summer and Fall at the Foundation!

Stay tuned for the next blog post by Dayna about our Lineman of the Year Banquet!

-Ryan Q

A Look Back at Straight “A” 2017, and an Exciting 2018 Ahead!

Do you know an outstanding high school student? Are they looking to pursue a college education? If you answered yes to these questions, you need to nominate them for our Straight “A” Scholarship! Our Straight “A” Scholarship nominations are currently open, and will close on Friday, March 2nd. So, what exactly are we looking for in our Straight “A” Nominations? This award recognizes students who…

  • Pursue Academic Excellence
  • Have Achieved Athletically
  • Actively serve the community
  • Possess a strong Ambition
  • Have a winning Attitude
  • Ability to overcome Adversity

From hundreds of nominations, the Foundation will choose 18 finalists. They will then be recognized at a luncheon hosted at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Thanks to the Harold C. Schott Foundation, finalist will be rewarded $2,000, while one male and one female finalists will be awarded an additional $3,000 towards their college education.

As a scholarship that has been around since 2002, we have had amazing students receive our scholarship, and go on to make a large impact in their communities and beyond. Recently, we caught up with some finalists from 2017, and learned how their adjustment to college has been.

Alessia Accordino

Alessia Accordino is currently attending Ohio University, where she is pursuing a major in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. She has a bright future ahead, where she plans to help those with mental disabilities through an outreach program.

Cory Baird

As a freshman at Bowling Green State University, Cory Baird already has goals and plans to receive a doctorate in Physical Therapy. When catching up with the Foundation, Cory said, “The Straight “A” Scholarship and the Anthony Munoz Foundation has opened a plethora of opportunities for my college career and has motivated me to invest in myself and my schoolwork even more than I expected. I hope that others take advantage of the opportunities given by this great foundation.”

Margaret Verst

Maggie Verst is an actively involved freshman at the Ohio State University, where she is majoring in STEM Education. When she has time away from studying, she is involved in both an Observation Program and Scholars Program, as well as various other activities. Her hopes are to work for Teach for America, and one day open her own charter school.

Tre Whittaker

Studying Exercise Science at the University of Dayton, Tre Whittaker is looking to enter a Physician Assistant Program after graduation. While talking with Tre, he told us “The Straight ‘’A’’ Scholarship has helped to give me the ability to come to college. Without the Anthony Munoz foundation, it would be a lot harder to be in school because I would be building up debt. I just want to say thank you again and I hope that I can continue to be apart of the AMF family!”

These students have gone on to do great things in college, and we cannot wait to follow their journeys.

Ready to nominate a student? Nominations and requirements can be found on our website. The nominations will close on Friday, March 2nd. Nominate a student today!

Meet the Interns Spring 2018

Intern Graphic.jpgHello, AMF supporters! Welcome to the new year. With the new year, that means new interns! Each semester the Anthony Muñoz Foundation brings on new student interns to gain valuable work experience and help run the programs put on by AMF. This year we have a total of five interns with various positions and skills. I enjoy music so the question that I asked my fellow interns to get to know them better was, “If there was a playlist to your life, what would the title be and why?”

My name is Ryan Quilty and I am a senior Sport Management and Public Relations double major with a Business minor from Xavier University. I am from Gurnee, IL, which is about 45 minutes north of Chicago. My role with AMF this semester is Assistant Program Coordinator for the Impact for Eternity Camp and tutor/social media for our Whiz Kids Program If there was a playlist to my life, I think it would be titled “Get Your Groove On” because I listen to all different types of music that make you want to dance and have fun. This also describes my way of living life because this playlist is light-hearted and I try to not freak out about the small things in life and just enjoy it as it comes.

The next intern in the office is Dayna Prinz. Dayna is a senior studying Sports Administration at the University of Cincinnati. She is originally from Cincinnati and went to McAuley High School! Dayna’s role with AMF is the Coordinator for Lineman of the Year Banquet and she will be helping out with the Hall of Fame Week. If Dayna had a playlist to her life it would be titled, “Just a Country Gal in Cincinnati” because all of Dayna’s music on Spotify is country music and she wishes that she could have been born in the Florida. If you ever meet Dayna make sure to ask her about Kenny Chesney and she will profess her love for him. A fun fact about Dana is that even though she attends UC, she is a huge Xavier Basketball fan!

Meggie Strawser is the next intern up! She is a Senior at University of Cincinnati and is also from Cincinnati.  Meggie’s role with AMF is the Impact Intern and handles the Straight “A” Scholarship, Service Challenge, and Scholarship Fund. If Meggie’s life was a Spotify playlist it would be titled, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive.” This is because she tries to stay as optimistic as possible and always look for the good in every day and Meggie thinks that this playlist would be a great reminder to always have something to smile about! Another fact about Meggie is that she loved interning with AMF so much last semester that she came back for her second go-around.

Third on the list is Kate Lisena. She is a sophomore Graphic Design major at Xavier University. Kate is from Rochester, New York and her role with AMF this semester is Graphic Design Intern. She will be in charge of branding and developing design materials for all the AMF events this spring. If Kate had to describe her life in a music playlist, she thinks the title would be, “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” because she is not a very decisive person and she tends to choose two paths instead of one. Kate is an interesting one because she listens to both country and rap music. I for sure would want to listen to this playlist if she is going to have that kind of a mixture of music! One fact that Kate wants everyone to know is that she is addicted to coffee. She told me that she has about 4 cups of coffee a day! I am no doctor but that does not sound healthy… but Kate is alive and working hard for AMF, so that’s all that matters.

Last but not least, we have Tricia Dreyer. Tricia is a freshman exploratory major at University of Cincinnati. She is from the Cincinnati area and was one of AMF’s Scholarship Fund Recipients last year. Tricia is the Whiz Kids Program Development Intern and tutor for AMF this semester. A playlist to Tricia’s life would be promptly titled, “No Days Off” because she has a packed schedule and always makes sure she has something to keep her busy. One of the best ways to keep Tricia motivated is through music. It is a well-known fact that if you play “Across the Universe” by The Beatles for Tricia, she will become so motivated that she will finish a 30-minute project in 10 minutes!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog on the Straight “A” Scholarship brought to you by Meggie!

-Ryan Quilty