Straight ‘A’ Scholarship

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In 2003, the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship was created in order to recognize students who demonstrated academic excellence, athletic achievement, and all-around character. We’ve further defined these “all-around” characteristics by creating the Six ‘A’s of the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship:

  • Pursuing Academic excellence as well as Athletic achievement
  • Actively serving the community
  • Possessing a strong Ambition
  • Maintaining a winning Attitude
  • Having the ability to overcome Adversity

Throughout the years, the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship has grown thanks to the support of our Tri-State communities. With nominations from teachers, parents, coaches, and even classmates, we are constantly reminded about the large number of deserving students. It’s exciting to see nominators encouraging students to dream big and pursue higher education.

The Straight ‘A’ Scholarship has grown from receiving a total number of 61 nominations in 2003 to receiving more than 140 nominations in 2017, with ONE WEEK left to nominate! We currently have more than 60 different high-schools who have nominated deserving students. We would not be able to recognize students’ all-around achievements without your nominations.

Have you nominated yet? Help us recognize students you know that resemble the Six ‘A’s of Straight ‘A’ Scholarship by nominating before the deadline – Friday, February 24.

Meet the Interns


From left to right: Emma Flesh, Kaitlyn Krol, Detria Eustathios, and Kelly Gusweiler

A big HELLO from the Spring 2017 Interns. We are excited to give you weekly updates on what’s going on around the Foundation. Get to know us a little by reading below.

“My name is Emma Flesh and I’m a senior at Xavier University. I’m majoring in Communication Studies with three minors in Business Studies, Peace Studies and Gender & Diversity Studies. I’m from the small town of South Bend, IN, home of the Fighting Irish, but have plans to stay in Cincinnati after I graduate this coming May! Working with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation will be my first experience with a non-profit but I am extremely excited to learn more about AMF and myself along the way.”

“My name is Kaitlyn Krol and I’m a junior at Xavier University. I’m studying Human Resources and Management, and minoring in International Business. I’m from Indianapolis, IN, and plan on moving back in the area after graduation. I will be working as the experience intern here at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, focusing on the Linemen of the Year banquet and the Hall of Fame Auction. I am so excited to see how all of the events this semester come together and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to be part of such a great organization!”

“My name is Detria Eustathios and I’m a junior at Xavier University. I’m majoring in Human Resources with a minor in French. I’m from Canton, OH, but Cincinnati has had my heart for the last three years and I hope to remain here after graduation. I love to volunteer with children and was so excited to start at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation. I am looking forward to following my passion of volunteering with children here at AMF.”

 “My name is Kelly Gusweiler and I am a Communication major at the University of Cincinnati. Along with Communication, I am pursuing a minor in Organizational Leadership and Marketing as well as a certificate in Public Relations. Being from Cincinnati, I have grown up with a love for Cincinnati athletics and, of course, Skyline. I have a passion for working with non-profits because they allow me to influence those around me. I cannot wait for my journey with The Anthony Muñoz Foundation.”

Thanks for taking the time to get to know us! Be sure to stay connected through our blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Seton High School “Shares the Sisterhood”

Following our Service Challenge project overview for the month of December, today we will be covering Seton High School’s Service Challenge Project “Share the Sisterhood” which took place last Monday, December 5th.

The student body of Seton High School spent a full day in contributing acts of service to their school and community in order to create a stronger bond and create memories together as well as impact their community. The students were inspired to give back to their communities and planned with their mentor groups what projects they wanted to partake in and what causes and organizations they wanted to be involved with.

“I believe that when a person we’re working with wants to thank us as much as we want to thank them, that it has touched us in such a way and that it has touched them in such a way that now we are equals, that is service.” -Clare Blankenmeyer


After a prayer meeting and breakfast to start the day, Clare Blankenmeyer from the Mayerson Foundation spoke to the students about her experiences in impacting others through service as well as gave them advice on how to be in service every day.

Following Clare’s speech, the students broke off into their mentor groups and went to various locations around their school and community. Activities that took place in their building included:

  • Writing Christmas cards for children at St. Nick’s
  • Making Christmas cards and care packages to send to troops
  • Wrapping presents for Adopt a Class
  • Making blankets for the homeless and babies in NICU
  • Making goodie bags for patients at Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Knitting hats for Kai’s Love Hats
  • Cleaning around their school, and other activities.

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Activities off of their school campus included tutoring and reading to children at various elementary schools, volunteering at Pregnancy Center West, Kenzie’s Closet, Wesley Community Services, Bethany House, and other activities.


Last Friday, December 9th, Edgewood High School had their Service Challenge Project to throw a Christmas party for students with mental disabilities in their district. To see more details on their project as well as the upcoming Service Challenge Projects that will fill the rest of December, you can follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

December: A Month of Impact


2016 may almost be over, but students from the Tri-State area are still making a positive impact in their communities! Last week we talked about how Turpin High School wrapped up November with their project to hold a basketball game to donate proceeds to LifeCenter, and now that it’s December, this month is loaded with projects from several different schools.


December 1st:

From the beginning of the month, the students at Clinton Massie have been sorting clothing they collected that will be donated to victims of Hurricane Matthew.

December 5th:

Seton High School partook in a full day of service events which included hearing from keynote speaker Clare Blankenmeyer, the Program Director of the Mayerson Foundation High School Service Learning Program, and visiting various service locations in the Seton community to visit and participate in activities such as making cookie jars for the Down Syndrome Association, making blankets for the homeless, sending care packages and Christmas cards to troops, reading to and tutoring students, and many other activities. Be on the lookout for more details on how the day went and the acts of service the students partook in.

December 9th:

Within the same week, Edgewood High School will be throwing a Christmas party for students with mental disabilities in their district. The party will include the showing of the movie “Polar Express”, activities such as a visit from Santa, arts and craft stations, a performance by the Edgewood Choraliers, a photo booth station, and receiving presents.

December 15th:

Milford High School has been collecting presents to donate to the Wrapping Clermont Together organization and on the 15th, will be holding a breakfast and presenting the gifts to the organization.

December 24th:

Following their project from last month where students at Goshen High School had organized food to donate to a local food pantry in their district, this month, they will be volunteering at a soup kitchen on Christmas Eve.  They will be completing a final Service Project on March 24th by organizing and holding a rally against heroin usage.


We will be visiting some of these Service Challenge Projects, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we talk about the day of the event as well as upcoming projects spanning from now until this upcoming April! #AMFChallenge

We Set the Challenge, They Accepted!


Following our Service Learning Trip with elementary students, this week we go back to the Youth Leadership Seminar’s Service Challenge with Turpin High School’s project.


After being challenged to make an impact in their communities at the 2016 Youth Leadership Seminar, the students of Turpin High School came together on November 22nd to hold a charity basketball game “Fun with 911: The Game for Life”. Their goal: to donate the proceeds to the LifeCenter, a non-profit organization that coordinates the donation of tissues and organs for transplantation. By the end of the event they were able to raise $2,450 to donate!


The game featured a select group of seniors and one teacher playing against the Newton/Anderson Township Fire and Police Department.  In order to select members of the teacher/student game, an auction was held where for each $1 put into a hat, a chance to have your name drawn to participate in the game was given. The money gained in the auction was included in the donation.


This event was very personal for some of the attendees. You may notice a blanket in the background with a picture of the late Bengals player, Chris Henry.  When Chris passed away a few years ago, his mother made the decision for him to be an organ donor and she attended and helped promote the Game for Life. She can be seen, seated directly underneath the blanket with the picture of her son. The gentleman on the very right was a heart transplant recipient and the woman on the bottom right was a double lung recipient.


This is the second year that Turpin High School has held the “Fun with 911” game, and we can’t wait to see how Turpin High School’s project group will continue to impact their community in the future!

In case you missed this week’s Service Challenge with Turpin High School, be sure to stay connected to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as we feature more schools’ Service Challenge Projects.

Unplugged with Service Learning

Last week we talked about the Service Challenge Projects our YLS schools are working on, but this week we’d like to shift gears and focus on how our elementary impact students are giving back as well.

This week Unplugged students will learn about helping the community and have the chance to give back on their Service Learning Trip. The students will be visiting City Gospel Mission where they will be preparing, and then serving desserts to 175 shelter visitors!

I’m sure you’re wondering…

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Be sure to follow this Service Learning Trip on our Facebook stream and check for updates on our Twitter and Instagram pages!


AMF Challenge

The AMF Service challenge is now in full swing! After a Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) full of motivation and inspiration, student leaders from across the Tri-State are now working together  to make one great impact for their communities. In last week’s blog we shared  a recap of YLS with you, now it’s time to dive into service projects.

At YLS we watched the winners of the 2015 AMF Challenge, Aiken High School, take home the first ever Muñoz foundation trophy for creating such an outstanding service project.


Curious as to who will take home the trophy next? Us too! Take a look at what the students have planned for their AMF Challenge Projects this year. We are lucky to have over 80 schools from 22 different counties committed to the AMF Challenge; here are a few special projects that we are looking forward to seeing in action.






Make sure you are following the #AMFChallenge on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages!