2015 Scholarship Fund Spotlight: Wyatt Ross

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This week, we had the opportunity to catch up with Wyatt Ross, a 2015 Scholarship Fund winner who graduated from Edgewood High School in Trenton, Ohio. Wyatt is a first year student at the University of Cincinnati, and is excited to share his experiences in college thus far and give insight about how Scholarship Fund winners stay active both in their college communities as well as the Cincinnati community. Keep an eye out for Wyatt at this year’s Opening Day parade on the AMF float!

What is your college and major at the University of Cincinnati?

I am in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and my major is Architectural Engineering.

What kind of student organizations or activities are you involved in at UC or in the Cincinnati community?

I am a Young Life leader at Finneytown High School now with Cincinnati Young Life. I’m involved with UC Hall Government and am a floor president. I participate in the UC Mountaineering Club, UC Sustainability, and I’ve participated in several volunteer events this semester like Clean Up Cincy, Bearcat Recycling, Community Blood Drives, and a few others. I occasionally go to my college tribunal meetings, but I don’t know if I’d say I’m very involved with that.

What has been the most difficult aspect of transitioning from high school to college?

The most difficult part about transitioning from high school to college has been the work load. I think I’ve always had fairly good time management skills, and in high school I was able to plan ahead in ways that allowed me to do almost everything I wanted to do. That is not the case in college. The work load from school, trying to work, and being involved with the organizations I’m involved with in college is much more taxing than all those things are in high school. I find I have to make more sacrifices than I did in high school in order to do the things on the top of my priority list well.

What has been the most fun or exciting aspect of transitioning from high school to college?

Definitely the large communities I find myself a part of. It’s been a very rich year for making friends and getting to know a lot of people from different walks of life. That’s something I enjoy and that has definitely been the most exciting and fun part thus far.

What career options are you considering with your degree?

I made a switch this year from Biomedical Engineering to Architectural Engineering. I mainly did this because I’ve discovered I have a deep passion for our planet and the environment. I want to use my Architectural Engineering degree to pursue a career in sustainable development, creating sustainable homes and commercial buildings that don’t harm the environment. Eventually I’d like to have my own company doing these things.

How has the AMF Scholarship Fund assisted you, or how do you see it assisting you, financially throughout college?

The AMF Scholarship Fund has definitely brought peace of mind when I’m planning out my financial future. The scholarship has allowed me to think less about how I’m going to pay for school and focus more on my schooling itself. It’s been a huge relief and blessing.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for students entering college next fall?

For students entering next fall, I would just say to work hard. Get involved, try new things, but never lose sight of your goals, and make sure you’re making the most of school.

Interested in applying for this year’s Scholarship Fund? Click here to download an application and review our eligibility requirements! Seven $20,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to senior students in the Tri-State area that are pursuing higher education!

 

Mallory Condron

Events Intern

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2016 Straight “A” Finalists Have Been Selected!

It’s hard to believe that this year’s Straight “A” Luncheon is a little over a month away! With that being said, our committee has selected nine male and nine female finalists for this year’s Straight “A” Scholarship. These outstanding individuals demonstrate what it means to redefine the meaning of being a Straight “A” student. Each of our finalists have demonstrated Academic and Athletic excellence, a strong Ambition, played an Active role in the community, as well as a maintained a positive Attitude and showed the ability to overcome Adversity. Congratulations to our finalists!

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With over 300 high school students being nominated from 125 schools, this year’s nomination pool consisted of the highest number of nominees in the history of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s Straight “A” Scholarship. Each of the finalists above will receive $2,000 in scholarship money that will be used to continue their academic career. All eighteen finalists will be recognized and honored at the Straight “A” Luncheon on April 26th hosted by Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. At this lunch, one male and one female finalists will be announced as the Overall Straight “A” Student and receive an additional $3,000.

In the weeks leading up to the Straight “A” Luncheon, we will be sharing a brief profile of each finalist as well as catch up with some past Straight “A” Scholarship winners. Stay up to date and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#SALuncheon) as we share some amazing stories about our finalists!

Anderson High School Rallies for a Cure

As the latest intern in charge of Service Challenges, I got my first hands-on experience with one recently at a local high school. The AMF Service Challenge urges high school students to take what they learned at the Youth Leadership Seminar and apply it to their community. You can check out more about past Service Challenges here.

I got to see first-hand exactly what an AMF Service Challenge Project looks like when I visited Anderson High School’s dodgeball tournament, Dodging DIPG. DIPG is a brain tumor found near the top of the spinal cord. Lauren Hill, a highly respected member of the Cincinnati community, lost her battle to DIPG on April 10, 2015. Over 250 district students from grades 5-12 rallied together  to play in the dodgeball tournament. The proceeds from Dodging DIPG raised over $2,200 for The Cure Starts Now in memory of Lauren Hill.

Anderson created a steering committee of 30 students from the Student Athlete Leadership Team who volunteered their time for the event and spread the word by going to elementary and middle schools while informing the students. I had the chance to talk to Ariel Edrington and Maggie Harris, who were a part of the steering committee, about what they were most excited for:

“We were most excited for the turnout, how many people attended the dodgeball tournament and how excited they all were to play dodgeball.”

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I also had a chance to speak with the Anderson High School Principal, Mike Overbey, about what he was most excited for:

“I was excited about bringing the whole community together. Elementary and middle schools were a part of it this year. It also brings light to the people who are struggling in our community.”

The students were already looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger! Congratulations and great job to Anderson High School. Check out the slide show of their event!

Make sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages and check out #AMFChallenge to keep up with videos and pictures from the schools a part of the AMF Challenge!

 

Sophie Huston, Impact Intern