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

Shout Out to our 2014 $20,000 Scholarship Winners!

Ring Ring…It’s Your Future Calling!

       It’s not every day that your school’s athletic trainer interrupts your last bell with an important phone call, only to see Anthony Muñoz staring back at you through the screen on FaceTime. For one lucky and remarkably deserving student, that was just the case this past Friday at St. Xavier High School, in senior, Delrico Hill’s Finance class. Check out his pleasantly surprised (and slightly shocked!) reaction!

 

        Our annual Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund awards multiple Tri-State seniors with $20,000 for continuing their college education at the college level. We had a blast surprising each of our seven winners with the exciting news and managed to capture all of the memories on camera! All of our winners visited our headquarters last week for an in-depth interview with our official selection committee, including Anthony himself. We were blown away with the amount of outstanding candidates who applied this year making it incredibly difficult to choose just six so… we are giving away an additional scholarship for a grand total of $140,000! Although we wish we could award every deserving student who applies, we are confident that these students will accomplish remarkable success in their college careers and bright future!

 And a big CONGRATULATIONS to our Super Seven!

Logan Frederick, Clinton-Massie High School

Delrico Hill, Saint Xavier High School

Matthew Krabacher, Badin High School

Austin Morgan, New Miami High School

Jodi Seale, Felicity-Franklin High School

Andrew Rudd, Franklin High School

Dezire Lowry, Purcell Marian High School

Don’t forget to keep up with us on Twitter @munozfoundation to experience more announcement videos and introduce you to our super seven!

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What are they up to now…

ImageBrandon, a graduate of Aiken High School is the first in his family to attend college and when he is not going to classes and studying, he works at Chipotle, plays his ps4 and is always trying to put a smile on others’ faces through his humor and inspiring charisma.

Tell us about you college experience thus far:

I am attending the University of Cincinnati as an Operations Managements major in the Lindner College of Business. The most exciting thing has been the diversity of people. We have students from all over the world across all social classes. It is really cool to connect with so many different people who all seem to add their own color to the painting of life that makes our world so special. My favorite course has been human sexuality because it’s one of those classes that really pulls you out of your comfort zone and teaches you about so many interesting things that people tend to shy away from.

What are you involved in?

I am involved with the African American Culture and Resource Center (AACRC), United Black Student Association (UBSA) and I play intramural basketball for the “Gen-1 Ballers” – comprised of players who are all first generation college students. Our team went 6-1 taking a tough loss in the Sweet 16 of the intramural tournament.

How has the scholarship impacted you?

The scholarship really helped me to grow up and begin to take responsibility. Without the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship, I would not be able to live on campus which would force me to commute from home turning my scenic 5 minute walk to class into an hour and a half bus ride and commute. It also helped me to pay for my unlimited meal plan which I use every day. It gave me a remarkable quality of education and life, and a place to live my freshman year. It provided me with enough money to take time from my job throughout my first semester to get acclimated to college life and focus on my studies. It has done miracles.

What’s next in your future?

Upon graduation, I want to contribute my degree to a company where I can showcase my natural talents and skills and the knowledge I have gained at UC. I want to be a role model and example that proves that any obstacle in life can be overcome, and if you put your mind to it and work hard, all of your dreams are achievable. I want young people to know that anything s possible and self-motivation is the best motivation.

Any advice on college, scholarships, and life?

My best advice is to keep your options open. I was accepted to 13 colleges before locking down my choice. Identify what is most important to you, whether it is the cost of tuition, the location, history of the university, etc. Also, when applying for scholarships never yourself out because the only way you have the chance to win, is if you make that first step and just apply.

ImageNext up is Sam Becker, a graduate of Archbishop McNicholas High School and freshman honor student at Miami University, majoring in Management and Leadership in the Farmer School of Business. Sam, who enjoys playing sports, spending time with his friends and family, giving back to the community and participating in philanthropic service, loves his time in Oxford so far!

Tell us about your college experience thus far:

The most exciting thing has been meeting all of the new people and having the freedom to grow up, and become a responsible adult and to really find yourself and discover the person that you are. My favorite course has been Business Writing or Business Statistics Accounting because I am seeing how I can apply all of the skills I’m learning for the rest of my life. I play intramural lacrosse and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

What’s next in your future?

I’m still learning so much about all of the careers in business and haven’t chosen a specific one. I know I want to be in business, and establish a career that allows me to provide for my family one day.

Any advice on scholarships, college, and life?

Don’t close any doors. If you aren’t satisfied, keep applying to colleges and scholarships. Stay positive and trust that everything will turn out how it is supposed to and work out for the best. Seek advice from people who have been in your shoes because they might steer you in the right direction. Challenge yourself and never be afraid to take the road less traveled.

 

Could you or a senior you know use $20,000 for college? It could be YOUR year! The clock is ticking with the April 30th deadline. Download your application now at munozfoundation.org, and learn more about eligibility requirements and application information. Follow us on Twitter @munozfoundation, for our exclusive scholarship tips and updates!

Questions? Send us a message at experience@munozfoundation.org – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Emma Sallquist

AMF Intern

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A Look at How Far We’ve Come!

Over One Million Dollars… That’s Pretty Far!

Every year the Foundation searches the great Tri-State high schools for deserving students to receive our two scholarships. Both the Straight “A” Scholarship and Scholarship Fund began in 2003, and still continue to reward students today.

The Straight “A” Program rewards any high school students who display the six straight “A”s the Foundation looks for. These include pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, an Active role in the community, possessing a strong Ambition, having a winning Attitude, and being able to overcome Adversity.

The 2013 Straight "A" Scholarship winners: Shannon Chambers, from Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall, from Saint Ursula Academy (right).

The 2013 Straight “A” Scholarship winners: Shannon Chambers, from Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall, from Saint Ursula Academy (right).

Students must be nominated by a teacher, principal, counselor, coach, parent, or anyone who sees all of these wonderful qualities in that student! Only seniors are eligible for scholarship money, but every single nominee is recognized.

Just to give you an idea about how impactful this scholarship has been, over the past 11 years, the Straight “A” Scholarship has rewarded 198 students with a total of $462,000!

The AMF Scholarship Fund is for students who overcome adversity, excel academically, and fulfill a leadership role, with a large emphasis on the financial need. Unlike Straight “A,” Scholarship Fund is an application that students fill out themselves. So students, feel free to brag about how great you are! They must print it off and mail it into the office. This scholarship has eligibility restrictions such as financial need and attending a local Tri-State college or university. A full list of requirements can be found here.

Over the past 11 years, the Scholarship Fund has rewarded 35 students with an astounding total of $700,000!

Brandon Prayer’s acceptance speech gave us all a good laugh. To see the other 5 winners’ speeches, click here!

In case you don’t want to do the math… that is a grand total of $1,162,000! The Foundation has given over one million dollars to Tri-State students since it began, and why? Because these students deserve it, and you do too! This money is invaluable and can help Tri-State students achieve their dreams, so make sure you apply or nominate today!

Nominate a student for the Straight “A” Scholarship here! The deadline is February 21st!

Find out restrictions and apply for Scholarship Fund here! The deadline is April 30th!

Victoria Sabato

Straight “A” Intern

How Can $20,000 Positively Impact Your Life? Ask Alma!

ATTENTION: THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND APPLICATION DEADLINE (APRIL 30th) IS APPROACHING!!!

The Scholarship Fund awards up to six high school seniors $20,000 towards their college education! This week, previous Scholarship Fund winner Alma Oñate will be guest blogging about her experience with the Foundation and how winning the Scholarship fund has affected her life so far! Lets see what she has to say:

“Experience with the Foundation”
“Winning the scholarship made such a positive impact, not only for my pocket, but also in my college experience overall.  It sounds like an exaggeration, but my life would be very different withouAlma Oñatet this scholarship. Although the process of applying and being interviewed can be daunting, there was never a moment during the process in which I felt intimidated.  Everyone I came in contact with during the process made me feel welcome and comfortable.  If I had to go through this process again, I would not hesitate one moment and I do not think anybody else should either. 

“Effect of the Scholarship”
The finances that this scholarship provided for me made college a possibility and it also allowed me to cover the costs of tuition, but most importantly it allowed me to concentrate fully on my academic work.  Furthermore, this scholarship allowed me to actually enjoy school.  Instead of having to take a full time job, I am able to participate in different activities and clubs that my school has to offer such as breast cancer research, Presidential Ambassadors, and the Honors program all of which have enriched my college experience.  

Alma Onate

“Why You Should Apply”
This is a wonderful opportunity not only to obtain funding for the most important investment that a person can make—education, but also an opportunity to obtain the best college experien
ce you can get by taking the mind away from the financial burdens and allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the college experience—which is as important as the academic part.  I urge anyone who qualifies to apply for this scholarship—it could make the difference between a mediocre job and your dreams come true.” ~ Alma 

April 30th is a little more than two weeks  away Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to continue your education at one of the great schools in the Tri-State area!

Click here to find the application!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

Tips for Finding a Scholarship

Looking for the right scholarship to apply for can be very difficult. College is getting more expensive which means more people are applying for scholarships.

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The Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund offers $20,000 to up to six high school seniors in the Greater Cincinnati area. Previous winners have used different routes to find scholarships such as the Scholarship Fund. In a recent article, Edudemic featured tips on how to find a scholarship. These tips include:

  1. School Districts: Make sure to visit your schools district’s website because sometimes they list scholarships that your high schools don’t. (Information about the Scholarship Fund has been sent to your local high school! Ask someone about it today!)
  2. University Scholarships: Colleges usually have incoming freshmen scholarships, as well as upperclassmen opportunities. (AMF has also sent Scholarship Fund information to your college if they are on our eligible school list…have you seen it?)
  3. Community Foundations: (Like the Anthony Muñoz Foundation!)

When I was applying to college way back when, finding scholarships to apply for took a lot of effort. However, I learned a lot along the way. Some of my tips for finding a scholarship include:

  1. Take Advantage of the Resources Around You: While your high school might not list every scholarship opportunity, they have a lot of knowledge on how to find different scholarship opportunities. Your teachers and guidance counselor’s are there to see you succeed, take advantage of what they have to offer.
  2. Stay Optimistic: You may not receive every scholarship you apply for, but stay positive and keep applying. There are plenty of scholarships out there, for all students.
  3. Get A Lot of Eyes on Your Essay: You can never have enough people double check your essay to make sure there are no typo’s or any spelling errors. It’s basic editing, but if you make a small mistake you could be discrediting yourself.

While finding a scholarship can be difficult to find, locating the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund is incredibly easy. Click here to find the application!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

To find the complete list of tips from edudemic click here!
To see where I found the picture above click here!