Get rewarded for your hard work
Thanks to the generous support of several planned giving donors, The Highland Foundation is offering 15 scholarships worth a total of $17,500. To learn more about the selection criteria for each scholarship, click the links below. The application deadline for each is April 15, 2017.
• Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence Scholarship: Up to eight $1,000 awards
• Victoria MacKenzie Jackson Memorial Scholarship (Performing Arts): $1,000
• Steven J. Bilecky Memorial Scholarship: $1,000
• Letha E. House Scholarship: $1,000
• Lalitha Chada Science Scholarship: $2,500
• World Language Scholarship: $1,000
All scholarship applications can be accessed and submitted through Naviance. Contact your guidance counselor if you need more information on using Naviance. Applications for select scholarships are also available through the links above.
If you are interested in establishing a memorial scholarship or exploring other planned giving options, click here or contact Executive Director Theresa Wright at email@example.com.
At the end of each school year, The Highland Foundation awards several $1,000 scholarships to select Highland High School Seniors based on their academic performance and community involvement. For 2017, those recipients were:
Michael Back is a member of the National Honor Society, the Peer Leader Program and is very active in the Sharon Community. He also participated in Speech & Debate and was a pole-vaulter and high jumper on the Track and Field team. Michael is a member of Boy Scout Troop 511 where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Michael will be attending Kent State University and plans to major in Biology.
Sarah Bowers is a member of the National Honor Society, Peer Leader Program and a Hornet Mentoring executive officer. She is a D.A.R.E. Role Model, a VOFT member, a Medina County Leadership Ball Honoree and the PR editor of the yearbook. Sarah has been actively involved in orchestra where she is first chair for violin. Sarah will be attending Miami University and plans to major in Marketing.
Alexandria Chorba has been an active member of National Honor Society, Peer Leading, and is the co-editor of the school newspaper. Alexandria is a three-year scholar athlete award winner, a four-year varsity starter and captain of the softball team. She also volunteered at Empower sports and the March of Dimes. Alexandria will be attending The Ohio State University and plans to major in Chemical Engineering.
Kurt Everett is a member the Principal’s Advisory Committee and a D.A.R.E officer. He is a scholar athlete, a four-year varsity starter and captain for the boys’ soccer team. Kurt also was the kicker for the varsity football team. He has received numerous awards for soccer including 1st team All Suburban League and 1st team All Medina County. Kurt is also very active in his church. Kurt will be attending Gardner-Webb University and plans to major in Criminal Justice.
Ally Gilbert is a member of student council and Highland’s spirit club. She is a D.A.R.E. role model and was a member of the 2016 homecoming court. Ally’s volunteer service includes St. Baldrick’s and Medina Hospital. Ally recently started ground school to receive her pilot’s license and spends hours volunteering to help others through the local therapy dog program. Ally will be attending Cuyahoga Community College and plans to obtain a Liberal Arts Degree.
Miles Howell is a member of National Honor Society, was a member of concert choir and the Highland Heartbreakers as well as the Executive producer of the Highland Buzz. Miles took first place in the International Youth Silent Film Festival for the Midwest Region and the Stomp Out Suicide Video Contest. He has produced, directed and edited promotional videos for the Highland Foundation and the Sharon Elementary PTO. Miles has volunteered extensively at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Miles plans to attend Columbia College in Chicago and major in Cinema Art and Science.
Abigail Maruna is a Peer Leader, a member of National Honor Society and a mentor in the Sparkle cheerleading program. She is also a member of VOFT where she is an officer. Through VOFT Abigail has been involved in the schools’ blood drive and the Highland Foundation dinner. Abigail also volunteers at Medina Hospital. Abigail will be attending The Ohio State University and plans to major in nursing.
David Tittle is a member of Key Club, the Young Democrats of America, and the Science and Environment Club. He placed 2nd in The University of Akron Common Reading Essay Contest. David volunteers at the Kiwanis Pancake dinner and chaperoned at the Montville Township scary walk for kids. David will be attending Case Western Reserve University and plans to major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
In addition to the above general scholarship recipients, the Foundation also awarded several named scholarships:
The Steven J. Bilecky Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brett Kalfas who is a member of National Honor Society and Marching Band, where he is a squad/section leader. Brett is a member of chorale, the Highland Heartbreakers, Added Attraction and student council. He is also actively involved in Peer Leading. Brett volunteers at Our Lady of Grace church where he is an altar server and co-director of Vacation Bible School. Brett will be attending Ohio University and plans to major in Biology.
The Hugh and Grace Eyerdom Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Christopher Petrilla. Christopher is a member of National Honor Society and captain of the football team. He is also a Peer Leader, a member of the varsity baseball team and has volunteered with the Operation Christmas Child program. Chris’s goal, through engineering, is to improve the current state of our planet and leave a better Earth for future generations. Christopher plans to attend The Ohio State University and major in Engineering.
The William O. Wagar Memorial Math and Science Scholarship was awarded to Luke Vitko. Luke is a member of the varsity soccer and tennis teams, and is very active in his church where he is a leader in various community service programs. Luke plans to attend The Ohio State University in Mansfield and major in Engineering.
The Letha E. House Scholarship was awarded to Michael Back. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Peer Leader Program and is very active in the Sharon Community. He also participated in Speech & Debate and was a pole-vaulter and high jumper on the Track and Field team. Michael is a member of Boy Scout Troop 511 where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Michael will be attending Kent State University and plans to major in Biology.
The Victoria M. Jackson Performing Arts Scholarship was awarded to Abigail Long. She is a National Honor Society member, was this year's Thespian President, a 2016 Medina County Junior Leadership participant and also participated in VOFT while at Highland. She has participated in numerous musicals and Thespian productions at Highland since Middle School, and has been involved in dance for the past 14 years. She will be attending Ohio Northern University to study theatre.
The World Language Scholarship was awarded to Madison Rossero. She is a member of National Honor Society, a Peer Leader and a varsity cheerleader.
Madison plans on attending Miami University and will major in speech pathology
The Lalitha Chada Science Scholarship was awarded to Kelly Meaden. She is a National Merit Finalist, President of National Honor Society, Valedictorian for the class of 2017 and an AP scholar with distinction. In addition, she is the editor in chief for the yearbook, a member of the Speech and debate team, and the Principal’s Advisory Committee. Kelly volunteers at Relay for Life and the Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League. Kelly plans on attending The Ohio State University and major in Chemical Engineering & Data Analysis.
The Library Science Scholarship was awarded to Emma Medwid. Emma is a member of the Speech and Debate team and the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the golf team and marching band. Emma plans on attending John Carroll University and is undecided in her major