We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 Scholarship Program. Each year, COPFCU awards scholarships to high school seniors that display academic excellence and benefit their community through service projects. This year we awarded three scholarships for $1,000 per year for four consecutive years of university study, and two one-time $500 scholarships.
The 2019 recipients are:
Jake is a recipient of the Irvin Specht and Emily Argo Memorial Scholarship. He is graduating from Elder High School and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall, where he has been directly admitted into the Aerospace Engineering Program. Jake is in the Elder Honors Program, which requires students to enroll in Honors level courses in all core academic areas, participate in a Leadership Development Program, and perform community service throughout their high school career. He also coaches basketball and volunteers at Elder sports camps, gives many hours to his church parish festival and Sophie’s Angel run, and participates in Shop with a Cop. In addition to his service work, Jake works at Brockman Sign Company.
Tucker is a recipient of the Irvin Specht and Emily Argo Memorial Scholarship. He is graduating from Clark Montessori High School and plans to attend The University of Montana, where he will study Forestry, with the goal of a career in Forestry and Wildland Firefighting. Tucker is a 5-year member of his school cross country and ultimate frisbee teams, earning a scholar-athlete award four years in a row. He also participates in the school theater program, is on the Science Bowl Team, and has completed over 250 hours of volunteer work in the community, including being a volunteer camp counselor for three summers for the Cincinnati Parks Board and assisting with citizen water quality monitoring.
Gabrielle is the recipient of our Northwest Local School District Scholarship, which benefits one senior from Colerain or Northwest High School. Gabby is graduating from Northwest High School and plans to pursue a degree in Finance from the University of Cincinnati, with the goal of becoming a financial advisor. Gabby is in the Financial Services program at NWHS, a college-level curriculum that emphasizes personal finance, investments, accounting, and business law. She is the President of the NWHS Chapter of Business Professionals of America, Officer Advisory Board, and Driving Angels, Vice President of Student Government, Parent Teacher Student Association, and U-Knighted Knights, captain of the varsity volleyball team, and is a Manager at the Knights Credit Union, the student-run credit union at NWHS. Outside of school, Gabby works at LaRosa’s Pizzeria and is a co-op at the COPFCU Colerain branch.
Melanie is the recipient of a $500 scholarship. She is graduating from Northwest High School and has enlisted in the Ohio National Guard. After her 10-week boot camp, Melanie plans to attend the Ohio State University to pursue a dual major of Accounting and Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability. She hopes to use her degrees to manage the finances of a non-profit organization dedicated to natural resource conservation and sustainability. Melanie is also in the Financial Services program at NWHS, and is the President of U-Knighted Knights, Treasurer of the NWHS Chapter of Business Professionals of America, and participates in Student Senate, Superintendent’s Student Advisory Team, and Health Occupation Students of America. She also works at the Knights Credit Union and is on the varsity soccer and track teams, and is a kicker on the football team. Outside of school, Melanie works at T.G.I. Friday’s.
Edward “Casey” Zieverink
Casey is the recipient of a $500 scholarship. Casey is graduating from Taylor High School and plans to attend Northern Kentucky University majoring in Business, with the goal of being an accountant or on the marketing team of a large corporation. Casey was the captain of the Taylor basketball team and is a Spirit Leader, and also worked as an Athletic Director Aide intern. Casey also volunteers at his church and at the Cincinnati Recreation Center downtown, where he tutors students in reading and other school subjects and coaches basketball. Outside of school, Casey works at LaRosa’s.
Congratulations to all on their outstanding performances!