Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund honors eight area students

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May 17, 2007 — Eight high school seniors are the 2007 recipients of the Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund, each receiving a four-year scholarship in the amount of $20,000. The grants are made possible through the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, established by Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis.

The recipients are: Cherrell Albertson of Little Miami High School, Anna Donovan of Ursuline Academy, Heather Kunze of Seton High School, Tyler Oehlman of East Central High School, Sibongile Sithe of Summit Country Day, Jerald Stuckey of Purcell Marian High School, Alexandra Warner of Roger Bacon High School, and Robin Wright of Walnut Hills High School.

"These eight students are perfect examples of why we increased the number of scholarships we give from four to eight," said Coach Lewis. "And it was hard to choose just eight; these are very deserving young people."

Albertson will attend Xavier University next year and plans to major in nursing. She is interested in nursing because "I am fascinated with all aspects of the human body, and love to help others." While in high school, Albertson has been a varsity cheerleader, played varsity soccer, participated in student government and interned at Bethesda North Hospital.

Donovan plans to major in Pre-Dentistry while attending Ohio State University in the fall. At Ursuline, she played varsity lacrosse, was a student ambassador, participated in the Show Choir/Women's Chorus, and volunteered at the Bethany House. At Ohio State, Donovan plans "to work my hardest and receive the best schooling I can get and this scholarship would help me along that path."

Kunze will continue her academic and volleyball careers next year at Ohio Dominican while majoring in Pre-Dentistry. She is thankful for her scholarship because "I appreciate all that my parents have done for me and I realize it is now my turn to take responsibility for my own future." In addition to playing varsity volleyball, Kunze is also a member of campus ministry, spirit club, and has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.

Oehlman will attend Purdue University next year and is undecided on his studies. He has been a member of the varsity cross country team, math club, varsity band, and was drum line captain. Oehlman has also overcome a car accident in August 2006 that left him in intensive care for seven days and hospitalized for 23 days. He is grateful for his scholarship because it "will allow me to focus on my education and still have extra time to get involved in the community."

To Sithe, the scholarship will give her "the opportunity to achieve, succeed, and to thrive." She will attend Yale University and is undecided on a major. Sithe is a National Merit Finalist, member of the Academic Team and Summit Drama Productions, serves on the Ohio Public Library Teen Advisory Board, and went on a service trip to Nicaragua.

Stuckey is the Education Chair of the Cincinnati Mayor's Youth Council, president of Kudos Club, a class representative, and plays varsity golf. His participation in these activities has "developed my leadership skills, and taught me the importance of volunteerism." Next year, Stuckey will attend Johnson C. Smith University where he plans on majoring in communications.

Warner will be a Pre-Medicine major next year at the University of Cincinnati. She plans on becoming a pediatrician because "I have always loved working with children and want to be the person who can make them feel better when they are ill." She is a member of the Bacon Buddies Mentoring Program, Spanish club, played varsity soccer, and volunteered for Shantytown Awareness for Homeless.

Wright is attending Kent State University next year and plans to major in architecture and environmental design. She has played varsity basketball, varsity cross country, varsity band, and is a member of the National Urban League Incentives to Excel and Succeed program. On receiving the scholarship, Wright stated that it "will show me that there is someone else in Cincinnati, other than my family, who believes that I will succeed, not only in college, but in life."

The Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund was created to recognize and honor outstanding male and female student athletes from our region on an annual basis. Candidates are asked to write an essay, meet established criteria of a minimum 2.75 grade point average, proven commitment to the community and a varsity letter. Once these criteria are met, Coach Lewis interviews the final candidates himself before making the final decisions.

For more information on the Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund and the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, click here.

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