Cavaliers and FirstMerit Award Scholarships
For 23 years, the partnership between the Cleveland Cavaliers and FirstMerit Bank has addressed the importance of higher education. Once again in 2014, 10 graduating high school seniors from Northeast Ohio received a scholarship through the Cavaliers/FirstMerit Bank Scholarship Program. Each student will be awarded a check for $2,000 and an iPad.
“FirstMerit is excited that this wonderful partnership with the Cavs, in place for nearly a quarter of a century, continues to benefit so many talented young adults in Northeast Ohio,” said Julie Tutkovics, Chief Marketing Officer at FirstMerit bank. “As a locally headquartered bank, it is truly an honor to help contribute to the future of these students – and the region they call home – with these scholarships.”
The recipients were honored at a pre-game banquet and recognized during the halftime ceremony at the Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons game at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, April 9th.
The criteria for awarding the Cavaliers/FirstMerit Bank Scholarships was based on applicants’ academic achievement, extracurricular activities and submission of a 500-word essay about the most important lesson they’ve learned in life thus far and how they plan to apply that lesson going forward. Also taken into consideration was their level of involvement in the community. Applicants were asked to submit a high school transcript, ACT and SAT scores and one letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member.
The Scholarship Application Committee reviewed all applications and essays. Twenty finalists from a pool of nearly 600 applicants were selected and interviewed by the committee, which included members from FirstMerit, the Cleveland Cavaliers and community educators.
The 2014 scholarship recipients include:
|Emily Rowan||Parma, OH||Padua Franciscan High School|
|Thomas Collins||Chagrin Falls, OH||Chagrin Falls High School|
|Olivia Frierson||Shaker Heights, OH||Shaker Heights High School|
|Kaitlin Rizk||Strongsville, OH||Strongsville High School|
|Rachel Anand||Akron, OH||Anand Homeschool Academy|
|Adam Copley||Gibsonburg, OH||Gibsonburg High School|
|Matthew Howenstine||Parma, OH||Padua Franciscan High School|
|Hallie Singer||Pepper Pike, OH||Orange High School|
|Joslyn Barnett||Solon, OH||Solon High School|