Cavaliers and FirstMerit Award 10 Scholarships to Area High School Seniors

CLEVELAND, Apr. 13th - For 16 years the partnership between the Cleveland Cavaliers and FirstMerit Bank has addressed the importance of higher education. Once again in 2007, 10 graduating high school seniors from Northeast Ohio will receive $1,000 scholarships through the Cavaliers/FirstMerit Bank Scholarship Program. The students will be honored at a pre-game banquet and recognized during a halftime ceremony at the Cavaliers vs. Atlanta game at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, April 14th.

The criteria for awarding the Cavaliers/FirstMerit Bank Scholarships are 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 is their level of involvement in community service. Applicants must also submit a high school transcript, ACT and SAT scores and one letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member.

The Scholarship Application Committee reviews all applications and essays. Twenty finalists from a pool of 550 applicants are selected and interviewed by the committee, which includes members from FirstMerit, the Cleveland Cavaliers and educators.

The 2007 scholarship recipients are:

Eric Langenderfer — Jackson High School
Lauren Brown — Barberton High School
Jenny Maykut — Midpark High School
Rachael Rho — Mayfield High School
Sarah Pease-Kerr — Hathaway Brown School
Caitlin Figaro — Normandy High School
Graysen Petersen-Fitts — Walsh Jesuit High School
Jonathan Krause — Strongsville High School
Taryn-Leigh Sutrees — Kenston High School
Gelise Littlejohn — Bedford High School

“I have been on the scholarship selection panel for several years and each year these students continue to impress me with their sense of social responsibility,” said FirstMerit Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant DJ Jacko. “I am continually amazed at their desire to want to give back to society by entering careers that are service focused. This event is truly one of the highlights of my year. I consider myself very lucky to be a participant.”