Cavaliers and FirstMerit Award Scholarships to 10 Local High School Seniors

FirstMerit Scholarship Recipients at halfcourt

For 22 years, the partnership between the Cleveland Cavaliers and FirstMerit Bank has addressed the importance of higher education. Once again in 2013, 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.

“We are excited to partner with the Cavs once again on this wonderful program,” said Julie Tutkovics, Chief Marketing Officer at FirstMerit Bank. “We have so many talented young adults in Northeastern Ohio and it’s truly an honor to help contribute to their future with these scholarships.”

The recipients were honored at a pregame banquet and recognized during a halftime ceremony at the Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks game at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, April 12th.

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 also submitted 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 2013 scholarship recipients include:

Annie Artz Gates Mills Hawken School
Olivia Bean Cleveland Cleveland School of Science & Medicine
Dylan Bederman Solon Solon High School
Kevin Bonko Painesville Saint Ignatius High School
Carter Frazee Strongsville Strongsville High School
Joyce Guo Beachwood Hathaway Brown
Elizabeth Jacob Shaker Heights Shaker Heights High School
Bryan Roberson Twinsburg Twinsburg High School
Aline Shlepr Sagamore Hills Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Evelyn Ting Shaker Heights Shaker Heights High School