Some Hilliard high school seniors are about to see the fruits of their labor, in the form of college scholarships.

Some Hilliard high school seniors are about to see the fruits of their labor, in the form of college scholarships.

Although some national scholarships already have been awarded to high school students planning to attend college Hilliard Darby's Thomas J. Nitz received a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship from Battelle others are just beginning to emerge.

"This time of year is when they get their student-aid reports back from the colleges, and they find out what scholarships the colleges are awarding them," said Jane O'Shaughnessy, college counselor at Hilliard Davidson High School.

O'Shaughnessy said about 30 scholarships are awarded to Davidson students from local organizations like the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, the Hilliard Education Association, Hilliard Optimists and others. Students and their parents will be able to find out exactly what those scholarships are worth during an award program May 21 at Davidson.

"We don't tell them what they've won," O'Shaughnessy said. "They just know that by attending, they're going to get something. Many kids apply for more than one, so there's an element of surprise there."

She said applying for scholarships varies by college.

"If the kids are applying to Capital University or Otterbein College, when they get their acceptance letter, they usually will tell them, based on their transcript information, different scholarships that they qualify or will receive just based on their transcript," she said. "They also will have other scholarships that the kids specifically have to do an application for."

Davison senior Kevin T. Smith was awarded several scholarships from Capital University. Smith received a Presidential Scholarship "based on outstanding high school records and ACT/SAT results," Capital spokesperson Nichole Johnson said in a statement. He also received the Battelle Scholarship, "a competitive room-and-board scholarship stipend awarded to entering first-year high school students from Franklin and contiguous counties who demonstrate potential for leadership, creativity and motivation." He also received an Alumni Award for listing on his admission application a relative who graduated from Capital.

O'Shaughnessy said she has drawers filled with scholarship information that students could use to apply for local and national scholarships.

"I always advise them that whatever colleges they're applying to, ask their admissions offices what they have in the way of merit, non-payback money scholarships."

In addition to academic merit, students also earn scholarships for artistic and athletic talent. She said the scholarship money being awarded increases with every senior class.

"They like having the money, and it helps them go to college," O'Shaughnessy said. "But for some kids, it's also that someone is recognizing that they've had a stellar high school record. It's a reward for all the hard work they've done."