A 2014 Hilliard Bradley High School graduate says she will use a $10,000 academic scholarship to study medicine at the Ohio State University.
Jeffrin Wisel recently received the John H. McConnell Scholarship from the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. The scholarship is named for the founder of the Blue Jackets.
Wisel was one of three finalists selected from applicants from throughout central Ohio.
"I am quite honored to receive the scholarship," Wisel said.
She didn't have to wait long to learn she had been selected.
"I got a call back as soon as I got home (from the interview). ... I was blown away (that I had been chosen)," Wisel said.
Wisel said she was required to prepare four essays demonstrating leadership skills and community outreach efforts in addition to her academic achievements.
While at Bradley, Wisel maintained a 4.409 GPA, seventh highest in her class, she said.
Service to her community, an integral part of the criteria for the scholarship, began early for Wisel.
As an eighth-grade student, she and her sister launched a free soccer program for elementary-age girls.
"I continue to coach girls today on three teams," Wisel said.
Wisel also practices karate and founded a karate school for children at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Dublin.
"The program has grown each year and I will continue as an instructor (while attending Ohio State)," she said.
Wisel served as a president of the National Honor Society chapter at Bradley and was vice president of the Interact Club during her senior year.
She also served on the superintendent's advisory board and as a Jaguar ambassador.
Her volunteer activities include the Capital Area Humane Society and Ohio State's Dodd Rehabilitation Center, where she assists in transporting patients.
"I really like science and want to do something in the medical field," Wisel said.
She is interested in becoming a physician, possibly in pediatric cardiology.
"I like working with kids," she said.
In addition to the $10,000 John H. McConnell Scholarship, Wisel received a Hilliard Hollyfest scholarship of $8,000 from the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce and scholarships from the Hilliard Kiwanis Club and the Hilliard Rotary Club.
Wisel said she has received a little more than $20,000 in scholarships.