The Violet Township Women's League recently awarded scholarships to three 2013 graduates of the Pickerington Local School District to help further their educations.
Pickerington High School Central 2013 graduates Laura Brunner and Shannon Brennan, along with Nathaniel Griffin from Pickerington High School North's class of 2013, each have been awarded $2,000 college scholarships from the Violet Township Women's League.
The scholarships were given through an annual program by the nonprofit women's club, which seeks to assist students living within the Pickerington district who wish to go on to college.
In recent years, the program has grown both in the number of scholarships given and the amount given to recipients.
"We mainly look for what they do in the community, what they give back, as well as their grades," said Nancy Huffman, publicity chairwoman for the Violet Township Women's League.
"We've been able to give out three, $2,000 scholarships the last two years."
The scholarships are funded through donations made to the women's club, often by members.
Additionally, funds for the scholarships are raised through the club's "VTWL Annual Style Show and Luncheon."
Huffman said approximately 34 local students applied for the scholarships this year, and Brunner, Brennan and Griffin were recognized, in part, for their volunteer work in their churches and throughout the community.
"All three are very active in their churches and they've all given back to their community," Huffman said.
"They've volunteered for whatever has been available, and some have volunteered at the (Pickerington) Senior Center."
According to information provided by the women's league, Griffin will attend Ohio State University this fall, where he intends to study biological science.
Among his many activities, Griffin has been involved with the Eagle Scouts, the Pickerington Food Panty and numerous mission trips to South Dakota, West Virginia and Guatemala, said women's league member Barbara Douglas.
"Through the Eagle Scouts, Nathaniel offered services to the Pataskala Oaks Retirement Center and completed his Eagle Scout service project with work on the Veterans' War Memorial at Pickerington Ponds Metro Park," Douglas said.
Brunner will attend the University of Toledo, where she intends to study nursing with a minor in vocal music, Douglas said.
"In addition to other activities, Lauren has been involved in mission trips for the past four summers," Douglas said.
"She has volunteered in an elementary classroom, (for the) Mid-Ohio Food Bank and various youth group activities through her church."
Brennan will attend Capital University this fall, but has not yet decided on a major, Douglas said.
"Shannon has been very involved with her youth group through her church where she has worked with pre-school aged children," Douglas said.
"In addition to other activities, she has volunteered with the Pickerington Parks and Recreation's Summer Playground Program, Heritage Elementary School Carnival, Wesley Ridge Retirement Community New Year's Party and Autism's Voice."
Huffman said scholarship recipients are selected after a women's league committee initially reviews applications blindly -- meaning the names of students aren't provided to committee members. Finalists also are interviewed by the committee.
"The scholarship winners were all great," Huffman said.
"They were quite impressive when they spoke at our style show and when they came before (the committee)."