Nine Westerville leaders and companies are semifinalists for TechColumbus's annual Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in technology leadership and innovation.

Nine Westerville leaders and companies are semifinalists for TechColumbus's annual Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in technology leadership and innovation.

Westerville semifinalists include:

Gregory Kuss, president and CEO of SolarVision, for Green Innovation.

Dr. Errol Singh, MD, FACS, president and CEO of PercuVision, for Outstanding Product for a company with fewer than 50 employees.

Richard Peters, president of Novellus Design, for Outstanding Service for a company with fewer than 50 employees.

Janis Mitchell, founder and CEO of Precise Resource, for Outstanding Woman in Technology.

Jim Backlund, in business development for Hardcore Computer, for Green Innovation.

Jeff VanBuren, a physical therapist with Therapeutic Rolling Platform System, for Outstanding Product for a company with fewer than 50 employees.

Diane Stricklan, vice president of Compliance Cartoons, for Outstanding Start-up Business.

Gareth Dismore, co-founder and chief technology officer for SearchSpring, for Outstanding Business Start-up.

Angelo Mazzocco, chief information officer at Progressive Medical, for Executive of the Year for a company with more than 50 employees and for Outstanding Technology Team.

TechColumbus will announce 13 business leaders and two high school students as winners of 2011 Innovation Awards at a ceremony Feb. 3

For more information, visit www.techcolumbus.org.

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Foundation is seeking applications from Westerville high school seniors for the Jim Near High School Scholarship.

Named in honor of the late James Near, a resident of Westerville and a successful businessman, the scholarship will award $1,500 to six graduating seniors from one of Westerville City Schools' three high schools or to seniors who reside in the Westerville City School District and are graduating from private schools. The scholarship focuses on students' volunteerism and community involvement, as well as the needs.

To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.2.

The scholarships are awarded as follows: one to a graduating senior from Westerville North High School, one to a graduating senior from Westerville South High School, one to a graduating senior from Westerville Central High School, one to a graduating senior from any private or parochial school who is a student residing in the Westerville School District, one to any high school senior residing in the Westerville School District who is enrolling in a two-year program at a community college or technical school, and one to any high school senior residing in the Westerville City School District who is enrolling at Otterbein College.

Applications for the Jim Near High School Scholarship are available at area high schools and at the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce office, 99 Commerce Park Drive, and on the chamber's website, www.westervillechamber.com. The deadline to apply is Feb. 7.