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Chamber foundation awards four Jim Near scholarships

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced its 2014 Jim Near High School Scholarship recipients.

The four high school seniors awarded the scholarships were selected from numerous applications submitted by Westerville area students. The scholarships are made possible by the Westerville Scholarship Foundation, a charitable arm of the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The students each will receive a $1,500 scholarship to help fund their higher education. The four scholarship recipients are:

Kaitlin Carlisle: Graduating from Westerville South High School, Carlisle plans to attend Otterbein University and major in business administration and economics. Her activities at South have included golf, orchestra, Young Conservatives and Cooking Club.

Alyssa Hetterscheidt: Graduating from Westerville Central High School, Hetterscheidt will attend Ohio State University, where she plans to major in fine arts. Her activities at Central have included volleyball, track, basketball, Art Club and Arts Alive.

Michaela Leonard also is graduating from Westerville South. She has been accepted at Capital University, Ohio University and Wittenberg University. She plans to major in history in college. Her activities at South have included marching band, orchestra, Key Club and Girl Scouts.

Alexander Rhodes is graduating from Westerville North High School. He will attend Ohio State University, where he plans to major in engineering. His activities at North have included volleyball, football, wrestling and volunteering with the I Can program.

Students applying for the Near Scholarships have to complete an application which included a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Students were responsible for writing an essay in which they were to describe involvement with community activities, personal strengths and future goals and objectives.

Also incorporated into the essay were reasons why students felt the Westerville Scholarship Foundation should award them the scholarship.

Applications were considered on the basis of involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need and volunteerism/community involvement.

Funds for these scholarships and others the foundation awards come from chamber and partnering organization events throughout the year including the Westerville Community Bowl-a-thon and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing.

The scholarship winners were recognized at the chamber's quarterly membership luncheon March 11.