Three Dublin seniors received scholarships this year in the name of the Dublin National Guard member killed last year while serving in Afghanistan.

Three Dublin seniors received scholarships this year in the name of the Dublin National Guard member killed last year while serving in Afghanistan.

The Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation gave out its first scholarships recently to one senior at each of Dublin's three high schools. Coffman senior Nicholas Gualtieri, Jerome senior Allison Foster and Scioto senior Miguel Petrarca were awarded the $1,000 scholarships.

Nick's wife, Jenny Rozanski said there were many good candidates to choose from in the first year.

"We were looking for students involved in soccer in high school," she said.

"We were also looking for students that had volunteer and leadership (experience) outside the classroom. They had to write a personal statement about what community service means for them."

Rozanski was very involved in soccer and helped local groups as an adult.

Recipients of the Rozanski Memorial Scholarship learned a little bit about the namesake of the award when they received their scholarships at senior awards ceremony.

"I was able to give a little brief (biography) on him and why we were giving the scholarship," Rozanski said.

"As we were looking for a candidate, we were looking for someone similar to Nick. ... It was nice seeing kids who did what Nick did for the community."

Along with soccer and community involvement, Rozanski showed great leadership in the Ohio National Guard. The father of two wasn't on his first deployment when he was killed with two other central Ohio National Guardsmen in April 2012. He also served Kosovo and Kuwait.

Jenny Rozanski said the foundation is still working on handing out three more $1,000 scholarships to members of the Ohio National Guard or their family members.

"We're really excited to be able to give out scholarships a year within when this was founded," she said. "We want to continue Nick's legacy to help some of those students toward their dreams."

The Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation managed to raise $100,000 within its first year and Jenny said last year's September golf tournament was a major fundraiser.

The golf outing will return this year on Sept. 27 and continue the success of last year with golf at Safari Golf Club and food, music and family-friendly activities at the Bogey Bar and Grill.

A motorcycle run fundraiser is also slated for July 13 and will include a ride through Dublin to the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury.

The Rozanski Soccer Cup will be held at the Coffman High School stadium Aug. 17 and feature current and alumni soccer players from all three high schools.

For more information on the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation, look online at rozanskimemorial.com.