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DWK-Dan Weckstein Resilience Scholarship 
The scholarship will be awarded to high school seniors who have shown extraordinary resilience to a personal or family life challenge.  Examples include family, personal, health, physical, emotional, mental health, and all other scenarios where resilience has been demonstrated.
2023 Recipients:  Ana Achbach

Lt. John C. White III Memorial Scholarship
This award is open to individuals who display the highest ideals of scholarship and athletics.  There is no application.  To be eligible for nomination a student must meet the following criteria:  membership in National Honor Society, earned at least 3 Varsity “Os” in a school sponsored interscholastic sport,  one Varsity “O” must have been earned in their senior year.  The selection committee is composed of Senior Class President, Varsity “O” President, National Honor Society President, Senior Class Faculty Advisor, Varsity “O” Advisor or Athletic Director, National Honor Society Advisor, Student Council Advisor, or Guidance Department Chairperson.  Each individual selects by ballot three nominees in order of preference.  The ballots are then submitted to the trustees of the John White Scholarship Committee who meet with the High School Principal, Athletic Director, and Guidance Chairperson for final selection.   
2023 Recipient:  Ethan Stone

Marjorie Schmidt Golf Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a proficient female golfer.
2023 Recipient: Kara Hamblin

Jim Priest Memorial Washington & Lee Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student planning to attend Washington & Lee University.

Oakwood Teacher Association Scholarship
This scholarship is for a senior who attended OHS for two years and has been accepted to an accredited two or four-year college or university.  Criteria includes scholarship, need, and career goals.  Applicants must be either a child of an educator or planning to major in education.  The selection is done in mid-May by a cross-section of teachers from all buildings in the Oakwood district.
2023 Recipients:  Mollie Connor, Liam Mackie, Ella Pleiman, Ethan Stone

Oakwood Rotary Scholarship
Recipients of this scholarship must be accepted at a two or four-year college or university.  Criteria for the two or three grants include scholarship, need and career goals.  Children of Rotary Club members are not eligible.  The selection committee is composed of the Oakwood Rotary Scholarship Committee. 
2023 Recipient: Josh Rosenberg

Oakwood Band Parents Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior band member.
2023 Recipient:  Sebastian Roderer

John M. Martin Forensic Scholarship
Any senior who is a member in good standing of the National Forensic League or Thespians shall be eligible to apply for this scholarship.  The student shall submit, in writing, a resume of her/his speech/debate or drama accomplishments, plus any other information displaying the candidate’s participation in communicative activities both in the school and community.  The selection committee consists of the speech coach, the debate coach, a faculty member designated by the high school principal to represent the area of drama, one parent designated by the NFL Speech Parents’ Executive Committee (whose student is not eligible to receive the award) and an OHS School counselor.
2023 Recipient: Sebastian Roderer

McGill Family Scholarship in memory of Melissa McGill Church, 2007 Graduate
The family of Melissa McGill Church (2007 OHS graduate) established this scholarship in 2022 to honor her life and memory.  As an occupational therapist for the Brownsburg (IN) Community Schools, Melissa devoted her life to helping her special needs students every day and all those she worked with. The scholarship will be awarded to a recipient who intends to enter a medical field:  physician, nurse, occupational or physical therapy, psychology, etc.
2023 Recipient: Peyton Deutsch

Trevor Ryan Lowe Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a male student who meets the gifted criteria established by the Oakwood School District, has been accepted at a two or four-year college, can demonstrate community involvement and leadership, and who shows financial need.  This award will be available in the spring of the senior year.
2023 Recipient: Nathan Pennington

Jon Liston FOP/FOPA Scholarship
This scholarship is for a senior who has been accepted to a two or four-year college or university.  Criteria for the scholarship include community service, scholarship, need, and career goals.  The FOP Scholarship Committee of the Oakwood Safety Department makes the selection.  
2023 Recipients:  Mollie Connor, Peyton Deutsch

LaSertoma Service Award 
The awards committee will select one male or female senior student for nomination.  This award places emphasis on community service.  The award does not necessarily look for academic excellence, but for the student who has gone the extra mile in providing service to others within his/her community.  The nominee will be invited to attend a dinner as the guest of LaSertoma.
2023 Recipient:  Alex Zhang

Barbara Kuhlman Foundation
This scholarship is for a senior planning to major in the fiber arts field, which may include fiber art, fiber technology, fabric design, and fashion design. The student must have a 3.0 GPA and exhibit well-rounded qualities such as community service, employment, participation in sports and/or other school activities.

Each spring, The Oakwood Schools Foundation awards more than $20,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.  With increasing costs for higher education, The Oakwood Schools Foundation’s scholarships mean more now than ever to these recipients.
Thanks to the generosity of the individuals and families who established these scholarships and to the donors who contribute toward these funds each year, Oakwood’s college-bound students appreciate this support for their continuing education.

Janet Bourne Memorial Scholarship 
Awards involvement in community service and leadership skills.
2023 Recipient:  Julian Vagedes

David R. Collins, OHS Class of 1950, Scholarship 
Awards excellence and/or outstanding achievement in English, creative writing, or speech and drama skills.
2023 Recipient:  Sofia Spowart

Comeback Award 
Honors a senior who shows strength, courage, character, and integrity in overcoming adversity in his/her life.
2023 Recipient: Allyssa Nelson-Mays

Robert L. Davidson Scholarship 
Recognizes present and potential ability as a creative writer.
2023 Recipient:  Isabella Medrano

Dr. Robert W. Gaines, Jr., OHS '60, Young Men's Golf Award 
Recognizes a senior golfer who demonstrates good sportsmanship, consideration for others, academic achievement, leadership and community service.
2023 Recipient:  Parker Finney

Susan Herman GLOW Scholarship 
Recognizes Grade point, Leadership, Outstanding character, Work ethic for a female planning to pursue a degree in a technical field (i.e. engineering) or the sciences.
2023 Recipient: Tabitha Kisker

Honorable Elizabeth Simms Gutmann Public Service Scholarship 
Honors a student who has been involved in community service and plans to pursue a degree in a public service field.
2023 Recipient:  Josh Rosenberg

Scott Harman Memorial Scholarship 
Honors a student who lives life with enthusiasm and has a positive impact on others.
2023 Recipient:  Riley Cahill

Kevin Lauterbach Memorial Scholarship 
Honors a student who plans to be a lifetime learner/practitioner in the field of fine art.
2023 Recipient:  Tabitha Kisker

Leslie Ann Simms Nagel Creative Writing Scholarship 
Honors a student who plants to be a lifetime learning and practitioner in the fine arts field.

Randy Neff Memorial Scholarship 
Honors a student who inspires others and plants to major in education or math, with preference given to students aspiring to teach math and coach a sport.
2023 Recipient:  Josh Rosenberg

Thomas Neff Memorial Scholarship 
Recognizes a student who is a team player and displays a strong work ethic, solid values, and maintains good grades through hard work and dedication.
2023 Recipient:  Charlie Armitage

Barbara Nichols O’Hara Scholarship 
Recognizes an outstanding female athlete, good citizen and student.
2023 Recipient:  Bella Butler

Oakwood Centennial Scholarship 
Honors a student who distinguishes herself/himself during high school years. *Dependents of OSF Board members are ineligible.
2023 Recipients:  Emery Gowdy and Ian Ganow

Rader-Drummer Family Scholarship 
Established in 2018 by Carlee (Rader) and Michael Drummer, graduates of the class of 1968, this scholarship recognizes an outstanding and motivated student who intends to attend an accredited college or university and major in architecture or the liberal arts such as English, theater, art, communications, foreign languages, history, music or philosophy. Preference will be given to English or architecture majors.
Scholarship criteria

Howard Sales Memorial Scholarship 
Honors student athletes of exceptional leadership and sportsmanship.
2023 Recipients: Emma Neff and Ethan Stone

Loran and Alberta Warner Scholarship
Awards a student who shows dedication to community service activities and has made an impact through his/her involvement.
2023 Recipient:  Matthew Rohan

Helen and Louis Wozar Scholarship
Recognizes a student who demonstrates an outstanding work ethic, self initiative and entrepreneurial spirit.
2023 Recipient:  Alex Zhang

Guy W. Richardson MVP Senior Boys Tennis Scholarship
Recognizes an outstanding senior tennis player who demonstrates good sportsmanship, leadership and academic achievement.
2023 Recipient:  Matthew McCloskey

Guy W. Richardson MVP Senior Girls Tennis Scholarship
Recognizes an outstanding senior tennis player who demonstrates good sportsmanship, leadership and academic achievement.
2023 Recipient:  Claudia Schnell