Our winner of the garden club 2020 scholarship of $1000 is Ahmad Al Saafin. He sent a very gracious thank you to the club in which he said our generous scholarship will cover the cost of his textbooks for his first semester at the University of Akron where he will be working toward a degree in physical therapy. He wrote an excellent essay in which he expressed his lifelong dream of having a profession where he could help others. One of his teachers noted in her recommendation the following, "This student has overcome a lot in the two years he has been at Nordonia including moving to a new country, living with a new family and learning a new language. He has worked so hard to catch up to his peers.” Since there was no awards ceremony we don't have a picture at this time but I have requested he send us one and hope to have it at our picnic.
Nordonia Hill Garden Club scholarship of $1000 was awarded to Ahmad AlSaafin in a virtual award ceremony on May 7, 2020. Ahmad was chosen by the scholarship committee based on recommendations of teachers, academic and extracurricular activities and responses to essay questions. His goal is to earn a doctorate in physical therapy and help people lead healthy, normal lives by restoring function in spite of disabilities. He came to Nordonia two years ago from another country, lived with a new family and learned a new language. He participated in sports and other school activities and maintained a high grade point average earning honor and high honor roll placement. He plans to attend the University of Akron.
2019 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER is HANNA BALIS
The Nordonia Hills Garden Club presents a scholarship annually to a graduating senior from Nordonia High School. Proceeds from the annual plant and flower sale are used to fund the $1000 scholarship. Any graduating senior who meets the following criteria may apply: a plan to major in a scientific (biology, ecology, health, agricultural, botany) or environmental field, a minimum GPA of 3.00, financial need, a good work ethic, volunteering history and teacher comments and recommendations. This year the Garden Club selected an outstanding senior girl, Hannah Balis, who plans to major in nursing at Kent State University in the fall. Hannah plans to become a nurse practitioner and help patients learn ways to prevent disease.
2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER is Nicholas Kovacs
Nicholas Kovacs was awarded $1000 from Nordonia Hills Garden Club.
He is 18 years old and will be attending Mt. Union College to study neuroscience.