Scholarship Program

The Ohio Township Association Scholarship Program overview and recipients.

The 2023 Scholarship Program applications are now open! Click the links below for more information & to apply.

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The Ohio Township Association Scholarship Program began in 2005. Many years prior to this, former board member Paul Smith and his wife, Ethel, gave the initial donation to the OTA Scholarship Fund, providing the groundwork for future scholarships. The scholarships are also funded by donations from County Township Associations, personal gifts, and proceeds from the OTA's annual golf outing.

This year, we will be awarding five high school seniors $1,500 each for their future education. In addition to the four scholarships normally offered, we are excited to announce a brand-new Trade School Scholarship in 2023! This scholarship will be awarded to one student who plans to attend a trade or vocational school in Ohio. To learn more about each scholarship, including all requirements and eligibility, please click the pictures below.

Wondering if you reside in a township? Consult your local County Auditor's website and input your home address in the property search function to obtain tax and property details. If you're looking for your local township officials, contact your County Board of Elections. 

For more information or if you have questions, please call the OTA office at (614) 863-0045.

Click here to apply for the Academic Achievement Scholarship Click here to apply for the Local Government Achievement Scholarship Click here to apply for the Trade School Scholarship

Scholarship Program Recipients


Jacqueline Cunningham

Photo of Academic Achievement Winner, Jacqueline CunninghamAcademic Achievement Winner

Hamilton Township, Warren County

High School: Kings High School

College Attending: University of Cincinnati

Jacqueline Cunningham, daughter of Brian and Tricia Cunningham, will be graduating from Kings High School and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati.

"My biggest goal was finding a college with a good design program where I could also gain experience," Jacqueline said. "The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) co-op program fits me perfectly and is one of the best in the world."

Jacqueline plans to study Industrial Design and is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with her peers and create things that people use every day. She also looks forward to making new friends, being involved in the community, and joining the UC club swim team.

Austin Ebbing

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Academic Achievement Winner

Butler Township, Mercer County

High School: Coldwater High School

College Attending: University of Dayton

Austin Ebbing, son of Jared and Wendi Ebbing, will be graduating from Coldwater High School and plans to attend the University of Dayton.

"When going to the University of Dayton, I felt at home with a community that would welcome me and push me to achieve my goals," Austin said. 

Austin plans to study Engineering and Business and is excited to integrate these two fields to create products for his future employer and the world. He is also looking forward to getting outside of his comfort zone, meeting new people, and preparing himself for the future while growing as a person.

Andrea Nadolny

Photo of Local Government Achievement Winner, Andrea NadolnyLocal Government Achievement Winner

Sharon Township, Franklin County

High School: Thomas Worthington High School

College Attending: The Ohio State University

Andrea Nadolny, daughter of David Nadolny and Jodi Barnhill, will be graduating from Thomas Worthington High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University. 

Andrea's anticipated major is International Studies with a minor in Italian. "I am passionate about service, so my career goal is to be a Foreign Service Officer," Andrea said. "My education in International Studies will teach me how to create dialogues to promote understanding and collaboration."

Andrea is also excited to continue advocating for mental health awareness with campus organizations such as RUOK? Day. She looks forward to studying abroad in Italy for an immersive cultural experience and interning overseas to build the foundation for her diplomatic career.

Emily Schafer

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Local Government Achievement Winner

Newberry Township, Miami County

High School: Covington High School

College Attending: The Ohio State University

Emily Schafer, daughter of Michael and Heidi Schafer, will be graduating from Covington High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University. 

"I decided to attend The Ohio State University because going there has always been my dream," said Emily. "I love the school's spirit as well as the vigorous and diverse courses offered."

Emily plans to study Natural Resource Management and is excited to learn more about nature, environmental conservation, and public education. She is also looking forward to learning material relative to her desired career, making interpersonal connections, and exploring her various interests.


Karoline Pees

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Walnut Township, Pickaway County

High School: Teays Valley High School

College Attending: Cedarville University

Karoline Pees, daughter of Kevin and Kerri Pees, is a Teays Valley graduate, and plans to attend Cedarville University.

“Cedarville captured my attention through its Christ-centered community,” said Karoline. “It has a beautiful campus and a small-college feel.”

Karoline plans to study allied health, pre-physical therapy, and looks forward to using her passion of caring for and leading others to bring hope to those facing injury and discouragement. She also is looking forward to being challenged academically, and joining the cross country and track teams.

Emily Winnicki

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Academic Achievement Winner

Lafayette Township, Medina County

High School: Cloverleaf High School

College Attending: College of Wooster

Emily Winnicki, daughter of Amy Winnicki, is a Cloverleaf graduate, and plans to attend the College of Wooster.

“I enjoyed the campus and the small class sizes,” said Emily. She will be studying biology and history (with a focus in archeology). “I am excited to be part of their archaeology program.”

Emily enjoys biology’s hands-on lab work, and loves that history lays out the story of how people became who they are today. “The main thing I look forward to at college is expanding my knowledge, both
academically and culturally.”

Cassandra Mavis

Photo of Local Government Achievement Winner, Cassandra MavisLocal Government Achievement Winner

Farmer Township, Defiance County

High School: Fairview High School

College Attending: The Ohio State University

Cassandra Mavis, daughter of Scott and Jenny Mavis, is a Fairview graduate, and will be attending The Ohio State University.

“OSU has an excellent agricultural program that will push me academically and give me connections for my future career,” Cassandra said. She plans to study agribusiness at OSU. “With my degree, I can make a positive impact in the agricultural community that I love.”

Cassandra is excited for opportunities to grow as a person and as a leader during her time at college.

Levi Grimm

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Local Government Achievement Winner

Morgan Township, Butler County

High School: Ross High School

College Attending: Miami University

Levi Grimm, son of Greg and Sandy Grimm, is a Ross graduate and will be attending Miami University.

“I wanted a college that mirrors the comradery my small town has,” Levi said. “I was also looking for a top business school that focuses on social good.” Levi will be studying interdisciplinary business management and entrepreneurship.

Levi looks forward to learning and understanding how human capital and innovating processes can come together to create a thriving business. “I also am looking forward to meeting peers who are driven
and mentors who I can work with to carve out my future.”