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Sunbury News Staff

The University of Findlay Welcomes New Students to Campus

FINDLAY, OH (10/05/2017)— The University of Findlay recently welcomed new undergraduate and graduate students to campus for fall 2017.

Local students include:

  • Emma Graham of Sunbury (43074) is pursuing a degree in animal science. Graham is a graduate of Olentangy High School.
  • Myah Daron of Westerville (43082) is pursuing a degree in animal science and a degree in biology. Daron is a graduate of Olentangy Orange High School.
  • Colin Robertson of Westerville (43082) is pursuing a degree in biology and a degree in medical laboratory science. Robertson is a graduate of Westerville Central High School.
  • Christian Nkansah-Wiafe of Westerville (43082) is pursuing a degree in business management and a degree in computer science. Nkansah-Wiafe is a graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Ronald Mains of Westerville (43082) is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.
  • Kimberlee Vedder of Westerville (43081) is pursuing a master’s degree in education.

The University of Findlay is one of the largest private colleges in Northwest Ohio. With a total enrollment of almost 4,000 students, the University of Findlay has nearly 80 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. UF has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. For more information, visit

News from Youngstown State University

YSU freshmen awarded Honors, Provost, Housing scholarships

YOUNGSTOWN (10/06/2017)— More than 400 first-year students at Youngstown State University received Honors, Provost and Housing scholarships this Fall Semester.

The following local YSU students received awards:

  • Samantha Chafin of Westerville, OH, was awarded the Housing Excellence Scholarship. Chafin is a Westerville-North High School graduate and Exercise Science PT Track major at YSU.
  • Jeanna Bondurant of Sunbury, OH, was awarded the Honors Program Scholarship and Honors Housing Scholarship. Bondurant is a Big Walnut High School graduate and Medical Laboratory Science major at YSU.

Honors Scholarships and Honors Housing Scholarships both range from $2,000 to $3,000, and recipients become part of YSU’s prestigious University Honors College. Provost Scholarships range from $4,000 to $6,000 and recognize high-achieving out-of-state students.

Housing awards, including the Housing Experience Scholarship, the Housing Excellence Scholarship and the President’s Residential Scholarship, range from $2,000 to $5,550.

YSU awards Freshman Scholarships for Excellence

YOUNGSTOWN (10/04/2017)— Youngstown State University has awarded its annual Scholarships for Excellence to more than 1,200 students who are new to YSU this Fall Semester.

The following local YSU students are scholarship recipients:

  • Maria Aventino of Westerville, OH, a Westerville-South High School graduate studying Electrical Engineering Tech B, was awarded a Red and White Scholarship.
  • Alyssa Pinkston of Galena, OH, a Big Walnut High School graduate studying Criminal Justice Bachelors, was awarded a Red and White Scholarship.
  • Kara Raines of Galena, OH, a Olentangy High School graduate studying Pre Business Management, was awarded a Red and White Scholarship.

YSU’s Scholarships for Excellence awards are: $1,000 First Opportunity; $2,000 Red and White; $3,000 Dean’s; $4,000 President’s; $5,000 Trustees’; $4,000 to $6,000 Provost; $1,000 Martin Luther King; $1,000 to $3,000 Honors Program; and $2,000 Trailblazer.

Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. For more information, visit

Galena’s Buzzelli Part of Hurricane Relief Efforts at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, OH (09/21/2017)— Maxwell Buzzelli of Galena, Ohio was one of 150 student volunteers for “Raider Aid: Operation Purple.” Students from the University of Mount Union collected donations at 16 businesses throughout Alliance to benefit those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

On Friday, September 15 alone, Raider Aid raised over $5,000 to be donated to the American Red Cross. Twelve students planned the event in less than two weeks by working with the Regula Center of Public Service and Civic Engagement. The day of service concluded with an on-campus rally to encourage student donations.

University of Mount Union The University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a four-year, private institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The University is located in Alliance, OH, 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Mount Union offers an array of broad-based and career-specific undergraduate and graduate programs to its 2,200 students who experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation. The University is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience. For more information, visit

Eleanor Sarle of Galena Enrolled at St. Lawrence University

CANTON, NY (09/18/2017)— St. Lawrence University has welcomed Eleanor C. Sarle of Galena as a member of the Class of 2021. Sarle attended Saint Francis de Sales High School.

Approximately 710 students enrolled at St. Lawrence this fall, including 69 of whom represent 24 countries around the world. Fifty-seven percent of St. Lawrence students come from outside of New York State, and 46 percent graduated in the top-10 percent of their high school class. More than 90 percent participated in athletics in high school, 75 percent volunteered or were involved with community service or volunteer work, and 38 percent participated in the arts.

Each first-year student at St. Lawrence University participates in its nationally-recognized First-Year Program, one of the oldest living-learning programs in the country. The FYP helps students make successful transitions from high school to college. Students live together as as cohort and are taught by faculty teams, developing the writing, speaking and research skills needed for college. Students continue to develop these skills in a spring First-Year Seminar.

Fall semester classes began on Aug. 30.

About St. Lawrence University

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit

Gwendolyn Kunz earns Presidential Scholarship at Baldwin Wallace University

BEREA, OH (10/10/2017)— Gwendolyn Kunz of Galena (43021) was among more than 400 first-year students welcomed to the Baldwin Wallace University campus this fall who claimed $6.1 million in merit scholarships. Kunz, a graduate of Olentangy High School majoring in theatre design and technical studies, earned a $16,000 Presidential Scholarship based on outstanding academic achievements in high school. BW’s merit scholarships are awarded to full-time students and are renewable up to four years with good academic and social standing. BW grants a wide range of scholarships to current students each year. Including merit and need-based scholarships, BW students received over $45 million in financial support from the University for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

Olivia Talamo of Westerville (43082) earns Honors Program scholarship at John Carroll University

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (10/13/2017)— Olivia Talamo has been accepted into the Honors Program at John Carroll University. More than 325 highly qualified students applied for the distinguished program. Talamo is a member of the JCU Class of 2021 and a graduate of Westerville South High School.

In addition to a $5,000 annual merit scholarship and priority course registration status, incoming members of the Honors Program benefit from the following opportunities:

• Honors Program Book Award: Costs are covered for all textbooks in required Honors courses.

• Honors Pathway Award: Up to $3,000 will be awarded for engaging in experiential learning during sophomore or junior year.

• Honors Capstone Award: $1,500 awarded after the final Honors Program requirement is completed.

• An opportunity to be part of a living-learning community with other students in Signature Programs (Leadership Scholars and Arrupe Scholars).

The Honors Program seeks to recruit high-achieving learners to a community where they may cultivate intellectual curiosity, engage actively in their learning, strengthen their communication skills, and serve as academic leaders of the University. Typically, incoming Honors students have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA in a strong college preparatory curriculum. Additional requirements are explained on the Honors Program website.

John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world. John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Sunbury News Staff