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Scholarship Recipients Announced

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Anyone that has ever attended one of our events (tailgate, watch party, socials, etc.) will remember our efforts to raise funds for our two endowed scholarships (Greater Cincinnati and Cusick Family). Congratulations to these scholarship recipients for 2023!

Alaina is the recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Endowed Scholarship.

Alaina Henger is a 2023 graduate of William Mason High School. She is attending the Honors College this fall and will study biochemistry in hopes of one day pursuing either medical research or becoming a doctor. In high school she was part of the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS). As a member of NHS, she helped organized Mason's Prom Fashion Show during her junior and senior years. The Prom Fashion Show helped raise money for Mason's Student Activities Fund which helps underprivileged students attend things like prom, football games, and many more activities. Outside of school she was a competitive cheerleader for 13 years and spent most of her free time volunteering through her church. In college she plans to continue her passion for volunteering by helping the Tuscaloosa community as much as she can.

Sydney Mullens is from Burlington, Ky., and is a 2023 graduate of Cooper High School. She is also the recipient of the Greater Cincinnati Endowed scholarship. Born into a military family, Sydney found herself moving every three years, living in six states! She can adapt to change because of her experience moving. She is actively involved in community service. She organized a fundraiser to provide Christmas presents to a family of seven affected by the tornadoes in Bowling Green, Ky., in December 2021. She also volunteered and competed at many obstacle course races through high school. She placed 2nd in her division in the 2022 Georgia Spartan Race. Always driven, she interviewed for her first job at the age of 15.

Anna Neff is the recipient of the Cusick Family Endowed Scholarship. Anna is a 2023 graduate of Oakwood High School. She was an active athlete at Oakwood, competing on the varsity diving team and softball (both in high school and the US International team). While in high school, Anna was on the National Honor Society, received honorable mention in the Dottie Yeck Good Life Writing Contest, placed 5th in the OHSAA Division II girls diving meet, and continued to be very active and successful in diving and softball. Anna is very grateful to have received the Cusick Scholarship because she lost her dad in 2018, which placed her family in financial hardship. She's been paying for college ever since.

Ellie is awarded the Blazic Scholarship by Eddie Bogdanovicz, CrimsonAti president.

Congratulations Ellie Rudolph, recipient of the one-time John Blazic Scholarship. John was an avid fan of the Crimson Tide and was active in CrimsonAti. He recently passed away and the Chapter established this scholarship in his memory. A total of $1,575 was collected for this scholarship. Ellie is from Cincinnati and is a graduate of McNicholas High School. She is an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She is a recipient of the UA Scholar Scholarship and is in the Honors College. She also received the Julia Tutwiler Scholarship. She is active in undergraduate research working to better understand the relationship between sedentary behavior and pregnancy and studying college students with Type 1 diabetes. She is working under Dr. Amanda Wilkerson and PhD candidate Ny'Nika McFadden. She is employed as a pharmacy tech at CVS in Tuscaloosa on the Strip. She also works at Arthur's Cafe, her uncle's business, when back home in Cincinnati. She's a very independent student financially.

We received hundreds of applications for our scholarships! We owe a big THANK YOU to the members of our Scholarship Review Committee: Jim Anderson (chair); Bonnie Rickert, Mikki Doerger, Miranda Parker and Becky Dunehew. Job well done!

We raised a total of $3,750 for the Greater Cincinnati Scholarship in 2022-23. That amount was matched in July, 2023, at 64% ($2,400), bringing the corpus balance to $109,374. We raised a total of $3,000 for the Cusick Scholarship in 2022-23. That amount was matched in July, 2023, at 64% ($1,920), bringing the corpus balance to $62,136.

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Louis Mays
Louis Mays
Jul 25, 2023

Thank you Jim Anderson and team! You all rock!

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