Oregon, Ohio, Aug. 11, 2014: The German-American
Festival Society announces its scholarship awards for 2014.
German Language Scholarships for $1000 were awarded to two
Toledo graduating high school seniors who distinguished
themselves in their study of the German language and culture.
GAF Societies Active Participant Scholarships, also for $1000,
were awarded to two top students from Perrysburg, who have
volunteered for years at the Festival.
To qualify for the awards, students must have taken an academic
or college preparatory course of study and attained a grade
point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0-point system.
Participation in additional school-sponsored organizations and
extra-curricular activities is also required. Students applying
for the German-language scholarship must be in at least their
third year of German language study. For the Active Participant
Scholarships, applicants must have either volunteered at the
Festival or participated actively in any of the seven member
societies of the G.A.F.
The following are the 2014 recipients of $1,000 scholarships:
is a graduate of Whitmer High School. Besides her perfect
GPA in high school German classes, Alison’s infectious
enthusiasm for the German language, which she studied during
all 4 years of high school, particularly impressed her
German teacher, Krista Balwinski. Alison is a member of the
exclusive Delta Epsilon Phi German Honor Society; as an
officer and “Webmeisterin,” she has led school initiatives
promoting interest in learning and speaking German. During
her high school career, Alison also participated in varsity
golf, marching band and the National Honor Society. In the
fall, Alison will attend the University of Toledo, where she
plans to study Nursing. A Toledo resident, she is the
daughter of Deb and Patrick Feehan.
of Toledo is a 2014 graduate of E. L. Bowsher High School,
where she, too, aced 4 years of German classes, including
several Honors classes. As a participant in the Sister
Cities International Exchange Program, she served as an
ambassador from Toledo to Delmenhorst, Germany, and hosted
her German counterpart in Toledo. According to BCSN
Sportscaster Tom Cole, who has worked with Katlyn on a
professional television set, Katlyn is “the best of the
best…. a leader and a doer.” Besides German, Katlyn is
passionate about sports. She was a 4-year member of
Bowsher’s Track Team, was Captain of the Cross Country Team,
and also held jobs with LineDrive Sportz and the Toledo Mud
Hens. Katlyn will attend Bowling Green State University in
the fall to pursue a degree in Telecommunications. She is
the daughter of Sean and Tiffany Westhoven.
of Perrysburg is a graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High
School. A few months before enrolling there, he learned that
the school planned to phase out its German language program,
and would not offer German 1 his freshman year. Rather than
choosing another language to study, he enlisted the aid of a
German tutor. After a summer of diligent study, he
successfully tested into the sophomore level German 2 class,
which was still being offered. Subsequently, he placed into
AP German, and served as President of SJJ’s German Club.
Eric was also Captain of the SJJ Rowing Team, a Student
Council officer and member of the National Honor Society,
and is a self-employed landscaper. Since his youth, Eric
has been a dedicated volunteer at the annual German-American
Festival, assisting his family in the roasted almond (gebrannte
Mandeln) booth. Eric will be attending Miami University,
where he plans to continue studying German, along with
Finance, ultimately pursuing a career in Dentistry. He is
the son of Alfred and Kerry Hartkopf.
is a 2014 graduate of St. Ursula Academy. Alli has
participated in activities of the G.A.F. since she was a
pre-schooler. She attended the G.A.F. Jugendwoche (Youth
Week) camp as a youngster, and served as a camp counselor
throughout high school. An active member of the German
Beneficial Union society (and ticket scanner at the
Festival), she cherishes fond memories of the annual
Christmas, Easter and Halloween parties at Oak Shade Grove.
Alli has an impressive resume of activities and awards while
in high school. At St. Ursula, she was Captain of the Crew
and Gymnastics teams, Student Council class representative,
and member of the National Honor Society, the Concert Choir
and Musical Chorus. She has received numerous awards for
her church and community service work, including the
President’s Volunteer Service Award. A volunteer at St.
Luke’s Hospital, she plans to study nursing this fall at the
University of Cincinnati. Allison is the daughter of Ronald
and Wendy Studtmann, and resides in Perrysburg.
In addition to the $1000 Scholarships, awards from the G.A.F. of
$100 were presented to the following students chosen by their
teachers as their schools' top graduating scholars: Rylee
Clark, Start High School, Ashley Everett, Sylvania
Southview High School, and Alison Feehan, Whitmer High
School. Each of the participating schools will receive a
classroom subscription to German World magazine.
German World is an excellent teaching tool, publishing
articles in English and German, side-by-side.
The German-American Festival is the largest supporter of
high school level foreign language education in the Toledo
area. These awards mark the 49th year of recognizing young
German scholars in northwest Ohio. Questions regarding these
scholarships can be directed to: GAFScholarship@gmail.com.
Additionally, several German and Swiss Societies make
scholarships available. The Toledo Schwaben Verein gives
$500 scholarships to full time students in an undergraduate
college program or a technical school. This year they awarded 7
scholarships to the following students:
The Schwaben Verein Scholarships: Emily Belcik,
Capital University; Elise Lohmann, University of
Toledo; Eric Lohmann, University of Toledo;
Kaitlyn Mueller, University of Toledo; Danielle Rieck,
Western Michigan University; Jordan Schnabel,
University of Toledo;
The Herman and Maria Schmalzried Scholarship: Craig
Lohmann, Bowling Green State University; Monica Mason,
Kent State University
The Toledo Schwaben Verein has awarded scholarships for
13 years, for a total of 105 scholarships and $52,500.
GBU FINANCIAL LIFE,
annually awards several scholarships and grants promoting
scholarship through the GBU Foundation. This year’s GBU
District 510 members awarded a GBU Foundation Scholarship or
2014 Freshmen Award ($2,500): Alex Kloster, Miami
2014 Two-Year Award ($1,000): Hayley Friedman, Unknown
2013 Freshman Renewal ($1,500): Anna Studtmann,
University of Kentucky;
2012 Freshmen Renewal ($1,500): Hannah Birchall,
University of Toledo, Tyler Halicek Marquette University;
2012 Bert Waltenberger Memorial Scholarship ($1,500): Elise
Lohmann, University of Toledo;
2014 College Grants ($500): David Birchall, University of
Toledo, Allison Studtmann, University of Cincinnati; High
School Freshmen Grant ($100): Caleb Gill, Garrett Gresh
and Daniel Powers.
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