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Scholarship Awards April 12, 2016

The Kettering Education Foundation, an all-volunteer component fund of The Dayton Foundation, offers several scholarships on a yearly basis. On Thursday April 12, KEF, on behalf of its donors, presented scholarships to 11 outstanding Kettering Fairmont graduating seniors.

Adam Duffy

Chief’s Scholarship

The Chief’s Scholarship was founded to continue the bond between fathers and their sons/daughters established in the Indian (Adventure) Guide and Princess Programs sponsored by the Kettering South Community YMCA. Graduates of the program who are graduating seniors may apply.

2016 Recipient: Adam Duffy - The Ohio State University – English Education



Kettering Jaycees Scholarship

The Kettering Jaycees Scholarship was established by the Kettering Jaycees Foundation to assist Fairmont seniors who are graduating from the Automotive Trades Program. The award is a one-year scholarship given to a student who has is active in the community and school, and recommended by his or her teachers for this scholarship award.

2016 Recipients: Cameron Kennison & Jacob Scherer

Cameron plans to attend Ohio Technical College and Jacob will attend Lincoln Tech.



Emily Hughes

"Cookie” Weeks Scholarship

Kettering teacher, Elizabeth “Cookie” Weeks established the “Cookie” Weeks Scholarship for a graduating Fairmont senior who was also a graduate of Ms. Week’s Beavertown Elementary class. The award is given to a student who has a combination of a high GPA, and demonstrated involvement in school and community activities.

2016 Recipient: Emily Hughes - Capital University, Physical Therapist



Alex Decker

Smitty (Christopher Smith) Scholarship

The Smitty (Christopher Smith) Scholarship is offered in memory of Christopher Stephen Smith, a 2001 graduate who died unexpectedly in 2008 from complications related to injuries sustained while serving in the United States Army in Afghanistan.

2016 Recipient: Alex Decker

Alex has been accepted into the United States Military Academy where Business will be his major.



James Lockwood Scholarship

James Lockwood Scholarship was established at the wishes of James Lockwood, who was killed by a drunken driver in a traffic accident just days before deploying for service in Iraq. The scholarship is designed to award a graduating senior member of the Fairmont Track and Field program who has exhibited significant love and spirit for this sport.

2016 Recipient: Nicholas Jump

Nicholas plans to attend Loyola University and major in Communications.



Wesley Ewing

John Pitstick Memorial Scholarship

The John Pitstick Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the spirit and memory of Fairmont West graduate John Pitstick, a varsity football player and student who enjoyed high school and made lifelong friends at Fairmont. The scholarship goes to a Fairmont student athlete who plans to major in education.

2016 Recipient: Wesley Ewing - Wittenberg University – Middle School Math



Charles Nickles

Cheryl Abraham Memorial Scholarship

The Cheryl Abraham Memorial Scholarship A School Counselor at Fairmont High School from 2002-2014 Cheryl loved high school students and dedicated her life to helping them navigate their way, however divergent the path, to choices that would positively shape their futures. She offered students her mindful-presence and total acceptance. Cheryl worked hard to create opportunities for students to succeed and was a tireless advocate for those whose life path was not always straight or clear.

2016 Recipient: Charles Nickles - Ohio University – Law



Jacob Montgomery

Chase Hale Scholarship

The Chase Hale Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of T. Chase Hale who was a 2002 graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School, captain of both his swimming and tennis teams, and died in an automobile accident in 2007. The scholarship is awarded to a member of the swimming team nominated by the coaches.

2016 Recipient: Jacob Montgomery

Jacob will attend the University of Dayton where he plans to major in Aerospace Engineering.



Jackson Matevia

Kesling Family Scholarship

Kesling Family Scholarship established by Kettering Fairmont grad, and former Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, Diane Kesling to honor her parents, Betty Kesling Smith and Devon Kesling. Both Betty and Devon were Kettering graduates and active participants in the music program. Betty was also a music teacher in Kettering for many years. Devon was drum major at Fairmont and went on to become drum major at The Ohio State University. Diane was a member of Fairmont orchestra and choir before going on to sing in the Metropolitan Opera for many years.

2016 Recipient: Jackson Matevia - University of Cincinnati - Political Science



Sally Roush Brown Scholarship

The Sally Roush Brown Scholarship was established to pay tribute to former teacher and Kettering Board of Education member, Sally Roush Brown. The Brown family developed this scholarship for a graduating senior at Fairmont who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities.

2016 Recipient: Adam Duffy - The Ohio State University – Education


Kettering Education Foundation

Kettering Education Foundation is a component of The Dayton Foundation

The Dayton Foundation
40 N. Main Street, Suite 500
Dayton, Ohio 45423