The Ragan Foundation of the Knights of Columbus and the Isabella Avon/Avon Lake Fund presented scholarships for the 2022-23 school year.
High school students received scholarships of $800 each, while college students received scholarships of $1,200 each.
Father Ragan Council No. 3268 of the Knights of Columbus hosted the event May 19 in a panel-walled meeting room at Ragan Hall, 1783 Moore Road.
The high school winners, five in total, read essays they wrote to qualify for the scholarship.
Many spoke of how the money will help their families cover the cost of Catholic education and how grateful they were to have received the money.
They talked about wanting to help society in the future and recounted the many contributions they have made so far in their lives through volunteering and Scouting.
Four of the eight university scholarship holders were present.
Robert Garrett Jr., Grand Knight of the Father Ragan Council, told the winners, “It’s good to give scholarships.
Many winners have spoken of having family members of the Knights of Columbus and how important the organization is to them.
To be eligible for the scholarship, each applicant must attend a Catholic high school or attend a post-high school educational institution.
A third degree Knight of the council or the widow of a third degree Knight must sponsor the candidate.
The five high school winners are: Maeve Baker (St. Joseph Academy); Gillian McDonough (Elyrian Catholic); Ann Millard (Magnificat); Allison Turner (Archbishop Hoban); and Thomas Peter Uhlir (Saint Ignatius).
The eight university winners are: Sarah Colston (Toledo); Marry Gassman (Ohio State University); Mike Griffith (Dayton); Kassidi Kuebler (Miami University of Ohio); Matthew Laci (Miami University of Ohio); Zachary Taylor Maxey (Miami Ohio University); and Mackenzie Roberts (Kent State).