Scholarship Winners 2021

Northern Columbus Kiwanis supports and encourages higher education, which is why we offer college scholarships worth $1000.00 to graduating high school seniors. Students attending Whetstone, Thomas Worthington, Worthington Christian, Bishop Watterson and Linworth Alternative. are eligible to apply. Also, if you are a student at another high school you may also be eligible. Students enrolling in a 2-year or 4-year college program, or a vocational school, are eligible to apply.

Below are the three recipients of the 2021 Northern Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Carol Mensah-Bonsu, Dominic Panzo, and Cole Petrilla. We wish them much success as they begin their college experience.

Congratulations to the 2021 Northern Kiwanis Scholarship recipients:

Carol Mensah-Bonsu

Carol Mensah-Bonsu attends Thomas Worthington. Her curriculum has included Advanced Placement classes and courses at Central Ohio Technical College and Columbus State Community College. Carol is an Academic Honors student, a member of the National Honor Society, and participates in the Social Entrepreneurship Club which offers students more resources to explore career options. Carol plays field hockey, earning honors as a Scholar Athlete. Her school counselor wrote, “Carol has a strong sense of giving back to her community.” She has volunteered for the Harmony House, a sanctuary for abused women and children; Camp Barnabas to help people with disabilities; and The Connecting Grounds, helping home-insecure and food-insecure people. Carol plans to study Neuroscience and Biology at The Ohio State University, pursuing a career in the medical field.

Dominic Panzo

Dominic Panzo attends Whetstone. His curriculum included Advanced Placement classes, and he has earned high school and Columbus State Community College credits. Dominic participated in the Business Professional skills competition, was a captain of the baseball team, and a member of the Whetstone National Honor Society and the Academic Quiz Bowl Team. In his application essay Dominic says, “Volunteer activity has always been an important facet of my life.” As a member of the Key Club, a Kiwanis sponsored high school club, Dominic has volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and helped pack food for citizens in Africa. He has volunteered for the Steps for Sarcoma Run/Walk, and helped kids playing ball in the NCIL. Dominic plans to study Sport Management at the University of Miami.

Cole Petrilla

Cole Petrilla attends Bishop Watterson. His curriculum has included several Advanced Placement and honors classes. Cole share duties of president of the Spanish Club, has been a cast or crew member for the fall drama for three years, and played varsity tennis for four years. In his essay Cole says, “Volunteering and service has been an important part of my life.” Cole volunteered over 600 hours as a Counselor in Training for Camp Recky Summer Camp at OSU, assisted the residents at the Forum at Knightsbridge Assisted living Center, and participated in fundraising events for St. Agatha School and Clintonville Academy School. Cole will be attending The Ohio State University where he will study Pre-Med and Spanish. His ultimate goal is to become an emergency room physician.