Scholarship Winners 2022

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, are eligible to apply.

Below are the three recipients of the 2022 Northern Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Ellen Edwards, Summer Rodgers and Wayne Chen,. We wish them much success as they begin their college experience.

Congratulations to the 2022 Northern Kiwanis Scholarship recipients:

Ellen Edwards

Ellen Edwards attends Whetstone. Her curriculum included Advanced Placement classes, along with courses at Columbus State Community College. Ellen has maintained a GPA of over 4.0. Ellen has participated in National History Day, Handshake America, and served on the Whetstone Senior Council. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and was captain of the softball and volleyball teams. As a member of the Key Club, a Kiwanis sponsored high school club, Ellen has helped organize local service projects and helped pack food for citizens in Africa. She has also served meals at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center. In her scholarship essay Ellen states, “Being a leader means doing what is best for the group,” and, “I’ve learned the importance of service alongside leadership.” Her teachers describe Ellen as, “inspiring her peers… seeking to serve her community and inspiring success in others…passionate and a born leader.” Ellen will attend Ohio University where she will be in the Ohio Honors Program and will study Environmental Science and Sustainability.

Summer Rodgers

Summer Rodgers attends Thomas Worthington. Her curriculum included Advanced Placement and Honors classes, along with courses at Central Ohio Technical College and Columbus State Community College. Summer has maintained a GPA of over 4.0. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She is on the track team and served as captain of the field hockey team. Summer is a member of the Garden Club, and has served as a freshman mentor, helping new students adapt and thrive in high school. She also volunteers at the Worthington Library, helping children sign up for the summer reading program. In her scholarship essay Summer states that, “I loved teaching and guiding the underclassmen, helping children at the Worthington library, and touching so many lives in the community.”   Summers’s teachers described her as, “responsible… compassionate… an amazing leader…seeking to be a more competent global citizen.” Summer will attend Denison University where she plans to study Environmental Science.

Wayne Chen

Wayne Chen attends Thomas Worthington. His curriculum included Advanced Placement and Honors classes, along with courses at The Ohio State University, Central Ohio Technical College, and Columbus State Community College. Wayne has maintained a GPA of over 4.0. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. He captained the pole vault section of the track team, was a manager on the soccer team, and a member of the Biology and Chemistry Clubs. Wayne founded the “Equal Exchange Academic Assist Program” to help underprivileged students, and volunteered as a freshman mentor and at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Wayne states in his scholarship essay, “I strive to leave a positive impact on my community. I feel a responsibility for my community and express my gratitude through actions that benefit others.” Wayne’s teacher and counselor describe him as, “dedicated and compassionate… willing to listen to different perspectives… his love for helping others is unmatched.”  Wayne was a research fellow at OSU’s Institute of Behavioral Medicine Research. Wayne plans to study Applied Physics and Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University.


Wayne, Summer and Ellen receiving their certificates at the scholarship banquet.