Six Columbus Area High School Students Named as 2018 Area Kenneth L. Howard Scholars

Columbus, OH — The Columbus Kappa Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Columbus Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. is pleased to announce the 20th annual Kenneth L. Howard Endowed Scholarship Fund (KLHESF) awardees. The five high school division recipients are: 1.) Rayshon C. Walker, Whetstone High School; 2.) Alexander R. Ushry, Eastmoor Academy; 3.) Ryan A. Wise, The Wellington School; 4.) Drew E. Collins, Olentangy Liberty High School; 5.) David M. Bean, Pickerington High School North, and 6.) Dominic Carter of Briggs High School (book scholarship).

All scholarship recipients will be honored at the annual Kenneth L. Howard scholarship brunch that will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the auditorium of Columbus Africentric Early College located at 3223 Allegheny Avenue in Columbus. The keynote speaker for the brunch will be Mr. Keith Key, CEO of KBK Enterprises and he will deliver an address entitled “A Change is going to come: Arm yourself with an education.” This year’s awards bring the total for all scholarships awarded to area high school and college students by the KLHESF and Columbus Kappa Foundation to 170 students and $145,500.00 since 1987.

At press time no repeating collegiate winners were announced, although two former KLHESF awardees are still eligible to reapply for scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year after their second semester grades have been posted for the Spring 2018 term (May); and in one case, after the successful completion of a summer internship with KLHESF corporate partner Corna Kokosing Construction Company.

Scholarship Awardee Profiles

Rayshon C. Walker has been accepted to George Mason University, Ohio University, and Denison University. He will attend either OU or Denison and major in communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism. He was a four year varsity basketball player and captain of the team at Whetstone H.S. as well as senior class president and homecoming king. He took five AP classes, and multiple classes at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) earning a 3.92 GPA.

Alexander R. Ushry has been accepted by Norfolk State University, New Mexico, BGSU, Xavier, Cleveland State, Jackson State, Ohio State University, and a host of other colleges. He will attend OSU and major in accounting. He has earned a Morrill scholarship to OSU. This Eastmoor Academy scholar athlete has a 3.7 GPA and a 25 on the ACT. He has taken multiple classes at CSCC plus he lettered in both varsity football & baseball among other things.

Ryan A. Wise has been accepted at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and will study film and television. The Wellington School does not rank or calculate GPAs for their students, but a thorough review of his transcript has him at approximately a 3.3. He participated in the theatre program during the last six years, was a member of the Urban Strings of Columbus as first chair cellist, and produced a short film made at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Summer High School Filmmakers Workshop last summer. The short film Inalieable can be viewed here on Youtube: https://youtu.be/xd5azJdP3TI .

Drew Collins has been admitted to BGSU, The University of Louisville, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is undecided as to where he will attend at press time. He will major in bass performance. An avid musician at Olentangy Liberty, he participated in the OMEA All State Orchestra and in 2016 had a solo and ensemble rank #1. Drew carries a 2.8 and scored a 20 on the ACT.

David M. Bean has been admitted to Belmont University and the University of Hartford among other colleges. He is undecided as to where he will attend. He will major in audio/acoustical engineering and music production. David has a 3.55 GPA and while at Pickerington North has taken multiple classes at Columbus State Community College. He earned a 25 on the ACT and he was also a member of the PNHS track team.

Dominic J. Carter has applied to Central State University, the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Kentucky State University, Southern University, Alabama State University and Norfolk State University. He plans to major in music education. While at Briggs he participated in both marching and concert band. Mr. Carter will graduate from Briggs High School this year, and to date has earned a 2.6 GPA and scored a 16 on the ACT.

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