The Minority Athletic Directors Association awarded four $500 scholarships to Southwest Ohio students on Wednesday.
The winners were:
• Courtney “Deuce” Blake (Trotwood-Madison High School), who will attend Wheeling Jesuit University and play basketball.
• Nathan Glisson (Wyoming High School), who will attend Marian University and play football.
• Devin Morris (Milford High School), who will attend the University of Kentucky.
• Nila Kennedy-Young (Sycamore High School), who will attend Howard University.
The four were honored during a ceremony at the P&G Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy. The keynote speaker was Faheem Curtis-Khidr, an associate professor of history at Sinclair Community College and a former student-athlete at North Carolina A&T State University.
“We are grateful to be in the position to invest in our students and we reward their athletic and academic successes,” said former Trotwood-Madison Assistant Athletic Director Chuck Richardson, who will start a new job as the AD at Norwood on July 1. “Thanks to our community partners: the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund; Corporate (a footwear/clothing retailer in Cincinnat); We Need More; and the SWOADA (Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association).”
The scholarship winners had to have a 2.5 GPA or above, a college acceptance letter, a one-page essay on how they would benefit from the scholarship, two letters of recommendation from school officials and had to have earned at least one varsity letter or spent one year in the school band.