Owens Community College student Amber Gonzales, of Findlay, has been chosen by the Walters Family to receive a $500 Ryan, Mary and Hayden Walters Scholarship for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.
Established in 2011, the endowed scholarship honors the legacy of Ryan, Mary and Hayden Walters and their commitment to lifelong learning. In June 2010, Ryan, Mary and Hayden lost their lives as a result of a tornado and damaging storms that devastated the Northwest Ohio region.
The scholarship is given annually at the Walters Family 5K Run to an Owens student with aspirations of careers in early childhood education, information systems, computer programming and computer systems.
Selection criteria for the scholarship is based upon recipients being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Owens per semester and achieving a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Additionally, preference is given to a student who is majoring in early childhood education, information systems, computer programming and computer systems. Scholarship applicants also must state how they will utilize their college degree to give back to the community in which they live in the form of an essay.
Gonzales is pursuing her associate’s degree in early childhood education and aspires to work with children as a teacher at a childcare center. The 2010 Buckeye Online School for Success graduate ultimately envisions a career as an elementary school guidance counselor.
Owens student Amber Gonzales poses for a photo with the Walters Family following the awarding of the first Ryan, Mary and Hayden Walters Scholarship at the Walters Family 5K Run in Millbury.