IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH: JENNA HERR, JUDGE REGINALD J. ROUTSON SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

 Hancock County Common Please Judge Reginald J Routson presents his second annual $1,000 scholarship to McComb High School graduating senior Jenna Herr on May 22, 2017.

Hancock County Common Please Judge Reginald J Routson presents his second annual $1,000 scholarship to McComb High School graduating senior Jenna Herr on May 22, 2017.

By Kate Feeks

On May 22nd Jenna Herr, 2017 graduate of McComb High School, McComb Ohio was this year’s recipient of the Judge Reginald J. Routson Scholarship.

The Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. provides high school students the opportunity to receive scholarships to assist them when attending a four-year college or university.

The purpose of the Routson scholarship is to provide financial assistance to actively involved and academically successful high school graduates.  The standards of eligibility for students include: the applicant must be a graduating senior, financial need (not a determining factor but a consideration), must be involved in school and or community activities, and the student must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA with documentation from the most current school term. Students who receive full scholarship support from other organizations or institutions will not be considered for this scholarship.

Jenna was successfully involved in many sports and clubs during high school. “ I was involved in Spanish Club and was voted president, I was a part of the volleyball team and we made it to the state semifinals. I was also a part of the basketball team and scored my 1,000th point this year.”  Jenna played softball and was part of NHS (National Honors Society) and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).  FCA requires students to meet once a week, have a mini lesson and go out to assist the community and other countries.  “Every year at Christmas time we collect a bunch of different shoe boxes and supplies and ship them to children in Africa.  We also go to my church and pack meals for Haiti.  This year we packed over 25,000 meals for the hungry. In our community, one thing we like to do is help with yard work.  We rake leaves for the elderly or help those people that are unable to tend to their yard” Jenna explained.   

The Routson scholarship is a great opportunity for Jenna.  Planning for her future had everything to do with her applying for scholarships.  “My parents told me that I would have to pay for half of my tuition each year.  I have money saved from working, but I knew I needed more to get myself through.  I worked really hard this school year filling out scholarship application after application hoping it would pay off in the end.” Jenna said. 

This summer Jenna is working at Kohl’s distribution center.  She will be attending Bowling Green University this fall majoring in nursing.  “My goal after I graduate is to work at a pediatric family practice or a hospital in Findlay, Ohio” explained Jenna.

Congratulations to Jenna Herr and good luck with all your future plans!