Zane VanFossen with CZ-Co-Founder John Celebrezze as he received the Officer Vincent R. Celebrezze Scholarship at Revere High School on May 19, 2017.

Zane VanFossen with CZ-Co-Founder John Celebrezze as he received the Officer Vincent R. Celebrezze Scholarship at Revere High School on May 19, 2017.

By Kate Feeks  

On May 19, 2017 Attorney John Celebrezze presented the first Officer Vincent Celebrezze Memorial Scholarship to Zane Vanfossen, a 2017 Revere High School graduating senior. 

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 Officer Vincent Celebrezze scholarship, named in honor of Attorney Celebrezze’s older brother, is to provide financial assistance to actively involved and academically successful high school graduates.  The standards of eligibility include: The applicant must be a graduating senior, financial need (not a determining factor but consideration), the applicant must be involved in school and or community activities, the student must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA with documentation from most current trimester, students who receive full scholarship support from other organizations or institutions will not be considered for this scholarship, students pursuing a degree in law or criminal justice will be given preference.  

Zane Vanfossen, made the most of his senior year while attending Revere High School.  He not only went to his required high school classes, but in addition he attended the University of Akron part-time as part of a college credit plus program offered at Revere.   He earned college credit while still in high school.   His class also voted him to be a senior court member on this year’s Homecoming Court.  “My senior year was awesome.  I was a sports editor for our school newspaper The Lantern and I received an award from Kent State University for an opinion piece I wrote.  I was also the captain of the Division 2 State Runner Up varsity soccer team.  I am very proud of that accomplishment because everyone thought our chance had passed us last year when 10 seniors graduated leaving myself and another underclassman as the remaining starters.  It was supposed to be our "’growing year’", but we had another goal in mind and nearly achieved it,” Vanfossen said.  

“I have decided to major in digital forensics with a minor in cyber security.  The Officer Vincent Celebrezze Memorial Scholarship gave specific priority to criminal justice majors.  To be the first RHS student to receive the memorial scholarship was quite exciting and feels a bit prestigious!” explained Vanfossen.  

For the summer, Zane is working at Smith Brothers Gardening Center in Bath, Ohio. Zane is also a member of his church youth group (Bethel Lutheran Church).  He will be on a mission trip with his youth group to Benton Harbor.  He also plays club soccer with the Cleveland Futbol Club.  In July he will attend soccer camp in Tiffin, Ohio to get some pre-season training with his future coaches.  

“I will be attending Tiffin University in August.  Since I will be playing soccer there, I report early for training. I also anticipate getting a campus job through the work-study program and hope to find some interesting internships.” Vanfossen said.  

Congratulations to Zane Vanfossen and good luck with all your future plans!

CLICK HERE: Remarks made by John Celebrezze, CZ Co-Founder, on May 19, 2017, as he presented the first Officer Vincent R. Celebrezze Scholarship in the amount of $1000 to Zane VanFossen, 2017 Revere High School graduating senior.

CLICK HERE: Remarks made by Zane VanFossen to the Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project on June 16, 2017