The list of high-school graduates who have received college or university scholarships based on information provided to The Vindicator by school officials. Included are single scholarships of $5,000 or more accepted by the student. Dollar amounts represent the total value of the scholarships for four or more years, if applicable.


Kwabena Adu-Poku: Walsh University, Vanasse Scholarship, $52,000, Men’s Football Scholarship, $72,000.

Lauren Billett: Kent State University, Veteran’s Dependent Scholarship, $6,000.

Skylar Bryant: Westminster College, Blue and White Award, $62,000.

Elizabeth Butto: Westminster College, Pratt MWP Merit Scholarship, $28,000.

Kelsey Calpin: YSU, Resch Scholars Award, $30,000.

Nicholas DiGiacomo: Ohio State University, Maximus Scholarship, $20,000.

Lauren Gabriele: University of Mount Union, Dean’s Scholarship, $50,000.

Caitlyn Hadley: Walsh University, Brothers of Christian Instruction Scholarship, $48,000.

Chiara Jacobson: University of Massachusetts, Chancellor’s Award, $56,000.

Joshua Jenkins: YSU, Trustee Scholarship, $20,000.

Emily Khan: Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Achievement Scholarship, $65,000.

Jaden Karr: YSU, Ohio War Orphans Scholarship, $28,000.

Mackenzie Kondas: Ohio State University, Land Grant Scholarship, $40,040.

Madison Lucansky: University of Findlay, Presidential Scholarship, $56,000.

Matthew Maroni: University of Akron, General Institutional Scholarship, $28,000.

Logan Mitchell: YSU, Track Scholarship, $20,000.

Shannon McMaster: Bowling Green State University, Freshman Academic Scholarship, $5,000.

Nadia Neeley: University of Toledo, Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program, $7,000.

Jacinta Pikunas: University of Akron, Full Athletic Women’s Golf Scholarship, $108,008.

Simon Pusateri: Ohio State University, Maximus Scholarship, $20,000.

Madison Rast: Westminster College, Blue and White Award, $52,000.

Richard Sammartino: Ohio Wesleyan University, Godman Scholarship, $92,000, Conference Council for Youth Ministry Scholarship, $5,000.

Cade Santha: Ohio State University: Morrill Excellence Scholarship, $40,040.

Sophia Schular: Case Western Reserve University, Bolton Scholarship, $72,000.

Artemus Scissum Jr.: College of Wooster, Dean’s Scholarship, $94,000.

Courtney Segool: Geneva College, Alumni Scholarship, $48,000.

Stephen Stanko: YSU, Trustee Scholarship, $20,000.

Mari Sulebi: College of the Atlantic, Presidential Scholarship, $80,000.

Lindsay Tomcsanyi: Duquesne University, Academic Scholarship, $108,000.

Isabella Walsh: College for Creative Studies, no scholarship name provided, $72,000.

Anna Warhol: George Washington University, Full Gymnastics Athletic Scholarship, $285,056.

Kayla Welton: Cleveland State University, Provost’s Award, $20,000.

Jenny Xiao: YSU, Racial Ethnic Merit Scholarship, $5,000.


Jack Bajerski: West Virginia University, Scholarship of Distinction, $56,000.

Brianne Baker: John Carroll University, Presidential Scholarship, $84,000.

Taylor Bernard: Malone University, Emma and Walter Malone Scholarship, $72,000.

Carina Caruso: YSU, Trustee Scholarship, $20,000.

Jordan DeSantis: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, AMDA Merit Scholarship, $20,000.

Jason Kudler: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dean’s Scholarship, $37,600.

Casey Lindstrom: John Carroll University, Honors Scholarship, $20,000, Magis Scholarship, $100,000.

David Marsilio: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Presidential Scholarship, $52,000.

Cara Mason: Harding University, Academic Scholarship, $28,000, NCAA Athletic Scholarship, $20,000.

Samantha Millison: Bowling Green State University, BGSU’s Forensics Scholarship, $40,000.

Seth Morrow: John Carroll University, Presidential Scholarship, $84,000.

Taylor Naples: Bethany College, Bethany Merit Scholarship, $6,000, $24,000.

Zoey Novak: YSU, Trustee Scholarship, $20,000.

Maria Razo: University of Akron, Guarantee Scholarship, $23,500.

Kelly Shannon: Ashland University, Ambassador Level Award, $26,000.

Blake Sitch: Otterbein University, Provost’s Scholarship, $40,000.

Jacob Stellers: YSU, Trustee Scholarship, $20,000.


Youngstown State University’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management received the 2016-17 Outstanding Student Chapter Award, the highest award given by the national association.

YSU placed in the top 4 percent of SHRM groups nationally. There are 327 student chapters across the nation.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.


Kristen Basista, daughter of William and Cheryl Basista, recently graduated with a juris doctorate degree from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

She is a 2010 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School and a 2014 graduate of Westminster College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. During law school, Basista served as the technology editor for I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society; vice president of the Intellectual Property Law Society; and secretary of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association.

Basista will start her career in the fall with Buttaci, Leardi & Werner, a health law firm in Princeton, N.J.

Atty. Donald P. Scott was sworn in this month to the federal bar association by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Scott is a 2015 Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy graduate and was licensed to practice law by Ohio Supreme Court in 2008.

Scott is a lifelong Youngstown resident. He received a bachelor’s degree in law-enforcement administration and an associate degree in police science technology from Youngstown State University.

Scott served as a police officer while attending Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where in 2002 he received his law degree. Afterward, he served in the Army through 2006. During his military career he received the Meritorious Service Medal and multiple awards. He retired from the Army in 2012.

Scott has continued to pursue advanced police-management training by attending the 12-week administrative officer course at the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute in 2016, where he graduated as an academic scholar. He also has served as a federal law-enforcement officer with the U.S. Capitol Police.

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