Mark Neiswander "110" Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
The Neiswander Family
Learn more about the Donor
$5,000
1 winner$5,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
May 29, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate student
State:
Ohio
Background:
Leadership in school and/or community service or volunteering experience
Education Level:
State:
Background:
High school senior or undergraduate student
Ohio
Leadership in school and/or community service or volunteering experience

Mark Neiswander was a loving father who grew up in the small town of Urbana, Ohio.

Throughout his life, the core values instilled by his family and community were his guiding North Star.

Ohio University's legendary "Most Exciting Band in the Land", known as The Ohio University Marching 110, captures the spirit of Mark and the 110% he gave to everything he did. Thus, the Mark Neiswander “110” Memorial Scholarship is a representation of his work ethic and the spirit of the Marching 110. 

Mark had a strong love for his hometown and the close bonds that could only be formed through such a tightly knit community. Throughout his life, Mark believed in giving back to his community and helping others.

Mark had an immense passion for life and learning. This scholarship aims to support students from small towns in Ohio so they can pursue a college education.

Any high school senior or undergraduate student in Ohio who demonstrates leadership in school, volunteering experience, and/or academic excellence may apply.

To apply, tell us how growing up in a small town impacted you and how you hope to give back to your community in the future.

Published December 28, 2021
$5,000
1 winner$5,000
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
7
Application Deadline
May 29, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 15, 2022
Education Level
Undergraduate, High School
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How has growing up in a small town made you who you are and how do you plan to give back to that community in the future?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Hannah Louck
Ohio University-Main CampusUrbana, OH
The saying "Distance makes the heart grow fonder" is true. Since moving, I constantly find pieces of my childhood hometown in everything I love. I was born and raised in Urbana, Ohio, just like my parents and their parents before them. I always knew I lived in a small town, but I never realized how small until college. To this day, I am still creating new ways to describe Urbana on a map when people ask where I am from. Like most teenagers, I was sure I would leave for college, see what was on the other side of the cornfields surrounding town, and never want to come back. But over the past year, I have experienced quite the opposite. As I continue to grow and learn more about myself, I find the town that raised me is deeply embedded into who I am. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them, and I have spent over 18 years learning all of mine in one place. I learned how to be hard-working from my high school coaches. I learned to face my fears while showing horses at the county fair. I learned the value of service repairing local homes with my church youth group. The community I had taught me lessons I may not be the same person without. The community you get from living in a small town is priceless in a way that only people who have lived in one will understand. When deciding on a college, I chose Ohio University because it reminded me of home. The local shops and brick downtown buildings bring me a comforting nostalgia. I see remnants of Urbana everywhere I look. My time at Ohio University has affirmed for me more than ever that I want to spend my life helping others. People in small, rural towns are impacted disproportionately by poverty, poor infrastructure, unemployment, etc. I want to use my education to help my hometown and others like it. Small towns like mine have beautiful communities which deserve access to quality resources. As a first-generation student, I have the luxury of higher education and am aware that many people do not. I want to use this privilege to help the marginalized groups society forgets about because those are the people who make the world go round. I hope to one-day influence someones life as much as the people of Urbana have influenced mine.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 29, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 15, 2022.

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