LOVELAND, OHIO - The Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the award recipients of the 2011 Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Award and the Patricia Furterer Scholarship Award. Matthew Worsham was awarded the 2011 Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Award and Suzy Culbertson was awarded the Patricia Furterer Scholarship Award. Matthew and Suzy, both seniors at Loveland High School, will each receive $1,000 toward their college educations.
Worsham is a member of the National Honor Society, the Chemistry Club, a founding member of the Astronomy and Science Clubs, and a two-year staff member of The Roar student newspaper. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, serving twice as Senior Patrol Leader, receiving the Outstanding Senior Patrol Leader award, and has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Worsham is a Black Belt in the Maududo Martial Arts system, swam and ran track his senior year for the first time, winning the Coaches’ Award for “hard work and perseverance” on the swim team. A NASA INSPIRE student and a former FIRST LEGO League team member, his interests in science led him to the Cincinnati Observatory Center, where he is an original graduating class member of the 40 Galileos astronomy outreach program, and to iSPACE, where he is a volunteer teaching assistant, Worsham also built robotics game tables and a microgravity drop tower for his Eagle Project. He plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Dayton.
Culbertson is a member of the National Honor Society and a LINK Crew Leader. She is captain of both the Academic and Science Olympiad Teams, receiving First Team All-District, MVP and Player of the Season honors for the Academic Team, and medaling in every Science Olympiad Regional Competition and qualifying for State Competition all four years of high school. Culbertson has been in the cast or crew of every theatrical production during high school and was nominated for a “Cappie” Award in 2010 for Excellence in High School Theater. She is also a Cappie Critic with four reviews published in the local media this year, and a member of the Thespian Society where she was elected to the Clerk position. A Girl Scout since the first grade, Culbertson has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is given to less than 6% of all Girl Scouts nationwide, and also the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze Service Awards. She has volunteered at the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank, for the Loveland Beautification Committee, and at the Loveland Stage Company. In addition to babysitting, she has worked for a veterinarian and at Kings Island. Culbertson wants to become a medical doctor and plans to study biology/pre-med at the University of Iowa.
Jodi Inabnitt, President/CEO of the Chamber said, “The Chamber wishes both of these scholarship recipients the best in their future endeavors.”