The Dublin Irish Festival has announced the two winners of the 2014 Dublin Irish Festival Scholarships. Jaclyn Chu from Dublin Jerome High School and Sam Kieffer from Dublin Coffman High School will both receive $2,500 cash scholarships.
The Dublin Irish Festival scholarship is awarded each year to graduating high school seniors who have shown exceptional community involvement as Dublin Irish Festival volunteers.
Jaclyn Chu has been attending the Dublin Irish Festival for more than 15 years, and has worked as an active volunteer for the City of Dublin for nearly 10. Jaclyn has served the Festival at the admission gates, rolling out the green carpet for Festival goers year after year. She is also an active volunteer with the Tzu Chi Foundation, helping to raise money for disaster relief and distribute food at local food banks. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania this fall to pursue a double major in Biochemistry and Economics.
Sam Kieffer began his extensive volunteer experience with the Dublin Irish Festival more than ten years ago. He has volunteered his time and talents for the Festival in numerous capacities including the Wee Folk area, driving entertainer golf carts, scanning tickets at the admission gates, and helping prepare food in Entertainment Hospitality. His passion and dedication landed him the honor of Best of Fest Youth Volunteer in 2010. He also volunteers as a St. Brigid of Kildare altar server among participating in other activities and hobbies. He will attend Columbus State Community College this fall and pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Mark Widerschein – Bishop Watterson High School
Kaitlin Smith – Dublin Coffman High School
Mitchell Graham – Dublin Jerome High School
Polly Stidhem – Dublin Coffman High School
Alexandra Chirakos – Dublin Coffman High School
Connor Reider – St. Charles Preparatory School
Drew Hilgefort-Dublin Coffman High School
Connor Reider-St. Charles Preparatory School
Laura and Stephanie VanVliet- Dublin Coffman High School
Kelly Boylan- Bishop Watterson High School
Emily Kieffer- Dublin Coffman High School
Ellis Curran- Olentangy High School
Amanda Hillman- Dublin Coffman High School
Scott Elliott- Dublin Jerome High School
Anna Mary McGuire- Bexley High School