(Dublin, OH) — The Dublin Irish Festival is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Dublin Irish Festival Volunteer Scholarship. This year’s recipients are Halle Tebbe and Kathleen (Katie) Cooper. The two students 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. They were chosen from a pool of applicants by a selection committee of Festival leaders and former scholarship recipients.
About Halle Tebbe
Halle Tebbe started volunteering in 2021 at Dublin Irish Days presented by the Dublin Irish Festival where she helped to carry out the Festival’s green and sustainable efforts. She returned to volunteer this year and has reprised her role in harnessing her talents to keep the Festival green at the Sustainability Tents. Tebbe’s passion for protecting the planet extended through her volunteer work throughout the community and at all three Dublin high schools. She founded the 614 Our Future organization with the goal of creating community projects to divert waste from the landfill and raise awareness about how to live more sustainably. Tebbe also served as a teen advisory board member for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Contact Group.
Tebbe is a 2022 graduate of Coffman High School and will attend The Ohio State University this fall. She plans to major in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability.
“Being a recipient of the Dublin Irish Festival Scholarship truly demonstrates that all the hard work, perseverance, and effort I, my peers, and my mentors put into the sustainability sector of the Festival last year was seen and worth it,” said Tebbe. “I cannot wait to further our work into the future!”
About Kathleen (Katie) Cooper
Katie Cooper has volunteered for the Dublin Irish Festival since she was about 10 years old. She started volunteering alongside her mom Colleen Cooper at the kids tent and then went on to volunteer at the wristbands and ticket sales tents. Volunteering is a family affair with her father Mark Cooper later joining them. Cooper is very involved with the Dublin community and has volunteered with Interact, an organization that brings students together in community service. She was also involved with the Honors Society, Young Life, Art Club and the Teen Institute program.
Cooper is also a 2022 graduate of Coffman High School, where she graduated as a valedictorian with honors. She also attended the Biomedical Research Academy at Emerald Campus and was an ambassador for the Emerald Campus. She was a varsity cheerleader for both football and basketball. Additionally, she participated in competitive cheerleading where she won AmeriCheer twice.
She will attend the University of Akron this fall where she has already been accepted into the Williams Honor College and Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Cooper also recently completed the university’s STEM Summer Bridge Program. She plans to major in Biomedical Science/Pre-Med.
“I am both honored and excited to receive this scholarship. This scholarship will be used to help cover the cost for college and will help relieve some of the financial burden my family will have to pay due to having twins in college,” said Cooper. “Again, thank you so much for this opportunity, it means so much to me.”
The 2023 Dublin Irish Festival scholarship application will open in early 2023.
About Dublin Irish Festival
Irish attitude is all you need to experience the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Since 1988, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s largest three-day Irish celebration. The 2022 Dublin Irish Festival event will take place Aug. 5 – 7, 2022, in Coffman Park. With concerts, Irish dance, shopping, theater and more, there is truly something for everyone. For more information, please visit DublinIrishFestival.org.
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