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Scholarship Spotlight - Where Are They Now?

Since 2013, twenty-five scholarships have been distributed to the following individuals:

Year   Name   College / University
   Where Are They Now
   Stuart M. Davidovich   
   The Ohio State University 
2014   Alyssa Taylor
   The Ohio State University   
   Scholarship Spotlight      
    Megan Allen   University of Akron 
2015   Aubrey Hale   Miami University 
    Erin Kellogg   The Ohio State University 
    Anita Schmaltz   Wright State University 
    Courtney Schneider   Wright State University 
2016   Curtis A. Deeter   University of Toledo 
2017   Shane Farnsworth   The Ohio State University 
    Hannah C. Kiraly   Cleveland State University 
    Maximilian Upton   Cleveland State University 
2018   Nicholas Chretien   Cleveland State University 
    Keisha Mitchell   Wright State University 
    Chloe Musick   Ohio University 
    Brittany Rabb   Case Western Reserve 
2019   Kyle Wilson         University of Cincinnati 
    Taylor Brill   Ohio State University 
    Renee Michelle Wott   Bowling Green State University  
    Bryce Roberts   University of Toledo 
2020   Abigail Falcone      Ohio State University 
    Malania Birney   Kent State University 
2021   Angel Thornton   Cleveland State University 
    Kathryn Anne Evans   Bowling Green University 
2022   Madison DeMay   University of Cincinnati 
    Taylor Jones   Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government 
2023   Stephan 'Raven' Ho   The Ohio State University 
    Allex Smith   The Ohio State University 
    Troy Parks   Miami University Oxford 


The OCCD Foundation Public Service Scholarship was established  by the Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service.

Gary Locke attended the University of Akron and graduated with a Master Degree in Urban Planning.  Mr. Locke was employed with the City of Kent for 32 years.  He served as Director of Community Development until 2012.  He was President of OCCD in 2004.  During that time he championed professional development for OCCD members and initiated the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) certification program for Ohio.

William Graves attended The Ohio State University and earned three Masters Degrees in Public Administration, Planning and Engineering.  He worked at the Ohio Department of Development, ending his career there as Director of Community Development.  He also worked in the City of Columbus and ended his career at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2012.  He was recognized both within Ohio and nationally for being an excellent administrator of public funds and programs.

This scholarship further acknowledges Karen Kerns Dresser, who had an incredible career in housing and community development.  Karen graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL, and a Master Degree from American University in Washington, DC.  Karen's remarkable career in affordable housing and community development began at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC. She then worked for the National League of Cities, where she often traveled to advise city mayors on affordable housing issues. Upon returning to Ohio, she was head of the Office of Local Government Services at the Ohio Department of Development, and was later appointed Executive Director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Karen then served as President of the National Retirement Housing Trust before returning to the Community Development Division of the Ohio Department of Development. Karen ended her career as Director of Policy and Program Services for the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

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