Scholarship Spotlight - Where Are They Now?

Since 2013, eight 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  


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.

Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship

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The scholarship program was established by OCCD to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service. 

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