Where Are They Now

James Gruver

James Gruver attended Ohio University, majored in Exercise Physiology and Global Health. He graduated in December of 2018. Two years into college he decided to focus on being accepted into the Peace Corps and getting placed in Africa. This desire to follow the path of service has always been one he wanted. The Peace Corps application process took two years and he was accepted to a position in Ghana, in Western Africa. He is serving as a Health and Agriculture volunteer for 27 months. This experience is giving him a chance to be a changemaker. His work is at the grassroots level. James is living his dream of helping people. He has always wanted to help others, while at Kenston he was on the youth executive board for SPEA (Suicide Prevention Education Alliance) and led a push for suicide prevention in schools. When James returns from Ghana he plans on either becoming a Physicians Assistant or working for a non-profit in global health. Receiving your scholarship allowed James to attend his college of choice and start this path of service.
 

Jenna Hamilton

Jenna Hamilton – 2018 William T. and Helen Sullivan Scholarship Recipient
 
Jenna is currently entering her sophomore year at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Majoring in a 5 year BS/Masters program for Forensic Science and Pre-Law.
In her Freshman year, Jenna participated in the Duquesne Pep Band, Outdoor Club and was initiated into the Phi Sigma Lambda Forensics Fraternity.  During the 2019/2020 school year, she will be serving on the leadership board for Multicultural Stem Group & Duquesne Habitat for Humanity.  Jenna is planning on continuing with the Outdoor Club as well as running her first half marathon in the Spring of 2020
 

Samuel Slezak

My name is Samuel Slezak (Class of 2017) and I’m currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in finance and political science and minoring in history.  I am serving as Business Manager for both the Parliamentary Debate team and our investment club, Panther Equity, where I am also a senior analyst.  Last year, I also served as the Vice President for the Resident Student Association, our student governance group for students that live in on-campus housing.  This past summer, I also spent time in Europe as a part of my school’s Internship Abroad Program.  Based in Berlin, I worked for a financial technology company doing legal work that consisted of developing and writing company policy and contracts.  In my free time, I was also able to travel to Paris, Munich, and Vienna.
 
I believe that the Kenston Foundation was critical in helping me to achieve the success that I’ve had so far in college as well as with potential future opportunities.  The award that I received helped me to pay for books and other school expenses which allowed me to put money aside for my program in Europe.  That internship program gave me ‘on the job experience’ working in the field that I hope to base my future career.    

Grace Rundelli

Grace Rundelli who graduated from Kenston in the year 2015 and is currently a junior at Syracuse University, studying communications and political science with a minor in Russian. She changed one of her majors from Business to Political Science during her freshman year as she decided her primary interest was in political communications rather than business communications. Grace will be studying abroad in London during spring semester 2018 and is hoping to secure an internship in risk management, communications, or law during the summer of 2018.  Grace received the Epprecht Scholarship from the Kenston Foundation which helped her to purchase books and supplemental educational materials during her freshman year.  These materials helped her to achieve academically and successfully transition from high school to college. Picture of Grace Rundelli Coming Soon.Grace Rundelli who graduated from Kenston in the year 2015 and is currently a junior at Syracuse University, studying communications and political science with a minor in Russian. She changed one of her majors from Business to Political Science during her freshman year as she decided her primary interest was in political communications rather than business communications. Grace will be studying abroad in London during spring semester 2018 and is hoping to secure an internship in risk management, communications, or law during the summer of 2018.  Grace received the Epprecht Scholarship from the Kenston Foundation which helped her to purchase books and supplemental educational materials during her freshman year.  These materials helped her to achieve academically and successfully transition from high school to college.

 

Cameron Oakes

Cameron Oakes who graduated Kenston during the year 2016 and is currently a sophomore at New York University, studying journalism and sociology with minors in child and adolescent mental health studies and Italian. In the Presidential Honors Program at NYU Cameron was able to experience Florence, Italy in January 2017 and will be heading to Prague, Czech Republic in January 2018. The program will also support her undergraduate research.  As a recipient of the Kenston Foundation’s Doris and Frank Lanza scholarship, Cameron was able to purchase books for her first and second years. These purchases allowed her to explore subjects in-depth and grow as a student. Cameron is currently at junior associate at KARV Communications in Manhattan. She was the recipient of a Fall 2016 Josh Goldfaden Award in Expository Writing.

Max Seewald

Max Seewald, the 2016 recipient of the Anthony J Nero scholarship, is currently a sophomore at The Ohio State University where he is contemplating which business major to pursue in anticipation of going on to law school and then working in player relations either for a professional sports team or with a sports agency. Winning this scholarship has been great because, in addition to keeping me motivated to do well in school, these funds offset the cost of my books and that meant my parents could give me more money to spend at school!!

 

Jordan Spehar

Jordan Spehar is currently busy studying at the Kent Geauga campus. She is enjoying commuting to classes and is very happy with her decision to attend the regional campus. She was able to use the scholarship from the PTO to help pay for her tuition. This allowed her to save more money for future semesters, and Jordan is very thankful that the PTO awarded her this scholarship to help her further her education.

 

Marco Palumbo

Marco Palumbo attended school at Georgetown University. He graduated with a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies, and upon graduation he accepted a Fellowship at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. He was hired as a full-time Production Assistant with STC at the end of his fellowship, and is a part of the stage management staff at the company. He used the scholarship funds to help buy textbooks (which are really expensive, by the way!) and other school supplies at Georgetown, and he wants to thank the Kenston Foundation again for their help and support in his college and professional career.

Lukas Palumbo

Lukas Palumbo is currently attending Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is on track to apply to the Goizueta Business School sophomore year, and is a part of the Film and Media Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is having an amazing time during his first year at college, and would like to thank the Kenston Foundation for helping to make that possible.