2019 Cordle Cares Foundation
The Cordle Cares Foundation (CCF) awarded six (6) $1,000 scholarships and three (3) $500 scholarships.
The CCF Scholarships are awarded to students to Fairfield County high school Seniors who are committed to service to their community and participate in extra-curricular activities. Those winners are:
Emi Reindle is the winner of a $1,000 CCF Scholarship. She attends Lancaster High School and is the daughter of Christopher and Renee Reindle. She is planning to attend Marietta College where she will study Biochemistry with hopes of attending medical school to pursue a career in Pediatric Oncology. She is a class officer and participates in Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Tennis, Interact Club and Varsity L Club. Her community service includes Big Brothers Big Sisters, various Fairfield Medical Center fundraisers, Cordle Cares Foundation Bowling with Buckeyes and Brian Sampson Memorial Youth Football Camp, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Gift of Time, Ghoulish, Jillian’s Dinner and Screens for Teens
Grace Smeltzer is the winner of a $1,000 CCF Scholarship. She is a senior at Fairfield Christian Academy and is the daughter of Andy and Janis Smeltzer of Lancaster. She plans to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix to study business analytics. Her community activities include Dominican Republic Softball Camp, Mission Trips, Church Leadership Team and Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry. She has participated in National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National English Honor Society, softball, swimming and Mu Alpha Theta.
Jason Orr is the recipient of a $1,000 CCF Scholarship. He is the son of Ken and Kelly Orr of Pickerington. He will attend Duquesne University and study Health Sciences and Occupational Therapy. His community service includes multiple groups and activities at Seton Parish, Special Olympics Swim Meet, Mowing and other assistance for disabled neighbors, Best Buddies International, Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities Furniture Bank and Craftsmen for Kids. He has participated in National Honor Society, Sunny Side Up Leadership Program and Boys State. He also is a film actor where he performed in a film “The Pressure to be Perfect,” an Honors Thematics project.
John VerDow is a $1,000 CCF scholarship winner and is a senior at Fairfield Union High School. He is the son of David and Julie VerDow of Lancaster. He will attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy and will study Marine Engineering Systems. His volunteer community service includes 4-H County Officer and Camp Counselor, Church Camp Counselor, Soccer Camp Leader, Township Cemetery Maintenance, Humane Society Donation Drives and Food Pantry Donation Drives. He has participated in soccer, band, National Honor Society, Superintendent Advisory Committee, Principal Advisory Committee, Buckeye Boys State and prom committee.
Emily Sampson is a $500 CCF Scholarship winner and is a senior at Lancaster High School. She is the daughter of Amy Sampson-Swinehart and the late Brian Sampson. She will attend Ohio University to study Social Work and hopes to become an Adolescent Grief Counselor. Her community service includes Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tallmadge Elementary School tutor and Brian Sampson Memorial Football Camp. She has been involved in volleyball and track.
The Brian Sampson Memorial (BSM) Scholarships are awarded to Lancaster High School seniors who have participated in at least one high school sport along who have also participated in school and community activities. Those recipients are:
David Rader is a recipient of a $1,000 BSM Scholarship and is a senior at Lancaster High School. He is the son of Terre Vandervoort and David Rader of Lancaster. He will attend Clemson University, The Ohio State University or Miami University (Ohio) and study Mechanical Engineering. His community service includes Kiwanis Pancake Festival, Lancaster Soap Box Derby Pit Worker, Fairfield County Public Library Book Sale, Gales Frosh Friend, Dirty Thirty Race Volunteer and Rider and tutored At-Risk 8th graders in math. He is a member of Varsity L Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Stem Program, Class Officer, Basketball and Soccer.
Elise Johnson is the recipient of a $1,000 BSM Scholarship and is a senior at Lancaster High School. She is the daughter of Ryan and Susan Johnson of Lancaster. She will attend Bowling Green State University to study Communications Sciences and Disorders with plans to become a Speech Pathologist. He community service activities include Foundation Dinners, Lancaster City Schools Elementary Art Shows, First Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School, National Honor Society, Frosh Fest, 2nd and 7 Foundation, Operation Christmas Child, and Autism Camp. She has been a class officer and participates in Latin Club, Key Club, Varsity L Club, and Pro Life Club, Cross Country, Track and Field and Basketball.
Tyler Monk is a $500 BSM Scholarship winner and is a senior at Lancaster High School. He is the son of Tracy Monk and Jim Monk of Lancaster. He will attend Tusculum University in Greenville, Tennessee to study Business Administration. His community service includes Community Care Day, Gift of Time, Brian Sampson Memorial Youth Football Camp, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jillian's Dinner and LHS Youth Baseball Camp. His school activities include National Honors Society, Varsity L Club, YoungLife, Football and Baseball.
Brandon Johnson is a $500 BSM Scholarship winner and is a senior at Lancaster High School. He is the son of Matt and Kim Johnson of Lancaster and will attend The Ohio State University to study Health Sciences. His community service includes First Presbyterian Church, Fairfield Medical Center Information Desk and Eagle Scout. His school activities include Varsity L Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Youth Leadership Skills Class, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Varsity Golf and Track.
“We are so honored to be able to present these scholarships to deserving students in Fairfield County,” state Jimmy Cordle, CCF founder. “These scholarships have been made available from the generous donations from individuals, organizations and businesses that we have received through Bowling with Buckeyes.”
Photo is from the presentation at Lancaster High School:
From left to right: Jimmy Cordle, Cordle Cares Foundation Founder, Brandon Johnson, Tyler Monk, Elise Johnson, David Rader, Emily Sampson, Emi Rindle