Bucyrus High School senior Jacob Bloomfield was selected as the 2015-2016 Crawford County recipient of the Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award. The annual banquet was held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center March 14.
“Jacob is an exemplary student who consistently goes above and beyond in the classroom,” Bucyrus Secondary School Principal Dr. Mark Burke said. “We are incredibly excited that he was selected from an outstanding pool of representatives to be named Crawford County’s winner.”
“I was very honored to be selected as the Bucyrus representative,” Jacob said. “I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure how I would stack up against the other representatives, but I was hopeful that Bucyrus wouldn’t be let down by picking me.” Before being selected, Bloomfield was required to submit an application, as well as an essay. highlighting the person who has had the most positive impact on his life. Jacob chose his grandfather, Harry Bloomfield. “I picked my grandfather because he is the person whom I have mostly strived to be like,” he said. “I have been inspired by his selflessness and his overall ‘good’ nature.”
The Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Program was established by the Ohio Superintendent’s Educational Service Center Association to promote student achievement and recognize outstanding students. A senior from each school district within the State of Ohio will receive the award annually. This Scholarship award is named in honor of Franklin B. Walter who served as State Superintendent of Education for Ohio from March, 1977 until August, 1991. Throughout his career, Dr. Walter has exemplified concern for young people and has dedicated his life to the improvement of education in Ohio.
“I couldn’t believe it when I was called, I just sat in my seat for a bit and looked at Dr. Burke to make sure I wasn’t mistaken,” Bloomfield said. “It felt very surreal.
“The entire event was splendid and every single representative there was amazing and had great stories and great people who inspired them and everyone there could’ve been a winner honestly. I’m very thankful to everyone involved who made this happen.”
Applicants must be a high school senior from a local, city, or exempted village school. Eligible students must demonstrate outstanding academic achievements as indicated by high school class rank, cumulative grade point average, and other achievement awards as stipulated by the Franklin B. Walter program. The students are expected to have been a positive contributor in their high school and in their community.