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PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Jillian Grace Mariani is a 2014 graduate of
Norwood High School, in Norwood, Ohio. She
has a cumulative grade point average of 3.913.
Jilllian was very active in the Norwood High
School marching band, concert band, (flute and
piccolo), musical and theatre department, and
Silhouettes, a premier vocal/dance group
(soprano). She is also active at her church,
Springdale Church of the Nazarene, as well as
community/ philanthropic activities.
Jillian currently attends MidAmerica Nazarene
University in Olathe, Kansas, majoring in music
Kayla Briana Johnson is a 2015 graduate of
Walnut Hills High School, where she held a
GPA of 3.5347 while enrolled in Advance
Kayla was a three-year member of the Walnut
Hills High School Women’s Ensemble, which
achieved two superior scores in a choral
competition sponsored by the Ohio Music
Education Association. Her extra-curricular
activities included Cheerleading, Dance Team,
and The Black Culture Club.
Kayla has a passion to help others and has
made a difference in the lives of many families
as she volunteered at the Twin Lakes Senior
Community Living Center in Montgomery, Ohio,
and at the Crossroads Church in Cincinnati.
Kayla currently attends the Georgia State
University in Atlanta. Her major is in
Communications and Broadcasting.
Jade Colon is a 2016 graduate of the School for
Creative and Performing Arts, where she majored in
Visual Arts and Vocal Performance. She graduated
with a 3.3 G.P.A. and an Honors Diploma in the Arts.
Jade Colon is currently a student at Ohio University in
Athens, Ohio. She is a Communications major with a
minor in Spanish. She is a member of the
Intersectional Feminist Alliance and the Black Student
Union at Ohio University. She holds the position of
Public Relations representative in the Intersectional
Jade Colon is a published author. She is the author of
“Me First”, a short story as well as literary works. Her
work can be viewed in the literary magazine “From The
Margins” at isuu.com. She started writing at ten years-
old and her love writing followed her into her teens,
which resulted in her placing third in the “Louder than a
Bomb”, Nationwide Youth Poetry Slam. She is currently
working on her first poetry book.
Jade Colon is active in the community. She
volunteered with Cincinnati muralist Cedric Cox on
more than three murals at Western Hills High School.
She has also volunteered to help young female artists
under the direction of her father, Joe Colon.
Jade Colon is currently interning at eXclusive Services,
a social service agency, as a Youth Leadership
Communication Specialist. At the agency she works in
communications and public relations.
Amberlyn Marshall is an 18 year-old Cincinnati
native. She graduated from Roger Bacon High
School in June 2018. During her senior year
at Roger Bacon, she was on the Honor Roll all
four quarters, and graduated with a 3.3 GPA
average. While attending Roger Bacon High
School she was a member of the Drama Guild
and was the Stage Manager for the past five
During the summer of 2016, she attended the
drawing intensive high school day camp,
exposing her to a wide range of drawing
options sponsored by the University of
Cincinnati Design, Architecture, Art, and
Throughout her high school career at Roger
Bacon High School and while a member of
Union Baptist Church she has been involved
in a number of community outreach programs:
• Village at Roll Community Center –
Service Work in the Roll Hill Community
• Ronald McDonald House – Prepared and
served meals at the Cincinnati Ronald
• Habitat for Humanity – Helped organized
project work area for building of home.
• Eden Grove Academy – Assisted 1st
grade teacher in classroom during her Spring
• Matthew 25 Ministry – Work in paint
refuse center and sorting donations
Amberlyn will be attending the Savannah
College of Art and Design in Atlanta this
coming September where she will major in
graphic design. She enjoys many forms of art,
she personally favors drawing.
Amberlyn is the daughter of Rev. Emanuel and
Sis. Toni Marshall. She is honored to be
receiving the Freddie Powell Jr. Memorial
Scholarship and thanks those who have faith
in her dreams, goals, and aspirations.