The 2023 Cleveland Cavaliers Scholarship Program, supported by Huntington, awarded ten graduating seniors from high schools across Northeast Ohio with a $5,000 scholarship.
This year’s recipients were honored at a pregame banquet and recognized during a halftime celebration of their achievement at the Cavs vs. Indiana Pacers game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday, April 2.
The students were asked to submit a 500-word essay as part of the application process entitled, “What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned up to this point in your life and how do plan to apply that lesson going forward?”
In addition to their essay submission, criteria for receiving the Cavaliers/Huntington Scholarship was based on applicants performing a high level of service in their community, providing a high school transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores (if required by the accredited school the student plans to attend) and an appropriate letter of recommendation.
“We are proud to reward the hard work of this year’s scholarship recipients and celebrate their outstanding academic accomplishments,“ says Nic Barlage, Cleveland Cavaliers, Rock Entertainment Group and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse CEO. “On behalf of the Cavs and Huntington, we congratulate the entire Class of 2023 and celebrate the limitless potential that each of them possesses to create a meaningful impact in the world. We wish them the best of luck as they embark on this exciting new chapter.”
The scholarship can be applied towards college, vocational and trade schools or similar education course that will provide a certification or degree during the 2023-24 academic year. Since the inception of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Huntington Scholarship program, more than half a million dollars have been awarded to more than 300 students.
The 2023 Winners:
Cayleigh Austin, Lakewood High School
Jaidyn Cochran, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
Samuel Erisey, National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School
Jesus Flores Morales, Thomas W. Harvey High School
Katherine Harbaugh, Hathaway Brown School
Loyalty Johnson, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
Kylie Kimmich, Marion L. Steele High School
Alaysia King, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
Gabriel Leonard, Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School
Lauren Yee, Berea-Midpark High School