Bar association awards scholarships


MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Bar Association has announced that it has awarded its 2017 Bar Association scholarships of $1,500 each to five distinguished Miami County area graduating high school seniors. The Bar Association’s Scholarship Committee meets annually each April to review scholarship applications by graduating seniors from Miami County’s nine public high schools, Troy Christian High School and Lehman Catholic High School. The committee then makes its awards by applying a wide range of criteria to applications and handwritten personal statements submitted by the student applicants with the help of their guidance counselors.

This year’s first $1,500 scholarship recipient is Ashley A. Brading, a senior at Piqua High School and the daughter of David and Jenny Brading of Piqua. Ashley carries a 3.8 GPA at Piqua, she is a member of the National Honor Society, and she will be attending Wright State University in the fall where she plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

Next is Anna G. Durig, a senior at Tippecanoe High School who lives with her parents Dennis and Christine Durig near Tipp City. Anna carries a weighted GPA of 4.009 at Tipp, she is also a member of the National Honor Society, and she plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy at Wright State University.

The third $1,500 recipient is Adam C. Knepper, a senior at Milton-Union High School who is the son of Alan and Leisa Knepper of West Milton. Adam carries a GPA of 3.84 at Milton-Union, he is a member of the National Honor Society, and he plans to study mechanical engineering at Wright State University.

Next is Olivia T. Raypole, also a senior at Tippecanoe High School who lives with her mother Teresa Raypole in Tipp City. Olivia carries a weighted GPA of 4.103 at Tipp, she is a member of the National Honor Society, and she plans to study biology at The Ohio State University in preparation for a career in pediatrics or neo-natal medicine.

The fifth and final $1,500 graduating high school senior scholarship recipient is Regan L. Spoltman, a senior at Troy Christian High School who is the daughter of Tom and Rebecca Spoltman of Troy. Regan carries a weighted GPA of 4.2669 at Troy Christian, she is a member of the National Honor Society, and she plans to pursue a pre-med curriculum at the University of Kentucky with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

The Miami County Bar Association is also pleased to announce the winner of this year’s $1,100 scholarship from the J. Andrew Fulker Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in cooperation with the Troy Foundation, the fund serves as a lasting tribute to the memory of Troy attorney J. Andrew Fulker who died in an auto accident in 1989.

The Scholarship Fund assists deserving law students who are residents of Miami County. The Scholarship Committee of the Miami County Bar Association selects one recipient each year to receive a grant that will apply to law school tuition. Scholarship eligibility requires that an applicant be admitted for full-time attendance at a college of law or law school in a program designed to lead to a Juris Doctor or similar law degree.

This year’s recipient of the J. Andrew Fulker Memorial Scholarship is Paul Wilson “Wilson” Reiser of Tipp City. Wilson’s parents are Joe and Laurie Reiser. Reiser attends The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he maintains a GPA of 3.78 and ranks in the top 15 percent of his class.

At law school, Reiser is a member of the Columbus Young Professionals Club. He is also a staff editor of the Ohio State Law Journal for 2016-2017; president of the International Law Society; vice president of the Labor and Employment Law Society; a mentor to first year law and international students; and a member of the Truancy Mediation Project. This spring he also spent a semester in the Oxford Program.

During his undergraduate years at the University of Montana, Reiser tutored at-risk students as part of the C. S. Porter Middle School Flagship Program.