PIQUA — Edison State Community College, in partnership with the Edison Foundation, recognized over 70 students during a banquet on Thursday, Oct. 5. The scholarship banquet is held annually to provide recipients with the opportunity to meet the patrons that made their scholarships available.
Following networking and dinner, Taylor Adami, Computer Information Technology instructor at Sidney High School and Upper Valley Career Center Satellite Program, spoke encouraging words to the scholarship recipients about her path to success.
Adami talked about her experience as a high school student and taking the next step to higher education. “As a 2010 graduate of Troy High School and Upper Valley Career Center, I was one of those people who never really gave much thought to what I wanted to do after high school.”
“After being asked by my teacher what I had planned to do, my initial thought was that I’m just going to start my own business doing what I love, I’m not going to go to college.”
“But after sitting down with my teacher, it turned out that I was able to get scholarships and 26 of my credits transferred to Edison State. I had my first year done and out of the way for the degree that I wanted.”
Adami went on to express her gratitude for the donors who made her scholarships possible.
“It was a great motivation to receive these scholarships. It made me think that I can continue my education, become something great, and succeed in life. I graduated in 2012 from Edison State with minimal debt thanks to the scholarships I received.”
After graduating from Edison State, Adami went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and she most recently completed a master’s degree in marketing communication from Franklin University.
“I’m going to continue my education to get a master’s in education to support my long-term goal of becoming a superintendent,” Adami added.
“If I didn’t receive these scholarships, I’m not sure I would have found my ambition in life and discovered what I want to do.”
Made possible by the Edison Foundation, Edison State Community College, and local organization sponsorships, recipients honored were awarded a total of nearly $130,000 in academic and need-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded will aid in students’ pursuit of higher education at Edison State.
Founded in 1993, the Edison Foundation has raised millions of dollars, primarily giving through scholarships to Edison State students. For more information about the Edison Foundation and scholarship opportunities, visit www.edisonohio.edu/Foundation.