NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship

Click HERE to go to the NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship. In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote, facilitate and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and recognize the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life.

OIAAA Student Athlete Scholarships

Click HERE to download the Scholarship Applications for the Dow Nelson, Nelson Thinnes, and Ralph & Nancy Young.

The Nelson Thinnes, up to a, $500 Scholarship

Up to a $500 scholarship is awarded annually to the son or daughter of an active member of OIAAA.   Factors such as financial need, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities shall be considered.   Applicants must complete the required application and submit it to their District Representative. Applicants who have previously have been awarded this scholarship will only be considered if there are no other legitimate candidates during that year.  A plaque will be presented to the scholarship winner at the OIAAA awards banquet in the Fall.

Past Nelson Thinnes Scholarship Recipients:
  • 2016: Dylan Shomper, Tipp City High School (Southwest District)
  • 2015: Paige Eckenrode, Medina High School (Northeast District)
  • 2014: Leah Leist, Western Brown High School (Southeast District)
  • 2013: Terry Carras, Bay High School (Northeast District)
  • 2012: Julie Smith, Orrville High School (Northeast District)
  • 2011: Jessica Arnold, Portsmouth Clay High School (Southeast District)

The Dow Nelson, up to a, $500 Scholarship

Up to a $500 scholarship is awarded annually to the son or daughter of an active member of OIAAA.   Factors such as financial need, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities shall be considered.   Applicants must complete the required application and submit it to their District Representative.  Candidates for this award are recommended by and only taken from the district that is responsible for the state conference the previous year. A plaque will be presented to the scholarship winner at the OIAAA awards banquet in the Fall.

Past Dow Nelson Scholarship Recipients:
  • 2016: Mitchell Spinell, Strasburg – Franklin High School (East District)
  • 2015: Ellie Dackin, Lima Bath High School (Northwest District)
  • 2014: Lizzie Frombach, Avon High School (Northeast District)
  • 2013: Joel Kimling, Maderia High School (Southwest District)
  • 2012: MacKenzie Stoyle, Centerburg High School (Central District)
  • 2011: Zeke Eier, Tecumseh High School (Southwest District)

The Ralph and Nancy Young, up to a, $500 Scholarship

Up to a $500 scholarship is awarded annually to the son or daughter of an active member of OIAAA.   Factors such as financial need, scholastic achievement, athletic achievement and leadership qualities shall be considered.   Service of the parent(s) to their league, local, state and/or national athletic administrators associations, as well as service to OHSAA will be considered.  Applicants must complete the required application and submit it to their District Representative. Applicants who have previously have been awarded this scholarship will only be considered if there are no other legitimate candidates during that year.  A plaque will be presented to the scholarship winner at the OIAAA awards banquet in the Fall.

Past Ralph and Nancy Young Scholarship Recipients:

  • 2016: Carly Wolfe, Olentangy High School (Central District)
  • 2015: Nathan Meeker, Olentangy Liberty High School (Central District)
  • 2014: Marie Conley, Fairbanks High School (Central District)
  • 2013: Katie Dacklin, Bath High School (Northeast District)
  • 2012: Madison Wolfe, Olentangy High School (Central District)
  • 2011: Lauren McGeehen, Uniontown Lake High School (Northeast District)

The OIAAA Board Scholarship – Up to a $500 Scholarship

Three, up to a, $500 scholarship is awarded annually to the son or daughter of an active member of OIAAA.   Factors such as financial need, scholastic achievement, athletic achievement and leadership qualities shall be considered.   Service of the parent(s) to their league, local, state and/or national athletic administrators associations, as well as service to OHSAA will be considered.  Applicants must complete the required application and submit it to their District Representative. Applicants who have previously have been awarded this scholarship will only be considered if there are no other legitimate candidates during that year.  A plaque will be presented to the scholarship winner at the OIAAA awards banquet in the Fall.

  • 2016: Jacob Frombach, Avon High School
  • 2016: Amanda Cassella, Mentor High School
  • 2016: Emily Rinehart,  Greenview High School
  • 2016: Evan Rinehart, Greenview High School
  • 2015: Jordan Betz, Olentangy Orange High School
  • 2015: Jared Kimling, Maderia High School
  • 2015: W. Drew School,  St. Xavier High School

Accepted guidelines for each scholarship:

  1. These Scholarships are sponsored annually by the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
  2. The Dow Nelson Scholarship is only awarded to a student from the district that coordinated the previous year’s OIAAA conference.
  3. Candidates will be selected from the nominations received from each district.  Districts are not required to submit applicants each year.  Final selections will be made by the OIAAA Executive Committee at their May meeting.
  4. A second and third alternate will be selected in the event the winner is unable to take advantage of this scholarship
  5. Scholarship applications can be obtained by going to the OIAAA website or by contacting the District Representative.  Completed applications must be returned to their District Representative.
  6. Applicants may only be awarded one OIAAA scholarship over the lifetime of their college career.