The J. Gilbert Reese Next Generation Community Leadership Award

Scholarship Application


This scholarship was established in 2019 to recognize Mr. Reese’s incredible legacy and visionary leadership and community support and to inspire the next generation of community leaders. The award is presented annually to one COTC student and one Ohio State Newark student in November. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and a $2,000 scholarship is applied to their tuition for the following spring semester

What are the requirements to be considered for this scholarship?

Academic Performance: This scholarship recognizes students who have a history of good academic performance.
Leadership and Community Involvement Performance: Recognizes a student with demonstrated leadership on and off campus who exemplifies a spirit of volunteerism and community involvement while involved in student activities, clubs or organizations.

How can a student be considered for this scholarship?

Students must meet the requirements and complete a separate application to be considered for this scholarship. The scholarship application is available in the fall each year.

  • Type an essay (750 words or less) summarizing your community service experience, what you have learned through volunteerism and community involvement, and how you plan to continue serving your community after graduation.
  • Return completed application and typed essay to the Advancement Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12, either by mail (Advancement Office, 1179 University Drive, Newark OH 43055) or email (