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Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Winners!

Each May, The Black Tiger Gridiron Alumni Club awards scholarships in honor of past and current coaches who have shaped and molded the lives of many students over the years. The scholarship program is funded by the money raised during our Annual Reverse Raffle’s Live and Silent Auction.

Our scholarship committee selects winners based on an essay the student submits, their grade point average and the overall example they have set in the community. Scholarships are now awarded to a senior football player, cheerleader and band member to assist in their future academic endeavors with each winner announced at the annual Senior Recognition Awards Ceremony. These young people are great examples of the future and we thank all our members and contributors that help make these scholarships possible.

Thank you to all who have supported our events so we can provide this money to these fine young men and women that are a part of the Black Tiger Football Family!!!

Tyler Vassalotti
$2,000
Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship
Tyler is attending Ohio University and is studying Analytics and Management Information Systems
within the College of Business.

Donovan Mills
$2,000
Black Tiger Gridiron
Alumni Scholarship

Donovan is attending Lake Erie College and majoring in Criminal Justice.  

Marjorie Spinner
$500
Super Fan

Marjorie is attending The University of Akron and majoring in Music Education. 



Congratulations to All Our Winners!

Total Amount Awarded to Date:

$56,500

The Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholarship is in place to assist a Cuyahoga Falls High School Senior Football Player(s), Senior Cheerleader, Senior Band Member and/or Senior Student Super Fan who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must do well academically, exhibit leadership potential, participate in extra-curricular activities and illustrate a readiness for college. The applicant must be a Cuyahoga Falls High School senior in good academic standing and on course to graduate his/her senior year.

Each year a minimum of three students will be designated Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholars. A Senior Football Player will receive a $2,000 scholarship and will also be eligible for a second $2,000 scholarship (The Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship) for their sophomore year based on qualifications set forth by the Club. A Senior Cheerleader, Senior Band Member and/or Senior Student Super Fan will receive a one-time $500 scholarship. The recipients may use the scholarships to attend an accredited four-year or two-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline.

Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholars are selected in the spring prior to entering college. Applications are screened during the month of March by The Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholar Program committee. Winners of the scholarship will be announced in May at Senior Recognition and names will be posted on The Black Tiger Gridiron Club website in early May.

Application Deadline

The Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholarship Program application deadline is March 1st. All applications must be received by the coach or instructor by March 1st in order to be considered for The Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholarship. Incomplete, e-mailed, faxed or mailed applications will not be considered. Applicants will be disqualified if application material is incomplete, if they fail to meet the application requirements or if the applicant fails to follow instructions.

Scholarship Conditions

Black Tiger Gridiron Club Scholarships may be used to supplement benefits from the college or university a student plans to attend and from other foundations or organizations. Scholars may use the scholarship to help cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, room and board, computers, health insurance, and other college-related expenses.

Scholarship Eligibility - Candidates must:

Applicants Will Be Judged On:

Past Scholarship Winners

Year Name School They Went on to Attend
2019 Tyler Vassalotti Ohio University
2019 James Cross Liberty University
2019 Ryan Freeman Kent State University
2019 Jenna Kull Bowling Green State University
2019 Jullia Urasek Kent State University
2019 Madison Horrigan University of Cincinnati
2019 James Bentley Ohio Wesleyan University
* 2019 Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship Recipient
2018 Ben Kinker Westminster College
2018 Sarah Nichols The Ohio State University
2018 Andrew Goodrich The University of Akron
2017 Samuel Forbes Heidelberg University
* 2018 Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship Recipient
2017 Nate Vassalotti Ohio University
2017 Mya Contillo Ohio University
2017 Kayla Miller Kent State University
2016 Steele Porter Mount Union University
* 2017 Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship Recipient
2016 Alexandria Nockengost University of Tampa
2016 Michele Criss Ashland University
2015 Nathan Enos The Ohio State University
2015 John Rogers The Ohio State University
* 2016 Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship Recipient
2014 Eli Forbes* Virginia Military Institute
* 2015 Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship Recipient
2014 Michael Kaser The University of Akron
2014 Rachael Souders The University of Akron
2013 Luke Ritzinger Miami University
* 2014 Coach Terry Ross Achievement Scholarship Recipient
2013 Kelcee Webster Ohio University
2012 Richard Malloy The University of Akron
2012 April Tidd The University of Toledo
2012 Kristen Whaley Slippery Rock University
2011 Alex Berdine Ashland University
2011 Tyler Habony Ohio Northern University
2010 Dustin Craft The University of Akron
2010 Dennis Lam The Ohio State University
2010 Steve Rader Stark State College
2010 Sarah Wabel The University of Findlay
2009 William Bohnak National Institute of Technology
2009 Jackson Jones The Ohio State University - Mansfield
Kent State University
2008 Vincent Cox Kent State University

Remember that this scholarship program is funded by the money raised during our Annual Reverse Raffle’s Live and Silent Auction so please bid high and bid often!