CLEVELAND – Shaylee Ahlborn, Jaylen Benson, Katie Rauch and Amber See have been named recipients of the 2020 Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities (CTCC) Memorial Scholarship, the organization announced on August 5.
The CTCC Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to four graduating high school seniors who excel in the classroom, in the community and possess a strong ambition to succeed in college. Each individual will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use at an accredited college or university of their choice during the 2020-21 academic year. All four recipients will be recognized at the upcoming Gene Hickerson Memorial Golf Outing on Sept. 4.
Ahlborn, the recipient of the Billy Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, is a graduate of Harvey High School in Painesville, Ohio. She posted a 3.650 GPA while being active in many sports and activities, including lettering in cheerleading and soccer. She is an active member in the community, serving a captain of Sparkle Cheerleading, a team that combines developing students and students with disabilities with the sport of cheerleading. She plans to attend Cleveland State and study psychology.
Benson is a 2020 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, graduating with a 3.116 GPA. As the recipient of the Morrie Kono Memorial Scholarship, he was an active member of CHHS and his community. He recently received the Inspiration Award from the Northeast Ohio National Football Foundation for his team-first approach after suffering a brain hemorrhage during a tackle that ended his senior season. He was a member of Avid and DECA, and was inducted in the National Society for High School Scholars, the National Honors Society and National Technical Honors Society. He became a licensed minister at the age of 10. He will attend Morehouse College to study business management.
A graduate of Valley Forge High School, Rauch was named the recipient of the John Peyton Memorial Scholarship. Graduating with a 3.482 GPA, she has served as an aide for a number of VFHS teams, including volleyball and softball. In addition to her work in the classroom and on the field, she is an active member of her community. She has travelled on many missions, including Fred Camp in Fredericksburg, Va. Fred Camp helps members of the community improve their homes through makeovers and making them more accessible. She plans to attend the College of Wooster and major in athletic training.
See is a graduate of Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio and graduated with a 4.420 GPA. The recipient of the Dick Zunt Memorial Scholarship, she was a member of National Honor Society, Student Congress, Science Olympiad, Yearbook, Environmental Club and French Club. She has volunteered often, including Red Cross blood drives, Toys for Tots, charity basketball games and food drives, as well as other activities through her church. She will attend Case Western Reserve University and will major in biology.
This year’s scholarships are presented in honor of four gentlemen who have a rich history in Northeast Ohio football – Morrie Kono, John Peyton, Billy Reynolds and Dick Zunt. More information on all four individuals can be found on the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities website.