The Woman's Club of Hudson has awarded scholarships to Hudson High School students Joseph Carlson, Nathaniel Edwards, Mackenzie Hurst, Tyler Richey, and Helen Wallen. Joseph, Nathaniel, Mackenzie and Tyler were winners of the Joan Lutz Scholarship.

The Woman's Club, which raises money for Hudson High School students going to colleges or vocational schools, chooses scholarship winners based on grade point average, financial need and potential for success.

More than $758,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 603 students by The Woman's Club since 1948. Amounts are kept confidential. We would like to thank all the businesses, organizations, and individuals for their generous donations and support throughout the year for our scholarship program. We are most grateful.

Joseph Carlson will graduate from Hudson High School with Honors. His interests are varied, including mathematics, foreign language, and music. As a Senior in the High School Band, he was selected to be Drumline Section Leader, where he learned responsibility and leadership skills. He studied German for four years becoming proficient enough to land summer jobs with Wenco, translating documents from German to English. He has also started learning Russian and would like to become fluent in both languages as a personal goal. He plans on attending Ohio State University Honors Program in the fall, majoring in either physics, or actuarial science in a foreign language.

Nathaniel Edwards, in spite of adversity, has an incredible steadfastness, positive demeanor, and appreciation of those around him. He exudes politeness, respect, and an enviable calm. Through Hudson High School's direct service program, Peer Collaboration, Nate was able to work with a classroom of students with special needs, where he flourished and excelled. He is kind, helpful and authentic. Also showing his generous nature, he participated in the Appalachian Service Project with the First Congregational Church of Hudson. He plans on attending Hiram College in the fall to pursue a degree in education or business.

Mackenzie Hurst is a proactive student. She participates in a Feminist Forum once a week and in a year long Course Service Learning program. She has volunteered at Hattie's Gardens, Streetsboro Head Start, the Battered Women's Shelter in Akron and the Galvin Therapy Center. One of her outstanding qualities is her commitment to community service and her desire to make a difference in the lives of individuals who have undergone sexual assault. To help combat sexual violence, she is currently in the process, along with two other young women, of organizing a forum to educate students in Hudson High School to prepare them for life beyond high school. She is planning on attending Kent State University in the fall, to study ASL as well as Women's Studies. She is currently enrolled in the exploratory college.

Tyler Richey, a National Honor Society member, is an exemplary student. This past summer he was invited to the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. with a focus on Law and CSI. That experience led him to finding Hudson Mock Trial this past year. In this club they spent the first semester pouring over legal cases and documents preparing for district competition. He was lead attorney when his team advanced to regionals. He has participated in service teams to Haiti, Akron and Poland where he demonstrated a strong work ethic, as well as leadership skills. He plans on attending Ohio State University Honors College or Yale, to study Business and Political Science, with the ultimate goal of attending Law School, becoming a criminal prosecutor and possibly entering politics.

Helen Wallen was born with spina bifida in China, where her parents abandoned her as a infant. She was rescued by a Catholic priest who, after three years, saved enough money for her recommended surgery. Eventually, as a teenager, she was adopted into a family of nine children in Hudson where she learned English. To assist her in her needs, Bonnie, her service dog, joined her in 2013. She participates in Wheelchair basketball, skiing and sled hockey for paraplegics. She has interned at Manor Care nursing home and now is a member of the Chinese National Honors Society where she tutors high school students in the Chinese language. She looks upon her life as "one of God's miracles". She plans on attending Bob Jones University to become a secondary science teacher. She is currently searching for summer employment.

The primary purpose of The Woman's Club of Hudson is to provide financial assistance to qualifying graduates of the Hudson Public School System in continuing academic study or vocational training. If anyone is interested in donating to this worthy cause, checks may be made out to Woman's Club of Hudson Scholarship Fund and mailed to Woman's Club of Hudson, P.O. Box 861, Hudson, OH 44236.