In 2017, DeJohn Funeral Homes provided five $500 scholarships to high school students of merit as they continue their higher education through the Ross Sr. & Carmella DeJohn Five Star Education Scholarship. Last year, the Ross Sr. & Carmella DeJohn Five Star Education Scholarship was awarded to Stephen Blauch of Chardon High School (attending Ohio State University, Engineering); Garrett Scolos of Kenston High School (attending University of Virginia, Public Health/Pre Med); Marilyn Moyer of Mentor High School (attending University of Findlay, Animal Sciences/Pre Vet Medicine); Courtney Favazzo of Mayfield High School (attending Ohio Northern University, Pharmacy); and Erin Ward of Lake Catholic High School (Westminister College, Biology). These students have demonstrated the “Five Star” ideals of integrity, fairness, excellence, independence and professionalism. These qualities will help continue their development growth on their journeys to becoming adults and valued members of our community.
First established in 1993, the DeJohn family, in conjunction with the family owned funeral home, established the scholarship in honor of Ross (Sr) and Carmella’s dedication to education. Ross Sr. served as Mayor of Mayfield Heights for over 28 years, during that time was very supportive of all school related issues including support for many school levies. More than $35,000 in scholarships has been awarded to deserving high school seniors living in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.
The following is a Word of Thanks from our 2017 Scholarship Recipients…
“I am extremely honored to have received your scholarship. I plan to attend Ohio Northern University, as I was accepted into their PhD pharmaceutical studies program. By awarding me this generous scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. Thank you” ~ Courtney Favazzo
“Thank you so much for the Ross and Carmella DeJohn Five Star Scholarship! it will benefit me greatly while attending the University of Findlay next year. I will be studying animal science with a focus on pre-vet medicine while also joining the orchestra, JV basketball team and the pre-vet club at Findlay. I really appreciate your generosity and I promise to keep you updated on my success. Thanks again” ~ Marilyn Moyer
“I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for being the candidate chosen for the Ross and Carmella DeJohn Memorial scholarship.
I have recently ready about Carmella and Ross DeJohn online and their commitment to education and community. Having my hard work recognized by this scholarship is truly an honor.They have inspired me to continue their legacy by volunteering in my community and helping those in need.
when i heard my name called at the baccalaureate mass for this award, it was an unforgettable moment. I remember writing the essay, being called in for the interview and waiting to hear the results. All of the editing and preparing was worth it.
This scholarship will help me pay for my first year of college. Since I am responsible for paying for most of my education, I am very grateful.
I hope to always live out the Five Star ideals and I will keep your family in my prayers.” ~ Erin Ward
“I would like to extend my gratitude for choosing me to receive the scholarship. with your hep, I am one step close to coming out of college with the least debt possible. I will strive to make the most of my education and put your generous contribution to good use!” ~ Stephen Blauch