Each year the Central Ohio Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association awards a scholarship to a deserving incoming freshman from the Central Ohio area. In 2021 the Chapter awarded three scholarships. All funds in our scholarship account come directly from the support of local alumni and friends. The award is named after one of our most distinguished area alumni, Frank Ingram ’63 Med, ’66 DEd, who was the driving force behind its establishment in 1996.


The Franklyn C. Ingram Spirit Scholarship


August 17, 2021

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Eveland, Scholarship Board Chairman
psu.ingram.spirit.award@gmail.com

The Central Ohio Chapter of The Penn State Alumni Association is awarding the Franklyn Ingram Spirit Scholarship to three recipients for the 2021 Fall semester.

Kaylee Smith

Receiving a $2500 scholarship is Kaylee Smith, North Union High School’s 2021 Valedictorian. She will be attending Penn State’s University Park campus where she will study Biological Engineering. Kaylee is the daughter of Anthony and Julie Smith. She was a member of the North Union Future Farmers of America (FFA) team that won the 2019 National Agronomy event. She placed first in the state and third in the nation for the individual portion of the event. Kaylee was captain of the Cross Country team and a varsity member of the Track & Field and Bowling teams.




Garrett Cox

Receiving a $1000 award is Garrett Cox, a 2021 graduate of Pickerington High School North. He will be attending Penn State’s University Park campus where he will study Computer Science. Garrett is the son of Michael and Lynette Cox. He was one of Pickerington North’s Decem Decori (Top 10). In Business Professionals of America competitions he was a member of the National Champion Web Application team, which also received Best in Show. The team placed 2nd in the state and 8th nationally for Fundamentals of Web Design. Garrett is a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.

Abby Lanker

Also receiving a $500 award is s Abby Lanker, a 2021 graduate of Worthington Christian High School. She will be attending Penn State’s Behrend campus in Erie, PA where she will pursue a Pre-Med program. Abby is the daughter of Jon and Stacey Lanker. She volunteered at the Worthington Christian Village Senior Care facility and with Run for the Health of It. She was a Biology teacher’s assistant and has completed several AP and College Credit Plus Courses. Abby was the Softball team captain, Bowling team captain, and member of the First Team Mid-State League Softball team.



The scholarship benefits Central Ohio students in their first year at Penn State. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Dr. Franklyn C. Ingram who earned his masters and doctorate degrees from Penn State. Dr. Ingram was a long time chapter member and a driving force behind the scholarship. Those wishing to contribute to the scholarship can find more information at the chapter’s website, psucolumbus.org.


Scholarship Winner Updates

Our 2012 (Braihan Becke) and 2013 (Rebecca Puckett) Scholarship winners at the Penn State Picnic and Student Send-off, August 2013.

Our 2012 (Braihan Becke) and
2013 (Rebecca Puckett)
Scholarship winners at the
Penn State Picnic and Student Send-off, August 2013.

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Our 2012 scholarship winner, Braihan Becke, at THON.

Our 2015 Franklyn Ingram Spirit Scholarship winner, Melissa Martin of Blacklick, Ohio.

Morgan Handmaker of New Albany, Ohio, our 2016 Scholarship winner.

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Alexander Groger from Olentangy Orange High School, Ohio, our 2017 Scholarship winner.

Makinley Cramer from Granville High School, Ohio,
our 2018 Scholarship winner.

Grace Christman from Hilliard Bradley High School, Ohio, our 2019 Scholarship winner.



Supporting Penn State students through scholarship activities

Each year Central Ohio Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association awards a scholarship to a deserving incoming freshman from the Central Ohio area. All funds in our scholarship account come directly from the support of local alumni and friends. The award is named after one of our most distinguished area alumni, Frank Ingram ’63 Med, ’66 DEd, who was the driving force behind its establishment in 1996.

Scholarship Qualifications

In order to qualify for a Penn State Central Ohio Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of the Central Ohio area
  • Be a full-time student of Penn State University

PSU Scholarship Information


Are you interested in donating to our Scholarship Fund?

The Penn State Central Ohio Alumni Chapter welcomes and appreciates all donations to the scholarship fund. All donations are tax deductible within the guidelines of Section 501c (3) of the IRS code. Your donations help our fund grow and thus allow us to provide scholarship awards each year to a deserving student.

Contributing to our scholarship fund is simple. You can donate either by check or by using our online store to donate online.

  • To donate by check, please send a personal check, made payable to “PSUAA – Central Ohio Scholarship Fund” and email psu.ingram.spirit.award@gmail.com for the address information. Please note the amount of the donation on your remittance: $25, $50, $100, Other.
  • To donate online, please go to our online store and select the Scholarship Fund Donation amount that you would like to contribute.

If for any reason you have questions or would like to learn more about our Scholarship Fund, please email our Chapter Scholarship Coordinator. We thank you for your support!


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