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 2020 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 27, 2020

For Immediate Release
Contact: Bob Remy, Scholarship Board Chairman
614-209-8843, pghcol89@gmail.com

The Central Ohio Chapter of The Penn State Alumni Association is awarding the Franklyn Ingram Spirit Scholarship to three recipients for the 2020 Fall semester.

Megan Goldstein

Receiving a $2500 scholarship is Megan Goldstein, a 2020 cum laude graduate of Bexley High School. She is attending Penn State’s University Park Campus and will major in Political Science. Megan is the daughter of David Goldstein and Amy Goldstein. Megan was active with the B’nai B’Rith Youth Organization and The Key Club and volunteered with the Wexner Service Corps. While at Bexley High School, she was Freshmen Class President and a member of the Jewish Student Union. She also completed an internship with Columbus City Councilman Rob Dorans.


Elise Drager

Receiving a $750 award is Elise Drager, a 2020 graduate of Pickerington North High School and the daughter of Matt & Shelley Drager. Elise is attending Penn State’s University Park Campus and will major in Forensic Science. She was part of the Drug Free Club of America, Bellaire, Ohio Coat and Boot Drive and ELCA Hurricane Harvey Mission Trip. While at Pickerington North, Elise participated in lacrosse, cross country and women’s golf and was a member of the National Honor Society.



Samantha Handmaker

Also receiving a $750 award is Samantha Handmaker, a 2020 graduate of New Albany High School. Samantha is attending Penn State’s University Park Campus and will major in Pre-Medicine. She is the daughter of Brett (Penn State ’92) and Alisa Handmaker (Penn State ‘91) and sister of Morgan Handmaker (Penn State ‘20), the chapter‘s 2016 scholarship winner. She was a participant of the Wexner Service Corps and B’nai B’Rith Youth Organization. While at New Albany High School, Samantha was in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and the New Albany New Student Network.


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 psucolumbus@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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