Josh Merriman Foundation expands scholarships

Organization also prepares for annual golf outing

WINTERSVILLE — The Josh Merriman Foundation has expanded its 2020 scholarship presentations to include each high school in Jefferson County, in addition to providing scholarships for two graduating seniors at Catholic Central High School, Merriman’s alma mater, and two hockey organizations — Robert Morris University and the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association.

This year’s recipients of scholarships include Luca Connor and Mia Neary, Catholic Central High School; Mary Dagan, Buckeye Local High School; Emily Kennedy, Edison High School; Hailey Taylor, Indian Creek High School; Braden Thacker, Jefferson County Christian School; Samantha Cucarese, Steubenville High School; Anthony Porreca, Toronto High School; Brian Baker, Robert Morris club hockey; and Mason Velas, WAHA.

During the summer, the foundation has been working with various agencies in the local community to partner with the foundation to provide enhanced mental health care, concussion awareness, and suicide prevention services in the local area. Mental health and suicide prevention are the focuses for the foundation this year, considering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foundation also is preparing for an annual fundraiser. On Aug. 15, at 11:30 a.m., the third-annual Josh Merriman Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Steubenville Country Club. The foundation is looking forward to a safe, enjoyable and successful event honoring Merriman and sharing memories of him while raising funds to support the goals of the foundation. To patronize this event or for information, contact Bob Merriman at (740) 632-3673 or Michael Barber at (740) 424-3909. Donations (monetary, supplies, gift certificates and door prizes) are being accepted and are appreciated. All are welcome to attend. The foundation committee thanks the community for the continued support in their mission.

The foundation was established in October 2017 after Josh died suddenly on Sept. 16, 2017. The goal of the foundation is to enhance concussion (traumatic brain injury) knowledge, expand mental health awareness and improve suicide prevention in the local community, especially among athletes.


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