Each season the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation invests in educational scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have shown a commitment to their community, academics and extracurricular activities who wish to further his or her education beyond high school. We're proud to announce this year's recipients.
High School Hockey Scholarship recipient: Ryan Jenkins
The CBJ Foundation annually invests a portion of our grantmaking into the growth and support of amateur hockey in Columbus. Each season, a portion of this investment is specifically earmarked for the High School Hockey Scholarship to serve a student who has excelled in their commitment to hockey, leadership and academics at their respective school. We're proud to present this year's scholarship to Ryan Jenkins.
As the assistant captain for Dublin Jerome High School Hockey team this past season, Ryan has demonstrated sportsmanship and leadership qualities on and off the ice. Throughout high school, Ryan volunteered hundreds of hours for organizations like Ohio Sled Hockey, The Adaptive Sports Connection and the Salvation Army. Ryan also earned the rank of Eagle Scout and received over 30 Boy Scouts merit badges for his service in the community.
John H. McConnell Scholarship recipient: Christina Himes
In 2008, the Blue Jackets players in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation established the John H. McConnell Scholarship Fund to honor the life and legacy of the team's founder John H. McConnell. Mr. Mac had a deep-rooted belief in the importance of giving back to the community and this fund was created to recognize a high school senior who closely personifies that. We're proud to present this year's scholarship to Christina Himes.
Christina has demonstrated exceptional character, leadership and work in the community at Westerville South High School. With a 4.79 cumulative GPA, she is one of the top five of her class and has served as Student Body Secretary for all four years of high school. In her spare time, she has spent hundreds of hours volunteering at Nationwide Children's Hospital and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital on the weekends. Christina also mentored youth in various opportunities and cheered on athletes the Special Olympics State Games.
Congratulations to Ryan and Christina on receiving this season's scholarships!