Fund-raiser benefits two new memorial scholarships

Thursday, October 28, 2004

ThisWeek Staff Writer

Under a clear fall sky on Monday, Westerville community members gathered at Walt's 50's Diner to help pay tribute to the memory of two North High School students.

The Oct. 25 event benefited the recently established memorial scholarship funds in the names of Carly Jackson and Sarah Krause, both of whom died in September.

Walt's owner Diane Malys said more than 100 people had attended the fund-raiser. She said 50 percent of the proceeds would be split equally between the two memorial scholarship funds, twice as much as the restaurant's usual contribution to fund-raisers.

Westerville North principal Curt Jackowski served as a cook at the event and called it a fitting way to get community members out for a worthy cause.

"It's been great," he said. "It's brought a little bit of all sides of the community: students, parents, teachers."

Jackowski said anyone interested in donating to the scholarships can do so through the school, by addressing donations to the Carly Jackson and/or Sarah Krause memorial scholarship funds at Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081.

A student with a passion for the natural sciences will be the ideal candidate for Sarah Krause's memorial scholarship, according to her parents, John and Betsey.

Krause was president of the Westerville North Science Olympiad team and had a strong interest in geology and chemistry. John Krause said the scholarship will go to a North senior interested in pursuing a career in the natural sciences.

Betsey Krause said a "big plus" for a scholarship recipient would be involvement in the school's orchestra, something she said was one of her daughter's favorite activities.

The scholarship will be for $1,500 and will continue for as many years as possible, Krause said.

Brenda and Paul Jackson said they are still establishing the requirements for their daughter's memorial scholarship.

"We do know we want it to go to someone who would be a lot like Carly," said Brenda Jackson, who is a teacher at Walnut Springs Middle School.

Jackson said she and her husband would work with community members, students and staff members to help establish the parameters of the fund.

"Carly was friends with people from all of the high schools, so in the future, the scholarship (will be available) to students from any Westerville high school," said Paul Jackson.

While at North, Jackson was a member of the Young Life Organization and Link New Students on Campus Organization.

Brenda Jackson remembered her daughter as a social butterfly,

"I think Carly knew just about everyone in Westerville," she said with a laugh.

Betsey Krause called Monday's fund-raiser "wonderful." Brenda Jackson said the location of the event held a special significance for her.

"Carly and I came to Walt's all the time," she said, "so it's very (appropriate) that we have this here."