Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship program recognizes and awards forty-six (46)  students with $46,000 in scholarships to attend any Ohio college, university, post-secondary career center, or vocational school.

Dublin, Ohio – Funded by the State of Ohio through the Department of Higher Education and operated as  a program of The Ohio Academy of Science, Believe in Ohio is a Student STEM Innovation and  Scholarship Program that helps prepare students for the future by increasing their engagement in the learning process through STEM and entrepreneurship. Students are challenged to solve problems and  innovate solutions by developing new products or services or problem solutions with a STEM  Commercialization Plan or STEM Business Plan. The program emphasizes the importance of STEM and an  entrepreneurial mindset to compete in today’s Innovation Economy. 

The Believe in Ohio program also recognizes students throughout Ohio for their contributions to STEM  Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship Program.  

Recently, 46 juniors and seniors from 41 high schools throughout Ohio were recognized for their  contributions to STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship  at attend any Ohio college, university, post-secondary career center, or vocational school. The application  process evaluated academic achievement, answers to essay questions, and validated their  accomplishments in STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  

“STEM and Entrepreneurship are the basis for innovation and building new business opportunities and  problem solutions”, said Michael E. Woytek, Executive Director for The Ohio Academy of Science. Woytek  went on to add, “Ohio has a long tradition of innovation, and these students are the future professionals  needed to propel Ohio’s innovation economy”.  

For many of the scholarship awardees, the Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship introduced them  for the first time to Choose Ohio First, an Ohio Department of Higher Education scholarship program that  is dedicated to producing more Ohio STEM graduates.  

Believe in Ohio is a free, comprehensive, curriculum-based, STEM and Entrepreneurship program for  Ohio high school students. The program is designed to create a “Culture of Innovation” and to prepare  students to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labor market and become contributors to Ohio’s  innovation economy. Believe in Ohio is a program of The Ohio Academy of Science and was  collaboratively developed with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio. For more information about Believe  in Ohio, please visit

The 2021 Believe in Ohio Statewide STEM Scholarship Awardees: 

City  Name  High School 
Akron  Mr. Gabriel DiFiore  Firestone CLC 
Antwerp  Mr. Eric Thornell  Antwerp Local High School 
Arcanum  Ms. Jorie McDermott  Arcanum High School 
Arcanum  Ms. Grace Wooten  Arcanum High School 
Beavercreek  Ms. Allyson Miller  Dayton Regional STEM 
Bellbrook  Ms. Dasha Crocker  Bellbrook High School 
Belpre  Ms. Victoria Smith  Warren High School 
Boardman  Mr. Aidan Swavel  Boardman High School 
Brunswick  Mr. Rithvik Ayyagari  Saint Ignatius High School 
Chesterland  Mr. Ryan McGinnis  West Geauga High School 
Cleveland  Ms. Zaynab Saheed  Campus International High School 
Columbia Station  Mr. Landon Hunt  Columbia High School 
Columbus  Mr. Samia Mahamed  Metro Early College High School 
Dayton  Mr. Joseph Gulas  Archbishop Alter High School 
Delaware  Mr. Caylee Combs  Rutherford B. Hayes High School 
Delaware  Ms. Brynn McGrail  Rutherford B. Hayes High School 
Dublin  Ms. Mohini Parvate  Dublin Jerome High School 
Fayetteville  Ms. Lana Roy  Blanchester High School 
Findlay  Ms. Chloe Hughes  Findlay High School 
Greenville  Mr. Landon Muhlenkamp  Greenville Senior High School 
Hillsboro  Mr. Carter Stevens  Blanchester High School 
Jackson  Mr. Owen White  Jackson High School 
Jefferson  Ms. Faith Blankenship  Jefferson Area Sr. High School 
Kenton  Mr. Owen Styer  Kenton High School 
Kettlersville  Ms. Alexis Shannon  Anna High School 
Mason  Ms. Sanchita Paranthaman  William Mason High School 
Massillon  Ms. Snehal Choudhury  Jackson High School 
Maumee  Mr. Jacob Zajkowski  Anthony Wayne High School 
Mentor  Mr. John Olenik  Lake Catholic High School 
Miamisburg  Mr. Ethan Elking  Miamisburg High School 
New Albany  Mr. Elijah Mansur  New Albany High School 
North Royalton  Ms. Yaryna Kurdoba  Beaumont School 
Portsmouth  Ms. Viviana Wheeler  Notre Dame High School 
Ripley  Ms. Maci Haitz  Ripley Union Lewis Huntington 
Sidney  Ms. Annamarie Stiver  Lehman Catholic High School 
Solon  Mr. Cyril Andrews  University School 
South Point  Mr. Paul Fryer  Tri-State STEM+M Early College High School 


City  Name  High School 
Sylvania  Mr. Haroon Lughmani  Sylvania Northview High School 
Troy  Ms. Katie Weddle  Miami East High School 
Uniontown  Mr. Grant Daly  Green High School 
Urbana  Mr. Eric Goddard  Global Impact Stem Academy 
Van Wert  Ms. Jamie Burenga  Van Wert High School 
Van Wert  Ms. Sophie Rutkowski  Van Wert High School 
Versailles  Ms. Lauren Menke  Versailles High School 
West Jefferson  Mr. Andrew Geyer  Madison Plains High School 
Wheelersburg  Ms. Serena Kataria  Wheelersburg High School