By Casey S. Elliott
High school seniors from the Kettering, Ohio, area with a passion for speech communication have a scholarship option available to them, provided by the woman who makes her living as the voice of Bart Simpson.
Ohio University alumna Nancy Cartwright has created the Nancy Cartwright Artist Achievement Scholarship for Kettering's Fairmont High School seniors. Cartwright, an Ohio University alumna, started the scholarship four years ago, and on Friday added $100,000 to the scholarship fund to continue it in perpetuity.
Cartwright presented a check for $100,000 for the scholarship Thursday during the graduation ceremonies at Fairmont High School, where she attended school.
"We are grateful to alumni, such as Nancy, who give so generously and recognize the importance of giving back to the institution, so other students may have the same opportunities they did as students," said Vice President for University Advancement and President and CEO of the Ohio University Foundation Howard L. Lipman. "In these tough economic times, scholarships are more important than ever."
Students eligible for the scholarship demonstrate excellence in speech communication, through participation in the forensics program and are natives of the Dayton area. The first preference is graduates of Kettering Fairmont High School. If there are no qualified applicants from Kettering Fairmont, priority is given to students in the Centerville, Oakwood or Montgomery County areas, respectively. All applicants must submit a 500-word essay.
”This is a very generous gift in support of a very successful program," added Scripps College of Communication Dean Greg Shepherd. "It is particularly meaningful because of Nancy's connection to the forensics program when she was a student at Ohio. This scholarship will make a significant difference in the lives of students from Nancy's hometown and high school, helping them to attend Ohio University and encouraging their participation in the great tradition of speech and debate in the Scripps College of Communication."
Next year's recipient, Chelsea Flenar, will be attending Ohio University in the fall.
Cartwright received an Emmy Award and an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Voice-Over Performances as Bart Simpson. She also co-founded Happy House, a non-profit organization that strives to build better families.
Cartwright attended Ohio University from 1976-1978. Following her time at Ohio University, she transferred and graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in theatre.