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Ohio University Southern student Kim Kartes is the recipient of the Clarence and Mary Grace Feil Scholarship.

Ohio University Southern student Kim Kartes is the recipient of the Clarence and Mary Grace Feil Scholarship.

Photographer: Bill Tussey

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Scholarship helps Southern Campus student, mother


IRONTON, Ohio – With three teens at home, Ohio University Southern student Kim Kartes finds it sometimes difficult to balance family time and study time. “Sometimes, family has to take the back burner,” Kartes sad.

Kartes is a first-generation college student and a recipient of the Clarence and Mary Grace Feil Scholarship. “Although the scholarship wasn’t a huge amount, it kept me from taking on more student loans to pay for books,” she said. “I was incredibly honored and excited when I found out. Extremely blessed.”

The Clarence and Grace Marie Feil Scholarship is one of many merit-based scholarships and is awarded to students who may not have received a more traditional scholarship. This award helps students achieve their goals of an education and enrich their lives. 

With a desire to provide for her family and a fascination with nursing, Kartes chose the BSN program at Ohio University Southern based on word of mouth from past and current students, location and affordability.

A non-traditional student, Kartes says she sometimes feels like a “mother hen” to some of the younger students. “The BSN program really helps [one] develop and build teamwork, and it’s nice to be an encouragement to others. One advantage to having more life experience that the traditional students is it makes you more appreciative of the value of an education. College is a privilege, not a right,” she said.

Kartes is scheduled to graduate in 2019. She wants to help future students by “paying it forward” and hopes to one day contribute to the Ohio University Southern scholarship fund so others can have the same opportunities she was given.