The Light Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
August 16, 2023

The Light Foundation has announced four recipients for its Darke County Scholarships.

On hand to present the scholarships was Greenville High School alum, three-time New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion and Light Foundation co-founder, Matt Light, along with his wife and co-founder, Susie Light. Plus, Light Foundation COO, Troy Eden and Program & Marketing Manager, Brandi Turner.

Some of the scholarship areas that were considered were academic achievement, community service, job responsibility, and the content of their answers on the application.

This year’s recipients are Austin Obringer, Ansonia High School; Zachary Ahrens, Versailles High School; Carrie Rhoades, Ansonia High School; and Rachael Brandenburg, Tri-Village High School. Each student received $1,000 to further their education.

Obringer will be attending Miami University to study Computer Science. Ahrens will be attending The Ohio State University to study Biomedical Sciences to begin his pre-med journey. Rhoades, a former Light Foundation Leadership Academy participant, will continue into her sophomore year at Oklahoma State University to major in Agricultural Education. Brandenburg will continue her studies in the nursing field at Edison State Community College.

Matt Light notes the importance of investing in the local community and its young residents. “These students show tremendous potential. We anticipate a very bright future for them and as an organization with a mission to enhance leadership skills in young people, it is our duty to support them and help them get to the next level.”

The non-profit has made contributions equaling $70,000 over the years to help young people in Darke County reach the next step in their education journey. Applications for the annual scholarship open in January on the Light Foundation’s website, and are awarded in July each year.

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Matt Light is no stranger to Greenville and Darke County having graduated from Greenville Senior High where he played football for the Green Wave and went on to play football on a scholarship at Purdue University where he played left tackle behind his friend and future Super Bowl MVP, Quarterback Drew Brees. Light took up the position in 2001 for Tom Brady after being drafted by the New England Patriots launching a NFL career that includes three Super Bowl Championships.

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