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Abigail O'Donnell
Abigail O'Donnell
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GREENVILLE - The Neff Company started as a family owned business in Greenville, in 1949. Since then, Neff has expanded into America’s leading supplier of varsity jackets, awards and custom apparel by partnering with over half the schools in the nation. Neff continues to value its community and motivate, celebrate and commemorate local students through the Neff Scholarship program.


For over 35 years, children and grandchildren of Neff employees are awarded annually with a $1,500 scholarship (renewable for 4 years) to continue their education beyond high school. The scholarship is funded by proceeds from Neff’s new store, The Alley, which showcases Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles schools.


Neff’s roots are embedded deep within Darke County. It is Neff’s hope to continue to inspire students to attain their goals and have personal growth and success after high school.


The recipients of this year’s Neff Scholarship Awards are:


Abigail O’Donnell, daughter of Angela and Tim O’Donnell of Greenville. Abigail will attend Bluffton University this fall. She will be double majoring in early childhood and intervention specialist with a minor in coaching. Along with furthering her education she will be playing basketball for the Bluffton Beavers. To prepare for college, Abigail attended post secondary at Sinclair Community College part of her junior year and all of her senior year, achieving recognition for being on the dean’s list both years with a 3.98 GPA and graduating in the top 10 from Arcanum High School with a 4.3 GPA. She is a two year National Honor Society member, class secretary four years, and a three sport varsity athlete accruing 11 varsity letters. Abigail hopes to, “be a part of shaping the lives of many students through education and sports.”


Sarah Herzog, daughter of Steve and Kathy Herzog of Greenville. Sarah will be attending the University of Notre Dame to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. She hopes to use this degree to enter the medical field and become an oncology researcher. She is an engineering intern for the summer at Darke Rural Electric until she leaves for school in the fall. While in high school, Sarah participated in many clubs, including National Honor Society, Academic Team, Spanish Club and others, but spent most of her time volunteering for the Key Club, in which she served as president for two years. She has played the violin for eight years and was a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for three years, performing in the Dayton Schuster Center. Sarah also played in the Greenville Orchestra Program for seven years. She was recognized with several awards as a music minister at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tipp City. She received awards from her school and the Dayton region in math and chemistry. With a GPA of 5.1, she graduated as valedictorian of her class at Greenville. Sarah has truly enjoyed her high school career and looks forward to beginning the next portion of her academic journey in August.


“Whatever our scholarship winners decide, it’s in their hands. We are proud to be a part of the process. Congratulations and best wishes!” said a representative from The Neff Company.

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