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Terry Blair Scholarship

Posted on May 16, 2017

The third annual Terry Blair Scholarship has been awarded to a recent Centerville High School graduate who already has shown an interest in the leadership and community service that Terry Blair epitomized.

Scholarship recipient Alexandria Bollinger has raised funds for FeedOhio and Wheels for Easton, taught English to refugees, and collected litter at Stubbs Park. Her other volunteer activities have benefited people served by the House of Bread, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, Bethany Village and Primary Village North.

Besides participating extensively in South Dayton Dance Company and in school activities such as Spanish Club, Poetry Club, CHS dance company and Students Against Destructive Decisions, Alexandria spent extensive time assisting an elderly neighbor and served four years as president of her church youth group.

She also is a member of the National Honor Society and has placed nationally in the Educators Rising National Competition.

The scholarship honors Terry Blair who died in July 2014 while representing Ohio’s 42nd district in the Ohio General Assembly. Blair also served 21 years as a Washington Township trustee, completing eight terms as president and winning election six times.

Terry’s widow Judy and the Blair family established the $1,000 scholarship which was presented at a spring meeting of the Washington Township Board of Trustees. The scholarship is administered by Noon Optimists of Centerville.

“Terry was a champion of good government who believed deeply that local government should always be accountable to its citizens,” said Township Administrator Jesse Lightle, who presented the scholarship. Blair advocated inter-governmental cooperation and held the township to high standards that included outstanding customer service and cost-effective service delivery.

Pictured Above: Judy Blair and Alexandria Bollinger


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