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The Major Darren R. Baldwin Scholarship was established in memory of Worthington Kilbourne High School (WKHS) graduate Major Darren R. Baldwin (1993) to support two qualified applicants in their pursuit of higher education. While at WKHS, Darren was a scholar athlete maintaining an honor roll grade point average and lettering in both football and lacrosse. His physical and mental strength, leadership, perseverance, and dedication to a higher purpose were exemplified by graduating from the West Point Military Academy, being selected as a Special Forces Green Beret, and fighting for his country during three deployments in Iraq.


Darren passed on December 23rd, 2021, after battling the long-term effects of combat-related traumatic brain injury. Throughout his life, Darren saw the value in all people without bias and believed that all could succeed if given the opportunity. Therefore, he requested scholarships be made available to graduating WKHS seniors seeking higher education in either 4-year colleges or technical trade schools.

The Major Darren R. Baldwin Memorial Scholarship selection committee is looking to provide higher education assistance in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,500 for two qualified candidates applying to either a 4-year college or technical trade school.


Congratulations to 2023 Major Darren Baldwin Legacy Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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Luke Walton

Luke Walton is a 2023 graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School and will attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2023. He has designated a major in engineering. Luke has been a WKH scholar athlete, captain of the Lacrosse and Hockey teams and a Senior Patrol leader for his community Boy Scout troop. He has conducted community service for the Dowd Center After School Program, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Read Across America, Children's Book Drive, Children's Hospital Video Drive, Kilbourne Clean Up Days, and WYB lacrosse team.  

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Christopher Richner

Christopher Richner is a 2023 graduate of Worthington Kilbourne High School and will attend Case Western Reserve University in the fall of 2023. He has designated a major in aerospace engineering and a minor in physics. Christopher has been a WKHS scholar athlete, captain of the school’s swim and polo teams while excelling scholastically as a true student leader, team builder and one of the brightest and creative students according to his teachers and coaches’ recommendations.

Scholarship awardees will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Graduating senior from Worthington Kilbourne High School

  • Acceptance to a 4-year college or technical trade school

  • Demonstrated academic performance with a grade point average of at least a 3.25

  • A maximum one-page description (typed, 12-pt. font, double-spaced) stating a goal, objective, or purpose for pursuing higher education, what you intend to do in future endeavors for a greater good, and how this will benefit your community or society as a whole. Provide examples of how you demonstrated leadership, moral character, perseverance, or selfless dedication to a higher purpose while participating in a sport or extra-curricular activity while at WKHS.   

  • Two letters of recommendation from non-family members (preferably coaches, teachers, or employers).

  • Please note a Major Darren Baldwin scholarship does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, or any other restricting classification in the selection of qualified applicants

Instructions for submitting your application documents:

  • Please submit your one-page description and letters of recommendation as a PDF attachment to:

  • Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number on your one-page description.

  • Applications MUST be submitted between March 1, 2024 and April 1, 2024

  • Awardees will be notified by phone or email by May 5, 2024. Payment will be coordinated with the awardee’s school of choice.

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