2020-2021 Scholarship Students


Isabel Slaven

Isabel is a 2019 graduate of Gulf Coast High School and ranked 27 out of 533 students.  Isabel was a member of the National Honor Society and served as vice-president of Mu Alpha Theta Club.  She was an active member of the Gulf Coasts Marching Band, serving as the Tuba Section Leader and Brass Captain.   Gulf Coast High School band is Florida’s largest high school marching band.  Isabel is now a member of the Sousaphone line in The Ohio State Marching Band.  Her educational objective is to earn a degree in Engineering at The Ohio State University.


Yadira Mendez

Yadira was an early graduate from Golden Gate High School, ranked 4 out of 448 in her class with a GPA of 4.7. Yadira was President of the American Chemical Society, Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta, and a member of National Honor Society. The Ohio State University has always been her first choice; since her second grade teacher showed her the Columbus and University area.  In middle school she joined band and learned about the music and band programs at The Ohio State University, making her more interested in OSU. Yadira educational focus is pre-med.


Jake Waleri

Jake is a 2019 graduate of Gulf Coast High School, with a High School GPA of 4.6.  Jake was Vice President of the Habitat for Humanity Club of Gulf Coast High School.  He served as a delegate for the Model United Nations General Assembly.  This past year Jake worked as the event Chair of the 6th Annual Naples Alumni Club Golf Tournament.  His educational objective is to earn a degree in Business Administration.

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Destiny Corbett

Destiny Corbett is a graduate of Palmetto Ridge High School where she had a class rank of 6 out of 413 and a GPA of 4.92.  Destiny was Senior Class President, Science National Honor Society President and Varsity Cheerleading Captain.  She is the recipient of numerous academic awards such as: AICE Psychology, AICE English, The Yale Book Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards  2013-2016.

Destiny vividly recalls watching Buckeye Football games at her great grandfather’s house where she learned about the intense Buckeye spirit and pride that students have for The Ohio State University.

Destiny has aspirations of becoming a pediatric dentist and is currently enrolled  in OSU’s highly ranked pre-dental program.

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Peyton Batiato

Peyton Batiato is a graduate of Gulf Coast High School where she had a class rank of 31 out of 495 and a GPA of 5.05. Peyton was a cheerleader for 4 years at Gulf Coast and on the National Honor Society for 2 years. She was involved in multiple and diverse other activities in and out of school as well and volunteered extensively. Her parents are David and Jen Batiato.

The Ohio State University was always Peyton’s first choice for college, but that wasn’t always the case. She toured the university the summer prior to her senior year merely to appease my mother, who was raised a devout Buckeye, and grandfather, an OSU alum.   She fell in love with the campus, buildings, and the city of Columbus. Peyton says, “I am motivated and blessed to have done well and achieved a lot in school, but I am just as determined outside the classroom. I know that Ohio State will provide me the opportunities to achieve this. I am thankful for the scholarship opportunity that the Naples Buckeyes have given me to achieve my dream.”

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Kristin Swank

Kristin Swank had aspirations of attending The Ohio State University since she was a little girl.  She graduated from Gulf Coast High School in 2016 as a member of the National Honors Society and  with a GPA of 4.7. She is a competitive Irish Dancer, teacher and enthusiast.

Kristin is currently a sophomore majoring in finance in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State.  Kristin's OSU e-mail is swank.425@buckeyemail.osu.edu.



Jordan Vann

Jordan Vann graduated from Lely High School in the class of 2018. she was 4th in her class with a GPA of 5.2.  She is currently majoring in Zoology with plans to double minor in Environmental Science and Religious Studies. She hopes to become a wildlife veterinarian, or obtain a PhD  in animal behavior and ecology. She would like to work with endangered wildlife and ecosystem restoration.