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Union Local Graduate Named First Recipient of Jimmy Shaheen Scholarship at Ohio University Eastern | News, Sports, Jobs

Photo by Carrie Graham – Ohio Eastern University Dean David Rohal, left, and attorney Michael Shaheen, right, pose for a photo with Nathan Brown, first Jimmy Shaheen scholarship recipient. The Michael Shaheen Scholarship was awarded at Ohio Eastern University in 2019 to honor the legacy of his late brother Jimmy Shaheen.

Nathan Brown, a freshman majoring in middle childhood education, is the first Jimmy Shaheen Scholarship winner at Ohio Eastern University.

Brown graduated from Union Local High School in 2021.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship,” Brown said. “This scholarship will help me fund my education, it will encourage me and allow me to stay in the community to get my degree close to home.”

Local attorney Michael J. Shaheen was awarded a scholarship at Ohio Eastern University in 2019 to honor the legacy of his older brother Jimmy Shaheen.

“I want to give back and honor my brother in a way that is consistent and meaningful to the community,” Shaheen said. “I hope that every student who receives this scholarship at OHIO Eastern will have the same compassion for children as Jimmy did, and this will help them complete their education.”

Brown enrolled in the Middle Childhood Education Program with an emphasis in mathematics and the social sciences.

“I originally planned to become a music teacher, but had to travel to Athens and leave home (to study). I wanted to stay close to home and take advantage of the affordable tuition fees on the regional campus,” Brown said.

After graduation, Brown plans to apply for a position in the Ohio Valley as a middle school math teacher.

“I feel like I’m the one who can make math fun and help students understand math,” he said.

Like Brown, Jimmy Shaheen wanted to help the kids. He has worked at Steubenville Schools and at Bright Promise with students in special education programs or who have faced other challenges.

“My brother was not an outstanding student in his youth, but he was loved and known throughout the community for being a man who truly cared about people and children, especially those who had their own academic or developmental flaws or challenges,” Shaheen said.

The scholarship awarded will be awarded annually to a student who has been accepted for admission to Eastern Ohio University. To honor Jamie’s passion for helping children, the student must have demonstrated financial need, and preference will be given to students who specialize in education.

“Not only would he agree to this scholarship, but I feel it was something he wanted,” Shaheen said of his late brother.

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