Central Great Lakes chapter announces this year’s scholarship recipients

CLEVELAND – The Central Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS is proud to announce this year’s college scholarship recipients: Andrew Kish, Parker Offhaus and Daisy Stricler.

Andrew Kish is entering his final year at Bowling Green State University where he is majoring in journalism and minoring in photography. He’s been on the Dean’s List every semester. He’s also been actively involved with BGSU’s independent student media organization, BG Falcon Media, where he recently completed an internship.

The Central Great Lakes scholarship committee noted Andrew’s varied skills as a multimedia journalist and photographer in his application. His work, featuring stories on and off campus, has been featured many times in the student newspaper, website, and newscast.

Andrew’s passion is covering stories that affect individuals with disabilities. Some of his work in this area includes covering the opening of an inclusive playground, a high school orchestra program that teaches students with developmental and intellectual disabilities how to play a stringed instrument, and most recently, a student who faced accessibility challenges on a university campus. 

Outside of academics, Andrew owns and operates his own lawn care business, serving Perrysburg, OH, and the surrounding community. He appreciates the supportiveness of his mother, Laura; father, Bob; his youngest brother with Down Syndrome, James-Thomas; and his six other siblings.

Andrew looks forward to continuing to tell the stories that matter to the community.

Parker Offhaus is a rising junior at Ball State University studying media production and minoring in interest areas of women’s and gender studies, media promotion, and sign language. They have been interested in film production since middle school and have started exploring post-production work. 

At Ball State, Parker has been able to take part in film festivals, creating works with the new people they have met, culminating with being judged first in the Frog Baby Film Festival drama division as a freshman. 

The Central Great Lakes scholarship committee noted Parker is passionate about finding the best creative solution for a project to make both the client happy and allow the video to stand out as unique and memorable. Their editing skills stand out as already on a professional level and their hopes for their career path post-college are lofty yet still realistic. Parker says their scholarship will help support education opportunities as they pursue additional work in documentaries and media representation of social issues. They hope to win an Emmy one day and are loving this step in the right direction.

Daisy Stricler is a rising senior at Indiana University Bloomington. She’s pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts with a concentration in documentary filmmaking and biopics.

Daisy’s passion lies in uncovering and sharing underrepresented stories, giving a voice to those often overlooked, and bringing awareness to diverse perspectives. Her dedication and talent in cinematic arts have distinguished her as a promising filmmaker committed to making a meaningful impact in the world of documentary cinema.

The Central Great Lakes scholarship committee noted Daisy’s excellent work submissions as an editor and sound designer in her scholarship application.

Daisy has held internships at production studios and performing arts organizations. Her next internship starts this fall at the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University.

You can read more about our scholarships and our recent scholarship recipients here.