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Scholar Spotlight: Carnesha Johnson

By Laura Arnold / June 18, 2024 /

Her grandmother was her heart and soul, her best friend, and the one who taught her how to be a woman and a mom. When Carnesha Johnson lost her grandmother…

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Scholar Spotlight: Ethan Kirk

By Laura Arnold / May 15, 2024 /

As spring quickly turns to summer, resorts and amusement parks throughout the country will soon fill with families looking for fun in the sun. The people who staff those venues,…

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Scholar Spotlight: Nicole Nantz

By Laura Arnold / March 25, 2024 /

It’s not every day that a basic writing assignment in a 5th grade classroom becomes a defining moment in a child’s life but that’s exactly what occurred for Chatfield Scholar…

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Scholar Spotlight: Kaylie Helton

By Laura Arnold / March 5, 2024 /

March is Oral Health Month, and we are excited to spotlight Chatfield Edge Scholar Kaylie Helton, who is on her way to becoming a dental hygienist. A lifelong resident of…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Amber Saeidi Asl

By Laura Arnold / February 14, 2024 /

Amber grew up in St. Martin, Ohio, in the shadows of Chatfield’s Brown County campus. As a child, she loved riding her bike along the campus’ tree-lined paths and served…

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FAFSA 2024: A Shorter, Simpler Process

By Laura Arnold / February 6, 2024 /

For students applying to college in the 2024-2025 school year – the government’s application form for federal student aid recently got a facelift and is now available to the public.…

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Scholar Spotlight: Felicia Lee

By Laura Arnold / January 22, 2024 /

More than two decades after dropping out of school as a teenager, Felicia Lee headed back to the classroom to get her GED. At the age of 40, the mother…

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Scholar Spotlight: Anna Robertson

By Laura Arnold / December 7, 2023 /

National Day of the Horse is celebrated in the United States every December 13 but one of our Chatfield Edge scholars likely celebrates horses every day of the year. Meet…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Diann Blizniak

By Laura Arnold / November 13, 2023 /

While paging through Movers and Makers Magazine last spring, Diann Blizniak paused when she saw an article about The Chatfield Edge’s “Celebrating Our Scholars” luncheon. Having retired (mostly) about four…

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Student Spotlight: Jackie Schmidt

By Laura Arnold / October 9, 2023 /

As part of its mission, The Chatfield Edge endeavors to support non-traditional students. Jackie Schmidt, a current Chatfield Edge scholar, certainly fits in that category. Jackie grew up in Fayetteville…

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Scholar Spotlight: Carnesha Johnson

Her grandmother was her heart and soul, her best friend, and the one who taught her how to be a woman and a mom. When Carnesha Johnson lost her grandmother two years ago to Covid-19, she experienced a time of intense grief and, ironically, intense motivation. She committed to getting her GED and started her educational journey to become an occupational therapy assistant.

“I love to help people and my goal is to graduate with my degree and work in the geriatric community,” Carnesha said. “I want to help people regain activity, especially those recovering from strokes.”

The mother of two children, a twelve-year old son and an eight-year-old daughter, Carnesha knows what it means to work hard to reach her goals. To support her family, she has worked in the fast-food, retail, hospital, and home health industries. While earning money was her main objective, the thought of going back to school was never far from her mind. Neither was her grandmother.

“When the pandemic hit, I had a few home health clients in their nineties who I would sit with and listen to their stories,” she recalled. “And then when I got off work, I called my Grandma.”

Considered a non-traditional student due to beginning college in her late thirties, Carnesha learned about The Chatfield Edge while attending Cincinnati State. After meeting with Program Director, David Hesson, and her mentor, Dr. Jeff Bauer, she felt extra motivation kicking in.

“A lot of people want to see me win. David checks in on me and I know I can call on my mentor anytime,” she said. “I go from being in school to doing field work in hospitals to being a mom and sometimes I need support.” She believes that her connection to The Chatfield Edge has helped her realize that she’s not the only one out there who is starting school at a later age and sometimes needs extra support.

The financial support she receives from The Chatfield Edge helps her afford necessities like the gas and expensive medical books she needs to stay in school. She is the recipient of Chatfield’s Ann E. Fender and Timothy Smith Scholarships.

Her message to other non-traditional students thinking about taking steps toward their educational goals is this: “It’s never too late to go back. I plan to be finished by the time I’m 39. It’s hard work and you must be dedicated. Don’t worry about people who tell you that you are starting too late and don’t listen to your own voices that tell you that you should have done this years ago. Just do it!  In the end you will be very proud of yourself.”

If you or someone you know is a non-traditional or first-generation student looking to further your goals through college, trade school, or a certificate program, contact David Hesson at or 513-875-3344 ext. 115. We are here to help you gain success in life through education.

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