2022 Scholarships Awarded to Fletcher and Hash

The Ohio Council 8 Executive Board is pleased to announce that Abryella Fletcher has been awarded the 2022 Cheryl Keeler Scholarship, and Elijah Hash has been awarded the Doug Moore Scholarship as part of the Ohio Council 8 Family Scholarship program.

Abryella Fletcher

Abryella is the daughter of James Fletcher, a 20-year member of AFSCME Local 1632, which represents City of Columbus employees.

A graduate of the Columbus Preparatory Academy, Abryella was a motivated student who achieved an outstanding academic record including recognition by the National Honor Society. In addition, she participated in many school and community activities such as acting as a tutor for the school’s younger students. 

In her winning essay, Abryella noted how she saw firsthand the difference a union can make.  “Because of my father’s AFSCME membership I learned you can’t do it all on your own.” She understands it takes hard work and sticking together “and that’s what a union is all about.”

Abryella will be attending Ohio State University this fall and plans to follow her goal of becoming an early childhood educator.

Elijah Hash

The 2021 men’s scholarship winner, Elijah Hash, is the son of 8-year Erie County Jobs and Family Services employee Kimberly Liebacher, and is a member of AFSCME Local 3616.

Elijah graduated from Bellevue High School where he was an active student with a strong academic record. In addition, he is an outstanding musician who was a member of the marching band, jazz band, pep band, and the high school’s honor band. 

In his winning essay Elijah recounted how his mother’s association with a union workplace changed his family’s life. “Before working for the County, my mother worked long hours at a nursing home and was regularly called in on weekends and her off-hours. My brother and I only saw her when she dropped us off at school and when she picked us up at the babysitters. Working in a union workplace our mother had regular hours, vacation days, weekends, and holidays off, and that made all the difference to our family.”  

Elijah will be attending Bowling Green State University in the fall where he plans on focusing on his passion for music by pursuing a degree in music education.

The 2022 AFSCME Ohio Council 8 scholarships are named in honor of Cheryl Keeler and Doug Moore.    

Cheryl Keeler

Cheryl started her 18-year Ohio Council 8 career in 1987 as a legal secretary and five years later became the Legal Department’s Supervisor/Paralegal. In 1994, she joined the Columbus Region as a staff representative. In 2000, she was appointed Columbus Regional Director, a position she held until retiring in 2005.                        

Cheryl lives in Columbus and is still active in the community as past President of the Second Wind Lung Transplant Association and as a consultant for Council 8 staff.   

Doug’s association with Ohio Council 8 began in 1980 when he was hired as a Code Enforcement Officer by the City of Columbus. He quickly worked his way up through the ranks, serving as a steward, chief steward, executive board member, and vice president. In 1992 was elected President of AFSCME Local 1632. That same year he was elected as a Columbus Regional Vice President and served on the Executive Board until he retired in 2015.  

Doug Moore

Ohio Council 8 First Vice President Marcia Knox, chairperson of the Executive Board Committee that reviews the scholarship applications, wished Abryella and Elijah the best of luck pursuing their higher education goals.  

The Ohio Council 8 Family Scholarship was established in 1982.

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