The Merry Makers Club Foundation of Columbus Inc. is the principal philanthropic vehicle of the Merry Makers Club. It is the vehicle through which the Club implements its mission of charitable contribution. Since 1991, we have been bringing people together and using available resources to strengthen Columbus and Franklin County. Through the generosity of donors, thousands of dollars in scholarships have been distributed throughout central Ohio.

The Merry Makers Club Foundation of Columbus Inc. central mission is to support education initiatives and social services organizations in central Ohio. Our vision is to be recognized as an organization that facilities the growth of African American youth in our community.

A Legacy of Social Service

By the 1940s the Merry Makers could boast that a number of its members distinguished themselves in a variety of professions. Merry Makers served in World War II-all attaining at least the rank of non-commissioned officers-on the staff of the Secretary of War, and as insurance executives, lawyers, physicians, teachers, principals, and labor leaders.

Over the years, the Merry Makers have held a variety of events to support the black community, assist the needy and have fun. Maryland Park Pool, located on the east side, was for many years the site of beauty contests as local young ladies spiritedly vied for the title of Miss Merry Maker. 

Raffles, (one year a new Ford Thunderbird was the grand prize), holiday dances, and most recently, sports banquets and golf tournaments, have helped the Merry Makers fund their most successful philanthropic venture, that of assuring African American youth the opportunity to obtain a college education. 

To date, the club has raised over $310,000 allowing many students from Columbus’ Black community to earn degrees from The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. Today, the organization is seeking to strengthen its ties with the Black community, particularly with young people.

Foundation Scholarships

The Merry Makers Club Foundation annually contributes to two endowed scholarships established at The Ohio State University and at Columbus State Community College. These scholarships are awarded through the financial ad office at each institution to assist students in need pursuing their education beyond high school.

The scholarship recipients are annually determined by each institution. However, at The Ohio State University, only perspective Merit Scholar students are eligible to receive the Merry Makers Club Foundation scholarship. At Columbus State Community College, African American male students in need are eligible.

Through the generosity of donors, as of June 2020, over $275,000 has been endowed between the scholarships and 150 awards have been issued to support the education of the students in our community!

TAX ADVANTAGES OF GIVING THROUGH THE MERRY MAKERS CLUB FOUNDATION The Merry Makers Club Foundation of Columbus Inc. is a publicly supported charitable organization with exempt status described under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). All gifts to the foundation are fully tax-deductible in accordance with the law and all applicable rules and regulations. To learn more about how to donate to The Merry Makers Club Foundation of Columbus Inc., please contact Eric Gray by email or by phone at (937) 360-4544.

Scholarships Awarded

2020 Amanuel Shibishi

2019 Robert Yengo

2018 Darron Barge

2017 Dominic Ewereko

2016 None

2015 Lawrence Williams

2014 Isaac Kyeremateng

2013 Eddie Cornelious

2012 Kenneth Jackson

        Rinald Coley

2011 Christian Williams

          Ibra Garba


2010 Donell Godsey

2020 Andre Anderson

2019 Andre Anderson

          Ramona Angela Stephenson

2018 Morgan Clark

          William Maynard

2017 Morgan Clark

          William Maynard

2016 Morgan Clark

          William Maynard

2015 Morgan Clark

          William Maynard

2014 Matthias Heinz

 Preethi Chidambaram

Harry Konangi

Caroline Lieser

Carly Mathewson

Natasha Werts

Joshua Bunn

 Mubarik Mohamed

Amanuel Alemu

Mark Reese

2013 Brian Sherman Jr.

Brittany Mills

 Erica McGriff

Ayana Rowe

 Christa Eduafo

Nima Dahir

 Langston Hughes

Elissa Lowenthal

2012 Brian Sherman Jr.

Sean Dodge

Brittany Mills

Christian Ulysse

Janet Adegboye

Kori Asante

Xavier Thompson

Gina Price

 King Collins Jr.

2011 Brian Sherman Jr.

 Sean Dodge

 Shalise Montgomery

Latifat Osinowo

Meagan Jones

Brittany Mills

 Kristina Metcalf

Kirra Horne

 Lindsay Hughes

Ryan Fore

 L’Nard Tufts II

Valeri Wolf

 Tsilat Musie

 Crystal Hill

 2010 Jade Reaves

           Brian Sherman Jr.

           Brittany Mills

           Stephen Gould

           Mena Abdelmalak

          Rebekah Wormack

          Esther Oder

  Bereket Berhane

 Travis Billingsley

 Blaise Bradley

 Ernest Levert Jr.

 Kayla Swain

Social Services 

Over the past months, our Foundation has supported the efforts of the following local service organizations:

  • The Links, Twin River Chapter
  • St. Phillips Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • Columbus Rotary / Columbus Public Schools “Student Service Above Self” Program


  • AEP
  • Telhio
  • Bricker & Eckler LLC
  • Roosters
  • Manuel Family Practice
  • L Brands
  • Design + Construction Group, LLC
  • Columbus Car Trader
  • Pipes & Pleasures
  • Donatos Pizza
  • Short’s Sports of Indiana
  • The Gap
  • Economic Community Development Institute
  • Delaware County Genealogical Society
  • King Collision Auto Repair
  • The Marvin Clayton Family
  • The David White Family
  • The Don Lafollete Family
  • The Eric Gray Family
  • The Harvey Brownlee Family
  • Beverly and Steve Cheek
  • The Marc Davis Family
  • The Frank Diggs Family
  • The Terry Esper Family
  • The Colby Taylor Family
  • The Robert Chilton Family
  • The Edna Garcia Family
  • The Venus Gessesse Family
  • The T Glenn Hill Family