Bradford earns degree from Youngstown State University

YOUNGSTOWN -- Chelsea Bradford, of Newcomerstown, graduated from Youngstown State University this summer. Bradford earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Nearly 400 students earned diplomas during summer commencement exercises in Beeghly Center on the YSU campus.

Youngstown State University, deemed by Forbes magazine as one of America's Top Colleges, is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,500 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. The university's 18 athletics teams, including the four-time national champion football team, compete on the Division I NCAA level, while the Dana School of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance offer a variety of performances on and off campus.

Wiggins enrolled at Heidelberg University

TIFFIN -- Victoria Wiggins, of Newcomerstown, has enrolled at Heidelberg University for the fall semester. The 2013-2014 academic year began Aug. 26

Wiggins is among a group that ranks among the largest classes of new and transfer students to enter Heidelberg. In all, 357 freshmen and 30 transfer students joined the Heidelberg community this fall. According to President Robert H. Huntington, the class brings a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds to the campus. Five percent are legacy families, 17 percent are from out of state, 18 percent are minority students and 22 percent are first-generation college students.

Academically, 18 percent are Heidelberg scholars and the average GPA and ACT scores are higher, according to Huntington.

Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 32 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees , as well as master's degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Heidelberg has been ranked for 26 consecutive years as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.

Area students earn academic scholarships at Muskingum University

NEW CONCORD -- The following students from the area have earned an academic scholarship at Muskingum University in New Concord.

Stephanie Ellis of Newcomerstown earned a Returning Student Scholarship.

John Warner of Newcomerstown earned a Faculty Scholarship.

These scholarships at Muskingum University recognize academic achievement by new and returning students to support their current and future educational goals.

Buss of Newcomerstown completes degree at Muskingum University

NEW CONCORD -- Taylor Buss of Newcomerstown has completed a degree from Muskingum University.

Taylor earned a bachelor's degree in Communications.