West High School grad seen as a leader in the community

Said Barud (left), a West High School graduate, is this year’s recipient of the Westgate Neighborhood Scholarship. He is pictured here with Westgate Neighbors Association President Michael Blake.

The Westgate Neighbors Association (WNA) announced that Said Barud, a student at Columbus State University, is the 2022 recipient of the Westgate Neighborhood Scholarship. The scholarship, currently in its eighth year, is open to any student living in Westgate as well as any current graduating senior at West High School and recognizes strong leadership skills and a commitment to community service.

Barud is a recent high school graduate of West High School and will be majoring in biology, business and mathematics. He plans to graduate in May of 2026 and is considering a career as a registered nurse.

Barud and a group of friends created a group called LGY that hosts annual charity events in his neighborhood. He has also volunteered at Sullivant Garden Recreation Center for the last 10 years and has become a role model to younger kids in his neighborhood.

The scholarship was established to promote WNA’s mission to improve the viability, livability and overall quality of life for the residents of the neighborhood. Funding for the scholarship comes from the proceeds of the Westgate Home and Garden Tour held annually on the second Saturday in June.

Michael Blake, president of the association, said the organization re-evaluated the eligibility requirements of the scholarship for 2022 and now offers the scholarship to any Westgate resident as well as any current graduate of West High School. The group also increased the award amount from $500 to $1,000 due to rising tuition costs and book fees.

Blake was impressed with the applications received this year, and strongly believes it is important to support future leaders so that they can continue making a positive impact in the community.

The Westgate Neighbors Association is a non-profit civic association. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund or support the mission, visit westgateneighbors.org.


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