McDonald receives Jonathan Gamble Memorial Scholarship

Madison McDonald is the 2018 recipient of the annual Jonathan Gamble Memorial Scholarship administered by the Winona Fire Department. Pictured with McDonald are Lynden Gamble, left; and Lt. Thom Ewing. (Submitted photo)

WINONA — The 2018 recipient of the annual Jonathan Gamble Memorial Scholarship administered by the Winona Fire Department is Madison McDonald of Damascus. She is the daughter Dr. Candice McDonald and Travis McDonald. She is a 2017 graduate of West Branch High School and attends Youngtown State University, majoring in math and education.

The annual scholarship of $1,000 is in memory and honor of Jonathan Gamble and his many years of dedicated service to his community and the Winona Fire Department. Gamble served as fire chief of the department for seven and half years before moving to Florida where he continued to serve as a volunteer firefighter for several additional years. Gamble also served as the county representative for the Columbiana County Firefighters Association in the early 1970s for the then Ohio State Firemens Association while also operating a dairy farm in the Winona area with his family. After returning to Ohio, he served for several years as an officer of the North Coast Lite Flyers.

Gamble tragically lost his life in an ultra-light aircraft accident in July 2007. The scholarship was established by Gamble’s family members, with emphasis on an applicant’s community service and leadership, as well as the continued desire to expand on one’s education. Applicants for the yearly scholarship must be affiliated with the Winona Fire Department through a current or former member. Applications are available each spring from the Winona Fire Department.

In high school, McDonald participated in the marching/concert/pep/jazz bands; cross country, track and field, and indoor soccer. She was in the top 10 of her graduating class; a member of the National Honor Society and made the Kent State dean’s list as a senior in high school. Her freshman college year was spent at Miami University (Ohio) where she earned the president’s list and dean’s list. Her community service includes several mission trips for the Damascus Friends Church and the Faith Chapel Fellowship and she volunteers for several other community activities. Besides attending college and serving her community, she is employed part-time at Dunkin Donuts.

Donations can be made to this scholarship fund at the Salem Community Foundation or the Winona Fire Department. Presentation of the scholarship certificate was made at the Department in Winona.