First Recipients of the Rosenberry Family Scholarship Fund

Aug 30 Presentation Photo Adam Hohl and Ayisha Marawi knew immediately upon touring St. Joseph Montessori School (SJMS) in the spring of 2012 that the private Catholic Montessori school was the place for their two children Lilla (6) and Isaac (4).  “We loved the people and sensed a very close knit community.”  Diagnosed with a brain tumor in June of 2009, Ayisha decided, along with her husband, that moving back to Ohio to be closer to family and enrolling their children at SJMS was best for the family.  “If something happened, we knew we wanted our children to be at St. Joseph Montessori School.”


Ayisha’s battle with cancer has included 24 rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove part of the tumor.  Future treatments are likely as she continues to live with the disease.  For most people with cancer, living with the disease is the biggest challenge they have ever faced.  It can change routines, roles, and relationships.  It can cause work and financial issues. In the spring of 2013 Ayisha and Adam were beginning to wonder if they could afford to keep Lilla and Isaac at SJMS. With a $3,000 scholarship award from the Rosenberry Family Scholarship Fund the Hohl children will be able to continue at SJMS this fall.


The Rosenberry Scholarship fund was established in 2011 in honor of Brenda and Jill Rosenberry. Brenda, the mother, and Jill, the daughter and SJMS Primary student, were both battling cancer at the same time. After a valiant four year battle against triple negative breast cancer Brenda lost her battle in June 2011.  Jill, diagnosed in 2007 with T Cell Lymphoma, underwent chemotherapy and eighteen radiation treatments.  She is currently in remission and a bright and vibrant 5th grader at SJMS.


Funds from the Rosenberry Family Scholarship Fund benefit families of St. Joseph Montessori School that have been impacted by a life threatening illness or a life altering condition. Funds are applied directly to the cost of tuition. For more information about the Rosenberry Family Scholarship Fund or how you can contribute please contact Belinda Quisenberry, Director of Development and Communications, at or (614) 291-8601.