Local Corporations Enable WCCF to Award More than $36,000 in K-12 Scholarships

December 28, 2016

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Principal Ken Fusina and students from JFK Catholic School accept ESO Fund scholarships from Todd Day of First Commonwealth Bank

During the most recent ESO Fund scholarship cycle, the Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) awarded $36,915 in scholarships to students from local schools including John F. Kennedy Catholic School, Madonna Catholic Regional School, Bishop Canevin High School, Calvary Chapel Christian School, Central Christian Academy, Faith Christian School, First Love Christian Academy, St. Louise De Marillac Catholic School, and St. Patrick School.

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Madonna Catholic Regional School students and Principal Don Militzer accept ESO Fund scholarships from Christopher Claspy of Northwest Savings Bank

The ESO Fund awards scholarships to needy families for non-public kindergarten through grade 12 programs.  Thanks to the generous contributions of corporate sponsors including Allegheny Technologies, Bridges & Co., Burke Racing Stables, CONSOL Energy, CORE Network, Cowden & Associates, Dollar Bank, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, EQT, First Commonwealth Bank, First National Bank, Highmark, McCutcheon Enterprises, Northwest Savings Bank, PNC Bank, UPMC, Verizon, and Waste Management, the WCCF has cumulatively awarded more than $398,000 in ESO Fund scholarships.

The WCCF recently accepted an $8,000 contribution to the ESO Fund from Erika Deyarmin-Young, Public Affairs Coordinator, Waste Management, Western Pennsylvania.  Cumulatively, Waste Management has contributed $85,000 to the WCCF’s ESO Fund since 2008.

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator, and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.

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WCCF Marketing Associate Amy Shope with Waste Management Public Affairs Coordinator Erika Deyarmin-Young

Locally, Waste Management has two locations in Washington County.  The hauling site is unique to the area with 90% of the trucks running off of Compressed Natural Gas.  Arden Landfill, also located in Washington County, is a landfill gas-to-energy facility.  The site takes the methane from decomposing waste, uses it to power turbine engines, and releases the power generated back to the grid.  Arden Landfill powers more than 3,000 homes in Washington County. 

 “Waste Management is proud to support the Washington County Community Foundation through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” Deyarmin-Young said.  “It is a win-win.  Our company receives a corporate tax credit and the community benefits as we support local students and families through scholarships.

“Waste Management has a long history of donating to education and is dedicated to helping children in the local communities.  Projects and programs supporting education, like the Washington County Community Foundation’s ESO Fund, help ensure the future of our communities by providing children with the opportunity to reach their full potential. Students of today are our leaders of tomorrow.”

The WCCF promotes and facilitates charitable giving in the community and currently manages charitable assets of more than $18 million. Cumulatively, the Foundation has distributed over $7.9 million in grants and scholarships.