WCCF Awards More Than $160,000 in Scholarships to Area Students

June 08, 2017

The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) has completed its post-secondary scholarship cycle for 2017, awarding 72 scholarships totaling $160,500.

The funds, awards, students, high schools and their college plans are:

Wccf Scholarships

Alice Boone Main Memorial Fund – Daunice Briggs, McGuffey High School, received $500 to attend Clarion University and will study accounting.

Arthur V. Ciervo Scholarship Fund – Bailey Bauer, Bethlehem Center, received $500 to attend California University of Pennsylvania and will study chemistry.

Black Family Scholarship Fund – Awards of $1,000 each went to Rodney Parson, West Greene High School, who will study agriculture science/engineering at West Virginia University, and Cassandra Muhr, Avella High School, who will study music and communications at Washington & Jefferson College.

Buckholt Science Scholarship Fund – Ty Bedillion, McGuffey High School, received $500 and will study engineering at Washington & Jefferson College.

Burgettstown Jr.-Sr. High School Student Council Leadership Scholarship Fund – Emma Fleeman, Burgettstown High School, received $500 and will study music education at Duquesne University.

Burgettstown Lions Club Scholarship Fund – Three Burgettstown High School seniors received scholarships. Madison Borsos received $250 and will study architecture at Pennsylvania State University; Emma Fleeman received $250 to pursue music education at Duquesne University; and Jordan Palmer received $500 and will study nursing at Carlow University.

CAS/Dr. Kim Stacher Scholarship Fund – Patrick Hughes, West Greene High School, received $1,000 and will study mechanical engineering at Geneva College.

Chapman Family Scholarship Fund – Eleven awards were made from this fund. They went to:

  • Rebecca Staley, California High School, $2,000 to study physical therapy at California University of Pennsylvania.
  • Taylor Simmons, Canon-McMillan High School, $2,000 to study nursing at the Community College of Allegheny County.
  • Joska Troutman, Peters Township High School, $2,000 to attend Beaver County Community College to become a professional pilot.
  • Shayna Bright, Trinity High School, $2,000 to study graphic design at Pittsburgh Technical College.
  • McKenzie Mungai, Trinity High School, $4,000 to study marine science at Eckerd College.
  • Emma Williams, Avella High School, $4,000 to study international studies/education at Waynesburg University.
  • Hannah Davidson, Bethlehem Center High School, $4,000 to study nursing at Waynesburg University.
  • Samantha Christopher, California High School, $4,000 to study psychology at California University of Pennsylvania.
  • Hunter Curry, Ringgold High School, $4,000 to study biochemistry and molecular biology at Liberty University.
  • Dawn Anna Trout, West Greene High School, $4,000 to study at Point Park University.
  • Jamie Lawrence, Jefferson-Morgan High School, $4,000 to study exercise science at Chatham University.

Charles Pappas, Sr. Scholarship Fund – Jocelynn DePaul, Burgettstown High School, received $1,500 and will study pre-law at Washington & Jefferson College.

Christman Family Scholarship Fund – Maya Wells, Washington High School, received $4,000 and will study communications at Robert Morris University.

CHROME FCU/Ed Orisko Scholarship – Three awards of $1,500 each went to:

  • Megan Black, Peters Township High School, will study electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Maria Lengwin, Ringgold High School, will study chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Jake Rose, Peters Township High School, will major in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. 

Clyde J. Tracanna/Washington Rotary Club Educational and Vocational Fund – Awards of $1,000 each were made to:

  • Patrick Scott, McGuffey High School, who will study economics at Duquesne University.
  • Sadie Presto, Trinity High School, who will study physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh Titusville.
  • Steven Shallcross, Washington High School, who will study exercise science at Youngstown State University. 

Curtis Wachter Scholarship Fund – Heather Shiel, Burgettstown High School, received $500 to study photography at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Cynthia McCuen Scholarship Fund – Melissa Bundash, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 to study at California University of Pennsylvania to become a physical therapy assistant.

D. Jack & Geraldine L. Gaido Memorial Scholarship Fund – Stephen Rydzak, Trinity High School, received $4,000 to study accounting at Washington & Jefferson College.

Dave Pew Memorial Scholarship Fund – Riley Kelly, Peters Township High School, received $500 and will study at Pennsylvania State University.

David O. and Sara F. Johnson Family Education Fund – Colin Chapman, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 and will study business at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Dr. Paul Pipik Fund for Study in the Health Sciences – Madison Detrick, Bethlehem Center High School, received $850 and will study biochemistry at Shepherd University.

Elizabeth Plumer Memorial Scholarship – Michael Carrier, Trinity High School, received $1,000 and will study special education at Duquesne University.

Friends of MarkWest Scholarship Fund II – Ten awards of $4,000 each were made from this fund.  Recipients are:

  • Victoria Clarchick, Avella High School, will study petroleum engineering at Marietta College.
  • Sarah Maidment, Avella High School, will study biology at Saint Vincent College.
  • Dante Marcucci,  Burgettstown High School, will study mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Luke Smith, Burgettstown High School, will study animal science/pre-vet at the University of Findlay.
  • Matthew Cimino, Chartiers-Houston High School, will study pharmacy at West Virginia University.
  • Nicole Coffield, Fort Cherry High School, will major in engineering at Robert Morris University.
  • Sean McAdoo, McGuffey High School, will study wildlife and fisheries management at Frostburg State University.
  • D'Andra Davis, McGuffey High School, will major in chemical engineering at West Virginia University.
  • Tanner Coughenour, Trinity High School, will study rail transportation engineering at Pennsylvania State University Altoona.
  • Kaci Hott, Trinity High School, will study chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University Altoona.

Hunter Lafe McAdoo Scholarship Fund – Melissa Bundash, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 to study at California University of Pennsylvania to become a physical therapy assistant.

John & Sophie Choratch Scholarship Fund – Three awards of $8,000 each were made from this fund. Recipients are:

  • Michael Adams, California High School, will study business and finance at California University of Pennsylvania.
  • Derek Richards, Bentworth High School, will study civil engineering at Point Park University.
  • Hunter Saieva, Chartiers-Houston High School, will study psychology at Pennsylvania State University. 

Joseph P. Femiani Memorial Scholarship – Sarah Neky, Peters Township High School, received $1,000 and will study health sciences in the pre-physician assistant program at Purdue University.

Kerns Family Scholarship Fund – Rachel Bayer, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 and will study animal science and business management at Pennsylvania State University.

Kirk C. Moninger Fund – Shaelyn Ross, Trinity High School, received $400 and will study plastics engineering technology at Pennsylvania State University Behrend.

Kiwanis Club of Washington Scholarship Fund – Ashlee Wilkes, Peters Township High School, received $1,000 and will study radiologic technology at California University of Pennsylvania.

Linda LeFever Scholarship Fund – Eileen Patten received $1,000 to continue studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

Margaret Pitek Ciervo Scholarship Fund – Shannon Ortosky, Bethlehem Center High School, received $500 and will study secondary education – mathematics at California University of Pennsylvania.

Megan J. Phillis Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence – Dylan Bertovich, Burgettstown High School, received $500 and will study biology at Washington & Jefferson College.

Olivia Scott Scholarship Fund – Awards of $1,000 each were made to John Ross, Trinity High School, who will study civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and Rielly Steuernagel, McGuffey High School, who will study chemistry and theater at Allegheny College.

Ringgold Alumni Scholarship Fund – Makayla Eslep, Ringgold High School, received $250 and will study education at Bethany College.

Ronald T. Miller, II Scholarship Fund – Daniel Kita, Peters Township High School, received $1,000 and will study engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

Ryan Johnston & Vaughn Johnston Scholarship Fund ­­– Ty Bedillion, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 to study engineering at Washington & Jefferson College.

Sam & Bev Minor Fund – Cynthia Rush, Bentworth High School, received $1,000 and will study criminology and international affairs at Slippery Rock University.

Sprowls College & Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund – Alyssa Ketter, Fort Cherry High School, received $1,000 and will study secondary and special education at California University of Pennsylvania.

Washington County Gay Straight Alliance Scholarship Fund – Two awards of $4,000 each were made from this fund.  Recipients are:

  • Elizabeth Gysi, Washington High School, will study pre-med at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Kaitlyn Sobiech, Canon-McMillan High School, will study psychology at Clarion University. 

Washington County Visiting Nurses’ Association Scholarship Fund – Four awards were made from this fund:

  • Matthias Campion, Peters Township High School graduate who studies nursing at Cedarville University, received $2,000.
  • Rachel Campion, Peters Township High School graduate who studies nursing at West Virginia Wesleyan College, received $2,000.
  • Lauren McGavitt, Trinity High School graduate who studies nursing at Waynesburg University, received $2,000.
  • Devin Tennant, Chartiers-Houston graduate who studies nursing at Washington Hospital School of Nursing, received $4,000.

Washington Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Scholarship Fund - Paige Scarfo, Bentworth High School, received $1,000 to study nursing at the Washington Hospital School of Nursing.

William L. & Barbara M. Laird Fund - Tori Danna, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 to study early childhood education and special education at Slippery Rock University.

Cumulatively, the Washington County Community Foundation has awarded $908,000 in post-secondary scholarships.  The WCCF also awards scholarships to pre-kindergarten students and scholarships to Kindergarten through Grade 12 students attending non-public schools.  Cumulatively, more than $1,800,000 has been awarded from all scholarship funds.

To learn more about the WCCF's scholarship opportunities, please visit WCCF Scholarships.