WCCF Awards $208,250 in Scholarships to Area Students

June 22, 2018

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The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) has completed its post-secondary scholarship cycle for 2018, awarding 77 scholarships totaling $208,250. 

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

Alice Boone Main Memorial Fund – Andrew Allender, McGuffey High School, received $500 to attend Westminster College and will study business. 

Arthur V. Ciervo Scholarship Fund – Kenneth Miller, Burgettstown High School, received $500 to attend LaRoche College and will study film, video and media.

Black Family Scholarship Fund – Awards of $1,000 each went to Bailey Machesky, West Greene High School, who will study early childhood education and special education at California University of Pennsylvania, and Sarah Fox, Avella High School, who will study nursing at Waynesburg University.

Buckholt Science Scholarship Fund – Marissa Lopez, McGuffey High School, received $500 and will study nursing at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Burgettstown Jr.-Sr. High School Student Council Leadership Scholarship Fund – Madison Banaszak, Burgettstown High School, received $500 and will study computer science at the University of Maryland.

Burgettstown Lions Club Scholarship Fund – Three Burgettstown High School seniors received scholarships. Ashley Tasz received $250 and will study biology at Pennsylvania State University; Elle Havelka received $250 to study chemistry at the University of Kentucky; and Joseph DeMario received $500 and will study environmental science at Slippery Rock University.

CAS/Dr. Kim Stacher Scholarship Fund – Tyler Barnhart, West Greene High School, received $1,000 and will study computer information sciences at California University of Pennsylvania. 

Chapman Family Scholarship Fund – Ten awards were made from this fund. They went to:
• Michael Tyhonas, California High School, $2,000 to study architectural drafting and design at Westmoreland County Community College.
• Courtney Cowell, McGuffey High School, $2,000 to study science of culinary arts at Sullivan University.
• Justin Butka, Trinity High School, $2,000 to attend Rosedale Technical College to study HVAC technology.
• Brooke Bioni, Canon-McMillan High School, $2,000 to study veterinarian technology at the Veterinarian Technical Institute. 
• Darianne Bane, Canon-McMillan High School, $2,000 to study hairdressing at Toni and Guy Cosmetology School.
• Rachel Jones, West Greene High School, $4,000 to study biology with a focus on Cardiovascular Perfusion at Carlow University.
• Peyton Blake, West Greene High School, $4,000 to study game design at Sheridan College.
• Madison Franco, Bentworth High School, $4,000 to study industrial engineering at West Virginia University.
• Ling Xue, Chartiers-Houston High School, $4,000 to study computer science at Haverford College.
• Shelby Saut, McGuffey High School, $4,000 to study forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee.

Charles Pappas, Sr. Scholarship Fund – Sierra McIntyre, Burgettstown High School, received $1,500 and will study zoo and wildlife biology at Malone University.

Christman Family Scholarship Fund – Maci Ward, Washington High School, received $4,000 and will study pre-medicine at Washington & Jefferson College.

CHROME FCU/Ed Orisko Scholarship – Three awards of $1,500 each went to:
• Elek Buday, California High School, will study aerospace engineering at West Virginia University.
• Tyler Whitfield, Chartiers-Houston High School, will study bioinformatics at the University of Pittsburgh.
• Benjamin Zeisloft, Peters Township High School, will major in finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clyde J. Tracanna/Washington Rotary Club Educational and Vocational Fund – Awards of $1,000 each were made to:
• Erich Durbin, McGuffey High School, who will study rehabilitation science at the University of Pittsburgh.
• Chelsea Geer, Trinity High School, who will study biochemistry at St. Vincent College.
• Matthew Marasco, Washington High School, who will study business management at Grove City College.

Cynthia McCuen Scholarship Fund – Marko Olivarez, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 to study at Saginaw Valley State University to study nursing.

D. Jack & Geraldine L. Gaido Memorial Scholarship Fund – Jarred Rice, Trinity High School, received $4,000 to major in business at Washington & Jefferson College.

Dave Pew Memorial Scholarship Fund – Mila Shadel, Peters Township High School, received $500 and will study music performance at Duquesne University.

David O. and Sara F. Johnson Family Education Fund – Ashley Tremel, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 and will study exercise science at Slippery Rock University.

Dr. Paul Pipik Fund for Study in the Health Sciences – Dominic Clutter, Bethlehem Center High School, received $850 and will study STEM at Youngstown State University. 

Elizabeth Plumer Memorial Scholarship – Jessica Ashmore, Trinity High School, received $1,000 and will study education at Ohio University.

Friends of MarkWest Scholarship Fund II – Seven awards of $4,000 each were made from this fund.  Recipients are:
• Madison Banaszak, Burgettstown High School, will study computer science at the University of Maryland.
• Kieran Walsh, Burgettstown High School, will study mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
• Steven Horvath, Chartiers-Houston High School, will study computer science at Penn State Behrend.
• Michael Paluda, Chartiers-Houston High School, will study computer science at Pennsylvania State University.
• Clay Klein, McGuffey High School, will study physics at Clarion University.
• Abigail Cermak, Trinity High School, will major in environmental engineering at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
• Zachary Dinch, Trinity High School, will study computer science at Princeton University.

George & Mary Matijevich Scholarship Fund – Joseph DeMario, Burgettstown High School, received $1,000 and will study environmental science at Slippery Rock University.

Hunter Lafe McAdoo Scholarship Fund – Marissa Lopez, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 to study at West Virginia Wesleyan to study nursing.

John & Sophie Choratch Scholarship Fund – Seven awards of $2,500 each were made from this fund. Recipients are:
• Victoria Carnes, Burgettstown High School, will study pre-medicine at Westminster College.
• Lois Cass, is studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
• Madison Codeluppi, Charleroi High School, will study accounting at Alderson Broaddus University.
• Tyler Cochran, Canon-McMillan High School, will study biology or history at Robert Morris University.
• Christopher Kerr, Canon-McMillan High School, will study forensic science at Garrett College.
• Hannah Parnell, Ringgold High School, will study criminology at California University of Pennsylvania.
• Nicholas Stanek, McGuffey High School, will study communications at the University of Delaware.

Joseph P. Femiani Memorial Scholarship – Abigail Kita, Peters Township High School, received $1,000 and will study pre-pharmacy on the PharmD track at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kirk C. Moninger Fund – Abigail Cermak, Trinity High School, received $400 and will study environmental engineering at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Kiwanis Club of Washington Scholarship Fund – Valerey Rosenwald, Canon-McMillan High School, received $1,000 and will study business office administration at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School.

Margaret Pitek Ciervo Scholarship Fund – Lilley Beadling, Bethlehem Center High School, received $500 and will study nursing at Pellissippi State Community College. 

Megan J. Phillis Scholarship Fund for Academic Excellence – Samantha Roner, Burgettstown High School, received $500 and will study biology at Florida Southern College.

Olivia Scott Scholarship Fund – Awards of $1,000 each were made to Jenna Vito, Bentworth High School, who will study chemical engineering at West Virginia University, and David Chapman, McGuffey High School, who will study nursing at Malone University.

Ralph W. Young Family Scholarship Fund – Eight awards of $10,000 were made from this fund.  The recipients include:
• Chase Conrad, Bethlehem Center, will study criminal justice at California University of Pennsylvania.
• Travis Pettit, Bethlehem Center, will study hospitality management and Pennsylvania State University – Fayette.
• Alexis Ozohonish, Bethlehem Center, will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study nursing.
• Marissa Filby, Charleroi High School, will attend Pennsylvania State University to study forensic biology.
• Kaitlyn Riley, Charleroi High School, will attend Pennsylvania State University – Fayette to study nursing.
• Autumn Carroll, Ringgold High School, will attend Slippery Rock University to study mathematics.
• Lauren Gohacki, Ringgold High School, will attend the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown to study business.
• Nolan Sion, Ringgold High School, will attend the University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg to study criminal justice.

Ringgold Alumni Scholarship Fund – Anna Freeman, Ringgold High School, received $250 and will study nursing at Carlow University.

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

Ryan Johnston & Vaughn Johnston Scholarship Fund – Emily Durila, McGuffey High School, received $1,000 to pursue an exploratory major at California University of Pennsylvania.

Sam & Bev Minor Fund – Carter Popelas, California High School, received $1,000 and will study engineering at West Virginia University.

Sprowls College & Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund – Emily LaMark, Fort Cherry High School, received $1,000 and will study pre-medicine/molecular biology at Westminster College.

Timothy Edward Hitchon Scholarship Fund – Akira Wheeler, Trinity High School, received $1,000 and will attend Wheeling Jesuit University to study nursing.

Washington County Gay Straight Alliance Scholarship Fund – Two awards of $4,000 each were made from this fund.  Recipients are:
• Julia Reedy, Burgettstown High School, will study psychology at Duquesne University.
• Samantha Schafer, Canon-McMillan High School, will study music education at Ohio State University.

Washington County Visiting Nurses’ Association Scholarship Fund – Three awards were made from this fund:
• Matthias Campion, a Peters Township High School graduate who studies nursing at Cedarville University, received $1,250.
• Patrick McCracken, who studies nursing at the Washington Health System School of Nursing, received $1,250.
• Lauren McGavitt, Trinity High School graduate who studies nursing at Waynesburg University, received $1,250.

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 more than $1,125,000 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 $2,200,000 has been awarded from all scholarship funds. To learn more about the WCCF’s scholarship opportunities, please visit www.wccf.net.