First Posted: 5/15/2013
Wyoming Area School District will present its fourth annual scholarship celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the high school cafeteria. Begun in 2009 and offered for the first time in May 2010, the scholarship celebration has grown beyond expectations.
Seniors can apply for approximately 54 local scholarships with one application. Since the program’s inception, 23 new scholarships have been added to the already extensive list of scholarships offered. This represents an additional approximate $82,000 in new scholarship money.
Last year’s celebration had approximately 360 people in attendance. Over 400 are expected at this year’s event.
The new scholarships this year are six memorial scholarships in honor of the Maureen McHugh Aritz, Attorney Charles J. Giacometti, Stephanie Godri-Johnston, Ryan Jones, Kathy Keder Pitcavage and Lola and John Rindgen. In addition, Dr. Joseph A. Miller, a gradate of the West Pittston Class of 1959, and the Philip Russo Sr. Family have established awards for WA graduating seniors.
All donors make the selection of their recipients.
When the program began in 2009, three new scholarships joined the already long list of awards offered to seniors. They were the Thomas & Patricia Kearns Drama Club Scholarship, the Francis and Joanne Pineno Bloomsburg University grant and the Angelo J. Schifano Memorial Scholarship.
The following year, four new scholarships joined the group. They were the LIU 18 Golf award, the West Pittston MooseAaward, the Michael L. Pesta/UFCW Memorial Scholarship and the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Scholarship to celebrate their 40th anniversary.
Last year, a record eight joined the group, one worth $44,000 over four years. The eight were The John Anthony “Beno” Borzell Memorial Scholarship, the James M. Campenni Memorial Scholarship, the Greater Pittston Chamber Scholarship, the Fallen Warrior Scholarship, the James A. Gilmartin Scholarship (awarded every four years), the Michael McClernon Memorial Scholarship, the Pittston Hospital Class of 1982 Nursing/Health Care Scholarship and the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Scholarship.
Seniors and their parents are invited along with the donors.
They will sit together to become acquainted with each other and enjoy a night of sharing stories and expressing genuine gratitude for the generosity that abounds from the donors. Some donors travel a distance to attend this program each year.
Anyone interested in learning more about this program should call Mrs. Rabel at 655-2836, extension 2339.