Scranton Area Community Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

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The Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to announce its 2021 scholarship recipients, benefitting 168 local students from various schools in the area from scholarship funds administered by the Foundation. A total of $474,440 was recently distributed through 63 scholarships, including the #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship, the Matt McGloin Scholarship, the Neal J. Fasula Scholarship, and the highly-competitive James F. Swift scholarship.

The complete listing of all 2021 scholarship recipients is detailed below.

Scholarship recipients are selected annually by various scholarship committees at the Foundation.

“We are grateful to the generous donors who make these scholarships possible to benefit so many students from across the region,” stated Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi. “The Foundation proudly manages over 50 individual scholarship funds established by charitable donors who want to support outstanding students and make higher education more attainable for so many in our communities.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, many scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

For more information on any of the scholarships at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

To establish a scholarship fund in honor of or memory of a loved one or to include a scholarship as a legacy gift in your estate plans, please contact the Scranton Area Community Foundation today or visit to learn more.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

#GaryInspiredMe Scholarship 
Natalie Deal (North Pocono)
Shiloh Miller (Northwest Area)

American Legion A. Pierson Hurd Academic Scholarship
Margaret Domski (Valley View)

Angelina Fricchione and Michael Cupple Scholarship
Sydney Dana (Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine)

Ann Wall Scholarship
Nathan Dill (Lackawanna Trail)

Anthracite Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke)
Joseph Fasula (Scranton Prep)
Joseph Ferrara (Wallenpaupak)
Hunter Geise (Riverside)
John Gilchrist (Riverside)
Lindsay Grzyboski (Riverside)
Zack Kovalchik (Valley View)
Shiloh Miller (Northwest Area)
Isabelle Ritz (Hazleton)
Matthew Williams (Holy Redeemer)

Ashley and Erin Williams Memorial Scholarship
Destiny Anello (North Pocono)

Blakely Borough Scholarship
Emma Burak (Valley View)

Caroline Ace, LPN/Angela Muchal, LPN Scholarship
Morgan Veina (Career Technology Center)

Catherine A. Alu Memorial Scholarship
Paige Martin (Dunmore)

Chris Moran Scholarship
Chase Poplawski (Mountain View)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)

Chris Till Sender Scholarship       
Christine Townsend (Scranton)

Cinderella’s Closet Scholarship                
Jillian Brennan (Holy Cross)

Constance M. and Joseph A. Brocavich Memorial Scholarship
Travis Bridgeman (Scranton Prep)
Samuel Grizzanti (Scranton Prep)
Grace Ann Kapacs (Scranton Prep)

Danielle Faramelli Scholarship
Olivia Kaschak (Valley View)

David Gallagher Memorial Scholarship
Kayla Przekop (Abington Heights)

Dr. Bernard Shair Memorial Scholarship
Peter Heckman (University of Scranton)

Dr. E.C. LaCoe Scholarship
Kristin Lipkus (Abington Heights)
Tyler Petty (Abington Heights)

Dr. George J. Hallesky Memorial Scholarship
Allana Elizabeth Warner (Johnson College)

Dulcey Degilio Scholarship
Kristin Lipkus (Abington Heights)

Edward C. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
John Barrera (Kings College)

Greg Legg NEPA Diamond Scholarship
Zack Kovalchik (Valley View)

James F. Swift Scholarship
Jillian Brennan (Holy Cross)
Shannon Baransky (Marywood)
Tanner Begin (Penn State University)
Cameron Butka (West Scranton)
Sofia Capozzi (Abington Heights)
Calista Calabro (Penn State University)
Ashley Capone (Marywood)
Christina Carachilo (University of Scranton)
Hannah Carr (University of Scranton)
Ryan Coleman (Valley View)
Andrew Cummings (Dickinson College)
Ava Decker (West Scranton)
James Docalovich (Lehigh University)
Caitlin Doughton (University of Scranton)
Collin Ennis (University of Scranton)
Fione Evans (University of Scranton)
Marguerite Flynn (Boston College)
Hunter Geise (Riverside)
Austin Glidewell (University of Scranton)
Nicholas Guerra (University of Scranton)
Marilyn Hoskins (Marywood University)
Matthew Howard (Scranton Prep)
Daniel Jaggars (University of Nebraska)
Rebecca Johnson (University of Scranton)
Tiffini Kalt (Marywood University)
Meghan Keenan (Elizabethtown College)
Benjamin Koshinski (University of Scranton)
Tori Kovalchick (Penn State University)
Korey Kruk (Scranton High School)
Kristen Lello (Marywood University)
Rebecca Lucas (University of the Sciences)
Ximena Maldonado (University of Scranton)
Olivia Manarchuck (University of Scranton)
Hailey Matechak (Lakeland)
Sara McCormack (Scranton)
David McKenney (Lakeland)
Mark Melesky (Penn State University)
Brooke Mickavicz (Marywood University)
Tyler Muskey (University of Scranton)
Jenna O’Malley (University of Scranton)
Gia Occhipinti (University of Pittsburgh)
Marisol Olivares (North Pocono)
Marley Palmere (Moravian College)
Claudia Pitts (University of Scranton)
Antonio Pugliese (Penn State University)
Megan Purcell (Lehigh University)
Meredith Purcell (Scranton Prep)
Taralyn Reilly (Valley View)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)
Julia Romanovich (University of Scranton)
Kayla Rose (Riverside)
Amanda Sakulich (Marywood University)
Nina Sampogne (Penn State University)
Gerardo Sanchez Garcia (University of Scranton)
Kaitlyn Savage (Marywood University)
Taylor Seprosky (Marywood University)
Gwyneth Serowinski (Keystone College)
Christian Snee (Mid Valley)
Gabrielle Snee (Mid Valley)
Natalie Sottile (University of Scranton)
Eric Spivak (Marywood University)
Elizabeth Stone (Marywood University)
Christopher Talluto (Elizabethtown College)
Alexis Tanana (Holy Cross)
Benjamin Thompson (North Pocono)
Makenna Thorpe (Saint Joseph’s University)
Evan Tremback (Marywood University)
Maura Turi (University of Scranton)
Ryan Turlip (University of Pennsylvania)
Alexandra Valvano (Villanova University)
Anna Van Wert (University of Scranton)
Jacob Vituszynski (University of Scranton)
Joshua Vituszynski (University of Scranton)
Stone Wormuth (Wilkes University)
Alec Yanisko (Johnson College)
Drew Yanni (Marywood University)

James M. Akens North Pocono Athletic Trust Fun
Casey Serine (North Pocono)
Kyle Serine (North Pocono)

Jane H. Rushmore Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Lisa Engroff (Career Technology Center)
Kacie Szczech (Career Technology Center)

Jason Evans Memorial Wrestling Scholarship
James Brown (Abington Heights)

Jefferson Scholarship
Sara Reyes Guerrero (Riverside)
Jaela Johnson (West Scranton)

Jeffrey Morgan Davis Memorial Scholarship
Sean Herbert (Holy Cross)

Jennifer Morgan Scholarship
Lindsey Christian (Pittston Area)

John and Grace Kreig Scholarship
Jeffery Higgins (Riverside)

John R. and Maureen J. Pesavento All Saints Interparochial Academy Scholarship
Ella Cohen (Scranton Prep)
Nicholas Rusinko (Holy Cross)

Joseph (Firp) and Charles Pacino Scholarship
Peter Kawash (Lakeland)

Joseph J. Costa Memorial Scholarship
Gene Biscontini (Lackawanna College)
Lindsey Eason (Lackawanna College)
Gilbert Diaz (Lackawanna College)

Joseph P. McDonald Memorial Scholarship
David Day (Dunmore)
Katie McKitish (Dunmore)
Steven Qarmout (Dunmore)

Junior League of Scranton Scholarship
Sara McCormack (Scranton)

Keisling Family Scholarship
Sarah Tolerico (Carbondale)

Margaret Briggs/Lackawanna College Scholarship
Tara Palumbo (Lackawanna College)
Donald Yarros (Lackawanna College)

Matt McGloin Scholarship
Brennan Burnside (West Scranton)
Iylah Mosley (West Scranton)

Midori Yamanouchi, PhD Scholarship             
Nevica Molinaro (Riverside)

Neal J. Fasula Scholarship
Gavin Beck (Marywood University)
Mia Castellano (Edinboro University)
Kevin Jumper (Holy Cross)
Norah Kelly (Holy Cross
Bryan Melliand (Penn State University)
Samantha Meeker (Penn State University)
Alexandra Mitchell (Penn State University)
Adam Nitch (West Chester University)
Will Oliphant (Misericordia University)
Frank Rosenski (Abington Heights)
William White (Penn State University)

Page to the Stage Collegiate Scholarship      
Damien Chmielewski (Mid Valley)

Patrick Andrew Luptak Scholarship
Natalie Deal (North Pocono)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)
Sarah Tolerico (Carbondale)

Pay It Forward Scholarship
Jessica Kehl (Penn State University)
Emma Kernoschak (Penn State University)

Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke Area)

Russell J. O’Malley and James E. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship
Richard Rodenbach (Temple University)

Sarah Beth Beynon Memorial Scholarship
Jadan Zawierucha (Pittston Area)

Scotty Cummings Perry Special Ed Scholarship     
Margaret Domski (Valley View)

Scranton Central High School Class of 1964 Scholarship
Emily Kizer (Scranton)

Sean J. Calpin Automotive Technology Scholarship
Nicholas Wilson (Johnson College)

Teddick Family Scholarship
Ashtyn Mecca (Lackawanna Trail)
Zoe Pickett (Elk Lake)
Chase Poplawski (Mountain View)

The Melvin-Deininger Scholarship
Madeline Meckwood (Abington Heights)

Tolerance Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke)

Todd Angelo Memorial Scholarship
Peter Heckman (University of Scranton)

Waverly Women’s Club Scholarship      
Sarah Siddiqui (Abington Heights)

Waverly Women’s Club Mildred Mumford English Scholarship
Isabell Holland (Abington Heights)

Waverly Women’s Club Technical School Scholarship      
Spencer Jones (Abington Heights)