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Welcome to the Wyoming Area Scholarship Information Website.

Thank you to all our wonderful donors that makes this possible!

 

Please Note: Several of the scholarships here have important changes made to them since last year. New scholarships have been added. Continue to check this site for any additional scholarships. 

Below is a listing of each scholarship and the requirements to apply.  Please click the SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS link to the left for a listing of each scholarship and the back story behind each one.  Each scholarship has its own unique story on how they came about and a lot of time has gone into the preparation of these scholarships to benefit our WASD students and families. To download the applications, requirements and other helpful documents, click on the link on the left side under "Scholarships" named DOWNLOADS.  Please enjoy our new Scholarship Website!!!

 

Scholarship Requirements

A completed application packet for each scholarship for which you are applying must be handed to Mrs. Rabel by 2:30 on Wednesday February 6, 2019. Each packet must include the completed application form, references, resume, labeled essay (name of scholarship and your name or 3 initials – only first, middle and last name initials for Kaufer, Speicher & Sidari), recommendation letter (2 for Russo Award), acceptance letter, and appropriate addendum forms.

Paper clip each packet and attach a post it note stating the name of each scholarship to each packet.

One complete packet with a signed cover sheet is also due to Mrs. Rabel in the guidance office by Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by 2:30 pm.

The COMPLETE APPLICATION must include the signed completed cover sheet, the completed application form, the resume, references, labeled essays (All of those you handed in individually), recommendation letter, school/college acceptance letter and appropriate addendum forms.

 

Selection will be made by mid to late March 2019 by the appropriate scholarship committees.

 

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Samuel Agolino Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a deserving, successful Wyoming Area graduating senior who took their educational opportunities seriously and plans to attend a 2 or 4 year trade, technical college/university. The Agolino family are looking for a senior who is willing to help those in time of need, one who is generous, knows the difference between right and wrong and can laugh from time to time. 

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us: Why is it important to you to receive this scholarship? Who is your role model and why? Explain what your college expectations are and what you will major in? What is the rule that guides your life and explain why?

 

Anthony and Eleanor Angeli Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who is a resident of West Pittston and has been accepted to a 4 year college or university. 

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words indicate your ambitions, intentions and reason for applying for this scholarship.

 

Maureen McHugh Aritz Women’s Business Memorial Scholarship 

Applicants for this scholarship must be female, graduating Wyoming Area seniors, who have an interest in studying some aspect of business and who have been accepted to a 4 year college or university. 

 Essay Required: Each applicant must submit a solid essay of at least 500 words telling why you deserve this award. In this essay tell us about any unique community involvement, business experiences and how you see yourself possessing traits/qualities very similar to Maureen.

 

Richard G. Belza Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area Graduating senior who has been accepted to a trade, technical school, a community college or a 2 or 4 year college or university. Preference will be given to those who will be studying law enforcement, criminal justice or a related area. Other majors may be considered. 

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us why you feel you deserve this award. In your essay tell us about how you may have helped a younger person and how you made a difference in their life. Be as specific as you want and include multiple examples, if available. Also, please mention briefly what subject of higher learning you are going to pursue and why. Good Luck!

 

Big Top Rental Scholarship 

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who possesses the following criteria: academic success, financial need and school, community involvement and has been accepted to a trade, technical, 2 or 4 year college/university. Preference will be given to those applicants who have held a part time job during high school and have also participated in school activities. Community service will also be considered when making the final selection. 

 Essay Required: in a solid essay of at least 500 words tell the selection committee why you feel you should receive this award. What circumstances in your life do you feel make you a strong candidate for this scholarship?

 

Blood Drive Scholarships 

Preference will be given to those Wyoming Area Graduating Senior applicants who donated blood and/or worked at the blood drives.  All seniors who have donated blood or worked at the Wyoming Area Key Club Blood Drive and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or trade school are eligible to apply for these award(s). Scholarship will depend on the success of this years blood drives.

John Jude Bolin Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who is a well-rounded student with community involvement and proven academic success and has been accepted to a certificate program, trade or technical school, community college, or 2 or 4 year college/university. Preference will be given to someone active in community service such as a volunteer for the library, church, school, youth sports, fire fighter, EMS or ambulance attendant. 

Since John dedicated so much of his time to his community, church and our school district, special ATTENTION will be given to applicant’s ACTIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE and it will be closely looked at during the selection process. Be sure to note your service in your essay and resume.  

Essay required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, tell the selection committee how your community service has impacted/influenced your life. Also include why you should receive the John Jude Bolin Memorial Scholarship.

 

Christie Bonnice State Farm Insurance Scholarship 

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who has been accepted to a 4 year college/university. This individual must have displayed academic success and community service.

 Essay Required:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead 

In a solid essay of at least 500 words discuss: How do you contribute to your community now? How will you continue to give back to your community and school in college and as an adult? How has your volunteering impacted the person you are and how you see the world? Is there a particular project you are a part of that is of special interest to you and why?

 

John Anthony “Beno” Borzell Scholarship 

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior scholar athlete accepted into a four year Baccalaureate degree program majoring in Environmental Science or a related science.

 Essay Required: In at least 500 words write a solid essay on the following topic: Why should you receive the John Anthony “Beno” Borzell Memorial Scholarship.

 

Butchko Family Scholarship – King’s College

How to qualify: Wyoming Area graduating seniors who have been accepted to King’s College become part of a pool for this merit based award. You do NOT need to complete the Wyoming Area Scholarship Application to qualify for this scholarship. The selection is made by King’s College.

 

Exeter Lions John B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who resides in Exeter or any senior whose parent or grandparent is a member of the Exeter Lions Club and has been accepted to a trade School, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university. Financial need will be considered.

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words indicate your ambitions, intentions and reason for applying for this scholarship.

 

James & Rosemary Campenni Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who resides in West Pittston. Preference will be given to athletes who have participated in at least one full year of a varsity sport during his/her junior or senior year. The applicant must continue their post-secondary education, following the year graduated, at a four year accredited college.

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words each applicant must include a personal statement (which can be the one sent to colleges with the applicant's applications for admission).

An interview may be conducted of selected applicants.

 

Matthew Chipolis Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be graduating WA senior who has been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college or a trade school program of higher learning or specialized education.

Essay Required: in an original written statement of at least 500 words, relating a personal example of how he/she has provided support to the community and how he/she has helped a peer experiencing difficult circumstances. Explain why this situation was important and how this expression of empathy and responsiveness made you feel.

An interview may be conducted of selected applicants.

 

Stephen Chipolis Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior athlete who plans on attending a certificate program, a trade, technical school, community college, or a 2 - 4 year college or university.

Essay Required: Choose one of the following essay prompts, and write a solid essay in at least 500 word. Identify the prompt you selected in the first line of your essay.

  1. State any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.
  2. Select an experience from your own life and explain how it influenced your development.
  3. Describe an experience where you were UNSUCCESSFUL  in reaching your goal. What lessons  did you learn from this experience? 

  

Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has attended the Sarah J. Dymond School at some point in his/her education while a student in the Wyoming Area School District plans on continuing their education after graduation. 

Essay required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us your favorite experience at Sarah J Dymond Elementary School that has left an impression on you or impacted your life.

 

Exeter American Legion Post 833 Lt. Adam Kalmanowicz Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship is sponsored by the Exeter American Legion Post 833 Lt Adam Kalmanowicz. Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who has handed in official commitment papers for any branch of the military service to Mrs. Rabel before April 5th. Selection will be based on the applicant with the second highest QPA of the pool of service committeed seniors.

Required: Complete only American Legion Page for this application and attach a copy of your official ENLISTMENT papers as proof of your commitment to the branch of the armed service which you have joined. Enlistment papers and completed form must be handed in to Mrs. Rabel April 5th.

 

Fallen Warrior Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or a 4 year college/university. 

 Essay Required: The families of the Fallen Warriors have been forced to overcome unbearable hardships due to their loss. In a solid essay of at least 500 words, write about an obstacle you have faced and overcome in your life.

 

Donald Fetsko Memorial Scholarship 

Candidates for the Donald Fetsko Memorial Scholarship are: individuals who are Wyoming Area graduating seniors, who have been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college or trade school.  Preference will be given to those candidates who have participated in varsity Track or Basketball, or have had consistent part time jobs after school.  The Donald Fetsko selection committee will make the final decision for the award. 

Required essay:  In a solid essay of at least 500 words, please explain your ambitions, challenges that you may have faced, and why you are applying for this scholarship.

 

Atty. Charles J. Giacometti Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating student who has been accepted to a 4 Year College/University. 

Essay Required: Write a solid essay of 500 words or more. Please tell the scholarship committee some things about yourself, your strengths and leadership skills by discussing extracurricular activities, community or volunteer work and awards. Show the committee that you are deserving of this scholarship and will use the funds wisely to support your education.  Please do not use any of the information that was already covered in the application.

 

Ivo and Tosca Giannini Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to the graduating Wyoming Area senior with the highest scholastic average for 4 years (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12) who resides in West Wyoming.

 

Stephanie Godri-Johnston Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded to the graduating Wyoming Area senior who has a minimum cumulative GPA of 88 and accepted at a 4 year college/university. Preference will be given to a student who is currently competing in either (or both) Track & Field or Cross Country and has been doing so for at least the last two consecutive years. The candidate must also participate in some form of volunteer activity that benefits others. 

 Essay Required: All candidates must complete a solid essay of at least 500 words discussing the following:
    What challenges have you encountered and how did you handle them? How were you able to implement a balance between school work, volunteer activities, sports, job and social life?  

 An interview will be conducted of selected applicants.

  

Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating female senior who has been accepted to ANY accredited post-secondary programs. This includes but is not limited to apprenticeship programs, vocational, trade or technical school, and 2or 4-year College/University. 

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, how has your involvement in your community promoted a good image of the Greater Pittston Area?

 

Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to ANY accredited post-secondary programs. This includes but is not limited to apprenticeship programs, vocational, trade or technical school, and 2or 4-year College/University. 

Essay required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us in your own words why you think you should receive a scholarship from the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce. State what it is you intend to study and what your expectations are following graduation.

 

Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship 

The scholarship is awarded to a Wyoming Area graduating senior of verified Irish decent. A separate application is needed for this scholarship. See Mrs. Rabel in the guidance office for this scholarship application.

 

Andrew D. Griglock Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college/university.  Applicants should have been an active member of a Wyoming Area group (music or athletics) for at least two years during high school. Two scholarships will be given: 1 for music and 1 for athletics.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 word explain the role that music/athletics has played in your life. How have you shared this with others (especially how you may have used your experiences in these areas to enrich the lives of those around you)?

 

Leonard C. Insalaco II Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university. Student and/or Parent/Guardian must be an active regular or junior member of a rescue/fire/ambulance group in the Wyoming Area communities. 

 RequirementDownload & Complete Insalaco Page in the application folder. Use this form to verify membership as a volunteer in the organization listed. Hand in this form with your application packet.

 

Larinda Kaufer Family Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has had to overcome specific challenges in order to graduate from high school. We are looking for students who may have faced learning disabilities, physical challenges or obstacles in their lives. The scholarship is to assist with the costs associated with the student’s studies in a training program, vocational, trade or technical school, 2 or 4 year college or university of the applicant’s choice. Recipient must be known to show consideration and respect to the students, faculty and administrators in their school and community. All majors will be considered.

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words explain how you have coped with your challenges. Tell us about your future goals and how you can be an advocate based on your own experiences to encourage and support others. Larinda recognizes the importance and value of all students and that everyone should have the opportunity to further their education and advocate for others.

 ***Remember do NOT use your full name on the ESSAY page you submit for this particular scholarship. Use your 3 initials including your middle name initial at the top of your essay pages. Finalists for this scholarship may be interviewed.

 

Thomas & Patricia Kearns Drama Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to a 4 year college/university and has been a member of the Wyoming Area Drama Club. 

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words 

Tell us something interesting about yourself that distinguishes you from other candidates. How have your experiences in the Wyoming Area Drama Club influenced you?

 

Mark J. Kleback Memorial “Outstanding Thespian” Award

Wyoming Area graduating seniors who want to be considered for this award, must complete the Kleback Award page and return it to Mr. Chuck Yarmey (Drama Advisor) and a copy to Mrs. Rabel (Guidance Secretary). Applicants must have been inducted into the WA Thespian Society.

 

Michael McClernon Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who has used his/her musical talents in a way similar to Michael. Preference will be given to musical talent but other related talents will also be considered. The recipient will be a student who represents the entire Wyoming Area student body and should be well-rounded with school and community involvement with at least an average academic record and who will be attending a trade, technical, 2 or 4 year college or university.

 Essay Required: In at least 500 words, tell us how your life is similar to Michael McClernon's to include why you should be awarded this scholarship.

 

  

Dolores McHugh Boys/Girls Basketball Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a graduating member of the Wyoming Area boys’/girls’ basketball team who has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university.

Essays Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words

1) Why should you be awarded this scholarship?

2) Tell us something unique about yourself that we would not have learned on your application.

 

Ruth Boorom Melberger Scholarship

How to qualify: Wyoming Area graduating seniors who have been accepted to Wilkes University become part of a pool for this award which is based on financial need. You do not need to complete the Wyoming Area Scholarship Application to qualify for this scholarship. The selection is done at Wilkes University.

  

Dr. Joseph A. Miller Jr. Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who has been accepted as a full time student at a 4 Year College/University who will study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) or the teaching of STEM. Applicant may attend a 2 or 4 year college: if attending a 2 year school the reason must be clearly stated in the essay.

Criteria for selection: GPA (Cumulative 9, 10, 11, 12); ACT or SAT scores; Course Rigor will also be considered.

 Required: In addition to the application packet also complete the Dr. Miller Page to apply for this scholarship.

Two (2) Typed Essays Required:

Required Essays: Complete the following essays in at least 500 words. Both must be typed, signed and dated by the applicant. 

(1). Explain why the college selected was a good choice for you; why did you pick STEM and what do you intend to do with your degree.

(2). Describe an experience in your life that helped shape or define your personal characteristics, values and beliefs. Possible characteristics could include leadership, creativity, risk-taking, honesty, perseverance, loyalty, generosity, optimistic attitude, etc.

 

Marc E. Minichello Memorial Scholarship

Two $1022.00 scholarships are being offered to Wyoming Area graduating seniors who are planning to attend a trade, technical, community college or a four year college or university. A committee selected by the Marc E. Minichello family will make the final selection for this award. An interview may be part of this process. 

ESSAY: Tell us in a solid essay of at least 500 words why you feel you should be awarded this scholarship: Why did you select this particular scholarship to apply for?

 

Moose Lodge #1207 Governors Award

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has participated in a sport or cheerleading during their senior year with a minimum cumulative non-weighted QPA (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) of 80 or above and has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university.

Requirements: Complete only the Moose Application Page to apply for this award. This form must be handed in to Mrs. Rabel.

 

James ‘Jamie’ Oliveri Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college or university or a legitimate non degree Professional School for the Arts. Preference will be given to those pursuing degrees in Graphic Design (online and multimedia applications, interactive design, typography, page layout, produce design, publishing applications and advertising), Fine Arts (sculpture, painting, drawing and photography), Architecture or an Arts related field. Preference will also be given to an applicant who has personal characterizes and traits similar to Jamie.

Required Essay: Each applicant must submit a solid essay of at least 500 words explaining why you think you deserve this scholarship. What are your future goals and ambitions? What interests you about this field and what attributes do you share with Jamie.

Pace Transportation "Warrior Pride" Awards

The recipients of the Bausch & Lomb Award, Humanities/Social Studies Award, and Rensselaer Award will recieve $250 each.

M. Elaine Panzitta Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship is intended to encourage a student to explore the world and himself or herself through academic studies and to assist in directing his or her energies toward a career of service to others. It will be awarded to a Wyoming Area graduating Senior intending to pursue higher education and planning to major in one or more of the following areas of study: social work; psychology; philosophy; the arts; architecture or law.  Finalists may be interviewed for this scholarship. 

The M. Elaine Panzitta Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee will select the candidate for this award. 

 REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet the following CHALLENGE with an original written presentation. A word count is not required or limited. READ CAREFULLY! A generic general essay used for other scholarship applications will not work. 

CHALLENGE: You are asked to design a community project that would bring the most benefit to all. What would the project be and what would be the goals for the project? Why did you select this specific initiative? 

 

Michael B. Pedley Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted full or part time to a Trade School, Technical College, Community College or 4 Year College/University. Financial need will be considered.

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words describe your future goals and explain how education will play a key role in attaining those goals. What makes you smile and how do you make others smile.

 

Michael L. Pesta Memorial UFCW Community FCU Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted full or part time in the business field at a Technical College, Community College for 2 years or a 4 Year College/University.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, indicate your ambitions, intentions and reasons for applying for this scholarship.

 

Francis A. Pineno and Joanne Nelson Pineno (deceased) Scholarships - Penn State and Bloomsburg

You do not need to complete the Wyoming Area Scholarship Application to qualify for this scholarship. These are open to Wyoming Area graduating seniors and are given through the colleges.

Two scholarships have been established in Francis and the late Joanne names. One scholarship is awarded to a full time undergraduate student planning to enroll at Penn State University and another is awarded to a full time undergraduate student planning to enroll at Bloomsburg University. Criteria for selection have been established by the donors.

Criteria: The student has achieved positive academic records, as demonstrated by above-average SAT scores and grades, or who manifest promise of academic success; who are active in extra-curricular activities; and who have a proven financial need. (Students must have filed the most recent Free Application for federal Student Aid – FASA- to be considered.) First preference shall be given to students who have graduated from Wyoming Area High School. Should it become necessary, the search may be broadened further to include students other than those from the above referenced high school.

 

Kathleen Keder Pitcavage Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Wyoming Area senior majoring in education at a 2 year or 4 year college or university. However, preference will be given to elementary education majors. Also considered will be such majors as speech pathology or any career that involves working with children in what would be considered an educational setting and which would involve some type of teaching.   If there is more than one recipient, the award will be divided equally among the recipients. A selection committee will make the final decision on this award. An interview may be part of the selection process.

Essay Required: A solid essay of at least 500 words should address the following questions: How and when did your interest in teaching begin? What influenced it? Include in your essay why you feel you should be awarded this particular scholarship.

 

Pittston Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1982 Nursing/Health Care Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior accepted to a 2 or 4 year nursing college/university. Health Care majors will be considered but preference is for nursing majors.

Essay Required: In at least 500 words write a solid essay: How can I as a Registered Nurse make a difference in Health Care?

 

Prokop-Malsky Family Scholarship for the Arts

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating seniors who will pursue a BA or BFA degree with a major in the Performing Arts (Dance, Theater, Music, etc.), Visual Arts (Film, Broadcasting/Television, etc.), Fine Arts (Painting, Sculpture, Photography, etc.), or in an arts related field (i.e. Literature, Art History, Creative Writing, Arts Education, etc.). The Applicant may also be pursuing the study of Performing, Visual or Fine Art at a legitimate, non-degree Professional School for the Arts. Student must be enrolled as a full time ’college’ student.

This $2500 scholarship will be awarded thusly:

  • At the Celebration in May, the recipient will receive $ 500;
  • An additional $1000 upon the student verifying successful completion of  Semester I;
  • The final $1000 upon the student verifying successful completion of their first year program.

Criteria for Selection:

1.     Required Essay: In a solid essay of at least 500 words explain your motivation for pursuing an education in the arts as well as the passion/commitment you have for your chosen field.

2.     Applicant must submit whatever “work” sample they submitted or will submit as part of their school application(s).

3.     An interview may be required.

 

 

Reliable Van Transportation Scholarship 

The applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who plans on attending a certificate program, a trade or technical school, a community college or a 2 or 4 year college or university.

There will be two awards:

1.      One award for a Wyoming Area graduating senior who is receiving Special Services while a WA student. All Majors will be considered.

2.      One for a graduating Wyoming Area senior who plans on working with special needs people in any capacity, to include but not limited to teaching, social work, therapist, nursing, etc. will be considered.

 

ESSAY: Each applicant must submit a solid essay of at least 500 words based on one of the prompts below:

1.  Didge is a self-made man whose strongest attitude is: “If I can do it, you can too!”  How does this quote fit into your life?

2. What has been a challenge or obstacle that you have met head on? How did you deal with it? What was the positive outcome for you?

 

John and Lola Rindgen Memorial Scholarship 

Criteria: Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who has been accepted to a two or four (4) year college/university pursuing a career working with children. Consideration will be given to majors such as teaching, child social work, child psychology, therapist, librarian and speech pathology. Selection of the recipient of this award will be made by a selection committee appointed by Patricia.

ESSAY: In a solid essay of at least 500 words explain why you have an interest in working with children telling how this interest developed.

 

Rotary Club of Wyoming Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior with a GPA of at least 80 and actively involved in community service who will be attending a 4 or 2 year college/university, trade, vocational, technical school or a community college.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, detail what community service projects they have been involved in and explaining what personal impact that community service has had on them. Include specific examples on how they see themselves continuing to help others throughout their lifetime.

An interview will be conducted of selected applicants.

 

Russo Family Award

This scholarship is awarded to the graduating Wyoming Area senior who has been accepted to a four year college / university.

This scholarship requires as many letters of recommendation as possible 2 of which should be from Wyoming area staff members.

 Essay Required: Write a succinct essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following: The importance and value of family; how the award would be helpful after graduation; efforts put forth to meet educational goals; community, school or family circumstances that have been important in enhancing academic and social development; special skills or circumstances that have helped in meeting the criteria above.

 

Anthony and Amelia Scalzo Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who has been accepted to a trade or technical school; a community college or a 4 year college/university. Applicant should show a love for their school and community by deed/services to each. It is understood that applicants show academic success in high school and have earned the respect of faculty as well as peers.

Essay Required: Write a solid essay of at least 500 words telling the selection committee your ambitions and why you have selected to apply for this particular scholarship. Include your employment history, as well as any obstacles you have had to deal with at an early age. How did you handle them?

 

Jennifer A. Sidari, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to the graduating Wyoming Area senior who exhibits and shares Jenn’s selfless caring for others and her quest for excellence in the medical and health care professions. All applicants must have achieved a 90 cumulative GPA in high school, submit an essay for review and possibly attend an interview. The award will be granted in 2 parts: the first half will be awarded at the celebration and the second half upon completion of the first semester of college or trade school with a cumulative GPA of 3.50. The recipient will provide an official transcript to Mrs. Rabel of his/her first semester college/trade school grades who in turn will turn this transcript over to the Sidari Family for reimbursement to the recipient.

***Remember do NOT use your full name on the ESSAY page you submit for this particular scholarship. Use your 3 initials including your middle name initial at the top of your essay pages. Finalists for this scholarship may be interviewed.

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us: How important is it to continue to educate yourself in college or trade school and beyond and how will you pass your knowledge on to others?

 

Stephen E. Sokach Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been enrolled in the Learning Support or Special Education programs at WA and who will be attending a professional, trade or technical school as well as a college or University.

 Essay RequiredIn a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us the benefit of receiving this scholarship in aiding you in your academic pursuits.

 

Eric Speicher Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship will be given to a graduating Wyoming Area senior who will be attending an accredited 4 year college/university. Preference will be given to a student planning to enter a medical or science related field. Student must be an active member of a Wyoming Area sports team, preferably baseball or softball. Student must have a minimum cumulative (Grades 9, 10, 11 and Semester 1 of Grade 12) QPA of at least 90.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, read the following and answer the questions: Throughout the later part of Eric’s life he was faced with many obstacles. He exhibited courage and strength throughout this adversity and was able to impact change around him. What have you done to overcome difficulties in your life and how will you use this scholarship and your educational endeavors to impact change for the better?
***Remember do NOT use your full name on the ESSAY page you submit for this particular scholarship. Use your 3 initials including your middle name initial at the top of your essay pages. Finalists for this scholarship may be interviewed.

 

Valley Lodge #499 F & A M Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded to a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has a relative who is a member of the Masons. A separate application is needed for this scholarship. See Mrs. Rabel in the guidance office for this scholarship after January 1st  if you have a relative who is a member of the Masons.

 

Warrior Pride - Class of 1989 Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who will be attending a trade, technical, 2 year community college or a 4 year college/university. Each applicant must have been an ACTIVE participating member of a school/community service group and/or an athletic team which has enhanced Warrior Pride.

NOTE: Complete only the WARRIOR PRIDE Application page and attach your essay to apply for this award. 

To become a candidate for this award, a Wyoming Area graduating senior must have    participated in a sport, cheerleading, and/or community service projects through participation in Key Club and/or Student Council during high school to include senior year. Each applicant must have a minimum cumulative non-weighted QPA of 80 to qualify. 

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words address ONE of the following:

1. You shared a kindness with a person who was struggling 

2. You were a positive role model in our school. 

3. You reached to help someone in need 

4. You acted like a person who promotes a positive school environment and atmosphere.  

COMPLETE the phrase –“Warrior Pride means _______”   TYPE your essay. 

COMPLETE the Activities form (Warrior Pride Application page).

 

Amanda J. Weed Memorial Scholarship 

The family of Amanda Josephine Weed is offering a $1000 scholarship to a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college or university. All majors will be considered.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words please tell us: Why do you deserve the Amanda Josephine Weed Memorial Scholarship? Name a difficult obstacle you overcame in your life and how that was achieved.

 

West Pittston Ambulance Scholarship

The applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who resides in West Pittston and who has a "strong volunteer spirt",  is in good standing academically and has been accepted to a health care program at an established educational facility ranging from a certificate program, trade or technical school or a 2 or 4-year college/university. The applicant must be interested in the medical field on any level. Applicant may want to be an EMT or a doctor, a pharmacist or OT, a dental hygienist or a nurse. These are only examples; there are many other health professions that may qualify.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words please tell us about your "strong volunteer spirit" and what has motivated you to pursue a career in the medical field.

  

West Pittston American Legion 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Post #542 Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship is sponsored by the West Pittston American Legion 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Post #542. Applicant must be a graduating Wyoming Area senior who has handed in official commitment papers to any branch of the military service to Mrs. Rabel before April 5th. All service committed seniors will recieve a $100 award.

Required: Complete only American Legion Page for this application and attach a copy of the official ENLISTMENT papers as proof of your commitment to the branch of the armed service which you have joined. Enlistment papers and completed form must be handed in to Mrs. Rabel by April 5th.

 

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has a minimum unweighted Cumulative QPA of 82 and who resides in West Pittston and has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university.

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, what has living in West Pittston meant to you and how has it influenced your life?

 

West Pittston High School Alumni Association Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who lives within the boundaries of the original West Pittston School District (to include West Pittston, Exeter Township, Harding and Falls) and has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or a 4 year college or university. It will be based on merit.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us how you have applied the motto of the West Pittston High School from 1954-1966: Right Attitude Means Success” - RAMS which keyed to the name of the school’s sport teams. In addition the applicant must also describe how this award would help him/her pursue their chosen field of study. (Be sure to use RAMS: “Right Attitude Means Success” in your essay.)

 

West Pittston Tomorrow Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who lives in West Pittston (for at least the senior year) and who has been accepted to a trade, technical, community college or a 4 year college/university. Preference will be given to environmental science majors or some type of community outreach study area. Other majors will be considered.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, tell us about any community service project you have been involved with, what your involvement was, why you got involved in that specific community service project and what impact did your service have on both you and the community.

 

West Pittston Women’s Club Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating female who resides in West Pittston or Harding and has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university. Financial need will be considered.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, describe how your involvement in your school, church and community has influenced your life.

 

West Side Auto Business Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted in the business field at a Technical College, Community College for 2 years or a 4 Year College/University.

 Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words using a personal statement format, tell us of your interest in a career involving business and of your /school/community involvement.

 

West Wyoming American Legion Morning Star Post #904 Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by the West Wyoming American Legion Morning Star Post #904. Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has made a commitment to enter or who has entered military service. The selection will be based on applicant with the highest QPA of the pool of service committed seniors.

Required: Complete only American Legion Page for this application and attach a copy of the ENLISTMENT papers as proof of your commitment to the armed service, Enlistment papers and the completed form must be handed in to Mrs. Rabel before April 5th.

 

David J. Williams III Memorial Scholarship: The “WARRIOR” Award

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to any accredited trade school, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, describe the significance of being awarded the David J. Williams III Memorial Scholarship and specifically describe what you have done to help Wyoming Area continue the traditions and ideals set by the Class of 1967.

 

Dr. Doris E. Wyllie Memorial Scholarship

No application is necessary to win this award. This scholarship is awarded to the Outstanding Senior Science Student in the Wyoming Area graduating class. The award is based on academic performance in high school Science courses.

 

Wyoming Area Boys and Girls Soccer Parents Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been a member of the boys’ or girls’ soccer teams for three years one of which is as a senior and who is planning to attend a 2 or 4 year trade/technical/community college or college or university.

Essay Required: in a solid essay of at least 500 words tell us how playing a team sport such as soccer shaped the person you are today.

 

Wyoming Area Class of 2018 “Gives Back” Scholarship 

No application is necessary to win this award. The Wyoming Area graduating senior who is ranked 18th in the graduating class of 2019 will receive this award. Rank will be based on the cumulative GPA Grades 9, 10, 11 12 at the time senior rankings become available (sometime in May, 2019).

 

Wyoming Area Faculty Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has declared a major/minor in Education and has been accepted into an education curriculum at a 2 or 4 year college/university. Also considered will be such majors as speech pathology or any career that involves working with children in what would be considered an educational setting and which would involve some type of teaching.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, tell when you developed your interest in becoming a teacher; identify any experiences you had related to this career choice. Include school/ community activities that you have been involved in that will impact your teaching career.

 

Wyoming Area Key Club Mark Dushok Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to the outstanding Wyoming Area Key Club senior member in the graduating class.

Essay Required: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, explain what Key Club has meant to you.

  

Wyoming Area Kiwanis Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who is a member of the WA Key Club.

Requirement: Complete attached form (Kiwanis Page) found at the end of the application. 

Essay Required: Please answer the following question in at least 500 words:
What aspect of your key club experience (project, office, or other) do you feel has made the most significant difference in your life and why?

 Wyoming Area Lady Warriors Basketball Scholarship

CRITERIAApplicant must be a graduating senior who has been an active member of the Wyoming Area Girls Basketball team for a minimum of three years (one year must be as a senior) and must be attending a trade or technical school, community college, or 4 year college/university. Applicant must have a cumulative GPA(grades 9-12) of at least 85

ESSAY REQUIREDChoose one of the topics below and write a solid essay of at least 500 words. Identify the question you are answering in the first line of your essay. Essays will be scored by independent reviewers outside of the WA community.

1.      Describe what it means to be a good teammate & offer an example of when you acted as a good teammate

2.      Describe what the word sportsmanship means to you & offer an example of when you displayed sportsmanship

3.      How have the lessons learned on the basketball court impacted your choice to pursue a college education?

4.      How has basketball played a role on making you the person/student you are today?

5.      Why basketball?

 

Wyoming Area Student Council Jean Matys Memorial Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been accepted to a trade school, technical college, community college or 4 year college/university.

Essay Required: What contributions have you made to Wyoming Area as a student body leader?

 

Wyoming Area Warrior Wrestling Scholarship

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior who has been a dedicated member of the Wyoming Area Wrestling team and has competed BOTH the Junior and Senior year wrestling season and has been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college/university.

Criteria: Applicant must be a member in good standing of the Wyoming Area Wrestling Team during both the Junior and Senior years of high school and have a cumulative GPA (grades 9-12) of at least 85. 

*NOTE: If there is no senior wrestler who applies/qualifies for this scholarship, the committee will look at awarding this scholarship to an outstanding qualifying Wyoming Area athlete. Thus any athlete who fulfills the requirements for this scholarship should seriously consider applying for it. Address your essay by inserting your sport (football, golf, tennis, etc.) where the word wrestling appears in the description and essay required.

Essay Required: In a solid essay, of at least 500 words, tell us how the sport of wrestling has taught you to excel in all areas of your life: academically, socially and athletically.

 

Wyoming Hose Company #2 Scholarship 

Applicant must be a Wyoming Area graduating senior looking to further their education. Preference will be given to a student who aspires for a career in law enforcement, nursing, fire service, or any community based career. All students are encouraged to take the challenge and apply for this scholarship.

Essay Required; In a solid essay of at least 500 words, answer the following prompt: 

Tell us about a memorable community service that you were a part of  and how did performing that service influence your decision on your career path.

 

Josette Yakobitis Memorial Scholarship 

Criteria: Josette’s children, all Wyoming Area graduates, and her husband, Jerry, are very pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Josette to a Wyoming Area graduating senior, who much like Josette is a kind, loving, generous person; or one who sees himself/herself successful in life or one who may have a special place in his/her heart for animals who may be abused or lost. Applicants may be those who are enrolled in a certificate program, trade or technical school, community college, or 2 or 4 year college/university.

Required Essay: In a solid essay of at least 500 words, chose one of the following prompts and tell the selection committee your thoughts:                               (Identify your choice in the first line of your essay.)

  1. Describe a situation in which you were kind or loving or generous to someone. How did you feel and how did it help you develop into the person you are today?
  2. Describe a situation in which you showed compassion for animals, especially those who were abused or lost. How did you feel and how did it help you develop into the person you are today?
  3. What qualities do you believe you possess to be successful in life? How did you develop them and tell us about any success you have experienced as a result of developing these traits?

 


 

Interviews

Interviews of selected finalists will be conducted by each individual selection committee for the following scholarships: 

  • Stephanie Godri-Johnston Memorial Scholarship
  • Rotary Club of Wyoming Scholarship
  • M. Elaine Panzitta Memorial Scholarship may interview.
  • Marc E. Minichello Memorial Scholarship may interview.

 

Financial Information Page 

Only the Following Scholarships require that you complete this page:

  • John B. Campbell Exeter Lions Memorial Scholarship
  • Michael B. Pedley Memorial Scholarship
  • West Pittston Women’s Club Scholarship

 

Other Graduation Awards 

(No application is necessary.) 

Athletic Awards/Scholarships

    • Al Ciampi/Ring of Pride
    • George Miller Award

 

Pace Transportation “Warrior Pride” Awards 

    • Bausch & Lomb Award
    • Humanities/Social Studies Award
    • Rensselaer Award

 

Band & Chorus Awards 

    • John Philip Sousa Award (Band)
    • National Choral Award

 

Academic Awards – NO application needed 

       Following Awards are chosen by the college/university:

      • Butchko Family Scholarship at King’s College
      • Ruth Boorom Melberger Scholarship at Wilkes University
      • Francis A. Pineno and Joanne Nelson Pineno (deceased) Scholarship at Bloomsburg University/Penn State University

 

       Other Awards: 

    • Joseph E. Fedor Award (Top 5 graduating seniors)
    • Ivo & Tosca Giannini Scholarship
    • The Principal Award
    • Superintendent Award (Top 10 graduating seniors)
    • Dr. Doris E. Wyllie Award
    • Wyoming Area Class of 2018 Gives Back 

Separate Applications 

These applications must be obtained from Mrs. Rabel when they are announced on the WAVE. 

 

  • Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship
  • Luzerne Foundation Scholarships - Check online!
  • Valley Lodge #499 F & AM Scholarship     (Available after January 1st )

Be on the alert – Wyoming Area seniors from the Class of 2018 received several of these Scholarships.

Ask Mrs. Rabel and listen to the WAVE for available scholarships. 

 

GOOD LUCK!

 

 

 

 


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