BLOOMSBURG—Thirty-three graduates from four area high schools have been awarded the Fred G. Smith Scholarship to attend Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania during the 2017-18 academic year. A total of nearly $57,300 was awarded.
Smith, who owned and managed Nesbitt’s Cut Rate Drug Store in Shenandoah and Mount Carmel, bequeathed $3 million to the university in 1985. A resident of Shenandoah, Smith’s intention was to help students from his community and the surrounding area afford college. The scholarships have been awarded to nearly 1,000 area high school students for the past 14 years. The fund is administered by UNB Bank of Mount Carmel.
Smith’s will stipulates that the recipients of the scholarship, established in memory of his wife, Marion, must attend Bloomsburg University and be residents of Ashland, Mount Carmel or Shenandoah boroughs or Mount Carmel Township. Students also must be graduates of Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Our Lady of Lourdes or Shenandoah Area high school.
A large portion of the awards (23) are renewals, 9 were new freshmen and the remaining one was granted to a transfer student. Individual awards range from $550 to $2,300.
- Recipients of the award from Mount Carmel High School are: Rachel Brown, Aaron Butkiewicz, Maliyah Edwards, Kathryn Fest, Bryce Fiamoncini, Sarah Freeman, Forrest Galitski, Amalia Hinkle, Vanessa Klemas, Benjamin Scicchitano, Lauren Startzel, Rachel Startzel, Brock Susnoskie, Brandon Toter, Haley Weidner, Jacob Weissinger, Ezekiel Zsido.
- Students from North Schuylkill High School receiving the scholarship are: Maggie Cooney, Megan Jones, Jordan Marlow, Ryan Mazeika, Maura Pogirski, Brent Runge.
- Recipients from Shenandoah Valley High School are: Elizabeth Cole, Albin Kaminsky, Freddy Morales, Maryann Morrisey, Abigale Pribish, Eric Rooney, Alberto Ruiz, Marissa Szczyglak, Kehley Taylor.
- Also receiving the award is Jacob Feese, a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School.
Each recipient must maintain full-time enrollment as well as satisfactory progress and academic good standing at Bloomsburg University to receive the scholarship in subsequent years.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.