Fred G. Smith scholarships awarded to area students

BLOOMSBURG —Twenty-seven graduates from four area high schools have been awarded the Fred G. Smith Scholarship to attend Bloomsburg University during the 2018-19 academic year. A total of nearly $45,000 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.

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 portion of the awards (17) are renewals, while 10 were granted to incoming freshmen. Individual awards range from $700 to $2,200.

  • Recipients of the award from Mount Carmel High School are: Colin Bettleyon, Camlin Bogutskie, Gabriel Bogutskie, Alexa Collins, Sara Davitt, Sarah Freeman, Vanessa Klemas, Thomas McDonald, Blake Panko, Brandon Shustack, Lauren Startzel, Rachel Startzel and Brock Susnoskie.
  • Students from North Schuylkill High School receiving the scholarship are: Nicholas Bennyhoff, Maggie Cooney, Megan Jones, Sara Manbeck, Jordan Marlow, Ryan Mazeika and Brent Runge.
  • Recipients from Shenandoah Valley High School are: Camryn Carduff, Elizabeth Cole, Emily Fritz and Maryann Morrisey.
  • Students from Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School are: Jacob Feese and Amanda Horan.

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.