Greater Pike awards over $30,000 in grants

MILFORD, PA — The Greater Pike Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships totaling $33,800 to seniors at Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack Area High School who plan to pursue a variety of academic interests at college this fall. Awards included $9,200 in multi-year extensions for previous recipients.

The awards, which benefit 12 students, come from funds managed by Greater Pike.

“The Foundation appreciates the generous donors who support these scholarships,” said Ann Morey, chair of the Greater Pike Scholarship Committee.

Madeline Mallon received 3 scholarships to study fine arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She received the Amanda Nicole Thoenig Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students pursuing a degree in fine arts. She also received the Ann Intili Morey Art Scholarship for demonstrating academic excellence with a 4.1 GPA, financial needs, and plans for a future in the field of art or a related career.

This is the first year that Greater Pike has distributed awards from the Randy Auman Memorial Scholarship, which supports students pursuing an arts education. Madeline Mallon received this scholarship, as did DV 2021 graduate Ava Nienstadt. Ava also received an extension to the Ann Intili Morey Art Scholarship.

Daniella Cuccio was awarded the Art Ridley Spirit of Kindness Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a student who embodies the spirit of giving in their community and shows kindness to those in need. A former school administrator noted how, at age 11, Daniella made a point of befriending the autistic community. Her compassion and kindness are at the core of her personality, the recommendation said. She plans to build on that by earning a nursing degree from the University of Tampa in the fall.

Three students were presented with the Kyle James Pascoe Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have a history of community service, generosity and excellence in football, athletics or science. Kyle’s mother, Sharon Marks, presented this year’s awards to Nicole Krasicki (Desales University), Gabriel Tidridge (Drexel University) and Nathan Melnick (tie).

Hugo Huerta-Alcaide received the Reggie Cheong-Leen & Peter Spielhagen Scholarship, a scholarship that provides up to $20,000 in multi-year support for college expenses for graduates who are children of first-generation immigrants and demonstrate both academic and financial excellence demonstrate need. He plans to attend Penn State, University Park, with a major in pharmacology.

“I can focus more on studying as I anticipate the classes will become more challenging and I don’t have to worry about getting more hours of work,” said Huerta-Alcaide. “My parents have always helped me and would help me in college as I am the first in my family. However, when they heard the news that I would be getting financial help, they took some weight off their shoulders.”

Hugo’s parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 2003. He is the eldest of four siblings and the first to attend college. He loves sports, cooking and reading and has been involved in the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and volunteer activities.

In addition, Yoshi Sumitomo, recipient of last year’s Reggie Cheong-Leen & Peter Spielhagen Scholarship, will receive his annual renewal.

The Sydney Fluck “Syd’s Kids” Scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated financial need and has been accepted into a secondary school. This selection is made by the Delaware Valley School and awarded to Chelsea Rude for her service to the University of Delaware this fall where she is pursuing a degree in exercise science with the goal of becoming an exercise physiologist. Chelsea is a member of the National Honor Society, worked at a local grocery store and volunteered with the United Way to do road clearance work.

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce awarded Daisey Carney of Delaware Valley HS, who plans to attend Rutgers University in the fall, and Lucas MacDonough of Wallenpaupack Area HS, each with the Memorial Gouse Krawitz Scholarship for a senior majoring in science, citizenship and sports awards, and community service.

Wallenpaupack Area High School senior Kori Carl, who will study digital arts at Drexel University and hopes to be creative director in 10 years, was awarded the Randy Auman Memorial Scholarship and the Amanda Nicole Thoenig Memorial Scholarship, both of which go to undergraduates are awarded who plan to study a course in the field of art.

Online donations to these scholarship funds can be made at https://greaterpike.org/fund_list/. Scroll down to the fund name to get the link to the scholarship of your choice.

Greater Pike helps individuals, families and local businesses give back to the community in a lasting and personal way. For more information, contact Jenni Hamill, Executive Director, at (570) 832-4686 jennihamill@greaterpike.org or visit www.greaterpike.org and Facebook.com/GreaterPike

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