Lackawanna awards 2015-16 round of full-tuition scholarships
SCRANTON, Pa. – Nearly a dozen local high school students recently learned that they were receiving the opportunity of a lifetime from Lackawanna College. Aspiring chefs, medical professionals, student athletes, and more will be able to pursue their associate degree tuition-free at the 121-year-old institution, thanks to the College’s Community Opportunity Scholarship.
Established in 2013, the Community Opportunity Scholarships are awarded annually to students from communities surrounding Lackawanna’s locations in Scranton, Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda. Students who are selected exhibit great academic potential and are involved in both extracurricular and community service activities.
Scranton area students selected for the 2015-16 round of awards are:
- Jonathan Altamirano, Scranton, a Criminal Justice major
- Jeremy Bell, Blakely, a prospective Culinary Arts major
- David Burge, Old Forge
- William Craven, Scranton, a student of Accounting
- Emily Duffy, Peckville, who will study Human Services
- Mackenzie McAndrew, Scranton, a Pre-Allied Health major
- Bianca Montes, Clarks Summit, a Liberal Studies major
- McKenzie Runco, Olyphant, a softball standout who will pursue a degree in Cardiac Sonography
- Samantha Von Storch, Scott Township, who will study Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Additional scholarship winners include:
- Marissa Diehl, of Damascus, who will pursue a Liberal Studies degree at the Lake Region Center in Hawley.
- Sully Rutledge, of Damascus, who will pursue a degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology at the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas in New Milford.
- Kayla Shay, a graduate of Canton Area Junior-Senior High School, who will pursue a degree in Surgical Technology at the Towanda Center.
“The day that we inform these outstanding young men and women that they’ve been selected for the Community Opportunity Scholarships is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Lackawanna College President Mark Volk. “It’s wonderful to see the range of emotions from both the students and their families as they realize that they’re going to be able to pursue a great degree without the worry of student loans. These scholarships really are life-changing.”
Local high school seniors can find more information along with online scholarship applications at www.lackawanna.edu/opportunity.
2015-16 Community Opportunity Scholarship recipients