The inaugural recipients of the Lackawanna College Community Opportunity Scholarship have nearly completed their first full year of college courses. The scholarship, established in the spring of 2013, awards each student with full tuition for two years at the College.
Among the first-ever recipients is 18-year-old Olyphant resident Danielle Priblo. The 2013 Mid Valley High School graduate was drawn to Lackawanna partly because of its highly selective Cardiac Sonography program.
“I was worried that I was to going to be selected,” Priblo admitted after having sat in on various courses and lab sessions before enrolling. “You can tell that they want good people who know what they’re doing and have a good head on their shoulders.”
She still recalls first learning that she was awarded the Community Opportunity Scholarship.
“They didn’t tell me at first. I thought I was coming in for an interview. I was so nervous. I was coming in and just nervous about what they were going to ask me,” she recalled.
“I came in and they said, ‘You got the scholarship.’ I was just so surprised. My mom was sitting next to me almost in tears. It was really such an honor.”
Without the worry of student loans, Danielle can focus on her studies and her part-time job as a front end manager at Quinn’s Market in Peckville.
“It’s a big relief just knowing that I can buy my books and that’s it. I don’t have to worry about my student loans or anything. It didn’t really hit me how much it was until I saw the bills and thatthe scholarship knocked off a couple thousand dollars,” she said.
Along with the incredible opportunity of a full tuition scholarship, Danielle also said Lackawanna College was a good choice because of it’s proximity to her home in the Mid Valley area of Lackawanna County and intimate campus.
“You get to know your teachers. They know you by your name, not by a number. They interact with you and help you. You’re not on your own for everything,” she said. “That’s why I came here. I didn’t want to be on a huge campus where I didn’t know where I was going or know anyone. I walk through the hallways here, and I seem to know everyone.”
Other Lackawanna College Community Opportunity Scholarship recipients included Nicholas Gasper, Jessup; Matthew Mondak, Peckville; Stephen Novajosky, Peckville; Joshua Roe, Hallstead; Eric Rogers, Montrose; Devyn Schneider, Honesdale; and Dominique Tarbell, Greentown. Students who earned the scholarship attend classes at the Scranton campus as well as the Lake Region center and School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, located in New Milford.