The UNICO motto is “Service above self,” and that motto is the basis of how the Dunmore Keystone Chapter UNICO recently selected their three 2015 scholarships recipients: Jenna Lopatka of Dunmore High School; Drew Magda of Holy Cross High School; and Jeff Panetti of Mid Valley High School.
Lopatka is the daughter of David and Antoinette Lopatka. One of her favorite volunteer opportunities was organizing and coordinating a Feed A Friend food Drive. She plans to attend Millersville University in the fall with an undeclared major.
Magda is the son of Robert and Michelle Magda. He is a regular volunteer at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and has logged 1,070 hours of service. He has committed to attend Drexel University in the fall to major in engineering.
Panetti is the son of Jeff and Barbara Panetti. Along with volunteering at his church in many different capacities, he has helped at Volunteer Village, an organization for special needs children. He will continue his education at Penn State’s Worthington campus in the fall where he will major in information science and technology.
Each scholar received a Keystone UNICO Certificate and a check for $750. The criteria for these scholarships include being accepted to a school of higher learning and a proven commitment to community service. Sandy Collins serves as the local UNICO Scholarship Chairman.
Keystone UNICO is a member of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. Membership is open to U.S. citizens of Italian lineage beginning at the age of 13 and into adulthood. If you have an interest in joining, contact Membership Director Cathy Bianchi at (570)489-3003.