Lions Club Honors Graduating Seniors at Annual Scholarship Banquet

Lions DHS student awards

Dunmore High School students received scholarships from the Dunmore Lions Club at its 39th annual scholarship award banquet. Guests included, seated from left: Margo Balderson, DHS guidance counselor; Gianna Delfino; Cole Blasko, and Greg McDade. Back row: Mike Colangelo, James Aita, Anthony DeSantis and Sam Sebastianelli. (Photo Credi:; Rich Banick Photography)

The Dunmore Lions Club recently held its 39th annual scholarship award banquet at La Buona Vita Restaurant.  Honored with Penn State scholarships were Jennifer Robinson of Holy Cross High School and Cole Blasko of Dunmore High School.

Also honored with monetary gifts were: Dunmore High School Boy Scholar/Athlete –Greg McDade and Girl Scholar /Athlete- Gianna Delfino and Holy Cross High School Boy Scholar/Athlete- Anthony Fletcher and Girl Scholar/Athlete Kiearra Saldi.

Lions Holy Cross awards

Students from Holy Cross High School were recently awarded scholarships by the Dunmore Lions Club. Among those in attendance were, seated from left: Alexa Schoenberg, Holy Cross guidance counselor; Anthony Fletcher, Jennifer Robinson and Kiarra Saldi. Back row: Mike Colangelo, Anthony DeSandis and James Aita. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography)

Remarks were offered by Margo Balderson, guidance counselor at Dunmore High School and Alexa Schoenberg, guidance counselor, at Holy Cross High School. Presentation of awards was made by Lion president James Aita and Lion committee co-chairmen Sam Sebastianelli and James Colangelo. Michael Colangelo offered invocation.

Anthony DeSantis served as toastmaster and commented “These and past award recipients demonstrate the outstanding traits necessary to receive Lions awards. All recipients have shown exemplary leadership. They’re all amazing students”.

The Dunmore Lions have been serving the community for over 68 years and are currently having a membership campaign. Anyone interested in joining or helping in any way should email dunmorelions@gmail.com or call 570-878-7166 or 570-947-1287.  See the Lions Facebook page for additional information.

Now Accepting Applications for James F. Swift Scholarship

swift scholarshipThe Scranton Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 James F. Swift Scholarship, which provides local high school seniors graduating from a Lackawanna County high school $4,000 per year for each recipient for up to four years to assist with continuing education expenses.

Twenty area students will be selected for this prestigious scholarship through the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

Created in 2002 through a gift by James F. Swift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund has awarded over $2,698,000 since 2008, benefiting over 200 local students to date. Following Mr. Swift’s death in 2006, the Scranton Area Community Foundation gratefully received an unanticipated and significant gift from his estate to the scholarship fund which has allowed a great number of students from Lackawanna County the opportunity to pursue their academic and professional goals through higher education.

The scholarship aims to provide an ongoing stream of matriculation at Lackawanna County colleges and universities. It is the goal of the Scranton Area Community Foundation to award 75% of the scholarships to students who plan to attend institutions of higher learning in the Lackawanna County region.

Scranton Area Community Foundation President & CEO Laura Ducceschi praised the generosity of James Swift, noting “he has left a permanent and enduring legacy for the young people of our region. His scholarship fund makes higher education more attainable for generations of students.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, James F. Swift Scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

Applications for the James F. Swift Scholarship will be accepted until 4 p.m. on March 15. Applicants must apply online at https://www.scholarsapply.org/james-swift/.

For more information on the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in Lackawanna County through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $40 million and more than 180 total charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships during 2018. Additional information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at www.safdn.org.

Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship

united wayThe United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship to assist high school seniors from Lackawanna or Wayne Counties, PA who plan to continue their education at an accredited university, college, or trade school in a two or four year degree program.

If selected, the 2018 recipient will receive a one-year award of $6,300 to commemorate Mike’s #63, retired by the Houston Oilers. Funding for the award comes from proceeds of the Mike Munchak Charity Golf Classic and will be presented at this year’s 23rd annual tournament, slated for June at the Country Club of Scranton.

A 2001 enshrinee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mr. Munchak’s career has earned him accolades as both a player and a coach, currently serving as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet, it is his work off the field that led to a scholarship program being established by the United Way to honor his long-standing commitment to his hometown of Scranton and the people of the area.

Munchak-1“Wherever Mike’s football career has taken him – from Scranton to State College to Houston, Nashville, Canton and Pittsburgh – he has remained committed to the people of our community,” said Gary Drapek, president of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be actively involved in community service activities within programs/agencies receiving funds from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, be full-time residents and/or students of a school district within Lackawanna or Wayne Counties, and be accepted by an accredited university, college or trade school, in a two or four year degree program track, for the 2018/19 school year.

 Additional requirements include academic achievement, agency recommendation and a track record of community service.

Last year’s recipient was Nori Zaccheo, a 2017 graduate of West Scranton High School. Ms. Zaccheo has been an active volunteer with numerous clubs and organizations including the American Red Cross and is currently studying Forensic Science and Chemistry at Syracuse University. Past recipients of this scholarship include Collin Cooper, a graduate of Lakeland Jr/Sr High School and volunteer with Meals on Wheels; Alison Barrett, a graduate of Scranton High School and volunteer with St. Joseph’s Center and the United Way’s Youth Day of Caring; Joseph M. Gigliotti and Philip Mosolino, both graduates of Carbondale Area High School and active volunteers with the Greater Carbondale YMCA and Sarah Wagner, a graduate of Holy Cross High School and volunteer with United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA.

To be considered, completed applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than March 31, 2018. A complete listing of eligibility requirements and the application are available for download or online submission at www.uwlc.net or by calling Frank Kincel at the United Way (570) 343-1267 x233.