SCRANTON — Each year, Leadership Lackawanna awards scholarships to qualified candidates who need assistance paying the Core Program tuition rate. Typically, these funds are set aside for individuals from non-profit organizations or who are sole proprietors. Due to the generosity of past donors, different scholarship funds have been established and continue to make an impact in the community each year.
The eight scholarship recipients from the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2016-2017 are as follows.
• Robert M. Knight Jr., of The University of Scranton received The William W. and Mary L. Scranton Leadership Lackawanna Scholarship. Knight was selected because organizers believe he displays leadership qualities with a giving spirit to the community. This fund is maintained for Leadership Lackawanna by the Scranton Area Foundation.
• Ryan Zarkesh, of United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA received The Margaret Briggs Leadership Lackawanna Scholarship Fund, which annually provides tuition assistance to an individual from the social services community. According to organizers, Zarkesh demonstrates leadership ability, is interested in community affairs and has a desire for an increased commitment to community and professional service. This fund is maintained for Leadership Lackawanna by The Scranton Area Foundation.
• Anthony Ferrese, of Lackawanna College and David Humphreys, of the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office both received The H. Leigh Woehling Leadership Lackawanna Scholarship. This Fund was established to honor the late H. Leigh Woehling, a co-founder of Leadership Lackawanna. Each year, it is awarded to an incoming participant aspiring to become an emerging leader. This fund is maintained by Leadership Lackawanna.
• Sandra J. Snyder, of NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania, received two scholarships. She received the H. Leigh Woehling Leadership Lackawanna Scholarship and, due to aspirations of becoming an emerging leader, she received The William P. Rinaldi Leadership Lackawanna Scholarship Fund for displaying the same passion of the late William P. Rinaldi in education and all aspects of life. This fund was set up by the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) and the Leadership Lackawanna Alumni Association and is maintained for Leadership Lackawanna by The Scranton Area Foundation.
• Meghan E. Loftus, of Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance received The Government Leadership Award of the Scranton Area Foundation, Inc. This merit-based award was given to her based on her commitment to civic leadership/government. This fund is maintained by The Scranton Area Foundation.
• Michelle Muro Georgetti, of the Valley Community Library, has received the The Karen O’Connell Welles Leadership Lackawanna Scholarship Fund. It was awarded based on potential for leadership and need. Special consideration was given because of her interest in promoting equality. This fund is maintained for Leadership Lackawanna by The Scranton Area Foundation.
• The Leadership Lackawanna Alumni Scholarship Fund was awarded to Lauren Marie Perry of FreshySites. This fund uses various event and program proceeds, including alumni committee dues, to award a scholarship to an incoming participant. This fund is maintained by Leadership Lackawanna.
For more information on Leadership Lackawanna, contact program director Nicole Morristell at 570-342-7711 or email nMorristell@scrantonchamber.com.
Information provided by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.