Scholarships awarded through college access program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren G. Harding graduate William Anastasiadis has a love for science. He talks about learning everything he can about the natural world in a way that will ultimately help others.

Anastasiadis will get a chance to pursue his dreams and begin his education at Baldwin Wallace University with the help of a scholarship through the Mahoning Valley College Access Program (MVCAP).

Thirty-one $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Valley graduates Thursday during a luncheon at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center. The scholarships were awarded through the Last Dollar Scholarship Fund serving graduates from Chaney and East high schools in Youngstown and Warren G. Harding High School in Warren.

Anastasiadis plans to study Neuroscience and Chemistry and use that knowledge to help those who are suffering.

“My love for science has branched from more than just mere curiosity to attain understanding of our natural world. I decided I wanted to, in my future, help families and individuals that are impaired with any kind of mental illness,” Anastasiadis said.

Fellow scholarship recipient Angalyna Hayden, from Chaney High School, believes in the value of higher education and will begin her studies at YSU’s College of Creative Arts and Communication.

“I think that having a college background is very important because it shows that you are striving for excellence and that you are certified in your particular field,” Hayden said.

The following students received MVCAP Last Dollar Scholarships:

  • Alexa Bayus, Struthers High School
  • Rana Abu-Hashim, Youngstown Chaney High School
  • Angalyna Hayden, Youngstown Chaney High School
  • Angel Muns, Youngstown Chaney High School
  • Alexis Rosa, Youngstown Chaney High School
  • Shaunice Hill, Youngstown East/ Choffin High School
  • Terrell McClain, Youngstown East/ Choffin High School
  • Jereen Moore, Youngstown East/ Choffin High School
  • Anthony Reid, Youngstown East/ Choffin High School
  • Jekiel Rodriguez, Youngstown East/ Choffin High School
  • Tyra Withers, Youngstown East/ Choffin High School
  • William Anastasiadis, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Maya Bell, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Alexander Fitzgerald, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Tyce Gall, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Briana Jenkins, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Shauntinai Johnson, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Michael Parks, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Choniece Phillips, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Sarah Rich, Warren G. Harding High School
  • Leicester Stovell III, Warren G. Harding High School

The following students received a scholarship from the Trumbull County Scholarship Fund:

  • Julia Coursen, Victory Christian School
  • Christina Gabriel, Hubbard High School
  • Hope Sutton, Howland High School
  • Lauren Wilmer, Howland High School
  • Hyowon Kim, Hubbard High School

The following students received scholarships from the Madigan Fund through the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley:

  • Janee’ Rodgers, Warren G. Harding
  • Gypsy Storm Davis, Warren G. Harding
  • Janiera Brooks, Warren G. Harding
  • Malik Matlock, Warren G. Harding
  • Tanner Riffe, Warren G. Harding

MVCAP is a non-profit organization that started in 2001 and provides college access and awareness services to local students. The program is funded through The Raymond John Wean Foundation, the Youngstown Foundation, The Ruth Beecher Foundation, The PNC Band Foundation, and the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

Since 2002, MVCAP has awarded over 400 scholarships to students from Mahoning Valley schools.

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