BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A number of local high school graduates will have an easier time paying for their college educations.
Denise DeBartolo York, a local businesswoman, awarded a total of $63,000 in scholarships on Wednesday to seven local seniors to help pay their college expenses. The banquet was held at Antone’s Banquet Centre.
They are the latest to benefit from the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation named in memory of York’s father, shopping mall developer Edward DeBartolo. The foundation received over 300 applications and the recipients were chosen based on their grades, community involvement and financial need.
According to York, the recipients shared a theme of overcoming adversity.
“They had that theme running through that their struggles made them stronger. Their adversity made them more determined and have more character and they want to get educated so that they can then in turn come back and help other children such as themselves,” York said.
The following students received the Edward J. Memorial Scholarship:
- Benjamin Dalrymple, Wellsville High School, plans to earn a degree in education at Youngstown State University or Kent State University.
- Samuel Kulifay, Poland High School, plans to earn a degree in biology from YSU and eventually attend medical school.
- Samantha LaRose, Jackson Milton High School, plans to earn a degree in accounting from YSU.
- Abby Lipkovich, Mcdonald High School, plans to earn a degree in early childhood education from YSU.
- Raymar Rivera, East High School, plans to earn a degree in English and math from The Ohio State University and then attend law school.
- Kaitlin Soucy, Liberty High School, plans to earn a bachelor of science then continue her education to become a physician’s assistant.
- Naudia Pate, Niles Mckinley High School, plans to earn a degree in business administration from San Diego State University. She received the Donald P. Pipino Memorial Award.
Over the past 18 years, The Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $650,000 in scholarships.