YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some local students on their way to college got some financial help on Thursday by earning $1,000 scholarships.
The students were honored Thursday at a luncheon at Youngstown State University. The Mahoning Valley College Access Program awarded scholarships to 33 recently graduated high school seniors. It is part of what MVCAP leaders call the “Last Dollar” scholarships.
The students had to be strong in academics and get letters of recommendation to earn the award. But the program’s executive director said it is about much more than just grades.
“A lot of them are athletes. A lot of them are providing services in their community by volunteering for causes that are near and dear to them. It is about being a good community member and being a good student as well,” MVCAP Executive Director Lita Wills said.
Since 2002, MVCAP has awarded scholarships to more than 500 students from Mahoning Valley schools.
The Mahoning Valley College Access Program, founded in 2001, has assisted more than 1,000 students in the past year. They help high school students look for college programs, apply to schools and assist them in finding financial aid.
MVCAP serves students at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren and East High School, Chaney High School and Choffin Career Center in Youngstown.
In addition to the Last Dollar Scholarships, MVCAP also distributes scholarships from the Madigan Fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for students who rank in the second top 10 percent of their class. MVCAP also distributes the Trumbull County Scholarship Fund, which is intended to aid graduates who are part of the foster care system.
MVCAP is supported by The Raymond John Wean Foundation, The Youngstown Foundation, The Ruth Beecher Foundation, The PNC Foundation, The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and the Huntington Bank.
Those receiving Last-Dollar Scholarships were:
Tatiaunna Jones, Youngstown Chaney High
Asia Jones-Williams, Youngstown Chaney High
Sabrina Allen, Youngstown Chaney High
Adiel Luis Martinez, Youngstown Chaney High
Ryan McKinney, Younstown Chaney High
Buker Abu-Hashim, Younstown Chaney High
Marlee Fetty, Youngstown Chaney High
Nyla Henderson, Youngstown Chaney High
Shelby Johnson, Choffin Career and Technical
Keilah Bryant, Youngstown Early College
Ka-Luv Cummins, Youngstown East High
Anthony Donnorummo, Youngstown East High
Kyle Miller, Warren G. Harding
Kellsey Hurt, Warren G. Harding
Chelsea Linden, Warren G. Harding
Jennifer Panagis, Warren G. Harding
Jaylynn Scott, Warren G. Harding
Bri’Asia Wright, Warren G. Harding
Nautica Hill, Warren G. Harding
Courtney Lallo, Warren G. Harding
Ariana Shannon, Warren G. Harding
Alexandria Reed-Frank, Warren G. Harding
Adam Butler, Warren G. Harding
Anaya Langford, Warren G. Harding
Those receiving Madigan Fund Scholarships through the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley were:
Holly Masters, Joseph Badger High School
Amanda Hovanec, Mathews High School
Ariana Williamson, Liberty High School
Sean Croell, Newton Falls High School
Michael Deak, McDonald High School
Those receiving Trumbull County Scholarship Fund scholarships:
Maegen Stringer, Warren G. Harding High School
Kaitlyn Soucy, Liberty High School
David Arbuckle, Summit Academy
Bianca Nasidka, Warren G. Harding