Local scholarships awarded to those with most challenging path

This year's recipients were chosen from among more than 400 applicants

The Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarships ceremony.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Twenty area graduating high school seniors will have an easier time paying for their college education after receiving financial help from a local foundation.

Those students and their families and teachers gathered Thursday morning for the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarships ceremony. All 20 scholarships given out totaled $125,000.

The program was started in memory of the late business developer and philanthropist to help young students who overcome problems at home and elsewhere to excel in school and their communities.

“Things they have to transcend – drug addiction with parents, wards of the state – I mean the things you couldn’t imagine your children and mine. To see how they turn out is just unbelievably precious to me,” said Denise DeBartolo-York, DeBartolo Memorial Foundation.

This year’s recipients were chosen from among more than 400 applicants based on grades, student essays, financial need and community involvement.

The Donald P. Pipino Memorial Award recipient was Jessica Bagdassarian from John F. Kennedy High School.

The following students also received scholarships:

  • Lauren Almasy, Hubbard
  • Elizabeth Anastasiadis, Warren G. Harding
  • Joseph Austin, Mineral Ridge
  • Jenna Binion, Struthers
  • Sara Borelli, East Palestine
  • Alec Coman, Liberty
  • Josh Davidson, West Branch
  • Daniel Engle, Howland
  • Mariah Grate, United
  • Shae Haas, West Branch
  • Isabella Holmes, Hubbard
  • Essence Edmonds, Warren G. Harding
  • Brent Neilsen, South Range
  • Breanna Parker, Beaver Local
  • Bailey Polinori, West Branch
  • Audrey Schweers, Poland
  • Matthew Weiss, Girard
  • Rachel Williams, Canfield
  • Angela Young, West Branch

Over the last 20-years, the DeBartolo Memorial Foundation has awarded more than $960,000 in scholarships.


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