Posted by Pat Korb
We are proud to announce that the Rotary Club Scholarships for 2018 have been raised to $2000.00 year for one and $1250.00 a year for two recipients.” reports project chair Dr. John Madden. “Each recipient will receive their selected amount for a maximum of four years.”
Gabriella Kupsho is the recipient of the $2000.00 a year scholarship. She is the daughter of Diane and Robert Kupsho Jr., Drums. A 2018 graduate of MMI Preparatory School she hopes to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University.
Gabriella was class valedictorian, 2018 Class Secretary, President of the National Spanish Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society and the Science and Math Honor Societies. She earned State and Regional level rankings in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, grades 8-12.
Athletics also played a role in her life and she lettered in Junior Varsity/Varsity Softball and Varsity Volleyball.
Gabby volunteered for 4 years for the Greater Hazleton Unit-American Cancer Society Relay For Life and served as team captain for the Northeast MS Walkathon. She accepted and completed the HOBY Leadership challenge of completing and logging 100 hours of community service. She received the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union Youth Achievement Award 2017 and a $2,500 Society of Women Engineers Scholarship as well as being selected as a Dessen Scholar for Junior Leadership Hazleton class of 2016-17.
Expressing her appreciation for the scholarship, Gabriella says, “This scholarship means a lot to me, as it will assist both my parents and me in funding my secondary education. I am so incredibly thankful towards the Hazleton Rotary Club for this generous award and grateful towards all members of this organization that help make scholarships, like this one, possible. I plan to go on to medical school, so if it wasn’t for the Hazleton Rotary, I’m not sure if my family and I would have been able to afford both an undergraduate and then professional level education. This scholarship helps in ways I cannot describe because it now gives me a boost in my academic career and allows me to pursue my dreams. My family is nothing but grateful towards the Rotary Club and they, along with myself, plan to continue to support and help make our community a great place to live so that organizations like these can continue to make kids’ dreams into a reality.”
Abigail Hartz, the daughter of Colleen and Carl Hartz, Freeland and Hope Little, daughter of Kathleen A. Little, Hazle Township, will be receiving $1,250.00 each for four years.
Abigail, Hazleton Area Academy of Science, is salutatorian of Hazleton Area High School Class of 2018 and has earned Highest Honor Roll consecutively for her entire academic career. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award.
She placed first at HOSA State Leadership Conference, first Place Top Attorney Award from the Monroe County Mock Trial Competition and was an intern at Luzerne county Magistrate Student Council and member of Hazleton City Council Junior Advisory Board. She is also an AP Scholar, two-time national qualifier for FBLA and won an Outstanding Advocate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Abigail will be attending Georgetown University and is undecided on a major, but hopes to go to law school.
“I am truly honored and very grateful to be receiving such a generous scholarship offered by the Hazleton Rotary. This organization has assisted me so much in the past year and I am so appreciative that the Rotary will continue to support me throughout my collegiate career.” comments Abigail. She adds, “This scholarship will help both my family and me pay for my education at Georgetown University. I will always try to serve as a role model to my peers, stay involved in my community and excel academically to achieve the goals I set for myself. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and this scholarship will be put to very good use, as I hope to continue on my journey to benefit both my school and my community.”
Hope, daughter of Kathleen Little, Hazle Township will attend Lafayette College and major in Biology or Neuroscience with the hope of being a Physician Assistant.
She is an Altar Server at Most Precious Blood Church, volunteers for the Providence Place Senior Community and Veterans Day Breakfast.
Hope is Class Valedictorian, Class of 2018, Hazleton Area High School, Senior Co-Captain for the Varsity Cross-Country and Track and Field teams and was elected as a member of the Homecoming Court.
Hope is also a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor and earned Highest Honors grades 9, 10, 11, 12. A Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador, she also earned the Trigonometry Gold Academic Award and AP Calculus Gold Academic Award.
Hope states that, “My senior year has been a very difficult one for my family. My Mom was diagnosed with a serious health issue and been unable to work. Our family and friends have been wonderful and supportive in every way. Being the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship is an additional blessing for which we are very grateful.”
In addition to their many school and community activities all three girls are employed in the community; Hope at Buddies Bagels, Abigail at Woods Ice Cream and Gabby at Perkins.
Hope, Abigail, and Gabriella will be guest speakers at a Hazleton Rotary Club meeting sometime this summer.