Scholarships - Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund

Scholarships

In 2020, PROF, in partnership with our generous community members and sponsors, awarded 23 scholarships totaling  $38,250 to Pine-Richland High School seniors. Each scholarship is sponsored by individuals and organizations that set their own unique criteria which PROF then administers to reach the largest number of potential candidates. The number of scholarships and award amounts vary from year to year, and some scholarship awards may be split among top applicants. 

Congratulations to all of our 2021 scholarship recipients!

Winners were announced during the Pine-Richland High School senior awards ceremony (PROF Scholarships begin at time 48:40) on June 3rd. Additionally, scholarship recipients will be notified by email of their awards and asked for specific information for funds disbursement.  

Below are brief summaries of our scholarships in 2021.

Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

PROF Community Enrichment Scholarship - $5,000

This essay-based scholarship is awarded to a graduating Pine-Richland senior who exemplifies the PROF mission statement: enriching and investing in the experiences of every Pine-Richland student.  Applicants submit an essay which addresses either how they have been enriched during their time at Pine-Richland through interaction with a faculty member or fellow student or through their experiences and interactions with a PROF-funded educational grant. This scholarship is funded by the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund.

Ryan Malady Memorial Scholarship - $2,500

This scholarship is in memory of Ryan Malady who passed away in May, 2019. Ryan was a dedicated family man of great character who had a passion for helping others. This scholarship is sponsored by Ryan's family and friends and will be awarded to a PR senior who exemplifies some of the character traits that Ryan was so well known for: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The applicant’s volunteer and community involvement will also be considered in determining the recipient of this scholarship.

Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship - $1000 

This scholarship is generously sponsored by the Hein family, who have three Pine-Richland High School graduates. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage underrepresented students to pursue a career in STEM and is thereby awarded to a graduating female or minority student who attended Pine-Richland for her/his entire junior and senior years. Applicants must plan to attend a 4-year college/university and pursue a major in one of the STEM fields. Applicant should demonstrate interest in one of these fields through her/his prior experience and interest as evidenced through high school classes, extracurricular pursuits, family background, or expressed excitement about a STEM profession. This scholarship is renewable for the student’s sophomore year of college, dependent on continued enrollment in STEM program and satisfactory academic achievement.

Good Shepherd Veterinary Scholarship & Internship- $1000

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Ibrahim and the Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital, this scholarship and 40 hour summer internship opportunity is awarded to a graduating Pine-Richland student who intends to become a veterinarian, veterinary technician, get a degree in veterinary science, agriculture, environmental or medical field. A minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher in biology and chemistry is required. A team from the Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital reviews and selects the recipient of this award.

Hance Elementary PTO - $500

This scholarship is sponsored by the Hance PTO and is awarded to a graduating senior who has attended Pine-Richland for grades K-12, starting at Hance Elementary School. A committee from the Hance Elementary PTO selects the recipient of this scholarship.

Kenneth M Young Public Safety Scholarship - $1000

This public service scholarship is in memory of Officer Kenneth M Young, a lifelong resident of Wexford and a 1976 graduate of Pine-Richland. Typical career paths include law enforcement, criminal justice, emergency medical technology, fire prevention and safety technology, public safety management government work, Peace Corps, public defender/district attorney, public policy.  The scholarship sponsors will select the recipient of this scholarship from among eligible applicants.

Kyle Pomerleau Memorial Scholarship - Anticipate 2 scholarships at $1000 each

This kindness scholarship is awarded to a Pine-Richland senior who has participated in band and/or orchestra in grades 9-12, is a strong student, and demonstrates genuine goodwill and compassion to others in the classroom and school environment.

Monica Young Memorial Scholarship - $1000

This scholarship will be awarded to one or more graduating Pine-Richland students with learning disabilities who have an interest in furthering their education through a trade, technical or vocational school, university or college. The ideal candidate should demonstrate good academic effort, participate in activities during high school, exhibit a positive attitude, and have an identified longer term work goal.

Pasquinelli Insurance and Erie Insurance Scholarship - $3,000

This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates leadership characteristics, a positive and caring attitude, and a strong work ethic.  Preferably, the student will have participated in at least three extracurricular activities for a minimum of two years during high school.  The scholarship sponsor participates in recipient selection.

Pine-Richland High School PTO Scholarship - $1000

The “We Are PR” scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates excellent character and is resilient, hard-working and caring towards others.  Special consideration is given to those applicants who are nominated by a teacher, administrator, coach or other individual and shows great promise for success. The PRHS PTO Scholarship Committee selects the recipient of this scholarship.

Pine-Richland Musical Booster Scholarships - $500 each

The Pine-Richland Musical Boosters is sponsoring three scholarships. Each scholarship will recognize students who have demonstrated dedication, responsibility, and commitment in one of the following groups: Cast, Crew and Pit.  The selected students are team players that others respect because of their commitment to the musical. A committee from the PRMB selects the recipient of this scholarship from among eligible applicants.

New For 2021 Pine-Richland Choral Scholarships  

PR Choir Boosters Scholarship- 2 scholarships $500 each- open to all students involved in choir. Students will be evaluated on a written statement on how music has impacted their life as well as character references.

William B Machiko Scholarship- $1,000- is open to any senior planning on majoring in either music or education in college. In addition to a written statement on how music has impacted their life and references, The Machiko Scholarship will require an audio file vocal selection of your choice. 

Richland Elementary PTO - $500

This scholarship is sponsored by the Richland PTO and is awarded to a graduating senior who has attended Pine-Richland for grades K-12, starting at Richland Elementary School. A committee from the Richland Elementary PTO selects the recipient of this scholarship.

Rich-Mar Rotary Club Scholarship - 4 scholarships totaling $6000 in 2020 

This service to others scholarship is awarded to a graduating Pine-Richland High School senior(s). The selection criteria includes an emphasis on a student's history of the Rotary ideal of “service above self” as demonstrated by their involvement in establishing and/or participating in organizations that serve the community and the world. Finalists will be invited to a final interview.  The Rich-Mar Rotary Club Scholarship Selection Committee selects the recipient(s) of this scholarship and award amounts vary.

Robert and Aileen Zollweg Scholarship - $7000

Thanks to the generosity of Robert and Aileen Zollweg, this financial need scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has attended Pine-Richland for grades 9-12. Applicants must share how this scholarship will help them afford/attend college. An interview may be required. 

Veterans Memorial Scholarship in honor of Neil Riley & Michael Slebodnik - $1000

This veterans scholarship is in memory of four Richland High School graduates who lost their lives in service to our country: Neil Riley, Herb Weltz, Gary Johnston and Michael Slebodnik.  Applicants must write an essay about what the sacrifice of these four service members means to them and how we can honor those who have fallen in service of our country.

Vitalant Blood Bank Scholarship - Awarded $2750 in 2020

The “Learning to Support Life” scholarship is awarded to a senior(s) who has donated blood, volunteered in the blood drive canteen or otherwise volunteered in efforts to recruit donors while also demonstrating a breadth of community service activity throughout their high school career. The scholarship amount is based on blood drive contributions from the community and may be awarded to more than one recipient.

Wexford Elementary PTO Scholarship - $1000

This scholarship is sponsored by the Wexford PTO and is awarded to a graduating senior who has attended Pine-Richland for grades K – 12, and at some point attending Wexford Elementary School. A committee from the Wexford Elementary PTO selects the recipient of this scholarship.

 

 

2020 Scholarship Recipients

 

 

 

 

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