Foundation Honors WVHS Seniors
The Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation is proud to announce that five Wyalusing Valley High School seniors have been selected as the 2011 Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship Program recipients.
Tucker Allyn is the son of Todd and Deborah Allyn of Sugar Run. While at WVHS, Tucker participated and excelled in football, basketball and track and field. For his senior project, Tucker and a fellow classmate, updated the look of the high school library with a design created by the school librarian. Allyn will be attending Lock Haven University and plans to major in Engineering/Physics.
Karin Ferguson is the daughter of Tim and Brenda Ferguson. She enjoys working for the Wyalusing Personal Care Home. For her senior project, Karin organized and helped with the Mother’s Day Tea Party and Fashion Show at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home. Ferguson will be attending Northern Tier Career Center and major in Nursing.
Daniel Shumway is the son of Robert and Diane Shumway. While at WVHS, Daniel was active in cross country, WVHS musicals, Media Club President, Programming and Computer Maintenance, PMEA District Jazz and District Band. He received awards including National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Daughters of America Revolution-honorable mention at the state level and local award winner. For his senior project, Daniel taught free community classes on basic computer usage. Shumway will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology and plans to major in Game Design.
Stephan Tewksbury is the son of Christopher and Melissa Tewksbury. Stephan’s WVHS activities included cross country, track and field and the National Honor Society. He was a Cross Country State Medalist with the most track points (male). He was awarded the Bausch & Lomb Award. His interests are running and snowboarding. For his senior project, Stephan prepared the course for the annual Camptown Races. Tewksbury will be attending University of Rochester and plans to major in Chemical Engineering.
Samantha Wittig is the daughter of Myron Wittig and Cindy Smith. Samantha was active on the WVHS dance team. For her senior project, she held a dance team children’s clinic. Wittig plans to attend Northern Tier Career Center and major in Nursing.
To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must be Wyalusing Valley Junior-Senior High School seniors who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university or an accredited vocational-technical institute.
This year, an additional vocational-technical award was added to the program, increasing the program up to five annual awards. The awards will be granted each year in the following manner: One award will be granted to each of two qualified applicants who plan to pursue a course of study in a vocational or technical field leading to a certificate or associate degree as long as there is a qualified applicant. Preference will be given to courses of study leading to jobs in infrastructure and support services for businesses, for example, HVAC, auto repair, LPN, dental hygienist and x-ray technician. This award may be renewed for up to one year or until an associate degree or certificate is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of minimum academic performance of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and continued good standing with the institution and the community.
The following three awards may be renewed for up to three years or until an undergraduate degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of minimum academic performance of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and continued good standing with the institution and the community. One award will be granted to a qualified applicant planning to pursue a course of study in math or the sciences at an accredited four-year college or university; One award will be granted to a qualified applicant, who has a GPA of 90 percent or below, demonstrates strong leadership skills and who plans to attend a four-year college or university, and one award will be granted to a qualified applicant with high overall ranking who plans to attend a four-year college or university.
Applications for the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship Program are administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship America is a national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization that seeks to involve and assist the private sector in expanding educational opportunities and encouraging educational achievement.
Scholarship recipients are selected by Scholarship Management Services on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unique personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal. Recipients must be in good standing with both the school and the community.
This year marks the fourth year of the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship Program. Including this year’s class, 21 scholarships have been awarded with the first three students graduating this year. Colleen Potter of Terrytown is graduating from Houghton College and will be attending the University of Maryland for further work in her field of Physical Therapy. Derek Howard of New Albany graduated from Messiah College with a BS in biochemistry. He is currently living and working in Vermont for a laboratory where his work includes purifying proteins. Megan Cobb graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology with a BS in Graphic Design with a minor in Graphic Communications Technology. Megan has accepted a full-time position at the Rocket Courier as a graphic designer.
The Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation was established in 2000 by Ken and Caroline Taylor. Both Ken and Caroline have long been community leaders with a particular interest in education. In establishing this scholarship program, Ken and Caroline, as Trustees, hope to enable talented students of the Wyalusing Area School District to “achieve their dreams by having their abilities recognized and developed.” For more information on the Kenneth and Caroline Taylor Scholarship, contact the Wyalusing Valley High School Guidance Office.