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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Community services scholarship available

  • REGION -The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is pleased to announce the availability of the 2014 Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship
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  • REGION -The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is pleased to announce the availability of the 2014 Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship to assist high school seniors from Lackawanna or Wayne Counties who plan to continue their education at an accredited university, college, or trade school in a two or four year degree program.
    If selected, the 2014 recipient will receive a one-year award of $6,300 to commemorate Mike's #63, retired by the Houston Oilers. Funding for the award comes from proceeds of the Mike Munchak Charity Golf Classic and will be presented at this year’s 19th annual tournament, slated for June 23 at the Country Club of Scranton.
    A 2001 enshrinee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mr. Munchak’s career has earned him accolades as both a player and a coach.
    Yet, it is his work off the field that led to a scholarship program being established by the United Way to honor his long-standing commitment to his hometown of Scranton and the people of the area.
    “For the past 19 years, we’ve been honored to work with Mike and we remain grateful to him for his unwavering commitment to the people of our community,” said Gary Drapek, president of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
    To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be actively involved in community service activities within programs/agencies receiving funds from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, be full-time residents and/or students of a school district within Lackawanna or Wayne Counties, and be accepted by an accredited university, college or trade school, in a two or four year degree program track, for the 2014/2015 school year.
    Additional requirements include a demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, agency recommendation and a track record of community service.
    Past recipients of this scholarship include Joseph M. Gigliotti and Philip Mosolino, both graduates of Carbondale Area High School and active volunteers with the Greater Carbondale YMCA.
    “It means a lot to me to help others out through volunteering. It gives me a chance to make a difference,” Mr. Mosolino, a sophomore at Bloomsburg University, noted. “Not only do I enjoy helping others, but it helps me realize how fortunate I am.”
    To be considered, completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2014.
    A complete listing of eligibility requirements and the application are available for download at www.uwlc.net or by calling Frank Kincel at the United Way (570) 343-1267 x233.
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