Local students receive scholarships
Thirteen Indiana County students have been selected for the Sutton Scholars academic achievement scholarship program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
“Sutton Scholars are an elite group,” Dr. Patricia McCarthy, interim IUP vice president for Enrollment Management and Communications, said.
“This program recognizes the very best of our freshman applicants, students who have very strong academics and outstanding promise.”
Begun in 2012, the Sutton Scholarship is funded by the Foundation for IUP, along with gifts received from alumni, friends and employees.
“We continue to appreciate the support of the Foundation for IUP for this important initiative,” McCarthy said.
The scholarship is available to qualified Pennsylvania students and can be renewed for four years of study.
• Bryce Carrick, son of Tom and Lisa Carrick, of Ray Road, Penn Run, is a senior at Penns Manor. Carrick is a distinguished honor roll student, varsity cross country letterman and also participates in basketball and track. He has qualified for both the band and Future Business Leaders of America state competitions. Carrick is a member of the National Honor Society, Grace Church Orchestra, Masters Jazz Ensemble, Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Spanish Club, yearbook staff, science/environmental club and quiz bowl. Carrick is a volunteer for the blood drive and Relay for Life. He plans to major in nursing at IUP.
• Braxton Dameron, son of Christina and Jason Johnson, of Marcoline Road, Home, and Holly and Allen Dameron, of Wilmington, N.C., is a senior at Marion Center. Dameron is a member of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, student council, Quiz Bowl, marching band, and jazz band. He volunteers for Red Cross blood drives and received the Natural Science and Mathematics Dean’s Scholarship. He plans to major in computer science at IUP.
• Leslie Faldley, daughter of Joe and Kim Faldley, of Kettle Hollow Road, Blairsville, is a senior at United. Faldley received the Evergreen Boys and Girls Club Student of the Year award, the Indiana County Technology Center Principal Star award and participated in the Kiwanis Youth Leadership Conference. She is a member of the girls’ soccer team and has participated in Envirothon and Into the Streets, and is an Upward Bound Math and Science student. She plans to major in nursing at IUP.
• Cage Hankinson, son of Eric and Farrah Hankinson, of Wood Lane, Indiana, is a senior at Marion Center. He is a member of cross country, swim and track teams and Future Business Leaders of America. He plans to major in psychology at IUP.
• Laidyn Ingalls, daughter of Brian and Susan Ingalls, of Longs Road, Homer City, is a senior at United. Ingalls is the junior and senior class vice president and captain of the varsity soccer team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, student council, and was selected for the Santa Fund All-Star soccer game. She plans to major in nursing at IUP.
• Bobby Kanick, son of Bob and Andrea Kanick, of Grant Street, Indiana, is a senior at Indiana. Kanick was the Indiana Optimist Club Boy of the Month for the month of September. He is a member of the Key Club and volunteers for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive, United Way of Indiana County, The Salvation Army, St. Jude’s, The American Cancer Society and St. Bernard’s Church. He plans to major in accounting at IUP.
• April Murdick, daughter of Joann Murdick and Scott Murdick, of Glenn Drive, Marion Center, is a senior at Marion Center. Murdick is a member of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, student council and the swimming team. She plans to major in finance at IUP.
• Tessa Nelen, daughter of Dawn Nelen, of Route 259, Blairsville, is a senior at United. Nelen took top honors in District 8 Skills USA – Medical Math. She is a member of National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, the volleyball team and the softball team. She plans to major in nursing at IUP.
• Olivia Riley, daughter of Leslie Johnston, Washington Church Road, Home, and Robert Riley, Wheeling, W.Va., is a senior at Marion Center. Riley is a primary honor roll student and a member of National Honor Society, student council and the softball team. She plans to major in nursing at IUP.
• Mariah Sinan, daughter of Milos Sr. and Alissa Sinan, of Minich Road, Home, is a senior at Marion Center. Sinan is a member of the National Honor Society. She has participated in Adopt-A-Highway events and American Red Cross blood drives. She plans to major in physics and pre-engineering at IUP.
• Allison Walker, daughter of Anjee Sacco, Homer City, and David Walker, Marion Center, is a senior at Homer-Center. Walker received Academic Excellence, Challenge Program and Wildcat Recognition. She is a member of indoor nuclear percussion, indoor color guard and marching band. She plans to major in early childhood and special education at IUP.
• Madison Wehver, daughter of Laurie and Ed Wehver, of North Springs Street, Blairsville, is senior at Blairsville. Wehver is a Cook Honors College Merit Scholarship recipient. She plans to major in pre-law at IUP.
• April Zack, daughter of Renee and Samuel Zack, of Susan Drive, Blairsville, is a senior at Blairsville, and a nursing student at Indiana County Technology Center. She is the 2016 homecoming queen at Blairsville. Zack has received Distinguished Honors, Principal Star Awards and two Challenge Program Awards for STEM and Academic Excellence.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and the volleyball team, and is a waitress at Valley Dairy.
She plans to major in nursing at IUP.