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Community Champion of the Week: Luzerne Foundation Scholarship Program

Community Champion of the Week: Luzerne Foundation Scholarship Program

Paying for education after high school is a challenge for most families. Statistics show that in the United States, only 0.3% of students earn fully funded scholarships.

At The Luzerne Foundation, we have a robust scholarship program for students across our region. In addition to graduating high school seniors, we house many one-of-a kind scholarships, specific to students pursuing a law degree, an architectural degree, or trade schools among others!

We surveyed a scholarship recipient, a scholarship donor and a guidance counselor to hear their perspective on the value of giving or receiving a scholarship:

“Being selected as a recipient of the Ronald E. Hontz Memorial Scholarship has allowed for me to continue with higher education in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship means that I can attend didactic classroom as well as hands-on clinical rotations.”

Emily P., Lake-Lehman HS, Scholarship Recipient

“Through the opportunity to create a scholarship in honor and memory of my parents, Lila & Darnell Howard, I have benefited from seeing the joy and the impact it has had on local students throughout the years. Each spring, my board members and I rejoice in knowing we have such an important influence on the future leaders of our community and that starts with helping them obtain a solid education.”

— Eric Howard, Scholarship Donor

“I have been a School Counselor in the Wilkes-Barre Area for over 15 years. I have worked closely with the Luzerne Foundation for many years, and have seen the opportunities the scholarships offered have given our students. No matter what the students’ backgrounds are, the stress of paying for college is one that affects the better part of our population. It has been and will continue to be an honor to work hand-in-hand with The Luzerne Foundation to help our students grow to their full potential. The families that have scholarships through the Luzerne Foundation can be proud that our students can find success through their continued generosity.”

— Diane McFarlane, Wilkes-Barre Area HS


Our scholarship portal is now open! The Luzerne Foundation invites area high school students to apply for our scholarships online. Please go to www.luzfdn.org for more information or contact our office at the number below.

Donors usually set up scholarship funds with the Luzerne Foundation in response to a life circumstance; perhaps to honor the memory of a loved one, or maybe they have been a scholarship recipient in the past and feel compelled to “pay it forward” to the next generation. Whatever the donor’s reason, scholarships help to fill in funding gaps between student aid and out-of-pocket expenses while recognizing the accomplishments of deserving students.

If you would like to set up a scholarship fund to make a difference in the life of a student here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, please give us a call at the Luzerne Foundation.

Do you want to make our community better? So do we. Let’s do it together.

Because of you and for you, we are … Here for good.™


C. David Pedri is President and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation. This new weekly column series is an advertising partnership between the Luzerne Foundation and the Times Leader. For more information about the organization, visit www.luzfdn.org or call 570-822-2065.



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