We see headlines again and again about soaring costs for higher education and we wonder how local students can handle the cost without mortgaging their future.
More than a dozen local students found out recently that hard work, perseverance and persistence can pay off and put a dent in that high tuition bill. That’s because 13 students have been awarded scholarships as part of the annual Apollo Awards while another, Windber Area High School graduate David Beahr, has won a Buick Achievers Scholarship.
Beahr, a freshman at West Virginia University majoring in petroleum engineering, knows all about drive and determination. He enjoys racing stock cars and working on classic automobiles with his family members. He wrote about his experiences in his application, which was one of 100 winners selected from a pool of 2 million applicants.
That’s impressive stuff.
Just as impressive is the reward that he’s getting: $25,000 per year for four years of education.
“It was an incredible honor to receive it,” Beahr said. “Although I did well in school, I think I really have my dad and grandfather to thank for fostering my interest in cars and classic car restoration. I think that’s what really helped set me apart.”
We congratulate young Mr. Beahr and Windber Area High School, which must be very proud of his accomplishments. In talking with reporter Kelly Urban, he pointed out that his teachers played a key role in developing his interest in subjects like calculus and organic chemistry.
Other area school districts have much to be proud of as well. The winners of the Apollo Awards, which go to students studying in health care-related fields, bring more distinction – and scholarship money – to our region.
Three students each received a $10,000 scholarships as part of the program, which is co-sponsored by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, Cambria County Medical Society, Lee Initiatives, Conemaugh Health System and Windber Medical Center.
-- Steven Tucker, a third-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine.
-- Nikhita Dharbhamulla, a third-year medical student at Jefferson Medical College.
-- Alexander Pozun, a third-year medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The program also gave out 10 $1,000 Emily Lee Scholarships. Those winners are: Matthew Holtz, Diane Karshin, Paige Lamberson, Nathan Lester, Adam Lichvar, Sierra Mallory, Kristin Powell, Kendra Slis, Kayla Uveges and Vickie Warrick.
We applaud all of the winners for their achievements thus far and their desire to succeed in such a demanding – and in-demand – field.