Scholarship awardees

The Development Committee of Penn Highlands Brookville recently awarded $500 scholarships to four area students who plan to pursue careers in the healthcare field. Shown from left are recipients Cassie Cochran of Marienville, Sarah Hopper of New Bethlehem and Alli Zacherl of Mayport with Julie Peer, president of PH Brookville. Not pictured is Ryanne Lindenpitz of Brookville.

BROOKVILLE — The Development Committee of Penn Highlands Brookville recently awarded $500 scholarships to four area high school students. This announcement marks the 16th year that this annual scholarship has been offered. Since 2003, 62 local students have benefited from this award. Applicants are awarded scholarships based on academic excellence and their desire to pursue careers in the healthcare field, as well as high school and community involvement.

This year’s scholarships were awarded to students from four area high schools. The 2018 recipients were Alli Zacherl of Brookville Area High School, Ryanne Lindenpitz of Clarion-Limestone High School, Sarah Hopper of Redbank Valley High School and Cassie Cochran of East Forest High School.

  • Zacherl is the daughter of Emily Zacherl of Mayport. She plans to pursue a degree as a registered nurse from Clarion University. During her high school career, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the 2018 Class Committee Club. She served as president for the Spanish Club, Math Club and Ecology Club. Additionally, she was the vice-president of Concert Choir.
  • Lindenpitz plans to become a registered nurse and she will attend Clarion University in the fall. She is the daughter of Ron and Heather Lindenpitz of Brookville. During her high school career, she participated in 4-H Club, Yearbook Committee and the Future Teachers Club. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
  • Hopper plans to pursue a career as a physician assistant and will attend Saint Francis University to earn her degree. She is the daughter of Eric and Jackie Hopper of New Bethlehem. During her high school career, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Track Team, Jazz Band, the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, or B.E.S.T., Robotics team and the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or F.I.R.S.T., Robotics team. Additionally, she was active in Tae Kwon Do and earned a red belt, instructor stripe and multiple awards for assisting with self-defense classes.
  • Cochran is the daughter of Sue Losey and Joe Cochran of Marienville. She plans to attend the Venango Campus of Clarion University to pursue a career as a radiology technologist. During her high school career, she was a member of the Student Council, the treasurer for her class and a member of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA. Additionally, she participated in softball, basketball, mini-relay and worked as the editor of the school yearbook.

“We are proud of these students and their hard work, and we are pleased to be able to make this annual presentation to the young people of our communities,” said Julie Peer, president of PH Brookville. “We look forward to watching their futures unfold.”

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“We received many qualified applications for these four scholarships, and we would like to thank all students who took the time to apply,” said Donna Haney, member of the PH Brookville Development Committee. “It is inspiring to see so many talented, hard-working students in our community planning to enter the healthcare field.”

The PH Brookville Development Committee receives funding through private donations, corporate donations, contributing employees and fundraising events. If you or your organization would like to make a contribution or learn more about this scholarship program, call Haney at 814-849-1832.

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