Scholarship recipients

The recipients pose with Dave Smith, president of the EQT Foundation and Jeff McCracken, chairman of CFGC Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy of Bettie Stammerjohn)

Six outstanding Greene County students were honored as recipients of the inaugural EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship according to the Community Foundation of Greene County (CFGC).

The six students and their families gathered at the Hampton Inn on May 29 for a special reception for the scholarship awards hosted by CFGC, along with representatives from the ETQ Foundation, CFGC board members, and local school administrators.

The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship was established by The EQT Foundation at CFGC earlier this year to provide the six scholarships for local students. The new scholarship fund provides one award of up to $72,000 - up to $18,000 per school year for four years of post-secondary education. The other five scholarships are one-time $1,000 awards.

“The generosity of the EQT Foundation in providing these scholarship opportunities is unparalleled in Greene County,” said Jeff McCracken, Chairman of the CFGC Board of Directors. “We are honored to partner with them to bring such a life-changing opportunity to our students.”

Joseph Reed received the EQT Students of Excellence scholarship valued at up to $72,000 over four years of college. In addition to the scholarship certificate, Reed also received a presentation check to commemorate his award.

Reed, who is graduating from West Greene High School is the son of Robert and Karen Reed of Center Township. He will be attending Grove City College, in Grove City, Pennsylvania, with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Chemical Engineering.

At West Greene, Reed is President of the National Honor Society and Calculus Club, Treasurer of the West Greene Engineering Club, and member of the Peer Mentoring team and Ski Club. He served as captain of the West Greene Basketball and Baseball teams. He also served as secretary of the Greene County 4-H Swine Club and participated in many school, community and church volunteer activities. He earlier experienced a job shadowing opportunity with a civil engineer at the Beaver Cracker Plan construction site.

The following students each received a $1,000 scholarship: Matthew Barrish, Cameron Cernuska, Joseph Kurincak, Selena Phillips and Andrew Wise.

Matthew Barrish, the son of Andy and Kristen Barrish of Carmichaels, is graduating from Carmichaels Area High School. He will attend Fairmont State University in Fairmon West Virginia majoring in Civil Engineering.

Cameron Cernuska, graduating from Jefferson-Morgan High School, is the son of Steve and Juliann Cernuska of Jefferson. He plans to attend Bucknell University with a major in Chemical Engineering.

Joseph Kurincak is the son of Bernard and Donna Kurincak of Carmichaels. Graduating form Carmichaels Area High School, he plans to attend Penn State – Fayette to major in Environmental Systems Engineering.

Selena Phillips, graduating from Waynesburg Central High School, is the daughter of Jim and Paulette Phillips of Spraggs. She plans to attend Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky with a major in Petroleum Engineering. Phillips will participate in the 3-2 engineering program with 3 years at Morehead and 2 years at Penn State University.

Andrew Wise, son of Andy and Mary Ellen Wise of Graysville, is graduating from West Green High School. He will attend Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and plans to major in Civil Engineering.

“The selection committee was impressed with the quality of the applications we received,” said Lucy Corwin, chairperson of the CFGC scholarship selection committee. “The eligible students who applied should be proud of their accomplishments in high school and we are confident they will succeed as they further their education.”

The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship is open to graduating high school senior students who residents of Greene County and planning to purse a degree in a field that supports the fossil fuel industry, such as, computer science or information technology, civil, chemical or petroleum engineering, energy or land management, environmental science, geology, safety science or welding. Applicants had to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit and essay on why they had chosen to pursue a field in support of the fossil fuel industry and how they plan to contribute to that industry, along with a letter of recommendation and list of extra-curricular school and community service activities.

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