The Anchor Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit scholarship organization established to support the higher education of dependents of US Surface Navy Warriors, has distributed scholarships to 32 recipients totaling $106,350.

They include Mary McClelland, Douglassville, who received a $2,750 scholarship sponsored by GEICO Military.

McClelland is attending Lebanon Valley College as a junior majoring in actuarial science and minoring in Spanish.

The Anchor Scholarship Foundation is celebrating its 41st year of supporting US Surface Navy families and has grown from awarding $2,000 in scholarships in 1981.


Three Berks County students shared $4,500 in scholarship funds given by the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading in memory of Alan Miller, a longtime council board member.

They are Zoe Sweet and Cody Zaeske of Daniel Boone Area School District and Madison Weachter of Conrad Weiser School District.

Sweet received a $2,000 scholarship. She plans to attend Widener University, where she will study political science on the pre-law pathway.

Zaeske was awarded a $1,500 scholarship toward his studies at Clarion University in business and at Penn State University for sustainability.

Weachter, recipient of a $1,000 scholarship, will attend the University of Pittsburgh, studying political science.

The World Affairs Council has awarded $13,000 in scholarships to twelve students since 2018.

The total scholarship funds awarded are determined by money raised through donations and the Council’s Pub Global Trivia Event.

Applications from Berks County seniors planning to pursue international studies, political science, public administration or other related global studies are evaluated by the Council's scholarship committee.


The Optimist Club of Kutztown recently awarded $13,550 in scholarships to seniors from the Kutztown, Fleetwood, Brandywine Heights, Reading and Hamburg school districts.

The Kutztown Fools Run and Donald J Peters Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $1,000 to seniors to attend Kutztown University.

Recipients are Michael Voss and Tracy Elizabeth Oroxom, Kutztown, Warren Valentine and Brooke Van Billiard, Fleetwood, Paige Krajcic and Johan Teel, Brandywine Heights, Venus Miller and Austin Swavely, Hamburg, Marcus Baez Perez, Reading.

Ryan Meyers, Kutztown University received $1,000 for a KU football scholarship.

Optimist Club of Kutztown presented $500 to the following: Scott Sanders, John Dries Memorial Fund, (PA College of Technology); Mitchell Brett, David Haas Memorial Fund, (Shippensburg University), and Jewel Karaisz, (West Chester University); Emma Keller, Optimist Club Higher Ed Fund, (Kutztown University); Samuel Schaeffer, Donald Herring Memorial Scholarship, (Kutztown University); Adyson Johnson, Optimist Club Healthcare Fund, (Temple University).

Additional scholarships to Kutztown High School students were presented by Kutztown Friendfest: Scott Sanders, $500, (PA College of Technology); and $500 to Elissa Kunkel, (Cedar Crest College).


Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks County recently announced the recipients of the 2021 Dorothy Klausing Bentley Memorial Scholarship.

Each year three scholarships are awarded to a direct relative of a breast cancer survivor to attend a two-year, four-year or graduate school program. The students must reside in Berks County.

This year's winner of $500 scholarships were:

• Mireliz Bermudez, Temple, Oley Valley High School, attending Messiah University.

• Emily Hayes, Blandon, Fleetwood Area High School, attending Syracuse University.

• Connor Maryniak, Reading, Gov. Mifflin High School, attending Misericordia University.

Bentley was a resident of Berks County and an active member and supporter of Breast Cancer Support Services.

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