EAST STROUDSBURG, PA (May 2, 2019) – The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps has awarded $47,500 in scholarships to eleven students from throughout Monroe County to assist them with the expenses associated with continuing their education. Dr. William Van Meter, Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps Advisory Board Member and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, describes the program, “Each year we select students who have been accepted in an accredited college or university and have demonstrated a history of participating in community service. The monies for the scholarships are awarded from a special fund created through a private endowment at the bequest of Irene Cramer. Without this financial support, most of the students would be unable to attend college.”

This year’s recipients and their intended colleges are:

Angelina Augugliaro – Jefferson University

Michael Boone – Ursinus College

Michelle Brodsky – University of Hartford

Sergio Butron – Lehigh University

Rebecca Chan – West Chester University

Samantha Donnelly – The Pennsylvania State University

Cody Hawley – Temple University

Emily Opshinsky – Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Valeria Osorio – Bethany College

Marco Polimeni – Northeastern University

Rocco Polimeni – Northeastern University

Amanda Thomson – Northampton Community College

The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps will be hosting a small reception for recipients on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm at its Corps, 226 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

Each year, the Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps welcomes applicants to the program who are younger than 21 years of age and have completed high school or the equivalent GED. Applications must be received by April 1 of the applying year. The number and amount of scholarship monies awarded is distributed based upon the funding available in each fiscal year from the Irene Cramer bequest and any additional scholarship fund contributions. All eligible applicants are residents of Monroe County.

Van Meter concludes, “We are very proud of the applicants and their contribution to our community. It is the Salvation Army’s hope that these monies assist them in the successful pursuit of their degrees and that they continue to give back to the community throughout their careers.”