EAST STROUDSBURG, PA (May 27, 2020) – The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps has awarded $65,000 in scholarships to thirteen 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 used are awarded from a special fund created through a long standing private endowment at the bequest of Irene Cramer that can only be used for these scholarships. Without this financial support, most of the students would be unable to attend college.”

This year’s recipients and their intended colleges are:

Kayla Bago – University of Pittsburgh

Michelle Brodsky – University of Hartford

Sergio Butron – Lehigh University

Austin Cano – Wilkes University

Joseph Crespo – Temple University

Cody Hawley – Kutztown University

Brianna Hernandez – Marywood University

Kiaya Jones – College undecided

Hailey LaBar – Montclair State University

Giovanni Marini – DeSales University

Matthew Ruiz – Haveford College

Ciena Schoch – Alvernia University

Amanda Thomson – East Stroudsburg University

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.”