EAST STROUDSBURG, PA (June 2, 2021) – The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps has awarded $45,000 in scholarships to nine students from throughout Monroe County to subsidize and in some cases pay in full the tuition expenses associated with continuing their education. Todd Weitzman, 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 private endowment at the bequest of Irene Cramer that can only be used for scholarships. Without this financial support, most of the students would be unable to attend college. Because of the Pandemic, many students have had a disrupted school year. This year especially, we felt it extremely important to extend a helping hand to assist them in attending college.”


This year’s recipients and their intended colleges are:

Emma Coleman – Michigan State University

Meliksah Dolap – University of Pittsburg

Cody Hawley – Kutztown University

Hailey LaBar – Montclair State University

Arissa Chambers – The University of Scranton

Emily Lesh – Susquehanna University

Sara Eckel – University of NC at Chapel Hill

Jacob Mohring – The University of Scranton

Zachary Parkhurst – Marywood University


Each year, the Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps welcomes applicants to the program who are younger than 21 years of age and will be completing high school or the equivalent GED for the year the application is submitted. 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.

Weitzman concludes, “It has been a very tough year to be a senior completing your studies and looking towards attending college. 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.”