The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce has named Marie Bantrager, Patrick Breen and Ashley Pletcher as recipients of this year's Chamber Scholarships. Each student will receive a $500 award.
Bantrager is a 2013 graduate of Rockwood Area High School. Her volunteer experience includes the Farmers' and Threshermen's Jubilee while her extracurricular pursuits include student council, senior committee, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish Honor Society, senior high concert choir, Crossfire and cheerleading. Bantrager plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and double major in history and English with a minor in secondary education.
Breen, a 2012 graduate of Somerset Area Senior High School and a former recipient of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, is majoring in psychology at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. He volunteers his time at Outdoor Odyssey, as a head coach for the Somerset Special Olympics basketball team, at Camp PARC and weekly at an area nursing home. Breen is also involved in several organizations at Saint Vincent, including Best Buddies and Psychology Club as well as the Knights of Columbus, intramural sports and various on-campus events.
Pletcher is a 2013 graduate of Meyersdale Area High School. She has volunteered at the Farmers' and Threshermen's Jubilee, the Pennsylvania Maple Festival, Meyersdale Church of the Brethren, the Meyersdale Area Middle School office, with the Meyersdale Area Junior High volleyball team and at a local playground. Her extracurricular activities include cheerleading, Students Against Destructive Decisions and prom committee. Pletcher plans to pursue a degree in chemistry at either the University of California (Pa.) or the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is awarded annually to three area students. To be eligible, students must be members of the chamber, an employee of a chamber member, the child of a chamber member, or the child of an employee of a chamber member. Additionally, each applicant must complete 20 hours of volunteer work and submit a 500-word essay detailing how the award will benefit his educational pursuits at a chamber-member institution.
For more information on the annual Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, contact the chamber at (814) 445-6431 or email@example.com.
Three area students named Chamber Scholarship winners
Ashley Pletcher (Submitted photo / May 6, 2013)
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