Monday, August 28, 2006

Meet our Scholarhip Recipients!

In July 2006, the Horsham Lions Club presented $1,000 scholarships to three seniors, and $2,000 to one senior from the Hatboro Horsham High School, totaling $5,000 in scholarships.

The club strives to present several scholarships to local students each year, in an effort to assist in furthering the education of community-minded young adults. The students were chosen anonymously, and the choice was made not only on academic merit, but on the level of community and humanitarian involvement the students displayed. Since beginning the scholarship program, the Horsham Lions Club has presented more than $130,000 in scholarship money to local students.

Bruce McCaffrey (below) will be attending Drexel University this fall, studying Civil Engineering. He’s participated in many extra curricular activities, as well as being employed as an apprentice at McCaffrey Fuel Oil for many years. He’s acquired a wide range of skills, including welding, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Bruce is also a volunteer for our local fire company. He also has been involved in Boy Scouts for many years, and is currently an Eagle Scout, the highest rank that a Boy Scout can achieve. Bruce is the second child in the McCaffrey family to have received a scholarship from the Horsham Lions.

Sarah Klein (below) will be attending Messiah College this fall, studying German Education and Music Education. She was involved in band and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Sarah has been highly active in Girl Scouts for many years, and has been an assistant to club president Andy Weiss’s wife (Suzanne), who leads two Girl Scout troops.

Jennifer O’Neill (below) will be attending Penn State this fall, studying Business Administration. She is very active in Track, Student Council, and many other high school committees. Her community service includes Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Breakfast with Santa, along with several other ventures. She’s spending the summer in Europe visiting many countries.

Chelsea Pessolano (below) will be attending Albright college this fall, her major has yet to be declared. She’s been active in the Student Advisory Board as well as the Interact and Key Clubs, and Youth Leadership. She’s been cheerleading throughout high school. She was sent to a Leadership Skills camp by the Horsham Rotary. Chelsea also participated in the Big Brothers and Sisters organization, as well as volunteering for Horsham Day and Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. McCaffrey received the sole $2,000 scholarship, which was named in memory of Max Hankin, longtime Horsham entrepreneur and participant in the Lions Club. His widow Janet still helps the Lions in our cause by permitting use of her property to park cars during air shows. Without Mrs. Hankin's support, and the hard work of our members during fundraisers, scholarships such as these would not be possible.

Please join us in congratulating these students and encouraging their continued growth!

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