Local Students Receive Scholarships

At a dinner meeting hosted by the Park West Lions Club, fourteen local students were recently honored with scholarships. The recipients, listed from left to right, include:

Front row:

  • Ella Nhek, Gainesville High School
  • Allison Lockhart, Battlefield High School
  • Kelsey Buckman, Battlefield High School
  • Alana Cadoff, Battlefield High School
  • Isabella Rivera-Maldonado, Gainesville High School
  • Kearstin Safford, Gainesville High School

Back row:

  • Marina Buskey, Battlefield High School
  • Cameron Turner, Patriot High School
  • Grant Johnson, Patriot High School
  • Sierra Shingler, Battlefield High School
  • Joy Park, Gainesville High School
  • Kate Firehammer

Two recipients were unable to attend the event: Vijay Bruot from Battlefield High School and Matthew Guo from Gainesville High School.

Presentations were made by Park West Lions Club President Rose Bielec.

Jim Williams, the Scholarship Chairperson, emphasized the competitiveness of the selection process due to the numerous applications received. The Grade Point Averages and transcripts, although important, were only one aspect considered in choosing the final recipients. Since the Park-West Lions Club is a service organization and part of the largest volunteer non-profit organization globally, the Scholarship Committee also evaluated the quantity and quality of service and volunteer hours contributed by the applicants to the community. Notably, each recipient had dedicated a significant amount of time to various projects.

Kate Firehammer was awarded the Joe Lipomi Memorial Scholarship by the Virginia Lions Eye Institute.

The scholarship recipients will enroll in the following educational institutions:

Vijay D. BruotUniversity of Virginia
Kelsey A. BuckmanUniversity of Virginia
Marina L. BuskeyJames Madison University
Alana M. CadoffUniversity of Michigan
Kate FirehammerVA Commonwealth Univiversity
Matthew S. GuoJames Madison University
Grant A. JohnsonJames Madison University
Allison F. LockhartOhio State University
Ella D. NhekGeorge Mason University
Joy W. ParkGeorgetown University
Isabella I. Rivera-MaldonadoJames Madison University
Kearstin H. SaffordUniv. of Mary Washington
Sierra C. ShinglerGeorge Mason University
Camerib E. TurnerChristopher Newport University

The Park West Lions are a group of volunteers dedicated to serving humanitarian causes. We are part of the International Lions Clubs, the world’s largest service organization. Our mission is to serve those in need through fundraisers and service projects. Our commitment is evident in our motto “We Serve.” To become a member of the Park West Lions and contribute to our impactful work, please visit our website at www.parkwestlions.org.

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