EAST STROUDSBURG, PA (May 7, 2018) – The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to eleven 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 demonstrated their acceptance in an accredited college or university and who have demonstrated a history of participating in community service. The monies for the scholarships are awarded from a special fund created through a private endowment at the bequest of Irene Cramer. Without this financial support, most of the students would be unable to attend college.”

This year’s recipients and their intended colleges are:

Michelle Brodsky attending University of Hartford

Angelica Byra attending Drexel University

Nathaniel Coleman attending University of Northwestern Ohio

Suzannah Costa attending Duquesne University

Joseph Crespo attending Temple University

Samantha Donnelly attending The Pennsylvania State University

Daniel Flint attending Bloomsburg University

James Hughes attending The Salvation Army College for Officers Training

Marcella Hughes attending The Salvation Army College for Officers Training

Amanda Thomson attending North Hampton Community College

Brendan Zambrano attending Temple 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 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.”