Nine college scholarships totaling $9,750 have been awarded to area adults by the Corry Higher Education Council for the 2009-10 school year. Since the first Hi-Ed adult scholarship was awarded in 1997, 101 recipients have divided $85,425 in funding.

“It’s one of the most gratifying tasks we undertake each year, to be able to reward adults who make the difficult but rewarding decision to return to school,” said Steve Bishop, executive director of the Hi-Ed. “Conversely, it’s just as difficult to have to deny some very deserving applicants because we just don’t have enough assistance to go around.”

Fifteen applications from individuals age 25 and older were received this summer, with nine scholarships awarded to eight applicants. They are:

Marcy Stone of Spartansburg was awarded the $400 Timothy M. Emerson Memorial Scholarship, and a $1,300 Kelly Thomas Adult Scholarship. Ms. Stone is a registered nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville. The Emerson Scholarship was the first adult scholarship established through the Hi-Ed in 1997, and has awarded $5,100 since that time.

Amy Bahl of Union City was awarded a $1,300 Kelly Thomas Adult Scholarship. Ms. Bahl is also a registered nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville. The Thomas Scholarship has awarded $17,825 since being established in 2001.

Annette Peters of Corry was awarded the $1,000 Zonta Club of Corry Adult Scholarship. Ms. Peters is a registered nursing student at Mercyhurst-North East. The Zonta Club Adult Scholarship has awarded $11,000 since being established in 1999.

Melinda Young of Corry was awarded the $750 Rebecca A. Lewis Memorial Adult Scholarship. Ms. Young is a registered nursing student at Jamestown Community College. The Lewis Scholarship has awarded $1,500 since being established in 2008.

Kim Marsh of Corry was awarded a $1,250 Mary Stewart Hubley Adult Scholarship. Ms. Marsh is an Early Childhood Education student at Clarion University.

Jeremy Biebel of Union City was awarded a $1,250 Mary Stewart Hubley Adult Scholarship. Biebel is an Elementary Education student at Edinboro University.

Tammy Allen of Union City was awarded a $1,250 Mary Stewart Hubley Adult Scholarship. Ms. Allen is a Criminal Justice student at Tri-State Business Institute.

Lisa Sayers of Corry was awarded a $1,250 Mary Stewart Hubley Adult Scholarship. Ms. Sayers is a Masters of Community Counseling student at Edinboro University. The Hubley Scholarship has awarded $40,000 since being established in 2002.

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