Six adult recipients were awarded $5,530 in college scholarships by the Corry Higher Education Council recently, boosting to more than $100,000 the total scholarships awarded through the organization since 1997.

“It’s a real testament to the community’s generosity and belief in education to make these scholarships available to local adults,” said Steve Bishop, executive director of the Hi-Ed. “It’s not easy for adults to return to school, oftentimes while working and supporting families, and they are always very appreciative.”

This year marked the awarding of first Rob Jackson Memorial Adult Scholarship, in the amount of $1,380 raised by the late Rob Jackson’s wife Pam and friends during a golf outing. It was awarded to Trisha Sawyer of Corry, who is attending Mercyhurst University in Erie.

The oldest adult scholarship in Corry, the $400 Timothy M. Emerson Memorial Adult Scholarship, was awarded to Jillian Donoghue of Corry. The scholarship was the first ever awarded through the Hi-Ed, after being established by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Emerson in 1997. Donoghue was also awarded a $500 Kelly Thomas Adult Scholarship to assist her in attending the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville.

Other scholarship recipients include:

Susan Marrs of Corry, the $500 Corry Manufacturing Adult Scholarship and the $750 Rebecca A. Lewis Memorial Adult Scholarship, to attend Mercyhurst University in Corry.

Arlene Blakeslee of Corry, the $1,000 Zonta Club of Corry Adult Scholarship, to attend DeVry University.

Michelle Rogers of Spartansburg, the $500 Carly Kristine Combs Memorial Adult Scholarship, to attend American Public University.

Andrew Tomcho III of Union City, a $500 Kelly Thomas Adult Scholarship to attend Mercyhurst University in Erie.

Since the first Timothy Emerson Scholarship was awarded in 1997, the Hi-Ed has distributed 118 scholarships totaling $96,705. An additional $4,045 has been distributed through the Kelly Thomas fund and the Corry Manufacturing fund to assist individuals in taking workforce training classes through the Hi-Ed, bringing the total to more than $100,000.

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