The Franklin County Foundation (FCF), a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), is pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship winners. The Franklin County Foundation currently administers 12 funds that provide scholarships to students in Franklin County. This year, 10 of the FCF funds granted educational scholarships.

Awardees for 2017 scholarships were:

  • Justin Trolinger (Beistle Company Scholarship)
  • Tatyana Valentin (Waynesboro Community Concert Association’s Joseph Bowers Scholarship Fund)
  • Kendra Dietrich, Gretta Kriner (Chambersburg High School Class of 1963)
  • Elary Mede (Henry and Janet Guarriello Scholarship Fund)
  • Kimberly Jones, Lacey Maclay, Madison Schmus (Gordon B. and Josephine Hewlett Memorial Scholarship Fund)
  • Raven Green, Samantha Knopp (Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Markle Scholarship)
  • Cody Gustafson, Amber Young (J. Ward Sleichter and Frances F. Sleichter Memorial Scholarship Award)
  • Haley Kauffman (Norman & Lois Sollenberger Scholarship)
  • Megan Wingert (Soroptimist International of Chambersburg Fund)
  • Adam Heintzelman, Robert Kohut (Mabel M. Witmer Scholarship Fund)

One of the Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Markle Scholarship recipients, Samantha Knopp, thanked her scholarship donor and selection committee saying, “This scholarship will be put to excellent use at the University of Pittsburgh during my pursuit of a microbiology degree. Again, I am very thankful for your generosity and am eager to begin the next leg of my journey!” Samantha graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in May 2017.

FCF scholarships can be established by individual donors or corporations, and are often in honor or memory of a loved one. A total of $63,229 was awarded through FCF scholarships for the 2017/2018 school year.

TFEC is a partner with American Education Services (AES)/PHEAA’s Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program. Scholarship recipients are eligible to have their awards matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by AES/PHEAA’s PATH Program. PHEAA may grant matching funds for TFEC scholarship recipients who are enrolled in an approved Pennsylvania college or career school, as an undergraduate student on at least a half-time basis, who are a state grant recipient and who demonstrate financial need. Students must also be a resident of Pennsylvania, not in default on any educational loans, maintain academic progress, and not be considered an incarcerated student. The match provides last dollar support for tuition and fees. Scholarship recipient information is submitted by TFEC staff; no additional paperwork is required by students in order to be eligible for a PATH Program match. For additional information on this program, please visit

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