Thursday, January 17, 2019


  • "Adrienne's Garden" Art Awards Fund

    Established by James and Lorraine Maillet of Tunkhannock in memory of their daughter Adrienne to support the annual "Adrienne's Garden" art awards provided to talented Tunkhannock students in grades Kindergarten through 8th.

  • Albert Bertsch Fund in Memory of Chris Lake

    Established by Albert Bertsch of Montrose in memory of his good friend, Chris Lake, who passed away unexpectedly.  This fund provides support to the Trehab Agency and the Interfaith Agency.

  • Andrew F. Sienko Sr. Memorial Fund

    Established by the Sienko family to provide support for the Andrew F. Sienko Memorial Nature Trail at Blue Ridge School District.

  • Andrew M. Snitzer Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Provides a college scholarship to a Blue Ridge High School graduate of high moral character who will attend college to train for a career in education. 

  • Beatrice Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established by the estate of Ira T. Reynolds of Susquehanna in honor of his wife to provide assistance to Susquehanna Community High School graduates who will major in teaching or some other field of education.  Beatrice was a long-time teacher in the Susquehanna Community School District.

  • BeGasse Family Fund

    Established in memory of Pat and Bruce BeGasse to support adult learners and favorite charities of the Begasse family.

  • Blue Ridge Education Association Cheryl Manchester Memorial Fund

    Established in memory of long-time teacher Cheryl Manchester to provide support for unfunded departmental, athletic, or extra-curricular activities in the Blue Ridge School District.

  • Bradley David Conklin Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of Brad Conklin, a High School student killed in an automobile accident.  Provides a college scholarship to a graduate from Blue Ridge High School or Montrose Area High School who excels in academics and exhibits exceptional athletic talent. 

  • Cecilia C. & Glenn W. Ely of Montrose

    Established by the Ely's daughter, Judy Kelly of Montrose, this fund will support local charities as recommended annually by the Larry and Judy Kelly family of Montrose.    

    The couple met while teaching at Newton Ransom High School.  Cecilia Carroll married Lt. Glenn W. Ely soon after WWII.  They moved to South Montrose in 1950. They later made their home at 40 Jackson St. in Montrose where they remained until retirement. They are the parents of Judith Ely Kelly, Glenn Patrick, Richard James, and Ellen Marie Ely. Their six grandchildren are Carroll Kelly, Lauren Kelly Goff, Esq., Eileen Kelly Keefe, Esq. Teresa and Glenn Brian Ely, Ryan and Hannah Mae Ely.  

    Glenn Winfield Ely was born in Brooklyn, Pa. the son of the late Glenn W. and Mabel (Bookstaver) Ely. He was an agricultural nutritionist and founder and president of Nu-Feeds Corp. He did research work in nutrition in France and England as well as for Penn State University and Cornell University. He was the author of several articles published in Agricultural Journals. Mr. Ely was a member of the Montrose United Methodist Church. He served as a member and President of the Montrose Area School District Board of Education; as president of the Montrose Athletic Association, as chairman of the Northern Tier Railroad Task Force Committee and as Trustee of the Montrose United Methodist Church. He was a director of the Eastern Federation of Feed Merchants, past chairman of the Ruminant Animal Health Association, and a member of the Penn Agricultural Business Association of the Northeastern States. He was honored with a lifetime membership to the National Dairy Shrine Club. 

    Mr. Ely was a graduate of Penn. State University and a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and Alpha Tau Alpha Fraternities. After teaching for a brief period he worked on the Extension Faculty at Penn State University. During WWII, he served as a Captain in the Engineer Corps of the U.S. Army. He was a president of the Montrose Rotary Club and had been a member of the Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange and Rotary Leaders Camp Committee. He served as District Governor of District 741 of the Rotary International in 1976 and 1977, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was an avid golfer. 

    Glenn died Monday evening, December 12, 1988, at Montrose General Hospital from a sudden heart attack suffered at the end of the weekly Rotary Club meeting. 

    Cecilia Mary Carroll Ely was born in Scranton, Pa., daughter of the late Patrick A. Carroll and Lillian (McDonough) Carroll.  She was an honor graduate of Holy Rosary High School, Scranton, Pa. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Marywood College, she pursued graduate studies at Penn State University.  She taught school at Newton-Ransom High School from 1942 through 1947. She was a homemaker and full time wife and mother for 15 years. For 18 years, she taught English and Latin and served as the language department head and yearbook advisor at the Montrose Area High School. 

    She was very active in various civic and church groups and served as president and show chairperson of the Montrose Garden Club. A member of the Holy Name of Mary Alter and Rosary Society, she administered the annual picnic fund. She was a past president of Y-Gradale and the Montrose Civic League. She was a member of the Montrose Country Club and the ladies golf league. She was a long time supporter of Rotary International.  She was made a Paul Harris Fellow in   April, 1988, and an Honorary Member of the Montrose Rotary Club in May of 1989. 

    In her post-retirement years in Vero Beach, Florida she was active in the Vista Royal Owners Association and Country Club, the Dodger Pines Country Club, the Indian River County Republican Party and St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church of Vero Beach.   

  • Cindi Conaty Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established by Susquehanna County District Attorney, Jason Legg, in honor of his mother to provide a college or post-secondary degree program scholarship for a student from one of the six Susquehanna County High Schools who writes a winning essay explaining his or her pro-life stance and values and how those values have had an impact upon the student's life. 

  • Clair Young Memorial Fund for Youth Workforce Development

    Established by the family of Mr. Young who retired as the Blue Ridge High School Principal in 1982.  The endowment provides support to the Trehab Agency to assist with workforce development for a Blue Ridge graduate who will seek immediate employment rather than entering college.

  • Daniel Arnold Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of Daniel Arnold, killed in action in Iraq in September, 2005.  Provides a college scholarship for a football player from Montrose Area High School, Daniel's alma mater. 

  • Daniel Crisman Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of Daniel Crisman, who was killed in the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001. Provides a college scholarship for a Montrose Area High School graduate who exhibits exceptional artistic talent and will study the visual arts in a post-secondary school program. 

  • David Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of David Clark, a Tunkhannock Area High School graduate who passed away unexpectedly.  Provides a college scholarship to a Tunkhannock graduate who has overcome personal adversity to graduate from high school and go on to college. 

  • David Hwang Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of David Hwang, a teenager killed in an automobile accident.  Provides a scholarship to a Blue Ridge High School graduate of high moral character who has participated in interscholastic sports and whose academic achievements have led to enrollment at an institution of higher learning. 

  • Donley Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of the Donley family siblings, Harry, Josephine, Maurice, and Paul. This scholarship provides assistance to a Blue Ridge graduate who displays a need for financial assistance.  If the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA in college, this will be awarded for four years. 

  • Dr. Raymond L. Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of Dr. Ray Bennett, a long-time Montrose physician.  Provides a college scholarship for a Montrose Area High School graduate who has maintained an 85 GPA during High School and has participated in interscholastic athletics. 

  • Dr. W. Dayton Shelly Memorial Music Scholarship Fund

    Established by the family and friends of Dr. Shelly to honor his love of music and its ability to awaken and renew the human spirit and to recognize a student who understands the life-long joy that this art allows.  This fund grants a scholarship to a graduating Tunkhannock Area High School senior who has exhibited a commitment to this art, a long-term appreciation of its beauty, but does not necessarily intend on majoring in music in college.  Applicants must submit a 200 word essay addressing the meaning of music in one's life and how that meaning may evolve as a person matures.

    Date of Birth: 03/17/1943Date of Death: 04/11/2008

    To say that Dr. W. Dayton Shelly appreciated music might be understating things a little. Dr. Shelly, who passed away in April, 2008, felt that music was a vital part of his life, according to his wife, Dianne. So, to honor his memory and his commitment to the community, his family has established the Dr. W. Dayton Shelly Memorial Music Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties.  

    The idea for the scholarship was formed when, just before Dr. Shelly's death, a group of Tunkhannock High School Choir members came to the Shelly home to sing for him. Despite his weakened condition, Dr. Shelly was uplifted by the music, and Mrs. Shelly was incredibly moved by the experience. 

    "These students," she wrote in a recent letter, "just beginning their own life journey, witnessed the awesome power of music."  Mrs. Shelly said the joy this performance gave to Dr. Shelly "will forever be a moment of light during a very dark time." 

    The Shelly family felt it important to give back to young people in some way.   

  • Dutch Keller Memorial Scholarship Fund


    The Dutch Keller Memorial Scholarship Fund has been rewarding Tunkhannock High School student-athletes for their educational achievement and athletic accomplishments since 1968. 

      The endowment honors Mr. Keller, who coached basketball at Tunkhannock for nine years, and was also credited with the success of several of the school's football teams. Keller not only guided his players on the court but also in their school-work, asking that they work hard to obtain a well rounded education. That is reflected in the selection process for the scholarship winners. Applicants must be in the top third of their graduating class, and have achieved at least 5 varsity letters in order to qualify. A committee comprised of family members, players from Keller's teams, and school officials decide the winner of the $1,000 scholarship, which was announced at the Awards Night ceremony on May 20th.  

      A graduate of Forty Fort High School, Mr. Keller was an Army veteran of WW II, serving in the 95th Infantry Medical Battalion. In April of 1945 he was awarded the Bronze Star for his courageous evacuation of wounded soldiers from the battlefields in Metz, France and Lisdorf, Germany. According to his commanding officer, "He repeatedly and unhesitatingly subjected himself to intense enemy small arms, mortar and artillery fire" as he returned time and again to get his fallen comrades to safety. Dutch was also received a Presidential Citation for his action in battle. 

      On July 9, 1945 Keller and Nancy Lewis, of Harding, PA were married in Forty Fort. Nancy graduated from East Stroudsburg Teachers College and taught Physical Education at Montrose High School, and then at Tunkhannock's middle and high schools. She shared her husbands' love of sports and coached the gymnastics club for a time. She retired from Tunkhannock in the 1990's.  

      Dutch also graduated from East Stroudsburg, later obtained his Masters at Bucknell University, and taught science at Tunkhannock High School beginning in 1948. Dutch was the head boys' basketball coach, with an astonishing record of 120-61, and helped lead the team to titles in the Suburban League in 1952. In 1957 his team went unbeaten in 15 games in their march to the Back Mountain League championship. His teams were a remarkable 39-5 in his last two seasons coaching. One of his players, Jim Hudock, remains the schools' all-time leading scorer and played for UNC.  

      Keller also assisted football coach "Duke" Bunnell as a line coach, contributing to five of the Tiger team's unbeaten seasons. He coached the linemen under Charlie Shaw as well. During his tenure as Line Coach the Tigers were 78-21-1 over 11 seasons. Dutch also managed to find time to assist Ernie Holdredge in Track and Field in the early 1960's.   He died in 1967, and the entire school community joined his family in mourning their loss.  

      It's a tribute to the impact he made on the school that, over 40 years later, his memory lives on in the scholarship that bears his name and the students who embody the values he instilled in his players.   

  • Edwards-Napolitano Memorial Music Scholarship Fund

    Established initially in memory of Johnny Edwards, a talented musician from Susquehanna.  In 2007 the name of the fund changed to also honor Johnny's good friend and band-mate, John Napolitano, who has also passed away.  This fund provides a college scholarship for a Susquehanna Community High School graduate who exhibits exceptional musical talent in vocal or instrumental performance. 

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