Three Edinboro University students were recognized last week by the Wolves Club of Erie, Den VIII, with endowed scholarships for their academic achievements and commitment to higher education.
Chayce Neamand (Sociology), Jaimie Kavelish (Speech and Hearing Sciences) and Morgan Kingen (Early Childhood Education) each received Wolves Club Scholarships from the regional civic philanthropy organizations.
Additionally, Neamand, a native of Waterford, Pa., was awarded the Tracy Ann Fallon Perrotta/Wolves Club Endowment Award.
“I thank you, my honored patrons, for your gift to me,” said Neamand, who plans to continue studying at the post-graduate level and pursue a doctorate in linguistics. “My hope is that someday I might be able to offer the world the same graciousness you offered me."
Each year, the Wolves Club of Erie raises financial resources and support of the endowment for funding higher education within the Erie area. Created nearly 60 years ago by Italian-American, civic-minded individuals, the Wolves Club of Erie was formed as a service organization dedicated to assisting the students of the Erie area to reach their dream of obtaining a college education.
An Edinboro native, Kavelish plans to use her experience at Edinboro to become a speech therapist – preferably in the school setting.
“This scholarship will help me to fund a study-abroad trip,” she said. “I cannot wait to make a positive impact on communities in other parts of the world.”
Kingen, a native of Waterford, Pa., hopes to secure a job in an elementary school in the Erie and Crawford County areas to stay close to her family. She said that she plans to continue her philanthropic efforts by donating school supplies and clothing to her students.
“I want my students to feel cherished in my classroom and for families to not have the stress of buying school supplies,” she said. “My goal is to be a positive impact on all of my students and be a role model for them.”
Since its origin, the Wolves Club of Erie, Den VIII has awarded nearly $1.7 million in grants and scholarships. Those funds are made available to students who attend Edinboro, Gannon and Mercyhurst universities or Penn State Behrend.
Since 1956, nearly 900 grants and scholarships have been allocated, with thousands of dollars awarded to numerous community projects.
Photo: Jessica Gray, associate director of Development in Edinboro University Advancement; Chayce Neamand (Sociology), 2021-2022 Wolves Club Endowment recipient; and Dr. Michael Hannan, Edinboro University’s provost and vice president of Academic Affairs