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Former LCHS students awarded PA Head Start scholarships

Former LCHS students awarded PA Head Start scholarships

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Two former Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. students set to graduate high school and pursue post-secondary education received awards from the Jeff Koppel Memorial Head Start Scholarship Fund in partnership with the Pennsylvania Head Start Association.   

 

Bara’a Kamal of Kingston and Emily Jacien of West Wyoming were named winners of the fourth and final Jeff Koppel Memorial Scholarship during PHSA’s Annual Membership Meeting on May 22. Established in 2021 to honor Jeff Koppel’s life and valuable contributions to the Head Start community, the scholarship recognizes Head Start graduates with outstanding academic and personal achievements, along with strong leadership and initiative. 

 

Since its inception, the fund has awarded nine scholarships totaling $22,000 to Pennsylvania Head Start alumni. Jeff’s wife Sharon Koppel told the scholarship recipients: “It matters the kind of person you become. Jeff lived a life that mattered. With this scholarship, we hope we can pass on a bit of Jeff’s spirit and legacy to you.” 

 

Both students also received LCHS Alumni Scholarships at the agency’s 59th Anniversary Luncheon on May 13.  

 

Kamal, a senior at Wyoming Valley West High School, earned a $3,000 Jeff Koppel Memorial Scholarship. She also received the $2,000 Benco Family Foundation Scholarship from LCHS. She attended the LCHS Edwardsville Center and plans to study mechanical engineering at Wilkes University.

   

Jacien, a senior at Wyoming Area Secondary Center, earned a $2,500 Jeff Koppel Memorial Scholarship. She also received the $1,000 Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation Scholarship from LCHS. Jacien attended the LCHS Pittston New Street Center and plans to study architecture at Thomas Jefferson University.

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