The Brownsville Alumni Association (BAS) provides scholarship assistance to Brownsville Area School District (BASD) students who plan to attend a two or four year college or technical school. Recipients of this award are based on the BAS scholarship scoring rubric in the following categories: grade point average, school sports, school clubs and organizations, artistic/performance participation, community service activities, awards and honors. To apply for a $500 scholarship students must complete an application obtained from the guidance counselor and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or community service leader.
This year we were able to present two awards when the BAS Class of 1953 donated $500 for a scholarship. JoAnn Kwasny Kovach, chairperson for the scholarship committee, found two exemplary students who scored high on our rubric scale and we presented them with their checks and certificates during the May 23rd Brownsville Area High School awards ceremony.
- Zachary Ruffcorn has a superior grade point average and his physics teacher, Mr. Greg Bohna defines him as an honest, determined young man who has always given his best effort in the classroom. He scored high on the rubric scale: varsity soccer team captain; track & field team; youth soccer player; youth camp trainer; field maintenance crew; ski club; math competition team; California University Upward Bound program; chess club; Brownsville area traveling students; and Quarterbacks of Life club. His awards include: Falcon of month; Penn State STEM award; Westinghouse honors STEM; National honor society; French honor society; Superintendents award; Centennial Chevrolet Scholar/Athlete spotlight award and Brownsville Rotary Student of the month award. Zachary will be attending University of Pittsburgh (Greensburg) majoring in computer engineering.
2. Adrienne Vance has a superior grade point average and teacher, Kelli Dellarose describes her as a natural leader who managed to balance a rigorous academic schedule with extracurricular activities and community service. She scored high on the rubric scale: Art club; Leo club; math competition team; academic league; Gateway program; Bots IQ team; cheerleader; track & field; cross country; National honor society; Spanish honor society; SADD club; Thespian society; student council; senior cabinet; homecoming court member; Rotary student of the month; Falcon of the month; Superintendent award; and she was very active in community service. Adrienne will be attending Duquesne University majoring in pharmacy.
Special note: JoAnn and I met with these two students a week before the presentation and got to know them and their parents. Kudos go out to the parents for a job well done in raising their lovely and talented children. I was able to get the parents (Kim Ruffcorn and Susan Orris) to help us out during our Power of Music summer festival. We are so proud to have selected these outstanding and personable students and know that they will be successful in their academic endeavors.
During this meeting I discovered that Adrienne bakes some delicious and beautiful cakes and I asked her to bake a cake for us to auction during our Power of Music (POM) opening ceremony on May 22 at the West Brownsville American Legion. This is what she baked--I won the auction and served it to the attendees at our concert who gobbled it up.
Adrienne’s mother, Susan Orris, made and donated a beautiful wreath for our POM auction.
We want to thank Mr. Bill Rouse, high school guidance counselor, for his assistance in our scholarship selectees and for conducting a nice awards ceremony. The students recognized during this ceremony were so impressive and exemplary and it was indeed heartfelt to see students who have indeed made BASD proud. (Too bad the Superintendent and HS principal did not find the time to attend this special ceremony).
Special “Thank You” to the following high school teachers and staff JoAnn and I met at the ceremony.
Congratulations to Zachary & Adrienne and the best of luck in all your endeavors!
Our organization plans to pursue these outstanding students along with their class of 2016 to purchase an alumni brick to place in our BAS Alumni courtyard which is presently under reconstruction. More info on our courtyard coming once we get all our bricks installed in the new courtyard…stay tuned.