WCTA 2020 Scholarships
WCTA Scholarship Deadline Extended
Applicants should do the following to ensure their application arrives at the WCTA office by close of business on April 17, 2020. Scholarship information and forms were available in the WCPS counseling offices and on this webpage the first week in February. As noted in this WCTA Scholarship Guidelines and Forms PDF, all applications are now due by April 17, 2020.
a. Submit the application via U.S. mail. 18047 Oak Ridge Drive. Hagerstown, MD 21740
b. Teacher recommendations and/or transcripts can be sent to WCTA directly via mail at the same address or scanned and sent directly from the counselor/teacher to firstname.lastname@example.org.
c. The committee will be meeting remotely to discuss the blind applications after the 17th.
For students who are planning to become teachers, the Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association offers six scholasrships of $1,000 each. See this FutureTeacherScholarshipInfo flier for the details. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.
Scholarship Winners 2019
Erin Wadel presented the scholarships to the winners
The Dot Truax Education Award winner is from South Hagerstown High School, Olivia Raley. Olivia is the daughter of Ryan and Mandi Raley. Mandi is a WCTA member and teaches at Jonathan Hager Elementary School. Olivia plans on majoring in education and starting her college career at Hagerstown Community College. She then plans to attend a four-year university.
William Wood is from Williamsport High School and is the son of Paul and Jennifer Wood. Jennifer is a WCTA member and teaches at the Center for Educational Services. William plans on majoring in Economics at Shepherd University. He has plans to become a lawyer and eventually enter the world of politics.
From Williamsport High School is Monica Becker.
Scholarship Winners 2018
Picture 1 - Left to right:
Erin Wadel, Scholarship Committee representative, $800 WCTA scholarship winner Andrew Huffer, $1000 Dot Truax Scholarship winner Amanda Keelan, and Nathaniel Gerber winner of the second $800 WCTA scholarship.
Picture 2 - Left to right:
Erin Wadel, Scholarship Committee representative, Helen Huffer WCTA member and mom to Andrew Huffer, Kristin Keelan WCTA member and mom to Amanda Keelan, and Nathaniel Gerber, and his dad and WCTA member Eric Gerber.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE 2018 Report
Due to the fundraising by members and building representatives, the WCTA was able to fund one Dot Truax education scholarship for $1000 and two - $800 scholarships for the children of WCTA members. The Sherry Koontz Memorial Crab Feed, the Restaurant -of the-Month, and the 50/50 raffle have provided the funds for these scholarships.
On April 12, 2018 WCTA members Cathy Davidson, Robin Spickler, Eric Tilmans, and Erin Wadel served on the committee along with myself to assess the scholarship applications.
The following students are the recipients of the WCTA scholarships:
- The $1000 Dot Truax Education Award winner is from Clear Spring High School, Amanda Keelan. She is the daughter of Thomas and Kristin Keelan. Amanda’s mother, Kristin, is a WCTA member and is Lead Teacher at Springfield Middle School. Amanda plans to attend Shippensburg University majoring in Early Childhood Special Education.
- Nathaniel Gerber from Smithsburg High School is a recipient of an $800 WCTA Scholarship. He is the son of Eric and Joan Gerber. His father Eric, is a WCTA member and teaches at Smithsburg High School. Nathaniel plans on majoring in Public Policy/Government and Politics. Nathaniel has been accepted to the University of Maryland-College Park.
- Andrew Huffer from Clear Spring High School is also a recipient of an $800 WCTA Scholarship. Andrew’s mom, Helen Huffer is a counselor at Hickory Elementary School. Andrew plans on attending the University of Delaware, where he will be majoring in Civil Engineering.
Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship recipients!
Thanks to all the scholarship committee members, Jamie Barrett and Neil Becker for assisting me with this endeavor.
Scholarship Committee Chair
Nicole Gest, Williamsport High School, was awarded the Dot Truax Scholarship. She is the daughter of WCTA member John Gest. Nicole plans to attend Shippensburg University, major in early childhood education/special education, and eventually teach in Washington County.
Emily Becker, Clear Spring High School, daughter of WCTA President Neil Becker, will attend St. Mary's College of Maryland and major in Anthropology and Archeology and minor in museum studies and eventually work in one of the Smithsonian Museums.
Also from Clear Spring High School, Payton Brown, the daughter of WCTA member Mary Brown, plans to pursue a degree in Art Education and Graphic Design at West Virginia University's Honors College Program. Then, pursue masters and doctorate degrees to then teach at the collegiate level and own a private studio and gallery.
Scholarships were presented by Aline Novak, chairperson of the scholarship committee.
Scholarship Winners 2016
Aline Novak presents the Dot Traux Education Award $1000 scholarship to Benjamin Forrest from North Hagerstown High School. He is the son of Mark and Beth Forrest. Ben's mother, Beth is a WCTA member and teacher at Smithsburg Elementary School. Ben plans on majoring in Math education at Frostburg State University and becoming a math teacher at North High.
Aline Novak presented an $800 scholarship to Alexis Lewis from Washington County Technical High School and is the daughter of Adam and Sharon Lewis. Her mother Sharon, is a WCTA member and teaches at Rockland Woods Elementary School. Alexis plans on majoring in exercise science and eventually earning her doctorate in physical therapy. Alexis plans to attend Shenandoah University.
Aline Novak presented an $800 scholarship to Jared Hose from Hancock Middle-Senior High School. The parents of Jared are Ron and Laura Hose and both Ron and Laura are WCTA members. Ron teaches at Ruth Ann Monroe and Laura teaches at Hancock Elementary. Jared plans on majoring in business and starting his college career at Allegany College of Maryland and moving onto a for year school to obtain a bachelor's degree.