WCTA's "Restaurant of the Month" Scholarship Fundraiser Needs Your Dollars & Support

Each month at the WCTA Rep Council meetings, a lucky winner gets either a gift certificate to the Restaurant of the Month or $25 (winner's choice) from the regular drawing in support of the WCTA Scholarship Fund. And if you win once, your name goes back into the hat for a possible win again later in the year. What's not to love about this easy-as-pie way to support the WCTA Scholarship Fund? Just $15 to join the club. Click here to download the form.

Scholarship Winners 2020

The WCTA Scholarship Committee awarded the 2020 Scholarships virtually, so no photos are available. Congratulations to the following two winners:

  • Hannah Zeger from North High.  Hannah's mother (WCTA member) is Gina Zeger at Salem Avenue.  Hannah is attending Mt St Mary’s University and is majoring in Biology and pre-Med.  Her life goal is to become a medical doctor or a psychiatrist.
  • Alexander Huffer from Williamsport High.  Alexander's mother is Helen Huffer (WCTA member) at CES.  Alexander is attending McDaniel College and studying Business Administration with hopes of owning his own business.

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 The parents of Monica are Neil and Julie Becker and Neil is the WCTA member.  Monica plans to major in Forensic Science and Law.  In the fall she will be attending St Louis University with the goal of becoming a forensic scientist and serve her community.


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.


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Respectfully submitted,

Aline Novak,

Scholarship Committee Chair

Scholarship Winners 2017

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.

Nicole, Emily, Payton and Aline

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.

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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.

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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.

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