Chamber awards scholarships to 10 lucky students

(left to right) Chair/Founder of 3rd Fed­er­al Bank Rose­marie McMe­nam­in, scho­l­or­ship re­cip­i­ents Wil­li­am Lawrence, Aaron Hor­witz, Nich­olas Pables, Krista Pat­ter­son, Wil­li­am Dalton, Rita Mar­ie Elmer, James Dalton, Christina Whi­taker, An­drew Thum, Dav­id Greene, and Wo­man­For­ward Com­mit­tee Chair Col­lette McBrat­ney at the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce Scho­l­or­ship din­ner at Ed­ge­mont Cater­ers, Monday, June 25, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)


The Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce Found­a­tion last week honored 10 loc­al col­lege stu­dents with $1,000 schol­ar­ships.

The re­cip­i­ents in­clude three re­cent high school gradu­ates: Dav­id Greene (La Salle High, Temple), Christina Whi­taker (Frank­lin Towne Charter, Holy Fam­ily) and Krista Pat­ter­son (St. Hubert, Uni­versity of Pennsylvania).

In ad­di­tion, awards went to sev­en cur­rent col­lege stu­dents: Wil­li­am Lawrence (Temple), An­drew Thum (La Salle), James Dalton (Temple), Wil­li­am Dalton (Temple), Rita Mar­ie Elmer (Holy Fam­ily), Nich­olas Pables (King’s Col­lege) and Aaron Hor­witz (Ye­shiv­at Sha’alvim in Is­rael).

The young people were honored on June 25 dur­ing a din­ner, com­plete with cake and desserts, at Ed­ge­mont Cater­ers in Brides­burg.

The found­a­tion raises money each year dur­ing three events at Know­lton Man­sion in Fox Chase. A Hail to the Chefs culin­ary event takes place in the spring.

Wo­men­For­ward holds two lunch­eons, one in June and the oth­er in Decem­ber. The two most re­cent speak­ers were NBC 10 per­son­al­ity Tracy Dav­id­son and Kathy Fitzpatrick, a teach­er, moth­er of six and wife of U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.

Also this year, Wo­men­For­ward will hold XLR8, a con­fer­ence on Oct. 19 at Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia’s North­east Re­gion­al Cen­ter, to be­ne­fit the found­a­tion.

The cost is $89 and in­cludes break­fast, lunch, work­shops, ma­ter­i­als, net­work­ing, a key­note ad­dress by Dav­id­son, a present­a­tion by life­style ex­pert Susan Mat­thews and live mu­sic.

Rose McMe­nam­in, a vice pres­id­ent at 3rd Fed Bank, is chair­wo­man of the found­a­tion. Bob Womb­well is vice chair­man.

Col­lette McBrat­ney is chair­wo­man of Wo­men­For­ward.

The schol­ar­ship con­test is open to North­east res­id­ents who at­tend col­lege. They must write an es­say about them­selves and provide two let­ters of re­com­mend­a­tion, either from an em­ploy­er or teach­er. They must have a grade point av­er­age of at least 3.2.

McMe­nam­in said the win­ners all had GPAs of at least 3.5.

“Schol­astic­ally, they’re at the top of their game,” she said.

“All of these ap­plic­ants are ac­com­plished,” said Al Tauben­ber­ger, pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce and of the found­a­tion’s board of dir­ect­ors. “These are young people as­pir­ing to their dreams, and where we can help, we want to.”

The found­a­tion has provided 45 schol­ar­ships since the pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 2007.

The dead­line to ap­ply for schol­ar­ships each year is April 22. Go to­pccfound­a­ or vis­it the GN­PCC Found­a­tion page on Face­book. ••


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