Ellwood Wolves Club awards scholarships | Local News

The Ellwood City Wolves Club held their annual scholarship dinner on May 26 at the Connoquenessing Country Club.

Members of Wolves Club Den II came together to celebrate the awarding of $15,935 in scholarships to six members of the Class of 2022 from Lincoln and Riverside High Schools and two current students to help fund their higher education.

“Higher education puts students on the path to many different careers. This commitment to higher education will make them more competitive in the job market. We are honored to help them so they can achieve their dreams for a successful future,” commented Wolves Club President Mike DeOtto.

Wolves Club manager Denny Boariu was the evening’s emcee and gave an overview of the aims and commitment of the scholarship committee to this year’s scholarships. He mentioned that there are a total of 11 Wolves Cub Dens and over the years nine million dollars in scholarships have been awarded.

Boariu also spoke about several upcoming events including the July 2-4 festival, Oktoberfest and the upcoming 75th anniversary of Wolves Club Den ll in 2023.

Scholarships presented to Lincoln High students include:

•A $5,000 scholarship awarded to Mark Van Horn, son of Randy Van Horn and Renee Pitrelli of Ellwood City. He plans to attend Grove City College and major in electrical engineering.

• A $1,200 scholarship funded by Dennis Gottusso, winner of a Wolves Club scholarship in 1978, presented to Tyunna Jordan. She is the daughter of Natasha Hall of Ellwood City. She will attend Robert Morris University and major in business management.

•A $1,000 scholarship awarded to Emma Wise in memory of longtime Wolves Club member Sam Teolis. She is the daughter of Gina and Ray Wise of Ellwood City. She plans to attend Penn State University and major in General Studies.

Community College of Beaver County student Jordan Halstead received a $750 scholarship. She specializes in nursing.

A $785 scholarship was awarded to Scarlett Hazen, a student at Butler County Community College.

Lincoln teacher and school counselor April Thellman presented the Lincoln seniors awards and CCBC development associate/assistant to the president Leanne Condro presented the CCBC award.

For their contributions to the scholarship and grant program, a special note of appreciation was expressed on behalf of the Wolves Club by Master of Ceremonies Boariu to Gottuso and the Teolis and Agostinelli families.

Members of the club’s scholarship committee are Nick Mancini, chairman, Frank Aloi, John DiBuono, Chris Cioffi, Hank Glogowski and Herman Petti Jr., coordinator. Reverend Todd Custer, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, gave the invocation and blessing.

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