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First Goodwill Foundation Scholarship
Awards Made to Daniel Pittner and Krista Miller

The first scholarship awards in the amount of $4,000 each were awarded by the Goodwill Family Memorial Foundation to Daniel Pittner and Krista Miller, students at the Crawford County Area Vocational Technical School (CCAVTS) class of 2001.

Daniel, the recipient of the Tool & Die scholarship award, is the son of Richard and Lisa Pittner of Linesville , PA. He graduated from Linesville High School and was employed part-time at Target Precision Tool Company as part of the CCAVTS's Capstone Cooperative Education Program. He attends Edinboro University where he is studying for an Associates Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.

Krista Miller and parents on the left.

The recipient of the Drafting and Design scholarship was Krista Lynn Miller, daughter of Robert & Valarie Miller, Espyville , PA. Krista, also a graduate of Linesville High School , attends Butler County Community College where she is seeking an Associates degree in Metrology, the science of weights and measures.

Daniel Pittner with parents on the far left and far right.


2002 Goodwill Foundation Scholarship
Awarded to Joshua Petruso and Cassandra Hilton

The second annual scholarship awards in the amount of $4,000 each were awarded by the Goodwill Family Memorial Foundation to Joshua Petruso and Cassandra Hilton, students at the Crawford County Area Vocational Technical School (CCAVTS) class of 2002.

Joshua Petruso, the recipient of the Tool & Die scholarship award, is the son of Steve and Lisa Petruso of Meadville . Joshua, an honor roll student, was a member of the high school basketball team, chess club and yearbook committee. He also worked for Meadville Area Recreation Parks and Hunters Ridge Apartments during the summers. At the CCAVTS, Joshua was an instructor for using a new piece of equipment installed at the school called a CNC mill.

Cassandra Hilton is the daughter of Frederick and Kelly Hilton of Conneaut Lake , PA. Cassandra is also an honor student who was a member of the Key Club, the Drama Club and worked as a design detailer in the engineering department of Tech Tool & Mold, a local plastic injection facility.

According to Scott Hanaway, President of the firm where Cassandra worked, “Cassandra is the type of person who will build on her knowledge base and come back to our industry as a top notch professional. With an opportunity of receiving the Goodwill scholarship, Cassandra would be able to contribute back to the community and will appreciate such a wonderful contribution.”

Both students will attend Penn State Erie Behrend campus to study Plastics Engineering. With an average class size of 26 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1, students receive personal attention from faculty. Behrend offers baccalaureate and associate degrees and one can go on to pursue more than 160 degree programs at Penn State's other campuses.

Joshua Petruso on the left. Cassandra Hilton with parents on the right.

2003 Scholarship Awarded to
Jacqueline Pruskowski and Daniel Craven

Jacqueline Rose Pruskowski and Daniel Craven are the winners of the 2003 Goodwill Memorial Foundation scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each.

Ms. Pruskowski is the daughter of Ms. Elizabeth Jemetz of Meadville . She earned certificates of completion for Women in Science and Engineering, as well as the Meadville Partnership. She received an instructor's recognition certificate for outstanding effort in Drafting and Design; the Superintendent's Award for outstanding academic achievement; numerous Director's gold and silver awards in Drafting and 6 national physical fitness awards. As a member of the Catholic Youth Ministries, Jacqueline helped to renovate a shelter for homeless men and was also a Candy striper. She also held a part-time job at Signature Florals in Meadville . She is studying drafting at Penn State 's Behrend campus.

Daniel J.L. Craven is the son of Daniel and Diane Craven of Meadville . Dan was active in sports throughout high school, serving as captain of the varsity soccer team, and most valuable player in his senior year, varsity hockey, football and volleyball. He maintained a straight A average for his last two and a half years at the CCAVTS. He was active in Make a Difference Day, a service project and worked with a youth group at the Stone United Methodist Church . Daniel will study engineering at Behrend

2004 Scholarship Award

The 2004 Goodwill Memorial scholarships for $3,000 each were awarded to Justin Beck and Holly Strickland shown at left with Eric McGuirk, CCAVTS Student Services Chairperson. Justin Beck, son of Brenda Beck of Meadville, will use the scholarship to further his education in Technology Education at the California State University, California, PA.

Holly Strickland daughter of Ernest and Sherri Synder of Titusville, plans to study business administration at Penn State’s Behrend Campus. Holly was the Crawford County President of DECA, a marketing association, and a member of the National Honor Society.

For the first year, the Northwest PA Chapter NTMA (National Tooling & Machine Association) also contributed $1,000 each for each of the Foundation's scholarship winners.

New Helena Sutherland-Goodwill
Scholarship Awarded to Jessica Severo

The Goodwill Family Foundation announced a new scholarship here today which will provide a stipend of $3,000 to the outstanding graduating student from Meadville Area Senior High School . Called the Helena Sutherland-Goodwill scholarship, it will be given to the best all around student based upon academics, honors and extra- curricular activities, including volunteer work in the Meadville community.

This year's recipient of the Helena Sutherland-Goodwill scholarship is Jessica Catherine Severo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Severo of 961 Leslie Road , Meadville . Jessica, a 2004 graduate of MASHS, will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), in the fall and will receive the $3,000 scholarship to further her education in the field of Elementary Education.

Shown from left to right: Robert Severo, father of Jessica, Barbara Goodwill, Foundation Board
member, Jessica Severo, her mother, Sharon , and Bill Goodwill, Foundation Executive Director.

Ms. Severo achieved a number of academic honors, including the honor roll throughout her high school attendance and participated in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including Captain of the Varsity basketball cheerleaders; Captain of the JV football cheerleaders; a member of student council, President of the Reunir Soroity; and a member of the school choir. She has also been a volunteer at the Westbury Nursing Home.

Mrs. Helena Goodwill wife of Paul C. Goodwill in whose memory the foundation was formed, was a housewife, mother of six children, grand mother to 19 and great grand mother to 8 children.

2005 Scholarship Award

The 2005 Goodwill Memorial scholarships for $2,500 each were awarded to Savannah Custard and Micheal Braine. Savannah , daughter of Richard and Karen Custard, was a drafting student at Crawford Country Area Technical-Vocational School and will use her scholarship at Penn State Behrend campus where she is in the 4 year Mechanical Engineering program.

Michael is son of Richard Braine and Elaine Naculich, Cambridge Springs , PA , who also studied drafting at CCATVS and will attend Butler County Community College .  He is majoring in metrology and has a B+ average.  His future goals are to complete an Engineering degree at Edinboro University . 

2006 Scholarship Award

Two scholarships for $2,500 each were awarded to Jessica M. Baker and Courtney N. Foringer at the graduation ceremony of the Crawford County Area Vocational Technical School (CCAVTS) class of 2006 held in late May at the Meadville Area High School auditorium.

“Both of these young women are very determined students,”  said Eric McGuirk, CAVTS Chairperson, “we are very pleased to be able to help them further their education and build upon the educational foundation and training they received here at our school.”

Ms. Baker, the recipient of the Drafting scholarship, is the daughter of  Mrs. Julie Baker of Meadville and will attend Penn State Behrend Campus where she will major in Plastics Engineering. 

Ms. Foringer, won the Health Occupations scholarship and is the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Foringer of Springboro, PA.  She will attend Gannon University and major in Physical Therapy.

It is the first time two women were awarded both scholarships and the total the Foundation has awarded to area students is now $43,000.00.


Eric McGuirk, CAVTS Chairperson (far left) and Richard Goodwill present the Goodwill Family scholarship to Courtney Foringer.

Ms. Julie Baker, recipient of the drafting scholarship, receives her check from Richard Goodwill.


2007 Scholarship Award

Ryan James Riegner was the winner of the 2007 foundation award given for his outstanding work in the Commercial Art program.  Riegner, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Riegner of Venango, Pa., has been accepted at the fall session of Parsons School for Design in New York City.  In the application for the award, Dennis O’Laughlin, his commercial art instructor said this about Ryan’s work:

“Ryan has dedicated himself like no other student enrolled in this program to becoming an artist and a person of uncommon integrity.  More importantly, he has come to understand and fully embrace what a rich and rewarding experience the vocational school can be for students seeking a career.  He is, to put it simply, uncommonly exceptional.  I have never seen a student with such devotion.”

An active member of the National Honor Society, Ski Club, TaTu and “Busted” programs, here is what Ryan wrote in his application:

“Now that I’ve spent almost two years at the Vo-Tech, I can understand why this school meant so much to Paul Goodwill.  The experiences I’ve obtained here are completely irreplaceable and there’s no other structure I’d rather have for my education than Crawford County Area Vocational Technical School.”

The second scholarship award was made to Heather Marie Kephart, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kephart of Conneautville, Pa. Heather won the Health Occupation scholarship and will be attending Gannon University in the fall to study health sciences.  Her scholastic honors include: Silver Award, High Honor Roll, first place in the Health Knowledge Bowl and National Honor Society.  She also holds a certified nursing assistance license, first aid certification, and CPR certification.  In her extra-curricular activities, she helped organize a benefit dinner for a little boy suffering from a rare disease called Griscelli Syndrome.  Her future goal is to become a physicians assistant.

Shown left to right:  Theresa Kilmer, grand daughter to Paul Goodwill; Ryan Riegner and Heather Kephart,
scholarship winners; Diane Kerr, grand daughter and Patricia Goodwill-Swartz, daughter of  Paul Goodwill.


2008 Scholarship Award

The 2008 Goodwill Family Foundation scholarships for $2,500 each were awarded to Lara Delp and Nicholas Garcia.

Ms. Delp, who attended Linesville High School, was Team Captain and MVP of the District 10 all-star girls varsity soccer team, a recipient of the High School Citizenship Award, a member of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program and on the Honor Roll. Other activities include a member of the National Honors Society, Student Council, Key Club President, Students Against Drunk Driving, Spanish Club and President of the Environmental Club. She is the daughter of Thomas and Amy Walter of Conneaut Lake, PA and will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology to study medical illustration. In a letter of appreciation to the Foundation, Ms. Delp wrote:

“Ever since I could hold a Crayola I have dreamed of being an artist. I have chosen RIT because it's not only academically prestigious and challenging but also well-known in the art world as having a great school ofdesign. But more importantly RIT is known worldwide for it's medical illustration program. Medical illustration is a widely unheard of field, however it is a crucial element to medical researchers, doctors, and students alike. I chose this field because of my passion for art and my interest in anatomy. I have always been an academically strong student therefor the medical illustration program is a perfect fit for me.

While attending RIT I will always have your family's generosity in mind. I will do my best to use this scholarship to not only make my family proud but also the Goodwill family. Thank you again for your generosity and in helping to make my dream come true.”

Mr. Garcia, a senior at Maplewood High School, attended the CCVTS for three years specializing in the collision repair technology curriculum. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Osborne, Titusville, PA., he was active in football, Skills USA, and the 4-H Club. He will be attending the 2008 school year at Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology in Lancaster, PA where he will continue his studies in Collision Repair Technology.

The awards were presented by Theresa Kilmer, a Foundation board member and grand daughter of Paul C. Goodwill.

Shown left to right: Ms. Kilmer, Ms. Delp, Mr. Garcia and Mr. Eric McGuirk, CCAVTS Chairperson.


Foundation established to provide scholarship for qualified students of the Crawford County Area
Vocational Technical School (CCAVTS).