For consideration of a Scholarship, please complete the application form and return it to United Way of the Titusville Region along with your current Income Tax Return. The Scholarship is provided for YWCA Fun Factory, YMCA Tiny Footsteps and TFree. If you have questions please contact United Way at 814-827-1322.
United Way Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service Winners Announced
The United Way of the Titusville Region is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service to the Titusville Community.
Kai Skinner and Christopher Wig are this year’s recipients of the award which is presented to area seniors pursuing post-secondary education who have shown a passion for volunteerism in the community.
The Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship and Award was established in 1999 through a charitable donation from the estate of the late Charles and Martha Volkstadt. Mrs. Volkstadt was the director of the United Way for 25 years. “She understood the importance of volunteerism in the community, and instilling a passion for volunteerism in our youth,” stated Terri Ann Wig, Chief Professional Officer of the Titusville Region. The purpose of the Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship is to accentuate the importance of volunteerism in the community and to recognize those students who provide volunteer service, according to Wig.”
United Way has recognized 28 of Titusville’s best and brightest through the Volkstadt Award, and has provided these students with $33,000 in scholarships.
Wig is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wig and lives in Titusville. Chris is very involved in extra-curricular activities at Titusville High School including Varsity Wrestling, two year Captain; Varsity Club; Student Council; Future Business Leaders of America-2 time business state qualifier and first place regional winner; Prom Committee; Athletic Leadership Council; Director of THS Student United Way and Director and founding member of the Titusville Rotary Interact Club; Ignite Mentor; Wilderness Quest Counselor; Student Senate, Mr. THS; represented THS at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week.
Wig has been on Honor Roll and High Honor Roll, THS Nominee for the Wendy’s Heisman Community Service Award; THS nominee for Prudential Spirit of Community Award; 2017 Elks Most Valuable Student State Finalist.
During his high school years, Chris also took on additional responsibilities by working for Cross Creek Resorts and the in-school branch of the Meadville Area Federal Credit Union.
Mr. Wig’s volunteer service includes THS Student United Way where he has participated for 4 years. During that time he has served as a leader of the organization. He has helped organize and participated in a number of projects in the community including Stuff the Bus, which collected 5,000 school items annually that were distributed to students in need; reading days and book distribution with 1,000 books distributed; Take Pride in Titusville Holidays at Burgess; visited the Titusville Senior Center; volunteered for the Color Run and Back to Football projects.
As an Ignite Mentor, Chris worked with freshman to make the transition to high school easier and as a Wilderness Quest Counselor was responsible for a cabin of 6th grade boys during outdoor education held at Wesley Woods. Both of these programs focus on Mentoring youth and helping them with issues like bullying, grades and social skills.
Wig emphasized the importance of volunteerism in his essay stating, “The feeling you get when you can make someone smile or know that you’re, in some small way, making their lives better is priceless. I have learned that it is more important to think of WE instead of ME. It is impossible to put into words how your heart grows, not unlike Dr. Suess’, Grinch. These experiences have given me purpose in life”.
Wig will be caring his volunteer experiences into the future as he will be involved in the Student United Way at Lycoming College. Chris will major in secondary education with minors in Spanish and Psychology. He plans to go on and receive a Master’s Degree in Guidance. Chris will also be a member of the Lycoming Warrior Wrestling Team.
Kai Skinner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Skinner and resides in Titusville. Kai’s extra-curricular activities include: Varsity Basketball, 4 year Captain and THS all-time high scorer; Rotary Interact Club, President; Prom Committee; Varsity Club; THS Student United Way, President; Athletic Leadership Council; Ignite Mentor, President; National Honor Society, President; Junior and Senior Class President; Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Wilderness Quest Counselor;
Skinner is an honor student, achieving high honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. Kai was also named as the recipient of the prestigious Trueman Miller Pillar of Leadership Award from Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
Kai balances his academic and extra-curricular activities as well as working at Oil Valley Physical Therapy as FIT Coordinator.
As a member of THS Student United Way, Kai has served as President for 2 years. During that time he helped organize and participated in the Stuff the Bus project that collected over 5,000 school items for those in need. Skinner also helped with reading day and book distribution where 1,000 books were distributed to children; and Take Pride in Titusville Holidays at Burgess; Color Run and Back to Football events.
Skinner volunteered as a member of the Rotary Interact on several Rotary projects including fundraising for polio and working at the Oil Creek Fishing Tournament.
Regarding his volunteer service Kai stated in his essay, “I have learned that the gift of giving is more of a gift to yourself rather than to others. The self-satisfaction that you receive from helping others trumps every other rush. Through these organizations, I have also learned to better appreciate everything that I have been blessed with.”
Kai will be attending Westminster College next fall and will major in biology. His career goal is to become a doctor in the area of pediatrics or sports medicine. Skinner will also participate in basketball at the varsity level.
Skinner and Wig were the organizers of the Sole Patrol THS Student United Way/Interact Club Ecuador Service Trip. These young men, with the help of Joe Gionti, organized the trip for themselves and 6 fellow students and 3 chaperones to provide service in Ecuador. They planned fundraisers and did community presentation to cover the cost of the trip. Service provided during the trip included distribution of approximately 150 pair of shoes and socks for children; distribution of 140 pair of reading glasses and vision screenings for adults, packaging and delivering of meals to families in mountain areas; toothbrushes and toothpaste, candy, coloring pages and crayons were also distributed to children. Both boys found that the trip was an experience of a lifetime and plan on going back to Ecuador in the future.
“The United Way of the Titusville Region is proud of the youth in the community and their commitment to helping those less fortunate. Young people like Kai and Chris are the future of our community and it is wonderful to see the commitment and energy that they bring to their volunteer efforts.” stated Wig.
Young people interested in volunteer service in the Titusville area should contact the United Way of the Titusville Region at 827-1322.
Helping children and youth achieve their potential through eduction.
- Improving access to quality, affordable childcare and early learning opportunities.
- Partnering with schools and parents to improve graduation rates and test scores.
- Reducing youth risk factors through parenting education, after-school, mentoring and anti-bullying programs.
THS Student United Way
The THS Student United Way, sponsored by the United Way of the Titusville Region, met this week to re-organize and plan for the upcoming year.
The THS Student United Way (SUW) is a student driven volunteer and community service organization open to all students in grades 9-12. SUW members meet throughout the year and select volunteer opportunities and projects to address needs that they identify within the school and the Titusville Community.
Last year the students completed service in the Back to Football Program and ran a used book drive. They also managed the 1,000,000 Readers Day with additional support of the Rocket Football Team. This year’s plans involve additional book distributions, food drives, MLK Day projects and holiday events.
Local students interested in participating should contact the United Way at 827-1322 or see any of the student officers.