United Way of the Titusville’s Martha Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship Award for Volunteerism Applications Available
Terri Ann Wig, Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of the Titusville Region, announces that the Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship Award applications are now available for 2021 graduates. The Volkstadt Award recognizes the recipient’s volunteer service that benefits the residents of the Titusville region.
The Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship was established in 1999 due to a charitable donation from the estate of the late Charles and Martha Volkstadt. Mrs. Volkstadt was the Director of the United Way for more than 25 years.
Mrs. Volkstadt understood the importance of volunteerism in the community and instilling a passion for volunteerism in our youth. 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.
The scholarships and volunteerism recognition awards up to $2,000 annually to students located within the Titusville Area School District. Since its introduction, the scholarship has awarded funds to help youth of the community reach their goals. 2021 represents the 22nd awarding of the Volkstadt Award. In the past 21 years 37 graduating seniors have received $66,000 in scholarships.
Fillable applications and instructions for the scholarship are available online at www.titusvilleunitedway.com. Select the Our Work tab and select Education. Applications are also available at the Titusville High School Guidance Office. For more information, please contact the United Way of the Titusville Region at 814-827-1322. Applications due by April 15, 2021.
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 2020 recipients of the Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service to the Titusville Community.
Kate McAllister and Brooke Fry 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 32 of Titusville’s best and brightest through the Volkstadt Award, and has provided these students with $40,000 in scholarships.
McAllister is the daughter of Dr. Scott and Donna McAllister of Titusville. Ms. McAllister is strong academically with a current GPA of 4.47; high honor roll throughout her high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society. Kate is very involved in extra-curricular activities at Titusville High School including THS Student United Way, Director; Rotary Interact Club, Director; Class President 2019-2018; Founder and President of the SPARK (Spreading Positivity and Reinforcing Kindness) Club; Captain of the Varsity Swim Team; Varsity Cheerleading; Spirit Club; and Student Council. Kate is also involved in dance, participated in the Rotary Foreign Exchange Program in Spain and was in the Junior/Senior Class play in 2018 and 2019.
Kate’s volunteer service includes projects of the THS Student United Way/Interact Club including Stuff the Bus, High School Heroes, reading to students at the ECLC; Ecuador service trip; working the holiday lights at Burgess Park; painting over graffiti around the city and visiting nursing homes. She also helped raise awareness on the eradication of Polio by volunteering at the Rotary’s End Polio Now night at Carter Field. During the event Kate collected donations for the cause and provided attendees with information about the fight to end polio. Kate also volunteered for the Rotary Pasta Dinner. As a young girl Kate also volunteered for Love, INC by raising funds for the backpack program and helping to fill the backpacks.
With little time to spare, Ms. McAllister also works at Cross Creek Resort and Titusville High School as a life guard and babysitting since age 14.
“I am so thankful for the opportunities United Way has given me these past few years. I have learned the value of giving and not expecting anything in return. Through this club, I have had the chance to participate in many types of volunteering activists, from painting graffiti in Titusville to assisting with medical clinics in Ecuador. I value the experiences this club has given to me and the support from my peers as well. I cannot wait to use these lessons as I move forward to college. United Way will always be part of who I am.” Stated McAllister.
Kate will be attending Clemson University in South Carolina and is enrolled in the Pre-Professional Health Studies in pursuit of a medical career.
Fry is the daughter of Doug and Connie Fry and resides in Titusville. Ms. Fry is strong academically with a 4.44 GPA; obtained high honor roll and academic letters all four years and is a member of the National Honor Society. Brooke is involved in many extra-curricular activities including Student United Way, President; Rotary Interact Club, President; SPARK Club Co-Founder and Secretary; Ignite Mentor, two year Class Secretary; Captain of the Cross Country, Track and Swim teams.
Brooke’s volunteer service includes Student United Way and Interact Club activities which includes Sole Patrol 2.0 service Trip to Ecuador; Relay 4 Life; Stuff the Bus; High School Heroes; New Student Welcome Bag Program; visiting residents at Titusville Healthcare and Rehab; Stand for the Silent and Tiny Seed Reading Day.
Brooke also volunteers at Grace Fellowship Church serving as a child care and sound booth volunteer. Brooke has also participated in the Annual Live Nativity as an actress for several years. Brooke has also volunteered with the Oil Creek 100 Trail Run as an aid station volunteer.
Ms. Fry provided these insights in her application; “Witnessing the happiness of those I have served has taught me to be thankful for what I have and to try to continue to do whatever I can to extend a helping hand to those in need. I feel that trying to make a difference is something that is not too challenging, but incredibly important and can have a huge positive impact on the lives of others. Honestly, helping others find happiness is one of my main lifelong goals. I also feel confident in saying that no matter where I may find myself, I will find ways to help the community and make people smile.”
While balancing academics, extra-curricular activities and volunteer service, Brooke also works at Cross Creek Resort as a hostess and busser and also life guards at Titusville High School.
Ms. Fry will be attending Slippery Rock University studying Health Care Administration and Management. Her career goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant.
“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 Kate and Brooke 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.