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 2021 recipient of the Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service to the Titusville Community.
Brooklyn Wakefield is 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 35 of Titusville’s best and brightest through the Volkstadt Award, and has provided these students with $44,000 in scholarships.
Wakefield is the daughter of Amanda Wakefield and Michael Wakefield and step-father Russell Sines. Ms. Wakefield is strong academically with a current GPA of 4.20; high honor roll throughout her high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society. Brooklyn is very involved in extra-curricular activities at Titusville High School including THS Student United Way, President; Rotary Interact Club, President; Ignite Mentor, Art Club, and Varsity Club. Brooklyn is also involved in athletics including Volleyball where she is a four year letterman; Cheerleading and Track.
Brooklyn’s volunteer service includes projects of the THS Student United Way/Interact Club including Stuff the Bus, backpack distribution to children, painting faces at Oil Fest, volunteering as a track and field statistician and volunteering as a gymnastics coach at the YMCA. Brooklyn also works at Fox’s Pizza Den as a cook/cashier. “I enjoy bettering my community and making tasks a lot more manageable and easier for people. This is why I enjoy volunteering for Student United Way. I’ve learned many things about caring for people. I’ve learned many things about caring for others during different activities I’ve done in the community. I’ve painted children’s faces at Oil Festival which taught me patience. I’ve collected donation for Stuff the Bus and participated in handing our backpacks for the children in need of school supplies. I always enjoy seeing the smile on the children’s faces when they see their colorful backpack and to pick out a new book. Not only did Student United Way teach me how to respect and care for my community, but it also helped me connect with people I would have never met if it wasn’t for Student United Way”, stated Wakefield.
Brooklyn will be attending Gannon University and is enrolled in the in the nursing program.
“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.