Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service

United Way Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service Winner Announced


            The United Way of the Titusville Region is proud to announce the 2018 recipient of the Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service to the Titusville Community.

            Rachel Fry is this year’s recipient 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 29 of Titusville’s best and brightest through the Volkstadt Award, and has provided these students with $35,000 in scholarships.

            Fry is the daughter of Doug and Connie Fry and lives in Titusville. Ms. Fry is strong academically with a current GPA of 4.5; high honor roll throughout her high school career and received the Academic Excellence Award.  She also serves as the President of the National Honor Society.  Rachel is very involved in extra-curricular activities at Titusville High School including THS Student United Way, Director; Student Council, Treasurer; Rotary Interact Club, Director; Leadership Council; Varsity Club, Treasurer; Student Life; Grace Fellowship Church Youth Group, Ignite Mentor and 2017 Homecoming Queen.  Rachel also excels in athletics including Track and Field and Cross Country and received the Titusville High School Girls Cross Country Award, Cecil R. Harrison Jr. Track Award, 1st Team District 10 Region 3 All Star Team Girls Cross Country, 2nd team District 10 Region 4 All Star Team Girls Track 800, 1600, and 3200 meter relay.

            Rachel plans include attending Slippery Rock University to obtain her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and advanced degree in Doctor of Physical Therapy.

            “Overall, I volunteer because it is something meaningful that I can do to enrich the lives of others, and it makes me feel like I have a purpose.  There is nothing better than making a child smile or seeing the reaction on people’s faces when you give them a free bag of clothes.  Although the whole purpose of volunteering is to help others, I have learned that you help yourself too.  The satisfaction you receive from giving to others is unparalleled to the satisfaction you get from self-serving hobbies and materialistic objects.” stated Rachel Fry in her Volkstadt award application.     

            “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 Rachel 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.