United Way of the Titusville’s Martha Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship Award for Volunteerism Applications Available
Stacey Ross, Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of the Titusville Region, announces that the Volkstadt Memorial Scholarship Award applications are now available for 2023 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 $1,000 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. 2023 represents the 24th awarding of the Volkstadt Award.
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 14, 2023.
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 Winner Announced
The United Way of the Titusville Region is proud to announce the 2023 recipient of the Volkstadt Memorial Award for Volunteer Service to the Titusville Community.
The United Way of the Titusville Region is proud to announce the 2023 recipient of the Volkstadt Memorial Award, Madison Wakefield. This award 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 Will Price, Interim Director 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 Price.”
United Way has recognized 37 of Titusville’s best and brightest through the Volkstadt Award, and has provided these students with $46,000 in scholarships.
Ms. Wakefield has a GPA of 3.9, has continuously been on the high honor roll through high school, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is involved in multiple extra-curricular activities at Titusville High School including district and regional chorus, marching band, and theater. She is involved in Titusville Summer Theater, Meadville Academy Theatre, and Barrow Civic Theatre.
Maddison’s volunteer service includes sorting clothing for Associated Charities’ Back to School drive, helping with Community Services of Venango County’s food distribution, participating in the OC & T Railroad WWII Remembrance Ceremony, dressing as an elf for the Santa Train, and volunteering for the United Way of Venango County.
Ms. Wakefield will be attending PennWest Edinboro for Communication Disorders-Speech Pathology with the goal to become a Speech Pathologist.
“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 Madison are the future of our community and it is wonderful to see the commitment and energy that she brings to her volunteer efforts.” stated Price.
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.