MACST Awards Ten Collegiate Scholarships

The Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust awarded ten $1,500 scholarships to previous graduates of the Mifflinburg Area School District who are currently attending college. These scholarships are in addition to the graduating high school senior scholarships totaling $43,000. The candidates had to complete at least one year of college with a GPA greater than 3.0. They also had to have at least one semester of college and/or graduate school remaining before they earn their degree.

This year’s scholarship winners are as follows: Representing the Mifflinburg Class of 2014 is Katherine Sullivan who is attending Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Katelyn Sheesley is enrolled at Widener University and graduated from Mifflinburg in 2015. Three members from the Class of 2017 received scholarships. They are Grace Alexander and Caroline Benfer, both attending Juniata College and Andrew Cooney matriculating at Susquehanna University. Five 2018 graduates were awarded scholarships. They are Tyler Bailey – Bloomsburg University, Nolan Beck – DeSales University, Zane Patterson – Bucknell University, Melanie Rakerd – Messiah University, and Colette Southerton – Misericordia University.

The majors of our graduates included Accounting, Biomedical Engineering, Digital Forensics, Environmental Science, Medical Imaging, Nursing, Pre-K and Special Education, and Veterinary Medicine.

2020 Scholarships Awarded

The Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust, Inc. awarded $43,000 in scholarships to twenty-one members the Mifflinburg Class of 2020.  Due to covid-19 the winners were announced as part of the video senior awards program on June 2.  An additional $15,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded in July to Mifflinburg graduates who are presently attending college.

A $3,000 Valedictorian Scholarship was awarded to Seth Kline.  Conor Emery received the $2,000 Salutatorian Scholarship.  

Eight designated scholarships were awarded based on the criteria set forth by the founding sponsors.  Both Breanna Roush and Korynn Zarr were awarded Mifflinburg FFA Recognition Scholarships.  Mollie Bongardner and Rylee Stahl each received a Rhoda K. Reidell-Fasano Award.  Clayton Reed was awarded the Robert L. Manotti Sr., Wrestling Award and Cara Snook was presented the Kermit W. & Mary E. Dale & Sons Environmental Conservation Award.  Two new designated scholarships were presented this year.  Gavin Enders was awarded the Charles “Skeet” Reidell Scholarship and Valerie Rakerd received the Mifflinburg Christkindl Community Service Scholarship.

Five $2,000 memorial scholarships honoring former educators were given to the members of the Class of 2020.  The memorial scholarships were as follows: Jacky Jiang – the Ray Bloom Memorial, Sarah Koch – the John Edwards Memorial, Dylan Linn – the Dick Reilly Memorial, Jenna Ritter – the Linda Katherman Memorial, and Marra Shuck – the Charles “Skeet” Reidell Memorial.

Eight additional members of the Mifflinburg Area High School Class of 2020 received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 from M.A.C.S.T. Inc. funds.  Seniors receiving these scholarships were: Kiley Aikey, Ainsley Bair, Erica Hauger, Seth Kline, Valerie Rakerd, Christopher Rapson, Matthew Reber, and Cadin Sheesley.

Mifflinburg seniors that were awarded scholarships will be attending twelve different institutions of higher education this coming year.  They will be studying nineteen different majors.  

Senior Application Changes

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MACST has made changes to the Senior application due date and submission process.

The Senior applications are now due May 1.

There have been no changes for the collegiate applications. Applicants will no longer submit their application to the guidance department to have class ranking and GPA information included. Applications must be emailed or submitted by U.S. mail. Emailed applications should be sent to: beckleyann07@gmail.com. Please enter scholarship application in the subject line with your attached application. Mailed applications must be post marked by May 1 and sent to Mrs. Ann C. Beckley (MACST Treasurer) at 1900 Dietrich Road, Mifflinburg, PA 17844.

Since the June 4 Senior Awards banquet will likely be cancelled, scholarship winners will be notified by mail. Letters notifying the recipients along with directions for obtaining the scholarship will be mailed in early June.

2020 Roy Shifflet Memorial Golf Tournament Cancelled

MACST has cancelled the Roy Shifflet Memorial Golf Tournament this year because of the concerns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Concern for the health of the golfers, the present closure of Shade Mountain Golf Course and the financial stress that many families and businesses are experiencing, made us decide that this is the correct action. While the loss of potential revenue for future scholarships is a concern, the health of everyone in our community is more important.

We thank you for your support in the past and look forward to your support at the 2021 tournament.

Raise The Region Results

A thank you goes out to our very generous donors for supporting our fundraising efforts. The MACST, in coordination with the 2020 “Raise The Region Campaign”, raised slightly over $2,176. In addition to the amount from your donations, we received a share of the Alexander Family Dealerships $150,000 stretch funds to attain that total figure.

Your donations will help us award a grand total of $58,000 in scholarships this year. Again, a most sincere THANK-YOU as we look forward to your continuing support in the future.

2020 Scholarship Applications

M.A.C.S.T. Inc. is pleased to announce that $58,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Mifflinburg Area High School seniors and graduates this spring. 

Any Mifflinburg senior that has been accepted to an accredited two- or four-year institution or trade school is encouraged to apply.  Completed senior applications are due to the Mifflinburg Area High School Guidance Office by April 15.  

Fifteen thousand dollars in scholarships will be awarded to Mifflinburg graduates presently enrolled in an institution of higher education. Applicants must have completed at least one full year of coursework and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.  Completed applications should be submitted to Michael Miller of Mifflinburg by June 15.

Both three-page applications with directions are available on this web site.  Senior scholarship winners will be announced at the Annual Senior Awards night on June 4.  Collegiate scholarship winners will be notified approximately by July 1.

Raise the Region

M.A.C.S.T. Inc. will participate in the Raise the Region campaign to be held during a 30-hour period on March 11 to March 12.  Donations from individuals help North Central Pennsylvania nonprofits. We may receive additional support from corporate sponsors based on various criteria.  With your donations, we may receive some of this corporate funding. You can support the goals of the M.A.C.S.T. Inc. and help Mifflinburg graduates by going to www.raisetheregion.org on March 11 and 12 and make a donation.  We thank you for your support.

August 2019 News Release

Mifflinburg – The Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust has recently awarded six $1,000 scholarships to graduates of the Mifflinburg Area School District who are currently attending college.  These scholarships are in addition to the graduating senior scholarships totaling $49,000.  The candidates had to completed at least one year of college with a GPA greater than 3.0.  They must also have at least a semester of college and/or graduate school remaining before they earn their degree.

This year’s scholarship winners are from the Mifflinburg Class of 2014: Blair Digan Mitchell who is attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri and Brandy Shrawder who is attending the School of Dentistry at Temple University.  Earning scholarships from the Class of 2016 are Benjamin Greb of DeSales and Hannah Spotts of Colgate.  Graduates of the Class of 2017 earning scholarships were: Kali Shuck attending Drexel and Emily Stauffer attending Shippensburg University.

The Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust scholarships are available to any Mifflinburg Area High School senior and graduate that plan to continue their education at a post-secondary institution. A selection committee reviews the nameless applications and awards scholarships based on application merit.  Any individual or business interesting in sponsoring or donating to the Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust, Inc. should contact M.A.C.S.T., Inc. at 1900 Dietrich Road, Mifflinburg, PA or call 570-966-2189.  Additional information can be found at www. MACST.org.

June 2019 News Release

For immediate release

Mifflinburg – The Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust, Inc. provided $49,000 in scholarships to Mifflinburg Area High School seniors. Twenty-eight members of the senior class were awarded of the scholarships during the Annual Senior Awards night.  An additional $6,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded in July to past Mifflinburg graduates who are presently attending college.

A $3,000 Valedictorian Scholarship was awarded to Cole Reish.  Rebecca Haines received the $2,000 Salutatorian Scholarship.  Six additional designated scholarships were awarded by the M.A.C.S.T.  These scholarships are awarded based on the criteria set forth by the founding sponsors.  Levi Showalter earned both the Mifflinburg FFA Recognition and Spangler Family Penn State College of Agriculture Scholarships.  Alexa Hackenburg and Erin Rute each received a Rhoda K. Reidell-Fasano Award.  Eric Gessner was awarded the Robert Manotti Sr., Wrestling Award and Molly Kerstetter was presented the Kermit W. & Mary E. Dale & Sons Environmental Conservation Award.  

Twenty-two members of the Mifflinburg Area High School Class of 2019 received scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,000 from M.A.C.S.T. Inc. funds.  Seniors receiving these scholarships were: Anthony Bennage, Dorothy Bollinger, Brianna Doebler, Emaleigh Greb, Reagan Griffith, Riley Griffith, Rebecca Haines, Anna Harter, Julia Hornberger, Isaac Ilgen, Emily Kerstetter, Austin Klose, Vanessa Martin, Megan Reid, Evan Smith, Abigail Snayberger, Kelsey Stafford, Allison Wagner, Hannah Walter, Michael Warren, Olivia Young, and Eric Zimmerman.

Mifflinburg seniors that were awarded scholarships will be attending twenty different institutions of higher education this coming year.  They will be majoring in twenty-two different majors with three undecideds at the present time.  

The Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust scholarships are available to any Mifflinburg Area High School senior planning to continue their education at a post-secondary institution. The scholarships are awarded based on application merit, and criteria requested by the sponsors.  Individuals interesting in sponsoring or donating to the Mifflinburg Area Community Scholarship Trust, Inc. should contact M.A.C.S.T., Inc. at 1900 Dietrich Road, Mifflinburg, PA or call 570-966-2189.  Additional information can be found at www. MACST.org.

Group Photo:

Front Row: Levi Showalter, Olivia Young, Evan Smith, Dorothy Bollinger

Second Row: Alexa Hackenburg, Molly Kerstetter, Rebecca Haines, Emaleigh Greb, Emily Kerstetter, Erin Rute, Abigail Snayberger, Kelsey Stafford

Third Row: Eric Zimmerman, Michael Warren, Anthony Bennage, Isaac Ilgen, Anna Harter, Reagan Griffith, Megan Reid

Fourth Row: Hannah Walter, Vanessa Martin, Allison Wagner, Austin Klose, Julia Hornberger, Cole Reish, Riley Griffith, Brianna Doebler