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Worthington American Legion Awards the 2023 Robert E. Edwards Scholarships

Worthington American Legion Post 828 2023 Robert E. Edwards Scholarships Awardees (Back) form with daughters of Mr. Edwards (Front).  Back (L-R): Grace Burke, McKenna Hooks, Mackenzie Wolfe and Alexia Brown; Front (L-R):  Robin Livengood, Bridget Edwards and Kim Sarachine. 


The Worthington Post 828 officers recognized the 2023 Robert E. Edwards Scholarship awardees at a recent awards event.  Presiding over the event was Post Commander Darlene Smail, with Larry Bordick serving as its Master of Ceremonies.

The Robert E. Edwards Scholarship was set up to honor Mr. Edward’s lifetime contribution to the community and continue his legacy. Mr. Edward’s three daughters, Robin Livengood, Bridget Edwards and Kim Sarachine, were in attendance. This year’s recipients competed for the scholarship through an essay contest, as well as other supporting academic and community support criteria. The theme for this this year’s essay contest was, “Why Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are national holidays, and why communities acknowledge both days”.

The competition was broken out into high school and college student categories with those in both first and second place selected as recipients for the scholarship.

In the high school category, the first place recipient was McKenna Hooks. McKenna was a Butler Area High School senior at the time of submission. McKenna will be attending the University of California this fall majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Journalism. McKenna said as part of her essay she enjoyed how her family celebrates with her Pap, a Vietnam Veteran on Veteran’s Day every year. The second place high school recipient was Grace Burke. Grace was a senior at Lenape Technical School in the Bio-Med Technology program. Grace will be attending the Pittsburgh Vet Tech Institute in the fall to become a certified Vet Tech. Grace related in her essay her deep appreciation of those who served and sacrificed in the Armed Forces.

In the college category, the first place recipient was Alexia Brown. Alexia is currently a student at Penn State pursuing a double major in Marketing and Project Supply Chain Management. Alexia said she understands that the Freedom of Speech and Right to Vote are a direct result of all our veterans. The second place college recipient was Mackenzie Wolfe. Mackenzie is currently a student at Slippery Rock University pursing a double major in Safety Management and Dance. Mackenzie said veterans deserve unlimited gratitude for putting their whole future life on the line for our freedoms.

Both of the first place winners received a $1,000 scholarship, with the second place recipients receiving $800. Students/parents are encouraged to look for announcements next spring from American Legion Post 828 for 2024 Scholarships opportunities/criteria.  

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