The Salvation Army of Lancaster Awards 15 College Scholarships

The Soon-to-Be High School Grads Will be Honored at May 24 Awards Dinner

graduationThe Salvation Army of Lancaster will help 15 Lancaster County high school seniors further their education by awarding them college scholarships at a special dinner, 7 pm, Tuesday, May 24, at Eden Resort in Lancaster. The Olga Ruth Stratton Scholarship program provides at least $1,000 for tuition costs to each student selected. Amounts depend on a student’s need, circumstances and available scholarship funds.

The Olga Ruth Stratton Scholarship program at The Salvation Army of Lancaster started in 2000, with an estate gift from Ms. Stratton, and was later enhanced with an estate gift from Dr. Thomas Wolf.

“Both Ms. Stratton and Dr. Wolf wanted to help young people achieve their goal of higher education; particularly students who demonstrate leadership, academic success and a passion for community service,” said Captain Tim Sheehan, Co-Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Lancaster.  “The Salvation Army is honored to carry on their vision of supporting such deserving students.”

Applicants were required to write an essay stating their college goals, participation in community service and career aspirations. They had to submit at least two letters of recommendation regarding their academics and community service. They must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, have been accepted to a college, university or trade school, and demonstrate a need for higher education financial assistance.  Scholarship winners were selected following face-to-face interviews with a committee, comprised of representatives from the banking, legal, education, medical fields and a retired Salvation Army officer.

“We are very impressed with this year’s scholarship recipients,” said Curt Myers, Scholarship Chair. “They demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to community service. They are also very goal-oriented,” he added.

The following is a list of the scholarship-awardees, including their high school, hometown, and college they will attend in the fall. The students will learn the amount of their scholarships at the awards dinner.

  1. Alejandra Galarce Diaz, McCaskey HS,  Lancaster, undecided
  2. Brooklyn Smith-Jones, McCaskey HS, Lancaster, to attend Franklin and Marshall
  3. Gozal Rezhalova , McCaskey HS, Lancaster, to attend PA College of Health Sciences
  4. Damien Lee Rineer, Columbia HS, Columbia, to attend Wilkes University
  5. Deonte Lincoln Bolyer, Lancaster Catholic HS, Lancaster, undecided
  6. Bryan Eltman, Pequea Valley HS,  Paradise, to attend Eastern University
  7. Emily Grace Weaver, Garden Spot HS,  New Holland, to attend Franklin and Marshall
  8. Daniel David Riddell, Solanco HS,  Quarryville, to attend Nyack College
  9. Tahra Akala, Conestoga Valley HS, Leola,to attend Temple University
  10. Ashley Steiner, Hempfield HS, Mount Joy, to attend Lebanon Valley College
  11. Michaeline Karia Rogers, Garden Spot HS, East Earl, to attend Harrisburg Area CC
  12. Elliot Kyle Bollinger, Garden Spot HS, Denver, to attend Millersville University
  13. Lenea Ruth Riehl,  Pequea Valley HS, Gap, to attend Elizabethtown College
  14. Gloria Tracy Steinhauer, Solanco HS, Quarryville, to attend Lancaster Bible College
  15. Aaryn Wood, Penn Manor HS, Conestoga, to attend York College

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation. For more information, please visit or

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