The Pennsylvania Pest Management Association (PPMA) announced six high school students who are planning to attend college were awarded nearly $10,000 in scholarship funding for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The scholarship is in honor of Joe Salino, who served as president of PPMA. Each student is sponsored by a PPMA member company.
PPMA President Jeff King said the scholarship gives the association the opportunity to carry on Joe Salino’s legacy.
“An integral part of our industry for nearly 40 years, Joe was a role model for young people looking to make their mark on the world,” King said. “He set a great example through his expertise, leadership and service to others.”
Chair of the Salino Scholarship Committee Paul Kutney said that volunteerism, community involvement, participation in extracurricular activities and academic merit was considered in the selection process.
“We look at what candidates have achieved in their lives so far and ask about their goals for the future,” Kutney said. “We want to know that they are committed to education and career excellence and driven to make a difference. Our committee and the entire membership of PPMA are proud to support these rising stars, the emerging leaders of tomorrow.”
The following students will receive a financial award for 2023-2024 academic year (sponsors in parentheses):
- Jaden Colwell, Wallenpaupack Area High School – Springfield College (Colwell Termite & Pest Control, Wyoming, Pa.);
- Kaley Williams, Canton Jr/Sr High School – Bloomsburg University (County Pest Control, Canton, Pa.);
- Caitlyn Bowen, Daniel Boone High School and Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Alvernia University (Hyres Pest Control Inc., Douglassville, Pa.);
- Jared Byer, Harry S. Truman High School and Bucks County Community College, Penn State Abington (Terminix, Levittown, Pa.);
- Camryn Gore, Thomas Jefferson High School, Slippery Rock University (Rentokil Terminix, Wyomissing, Pa.);
- Daniel Rauch, Moon Area High School, Edinboro University (Grill Pest Control, Verona, Pa.).
The Salino Scholarship Committee plans to award three $2,500 scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year with applications available this fall.