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Officers of the Abington Heights Student Aid Fund are pictured. From left, front row: Karen Voight, recording secretary; Sue Burke, corresponding secretary; Colleen Parsells, president; and Jim Gavigan, treasurer. Back row: Cierra Beck, senior representative; and board members Jacquie Brown, Jen Wynn, Debbie Kennedy, Barb Wadsworth Dave Perrotti, Stephanie Westington and Wayne Griffiths. Sandi Graham is the board’s vice-president; Chuck Parry is the financial secretary and Marty Wynn is also a board member.

The following scholarships are available to students through the Abington Heights Student Aid Fund (AHSAF): Mildred Mumford Award, National Honor Society Award, Abington Women’s Club Art Scholarship, Eddie Archabald Memorial Scholarship, Robert “Buzzy” Jackson Ingenuity Scholarship, R. Matthew Burne Excellence Award, Thomas R. Kovall Memorial Scholarship, Rotary Achievement Award, Mended Hearts Inc. Chapter No. 276 Scholarship, North Penn Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Abington Heights Class of 1988 Memorial Scholarship. South Abington Parent-Teacher Association School Service Award, Mason Logan Memorial Scholarship, Abington Memorial Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7069 Scholarship, Interact Club of Abington Heights Community Service Scholarship, William “Ken” Rees Memorial Scholarship, AHSAF Community Service Award, AHSAF Leadership Award, AHSAF Outstanding/All-Around Student Award (male and female), Betty Bellantoni Memorial Scholarship and the Esdras Howell Family Scholarship.To apply for a scholarship or award, visit the Abington Heights High School guidance office or call 570-585-5306.

When Mildred A. Mumford began the Abington Heights Student Aid fund in 1952, little did she know that it would still have a positive effect on the lives of local students 62 years later.

Mumford endowed the Abington Heights Student Aid Fund (AHSAF) as well as the Waverly Women’s Club with an annual scholarship that is still given today. Board members of the AHSAF are now asking for donations to keep the fund going as well as for members of the Class of 2014 to apply.

“We have 20 scholarships ranging anywhere from $500 to $2500,” said AHSAF board president Colleen Parsells. “We have a whole rubric of scoring and there is a guideline for all of the scholarships to make it fair. The same guidelines are used for every application that’s turned in and it is open to every senior at Abington Heights.”

Besides offering scholarships, the AHSAF also offers interest-free loans that are to be repaid upon completion of the recipient’s post-secondary education. A combination of donations and loan repayments helps to keep the fund afloat. Board members are asking for loan recipients who have completed post-secondary studies to begin repayments if they haven’t already done so.

“Some scholarships are need-based, some are based on grades and some are activity-based,” Parsells said. “There’s really something for everybody with the Abington Heights Student Aid Fund. We are trying to reward our students in whatever way we can.”

Parsells explained that the fund has assisted more than 1,800 students since its inception. All scholarship applicants must have a seven semester grade-point average of 85 percent or higher.

“It is always important for the community to be behind higher education,” Parsells said. “With the help of the community, we can help our students defray some of their costs for college. Higher education makes a better community.”

“Every little bit helps,” she added. “The price of higher education is so expensive that even $500 will buy your books for a semester.”

Graduating seniors at Abington Heights may apply for a scholarship or award by visiting the high school guidance office or by calling 570-585-5306.

Donations to the Abington Heights Student Aid Fund may be sent in care of Jim Gavigan, treasurer, to P.O. Box 135, Clarks Summit, Pa. 18411.