New Castle News

May 11, 2013

Butz scholarship winners announced

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Although he died in 2003, New Castle humanitarian Jack Butz is still helping young people.

At the Jack Butz Humanitarian Award banquet this week, nine students, representing each of the county high schools, received scholarship assistance through a fund set up to honor “Mr. Downtown New Castle, Jack Butz.”

Students, recommended by their schools, are selected based on community service, financial need, an essay that they write and their interview with the committee, said scholarship committee member Dr. Mike Hink, a retired educator.

To date, he said, $105,000 in scholarship money has been awarded.

This year’s awards are one $5,000 scholarship, two $1,000 awards and six $500 scholarships.

Paula Butz and Karen Butz Panella, Jack Butz’s daughters, are members of the scholarship committee and participated in awarding the scholarships.

Hink noted the students are still receiving college acceptances and making plans. The scholarship winners, and their current plans are:

•Sara Bracken, New Castle — Recipient of the $5,000 scholarship, she plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and major in chemical engineering. She said she hopes to work in cancer research and energy-efficient cars.

•Justina Chin, Laurel — She received a $1,000 scholarship and plans to attend Robert Morris University, majoring in business/accounting.

•Justin Krupa, Wilmington — He also received a $1,000 scholarship. He plans to attend Wittenberg University and major in medical engineering

•Andrew Henley, Mohawk — Recipient of a $500 scholarship, he plans to attend Westminster College and major in education/history.

•Alexxa Houk, Lincoln — Also a $500 scholarship recipient, she plans to attend Carnegie Mellon and major in international relations. Her career plans include serving in the Peace Corps and entering the foreign service. She speaks six languages.

•David Jacobs, Union — A $500 scholarship recipient, he plans to attend Cedarville University majoring in biblical studies.

•Clayton Kemerer, Neshannock — He received a $500 scholarship and plans to use it at Slippery Rock University, majoring in secondary education.

•Rachael Lumley, Lawrence County Career and Technical Center — She plans to use her $500 scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania to major in safety science.

•Kelly Ostrowski, Shenango — Also a $500 scholarship recipient, she plans to attend Penn State University and major in biomedical engineering.