Steel Valley seniors awarded over $275,000 in college scholarships from local organizations, businesses

The Steel Valley Class of 2022 Griffin Awards attendees and scholarship recipients

The Steel Valley High School Class of 2022 was awarded over $275,000 in college scholarships during the district’s annual honors awards ceremony on Thursday, May 5. The Dr. Lawrence A. Griffin Senior Honors Award Ceremony celebrates Steel Valley seniors who have maintained a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25 and who have been selected to receive a scholarship award from a local business, organization, alumni or community member.

This year, 36 sponsors teamed up to donate scholarships to members of the Class of 2022.

Mr. Shawn McCallister, Steel Valley Activities/Athletic Director and one of the organizers of the event, said he is extremely proud of the students and thanked all of the community members who took part in this event to help support the Steel Valley students.

“I am truly humbled by the philanthropy of the scholarship sponsors. This year, our students were awarded over $275,000 through the generosity of the community business leaders, alumni, and a variety of other donors. We had an overwhelming amount of awards this year and we are grateful to all of the donors for their kindness,” Mr. McCallister said. “It was also great to have our teachers, administrators, and school board members take time out of their day to share in this memorable experience with our seniors. We are all so proud of the graduating class of 2022.”

The winners of the Richard Bazzy Shults Ford Scholarship Fund as presented at the 2022 Griffin Awards

Last year, Steel Valley High School alumnus Mr. Richard Bazzy, the president and owner of Shults Ford, presented 11 seniors with $5,000 scholarships. This year, Mr. Bazzy outdid himself, as he donated $5,000 scholarships to 18 members of the Steel Valley Class of 2022. 

“Mr. Bazzy is a truly caring individual who has been very generous to our students over the past two years by donating $145,000 to offset their educational costs,” Mr. McCallister said. “We are extremely proud to call him a friend of Steel Valley. Yee Haw Mr. Bazzy; we appreciate you.”

The Shults Ford Scholarship Fund was awarded to Benjamin Novotny, Brooke Weber, Carson Cook, Chamarra Ford, Dacia Hruska, Dakota Nicholson, Dylan Huynh, Emma Koval, Kathryn Ligeros, Kelsey Salopek, Lexie Zuger, Madisyn Faux, Riley Furrick, Sara Katanick, Soraya Gibbs, Sydney McLaughlin, Tyler Wellman and Veronica Brocato.

Among the awards handed out at the ceremony was the William V. Campbell Duquesne Scholarship Award, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Duquesne University. The award was endowed by Bill Campbell in memory of the late William V. Campbell, a Homestead native who was later the chairman of the board at Intuit. This year’s recipient was Katheryn Ligeros.

Steel Valley alumnus Luke Getsy, recently named the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears of the NFL, and his wife Tina, presented a $10,000 scholarship to Dacia Hruska.

The seniors and their parents/guardians, school board members, administrators, teachers and scholarship presenters enjoyed an evening full of wonderful accolades. Senior class president Riley Furrick welcomed the attendees and Molly Krupa, filling in for valedictorian Ben Novotny who was unable to attend, thanked the parents, teachers, administration, and most importantly, all of the sponsors for their generous scholarship donations.

Riley Furrick receives the Academic Excellence Award at the 2022 Griffin Awards

School Director President, Mr. Jim Bulger, with Veronica Brocato, the recipient of the Geri Palmieri Memorial Scholarship

Benjamin Novotny (not pictured), Emma Koval, Sara Katanick, and Tyler Wellman received the John P. Merisko Scholarship - pictured with Ms. Jill Brookes

Emaya Coleman and Molly Krupa receiving The Brierly Heights Women's Club Scholarship pictured with Ms. Ebony Bowden

Benjamin Novotny (not picured) and Emaya Coleman receiving the Danyl Settles Scholarship presented from The Best of the Batch Foundation

The Steel Valley School District would like to thank the following award sponsors and extend a warm congratulations to all of the recipients below.

Annual School Board Graduating Senior Award

Benjamin Novotny

Joseph R. Havrilla Citizenship Award

Lexi Wallace

Valedictorian Award

Benjamin Novotny

Scholar/Athlete Award

Justin Chau

Molly Krupa

Tribute to Veterans Memorial Day Award

Dacia Hruska

Roger “Butch” Pratt Memorial Award

Dylan Karstetter

Kelsey Salopek

Betty Hogg Memorial Award

Abigail Tester

Homestead District Lions Club Award

Benjamin Novotny

Riley Furrick

Lions Club Community Award

A'ja Morant

Homestead District Lions Scholarship Award

Tyler Wellman

Drew Martin Memorial & Scholarship Fund

Justin Chau

Veronica Brocato

Vitalant Blood Donation Scholarship

Kelsey Salopek

Lexie Zuger

Charlton Award

Madisyn Faux

Garden Club of Munhall Scholarship

Riley Furrick

Green Funeral Home Essay Award

Benjamin Novotny

Sara Katanick

Sydney McLaughlin

Tyler Wellman

Steel Valley Rotary Club Award

Riley Furrick

Jacquelyn Konop-Buckley Memorial Scholarship

Kathryn Ligeros

Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship

Kathryn Ligeros

Carmen Marini Memorial Tuition Scholarship

Benjamin Novotny

Carmen Marini Memorial Book Scholarship

Lexie Zuger

Jack Kelly Memorial Scholarship

Abigail Tester

Betty Davis Scholarship

Madisyn Faux

Waterfront Scholarship

Tyler Wellman

Randy Zirkle Memorial Scholarship

Dakota Nicholson

Geri Palmieri Memorial Scholarship

Veronica Brocato

Helen Laughran Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Ocean Horvwalt

Bernard “Dan” Pishinsky Annual Math/Comp Sci Scholarship

Soraya Gibbs

John P. Merisko Scholarship

Benjamin Novotny

Emma Koval

Sara Katanick

Tyler Wellman

The Brierly Heights Women’s Club Scholarship

Emaya Coleman

Molly Krupa

The Mayor Bodnar & Jane D. Bodnar Memorial Scholarship

Brooke Weber

Danyl Settles Scholarship

Benjamin Novotny

Emaya Coleman

Best of Batch Book Stipend

Kathryn Ligeros

Kelsey Salopek

Veronica Brocato

Luke & Tina Getsy Scholarship

Dacia Hruska

J. Lewis Shannon Duquesne Scholarship Award

Dacia Hruska

William V. Campbell Duquesne Scholarship Award

Kathryn Ligeros

Richard Bazzy’s Shults Ford Scholarship Fund

Benjamin Novotny

Brooke Weber

Carson Cook

Chamarra Ford

Dacia Hruska

Dakota Nicholson

Dylan Huynh

Emma Koval

Kathryn Ligeros

Kelsey Salopek

Lexie Zuger

Madisyn Faux

Riley Furrick

Sara Katanick

Soraya Gibbs

Sydney McLaughlin

Tyler Wellman

Veronica Brocato

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