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Scholarships Available for Emergency Responder Volunteers

This photo shows an ambulance, police car, and firetruck

South Hills Press Release

CENTRE COUNTY — Centre County is offering scholarships to encourage new emergency responder volunteers in Centre County. These scholarships can be used for any certificate or degree program offered by Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) or South Hills School of Business & Technology, or at the discretion of the review committee, this scholarship program may be used to cover the costs of receiving an EMS certificate. Successful applicants will be eligible for scholarships of up to $2,500 per academic year.

To be eligible for the Centre County Emergency Responder Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Reside in Centre County
  2. Volunteer for a recognized Centre County based, volunteer emergency responder company, i.e. Fire Company, Fire Police, EMS, etc., for at least three months before the next academic year begins.
  3. A new emergency responder volunteer shall be defined as anyone 17 or older who has not served as a volunteer or paid member of a volunteer emergency responder company in Centre County for the prior two calendar years. Volunteers who served as junior volunteers or under 18 volunteers will be eligible if they become an active adult volunteer. New County residents who had served as a volunteer in a different County would be considered a new emergency responder volunteer.
  4. Scholarship recipients are expected to remain on active duty through the end of the academic year of the scholarship.
  5. Due to the special circumstances of EMS services, anyone who is a new applicant to an EMS Company, whether for a paid, non-management position or any volunteer position, will be considered as a volunteer.
  6. Applicants must be accepted into a post-secondary program at either CPI or South Hills School of Business & Technology.

Centre County is partnering with Centre Foundation to implement the new scholarship. Centre Foundation will manage the scholarship application and scholarship award process and will pay scholarships directly to CPI or South Hills School of Business & Technology, depending on which school an awardee will be attending. The Centre County Training Center Advisory Board Committee and the County Commissioners will act as the review committee for the scholarship.

To apply, go to https://centre-foundation.academicworks.com/users/sign_in. Register as an applicant and then search for the Centre County Emergency Responder Scholarship to apply. For more information please contact Centre Foundation at 814-237-6229.

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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.