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Red Lion Area Educational Foundation delivers $56,600 in scholarships to grads

Dawn J. Sagert
York Dispatch

Red Lion Area High School seniors received scholarships totaling $56,600 this year, with most of them hand-delivered to students on May 23.

Clad in masks, Red Lion Area Educational Foundation chair Lori Baker, foundation President Pam Kocman and business manager Sandy Johnson loaded up a vehicle with cupcakes, balloons and a box holding a stack of envelopes containing checks and set out to deliver the awards.

The Red Lion Area Educational Foundation is a privately funded organization that lists more than 30 different scholarships on its website. The foundation was founded by Red Lion area business leaders about 23 years ago and is involved in various projects throughout the community.

There were 52 scholarship applicants this year, and 47 students received checks on recently.

“This year, with the COVID-19 situation, we felt it was really important every single student that applied is receiving a scholarship today,” said Baker. “The amounts vary from $250 to $4000,” she added.

One of the recipients was  Leah Krieger, who received a check for $2,000 from the Rick and Carol Stine STEM Scholarship. Krieger will be attending Catholic University in the fall.

Chairperson Lori Baker, of the Red Lion Area Educational Foundation, presents Red Lion Area High School graduate Leah Krieger with a $2000 scholarship check from Rick & Carol Stine, of the Red Lion area, at Krieger's home in Windsor Township, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Krieger will be attending Catholic University in the fall. There would be a total of 47 scholarships delivered to students throughout the day. Dawn J. Sagert photo

“I’m really thankful to them,” Krieger said

Usually, a banquet is held for the presentation of the scholarship awards so the students can meet the donors and thank them. This year was different.

“With COVID-19, we have to do the best we can, and we really felt like something to surprise the kids was better than nothing,” Kocman said, “so we hope they enjoy it.” 

For more information about the foundation, go to https://rlaef.org.

Chairperson Lori Baker, left, together with other committee members of Red Lion Area Educational Foundation, delivers a scholarship check, balloon and a cupcake to Alex Potter at his home in Windsor Township, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Potter will be attending Temple University in the fall. There would be a total of 47 scholarships delivered to students throughout the day. Dawn J. Sagert photo