Ronald McDonald House Charities honor 4 local students with scholarships

Four area students have been awarded prestigious Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) scholarships by RMHC of Northeastern PA due to their outstanding academic performance and community involvement.

Winners will receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. The four local students are part of a group of 18 finalists that were chosen for awards and selected from an applicant pool of 468. Selection was based on academic performance, community involvement, leadership skills and overall character as determined by letters of recommendation.

The goal of the RMHC Scholarship Program is to provide resources to students who need financial assistance to attend college.

“The RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program provides outstanding high school seniors in Northeastern Pennsylvania who wish to continue their education the opportunity to apply for a scholarship and receive financial assistance to attend college,” said Doug Doherty, local McDonald’s owner/operator. “It is our goal to help outstanding students offset the cost of a college education.”

The local students earning a scholarship are:

• Alisha Chen — $1,500

Williamsport Area High School

Ranked first in a class of 364 with an unweighted GPA of 99.23

Academic Index: 248

SAT: Reading 690, math 790

Eight honors classes, 12 AP classes

Math tutor, volunteer violinist at the Williamsport Senior Center, volunteer for the National Art Honor society. Co-captain of the tennis team, president of the STEM competition team, assistant editor of the Literary Magazine, member of the strolling strings, student representative for Williamsport Area High School. Plans to attend Johns Hopkins and major in biology.

• Cherokee Phillips — $1,000

Montoursville Area High School

Ranked 22 in a class of 137 with a weighted GPA of 3.83

Academic Index: 200

SAT: Reading 610, math 550

Four honors classes, two AP classes

Has stayed/volunteered for the RMH Hershey. Member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Culture Club, Spanish Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Works part time and plays club soccer. Plans to attend Messiah College and major in nursing.

• Autumn Deitrick — $1,000

Loyalsock Township High School

Ranked first in a class of 100 with a weighted GPA of 101.615

Academic Index: 243

SAT: Reading 700, math 740, ACT composite 31

Two honors classes, four AP classes

Summer camp volunteer, Operation Christmas Child, Lycoming County Youth Development Task Force, active in her church, president of NHS, president of Model United Nations and Mock Constitutional Convention, captain of the cross country and soccer teams, president of National Art Honor Society and Girl Scout. Plans to attend Penn State University, State College, and major in biology.

• Emily Fessler — $1,000

Williamsport Area High School

Ranked 27 in a class of 366 with a weighted GPA of 96.9

Academic Index: 217

SAT: Reading 590, math 650

Nine honors classes, two AP classes

Volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, member of student government, NHS member and works part time. Family stayed at RMH Hershey. Plans to attend Penn State University, State College and major in criminology.