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Tioga County students receive $77,000 in scholarships

WELLSBORO — Nine Tioga County students have been named recipients of scholarships from the William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust. The 2019 awards totaled $77,000.

The Copp Trust was created under the Last Will and Testament of Graydon Copp, who passed away July 7, 2002. He and his brother, William Bowen Copp, operated a farm in Charleston and Covington Townships in Tioga County.

“Graydon’s generosity will continue for a long time, as Graydon’s intent for this trust is to provide scholarships to well-deserving Tioga County, Pa., high school seniors who pursue higher education in an agricultural field,” said Deborah Scott, C&N wealth management executive vice president and trust officer.

The field has a broad spectrum of possibilities and can include higher education pursuing animal sciences, agricultural business management, bio-resource, crop and soil science, fisheries and wildlife, food science and technology and general agriculture, Scott said.

The scholarship recipients were chosen by the Scholarship Committee, which consists of the Trustee and the superintendents from each school district in Tioga County. The committee determines the number of recipients and amounts awarded annually. The scholarship awards may be used to help pay for tuition, books and room and board costs.

Applicants for the scholarship are accepted annually and are due by April 15. Applicants must be high school seniors accepted to accredited colleges or universities in programs leading to degrees in curriculums directly related to agriculture. In addition, applications must have grade point averages of at least 2.0, have financial need and have been a Tioga County resident for at least six months.

For more information on this scholarship or to obtain an application, interested students should contact C&N Wealth Management at 1-800-487-8784 or their high school guidance counselor.

Scholarship recipients

Abigail Crippen, daughter of Roy and Amy Crippen, of Elkland, is a graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School and plans to attend Penn State University majoring in animal science.

Rebecca Slonaker, daughter of Dawn Slonaker, of Osceola, is a graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School and plans to attend Delaware Valley University majoring in agricultural education.

Tyler Vargeson, son of Michael and Heidi Vargeson, of Westfield, is a graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School and plans to attend Penn State University (Erie) majoring in mechanical engineering.

Skyler Vinluan, son of Justin and Amanda Vinluan, of Westfield, is a graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School and plans to attend Penn State University (Behrend) majoring in environmental science.

Nathan Redell, son of John and Lori Redell, of Wellsboro, is a graduate of Wellsboro Area High School and plans to attend Lycoming College majoring in biology.

Taylor Wheeler, son of Shawn and Bridget Wheeler, of Wellsboro, is a graduate of Wellsboro Area High School and plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania majoring in environmental science.

Katelyn Feaster, daughter of Charles and Helen Feaster, of Liberty, is a graduate of North Penn-Liberty Jr. Sr. High School and plans to attend the Pennsylvania State University majoring in food science.

Coby Knipe, son of Sam and Stacy Knipe, of Liberty, is a graduate of North Penn-Liberty Jr. Sr. High School and plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in diesel technology.

Brooke Harvey, daughter of Darryl Harvey and Lisa Simmons, of Covington, is a graduate of North Penn-Mansfield Jr. Sr. High School and plans to attend Wilkes University majoring in Biology.

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