Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund Scholarship Information
Congratulations to the 2015 Scholarship Recipients!
Haley Hoss-Seneca Valley- Bowling Green - vocal performance
Katarina Whalen-New Brighton-Slippery Rock-Music Education
Joshua Bosh-Ambridge-Taylor University-Music Education
Emily Wardropper-Elizabeth Forward-Seton Hill-Music therapy
Zoe Kecskemethy-Slippery Rock-West Chester University- Music Performance
Joseph Beaver-Bethel Park-Duquesne University-Music Education
Bob Jarcelic-Ambridge-Duquesne University-Music Technology
Sarah Kraemer-Elizabeth Forward-California University of Pa.-Commercial Music
Samantha Smith-Bethel Park-Duquesne University-Music Performance
Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarship Recipients!
Olivia Dowd - Penn State University
Brady Collins - Duquesne University
Marcus Musulin - Duquesne University
Bethany Lueers - University of Maryland
Joseph Daval - Arizona State University
Congratulations to the 2013 Scholarship Recipients!
Daniel Mallampalli - Indiana University - Bloomington
Elizabeth Marie Roney - Indiana University
Lucy Marie Sedor-Franzak - Seton Hill University
Rebecca Elizabeth Silverstein - Wheaton College Music School
Rachel Elizabeth Silverstein - Ithaca College Music School
2012 Scholarship Recipients
Victoria Francioni - Youngstown State University
Brian Jeffe - Duquesne University
Emily Kondracki - Penn State University
Jennifer Wallisch - Gettysburg College
Aaron Neal - Messiah College
2011 Scholarship Recipients
Alec B. Chapman - Duquesne University
Elaina J. Moorehead - Seton Hill University
Nathan S. Shoup - Geneva College
Reba L. Myers - Temple University
2010 Scholarship Recipient
Scholarship Guidelines and Application Form
Richard D. Zana taught music in the Ambridge Area School District for 38 years both as a choir and band director and was also the founder of the Ambridge Area High School Steel Drum program, which continues to this day. A member of the barbershop chorus, King Beaver Barbershoppers, Mr. Zana also directed and coached the Sweet Adelines. He instilled a deep love of music in his students and brought joy to all who knew him. Sadly he passed away July 13, 2008 after a battle with cancer. The Richard D. Zana Memorial fund was founded by a group of appreciative former students of Mr. Zana to honor his life and career by providing both music scholarships for talented area students and benefits for cancer research. The fund is supported by Zanafest, an annual music festival meant to preserve his enthusiam of music and celebrate the life of one of Beaver Countyâ€™s most influential teachers. The Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund is held within The Beaver County Foundation, a community foundation and trust authorized to function as such by the Internal Revenue Service and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Beaver County Foundation, PO Box 569, Beaver, PA 15009.
General Scholarship Committee Information:
The Scholarship Committee of the Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund consists of five (5) Board Members who will review all scholarship application packets, audition all applicants and meet with the members of the Beaver County Foundationâ€™s Scholarship Selection Committee, which combined members shall form the Selection Committee and award such scholarship(s) on an annual basis in accordance with the BCFâ€™s Donor Advised The purpose of the scholarship is to further the post-secondary education of qualified graduating seniors of any school located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania by helping to defray the costs of the first yearâ€™s tuition, books and related academic fees. The total number of scholarships awarded and the amount of such scholarship(s) may vary from year to year.
The Beaver County Foundation administers many different funds for the benefit of the residents of Beaver County pursuing education in a post secondary setting. Each scholarship fund has it own selection criteria to evaluate and determine scholarship awards. The Beaver County Foundation uses the same application for all scholarships for which it makes the selection. Scholarship selection committees may choose to use their own application form or may require additional information. Scholarships are awarded to the student, but payment is made to the educational institution.Applications may be submitted by students about to complete their senior year of high school, and in some cases by students already enrolled in a college or university.
Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund Scholarship Criteria
Applicants must:- Be a senior eligible for graduation;- Have at least a 3.0 Q.P.A or be ranked in the top 20% of the graduating class;- Provide academic records that indicate the ability to successfully earn an undergraduate degree in music performance, education or theory and composition;- Have participated in structured musical activities;- Be accepted or enrolled as an entering Freshman in a college or university and majoring in music (performance, music education, theory and composition).- Exemplify a spirit of good citizenship as evidenced by participation in community service and extracurricular activities; and- Be a US Citizen.