Each year, John Hersey High School awards scholarships to graduating seniors for a variety of reasons. These scholarships originate in our building, and JHHS staff nominates potential scholarship recipients. Below is a list of the different scholarships and how they are awarded.
The Michael P. Caruso Memorial Scholarship
This $2500 scholarship goes to a student who has shown intellectual, social, emotional growth during his/her four years at JHHS. Any staff member can nominate a graduating senior by writing a letter stating why this person would be deserving of this scholarship. The student is then asked to write a letter stating their qualifications. Outside readers choose finalists, who are then interviewed by a committee of Hersey staff members.
The Robert J. Hannon Memorial Scholarship
This $1000 scholarship goes to a student who has shown pride in self and school, leadership within the school and community, compassion in words and deeds, integrity over personal gain, and commitment to those in need. Any staff member can nominate a graduating senior by filling out a form. The student is asked to write an essay on how the values learned at JHHS have helped him/her tmake a difference in the lives of others. Outside readers choose finalists, who are then interviewed by a committee of Hersey staff members.
The John Hersey "Best of Hersey" Scholarship
Originated by Mr. John R. Hersey himself, this $1000 scholarship goes to a senior who has been involved in activities, has a quality academic record, has demonstrated good citizenship, and has represented Hersey with pride and class. Each Head Coach, Program Director, and Activity Sponsor is asked to nominate one person who represents their activity, along with one person from the senior class. A list of finalists is generated, and the entire staff then votes upon a recipient.
The John Strack Memorial Scholarship
Originated by the Strack Family to recognize long-time science teacher John Strack, this $1500 scholarship is awarded to a senior who has shown a great deal of academic growth during his/her four years in high school. Many students have a rough start to high school, but when the light goes on, they turn it around and realize that education after high school is attainable. The student chosen for this scholarship must commit to going to a vocational school or a two or four-year college or university. Any staff member can nominate a student by writing a letter explaining why a student is deserving of this scholarship. A committee headed by Mrs. Jean Strack, John's wife, chooses the recipient.
The Mary Ellen Westrich Memorial Scholarship
This $500 scholarship goes to a senior who has shown commitment to and love of the co-curricular program for a minimum of six semesters. Any Head Coach, Program Director, or Activity Sponsor can nominate a senior for this award. The senior is given a questionnaire to fill out, and then a faculty committee chooses the recipient.
The John Michael Wotal Scholarships
These scholarships are given by the Wotal Family for various reasons. The Honors Mathematics scholarship is a $500 award given to a senior, chosen by the mathematics faculty, who has shown exceptional effort during four years in the Honors Math Program. The second scholarship, also $500, is given to a male and female soccer player who show exemplary sportsmanship and dedication to his/her team. The soccer recipients are chosen by the soccer coaching staffs.
The Tom Pitchford Scholarship
These scholarships go to a male and female tennis player who best exemplify the ideals that Coach Pitchford stood for - sportsmanship, leadership, and love for the game of tennis. The recipients of these $250 scholarships are chosen by the tennis coaching staffs.
The Sung Kwon/John Hampton Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships go to a male and female volleyball player who show dedication to and a love of their team, good sportsmanship, and a desire to work hard to improve. The recipients of these $500 scholarships are chosen by the volleyball coaching staffs.
The Jim Thomas Sportsmanship Scholarship
These scholarships go to a male and female basketball player who go above and beyond to make their team better. Dedication, sacrifice, effort, and sportsmanship are all considered in awarding these scholarships. The recipients are chosen by the basketball coaching staffs, and each receives $500.