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PAL Scholarship Recipients Honored at Annual Luncheon

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On June 18th, PAL Scholarship recipients enjoyed lunch at the Union League of Philadelphia with their scholarship sponsors and fellow students. Hosted by Alicia Vitarelli from 6abc, the program honored nearly 200 deserving scholars pursuing higher education. In order to qualify for a PAL scholarship, applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and an exemplary record of community service.

Attendees enjoyed remarks from noteworthy guest speakers including Philadelphia City Representative and Mayor’s Director of Communication Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and Rizzo PAL alumna and former scholarship recipient Samantha Kelly. Each speaker shared inspiring messages and encouraged guests to always push themselves through school, work, or extracurricular activities.

DSC_0838The Anne Krancer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Allison Lackman from Tacony PAL to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Widener University. Allison’s achievements through school and her personal endeavors as well as her desire to utilize her education to help others reflects Anne’s kind spirit, giving nature, and love for education. The Eliot C. Nisenbaum Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brandon Alston from Cozen PAL to pursue a Master’s in Business Management at Wake Forest University. Brandon’s leadership throughout his undergraduate studies and professional endeavors showcases Eliot’s passion for hard work. One additional special scholarship was awarded to Julia Halbherr from Gibbons PAL. This scholarship, sponsored by Comcast SportsNet in memory of long-time PAL Board Member Sam Schroeder, also includes a shadowing opportunity at Comcast SportsNet.

PAL thanks this year’s luncheon guests and all scholarship sponsors, including, Dr. and Mrs. Andrew and Anne Abel, Patricia Kind, Ronald Krancer, Dr. & Mrs. Harvey and Sylvia Nisenbaum, Verizon and Athole G. Jacobi, M.D., who have all collectively contributed more than $100,000 in scholarships over the span of two decades. Congratulations and good luck to all scholars!

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