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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Six Tioga County Students Earn Copp Scholarships

Six Tioga County Students Earn Copp Scholarships

WELLSBORO, PA – Six Tioga County students have been named recipients of scholarships from the William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust. The 2014 awards totaled $76,000.

The Scholarship Committee hosted a luncheon for scholarship recipients and their parents at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro.

Copp Scholarship recipients, front row, from left, Debra Bieser, Harley Heichel, Devin Remley and Cassie Frederick, are congratulated by, back row, from left, Chris Morral, Wellsboro Area School District Superintendent; Brian Tevlin, Vice President and Regional Manager of Financial Services with the C&N Trust and Financial Management Group; and Bill David, Mansfield High School Principal, representing the Southern Tioga School District. Absent from the photo were Diana Barnes, Northern Tioga School District Superintendent; Samantha Swarner, recipient from Cowanesque Valley High School and Simone Lichty, shown below.

The 2014 recipients include:

Debra Bieser, daughter of Ernie and Jeanine Bieser of Westfield, PA. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she plans to attend Delaware Valley College majoring in large animal science.

Samantha Swarner, daughter of Lloyd and Mary Swarner of Sabinsville, PA. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she plans to attend SUNY Cobleskill , NY majoring in animal science.
Simone Lichty

Simone Lichty, daughter of David and Ann Lichty of Covington, PA. A graduate of Mansfield Jr-Sr High School, she plans to attend Baptist Bible College majoring in Business Administration.

Harley Heichel, daughter of Chris and Peggy Heichel of Wellsboro, PA. A graduate of Wellsboro Area High School, she plans to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in Forestry.

Cassie Frederick, daughter of Robert and Elisa Frederick of Blossburg, PA. A graduate of North Penn Jr. Sr. High School, she plans to attend Clarion University of PA majoring in Environmental Biology.

Devin Remley, son of Drew and Lisa Remley of Roaring Branch, PA. A graduate of Liberty Jr. Sr. High School, he plans to attend The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University, Hazelton, majoring in Animal Science/Agronomy.

The Copp trust was created under the Last Will and Testament of Graydon S. Copp, who died 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 high education in an agricultural field,” said Deborah Scott, Citizens & Northern Bank Executive Vice President and Trust Officer.

Scott said the field has a broad spectrum of possibilities and might include education in the field of animal sciences, agricultural business management, bio-resource, crop and soil science, fisheries and wildlife, food science and technology and general agriculture to name a few.

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 tuition, books and room and board charges. Citizens & Northern Bank as Trustee invests and manages the funds in the account and administrates the scholarship application and distribution process.

Applicants for the scholarship are sought each year, with the deadline being April 15th annually. 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 must have been Tioga County, PA residents for at least six months.

For more information on this scholarship or to obtain an application, interested students should contact Citizens & Northern Bank’s Trust and Financial Management Group at 1-800-487-8784 or their high school guidance counselor.

The C&N Trust and Financial Management Group, a division of Citizens & Northern Bank, maintains offices in Wellsboro, Sayre, Towanda, Williamsport, Coudersport and Emporium, in Pennsylvania and Canisteo in New York. The Division, founded in 1960, provides a wide range of investment, trust and retirement plan services to individuals and organizations.

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