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DCF Awards 197 Scholarships Totaling $483,450 for 2023-2024 School Year

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The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) has awarded $483,450 in scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year, helping 177 students pursue secondary education.  

Each year, the DCF awards scholarships to students from funds established by generous people who care about education and understand that it can be costly. This year, 197 scholarships were awarded to 177 students. 

There is no cap on the number of scholarships or the amount students may receive. Funding from many of the scholarships may be applied to the costs of textbooks and fees, in addition to tuition. Some are one-time awards, and others are renewable. 

“Pursuing higher education benefits not only a young person, but also their entire community,” DCF President and CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay said. “We are grateful that we have a number of fundholders and philanthropists who understand the burden of the cost of higher education and are willing to help.” 

This year’s awardees are listed below. For information about how donors can create scholarship funds at the DCF, contact Kelly Sheridan at [email protected].  


Student School Scholarship(s) 
Skylar Berge Smyrna John A. & Marion B. Smitheman Scholarship 
Leah Billinger Delaware State University Cpl. Stephen Ballard Memorial Scholarship  
Farrah Charles Smyrna Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Abigail Cholewa Caesar Rodney  Dr. Jill Biden – Biden Breast Health Initiative Scholarship 
Katherine Eimer Pennsylvania State University MARTA Scholarship 
Vanessa Gaines Caesar Rodney Fred Fifer III Memorial Scholarship, Citibank NAF Scholarship 
Andrew Hatfield Dover John A. & Marion B. Smitheman Scholarship 
Clara Hoffman Caesar Rodney Kelly Family Scholarship 
Cheyanne Jarman Caesar Rodney John J. & Rita D. Ryan Scholarship 
Elisabeth Kelk Colgate University MARTA Scholarship 
Sofia Lopez Milford Lee Hirsch Scholarship 
Aniyah Martin Lake Forest Tony Silicato Scholarship 
Sabta Mele Milford Citibank NAF Scholarship 
Lila Mergner Milford Chester Dickerson Sr. Memorial Scholarship 
America Ocegueda Milford Lee Hirsch Scholarship 
Seth Ozer Dover George H. Henry Award 
Kayla Peffley Polytech Robert J. & Kathryn W. Davis Scholarship 
Carlin Reyen Cornell University MARTA Scholarship 
Eve Sekscinski Milford Barbara Kimmey Pierce Memorial Scholarship, James L. Davis Scholarship, Lee Hirsch Scholarship, Milford High School Alumni Scholarship 
Brendan Slonacher Milford Garbutt Family Scholarship, James H. Postles Scholarship, John A. & Marion B. Smitheman Scholarship 
Rachel Smith Caesar Rodney John A. & Marion B. Smitheman Scholarship 
Richard Smith, Jr.  Caesar Rodney Janoski Family Scholarship, John A. & Marion B. Smitheman Scholarship 


Student   School Scholarship 
Robert Argo Arcadia University PA Program Mark B. Holzman Scholarship 
Suhani Bhatt Newark Charter Margaret L. Richey Scholarship 
Corinthian Chambers Newark Charter Dr. Jill Biden – Biden Breast Health Initiative Scholarship 
Farrah Charles Smyrna  Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Sophia Correale Padua Academy Citibank NAF Scholarship, Caesar Rodney Rotary Scholarship 
Paisley Crocker Hodgson Vo-Tech Keisha M. Michael Memorial Scholarship 
Leonora Demerutis University of Delaware Carl Hill Memorial Scholarship 
Ansh Desai Appoquinimink Beekhuis Scholarship, Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Gabriel Fennemore University of Delaware Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Elijah Gibson Salesianum Frank Vari Memorial Scholarship 
Jaianna Hightower Lincoln University Ladies/Lions Auxiliary of Lincoln University 
Nathan Howe   Delcastle   Steven Wesley Beheler Scholarship 
De’Jah Jennings Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Eleanor & Henry H. Stroud, M.D. Memorial Scholarship 
Tara Kedda Charter School of Wilmington Margaret L. Richey Scholarship 
David Konitzer University of Delaware   Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Yutong Li Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Mark B. Holzman Scholarship 
Gael Lucero-Palacios William Penn Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Greyson Morris University of Delaware Generation III Scholarship 
Amelia Moss Cab Calloway School of Arts Caesar Rodney Rotary Scholarship 
Brazil Munroe Howard Caesar Rodney Rotary Scholarship 
Ayanda Ndungu Cab Calloway School of Arts Margaret L. Richey Scholarship 
  Shane Riley   Appoquinimink Citibank NAF Scholarship 
Gabriela Rivero University of Miami School of Law Mark B. Holzman Scholarship 
Yezame Rubelo University of Delaware Taylor Family Scholarship 
Maanvi Sarwadi MOT Charter Citbank NAF Scholarship, Committee of 100 Scholarship 
Shelby Schmitt Mt. Sophia Academy Margaret A. Stafford Nursing Scholarship 
Rimmon Shoukat   University of Delaware Margaret L. Richey Scholarship   
James Stangl University of Delaware Carl Hill Memorial Scholarship 
Erin Thomas   Cab Calloway School of Arts   William J. & H. Virginia Miller Scholarship, Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship   
Shaina Twardus   Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University   Mark B. Holzman Scholarship   
Mohammed Uddin   Concord   Committee of 100 Scholarship, John & Louise Maslin Scholarship, Beekhuis Scholarship   
Sabrina Warner Appoquinimink Beekhuis Scholarship, Margaret A. Stafford Nursing Scholarship, Thomas & Mary Jo Russo Scholarship 
  Jade Wasgatt   Towle Institute   Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Student School Scholarship 
Martina Ambrosino Seaford Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship 
Elizabeth Ramirez Antonio Sussex Central Lucille Tiro Memorial Scholarship, John Botto Memorial Scholarship, Chris Cordrey Student Athlete Scholarship 
Abigail Betts Cape Henlopen John M. Roca Memorial Scholarship 
Connor Bird   Indian River Margaret M. Moore Scholarship 
Mackinzie Brown   Cape Henlopen   Cape Henlopen Taxpayers for Fair Elections Scholarship, Geneva Pepper Morris Scholarship 
Kendall Cathell Indian River J. D. O’Connor Scholarship 
Keelie Conaway Delmarva Christian Janosik Family Scholarship 
Madison Drake Cape Henlopen Cape Henlopen Taxpayers for Fair Elections Scholarship 
Norbetia Edouard Wilmington University Elisabeth C. Tassone Oncology Scholarship 
Jordy Estrada Indian River Janosik Family Scholarship 
Michael Fagundes-Rocha Sussex Central Janosik Family Scholarship 
Anna Fantoli Cape Henlopen Thurman G. Adams and Hilda McCabe Adams Family Scholarship 
Austin Futty Cape Henlopen Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship, Cloutier-Valenti Legacy Scholarship 
Thomas Gibbs Cape Henlopen J.D. O’Connor Scholarship 
Faith Givens Laurel Janosik Family Scholarship 
Lucas Granger Laurel Janosik Family Scholarship 
Ian Hayes Woodbridge Janosik Family Scholarship, Margaret L. Richey Scholarship 
Maryn Hocker Delmarva Christian Janosik Family Scholarship 
Kaitlyn Johnson Indian River Atlantis Scholarship for Excellence, J. D. O’Connor Scholarship  
Jack Jones   Sussex Tech Don and Anne Ward Scholarship 
Parker Keeler Woodbridge Margaret A. Stafford Nursing Scholarship 
Payton Keeler   Woodbridge Janosik Family Scholarship, Margaret M. Moore Scholarship, V. George & Jeannette Cary Scholarship 
Lisa Masly Laurel Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship, Margaret A. Stafford Nursing Scholarship, Janosik Family Scholarship 
Thomas Meszaros Sussex Academy Sussex Foundation Scholarship 
Ganesvio Metelus Laurel Janosik Family Scholarship 
Anna Nauman Cape Henlopen George H. Henry Scholarship, Margaret M. Moore Scholarship 
Gabrielle Oliphant Sussex Tech Dr. Jill Biden – Biden Breast Health Initiative Scholarship, Janosik Family Scholarship 
Victoria Parsons Sussex Academy Sussex Foundation Scholarship, J. D. O’Connor Scholarship 
Ruby Phillips  Sussex Academy Margaret M. Moore Scholarship 
Stella Pogwist Sussex Tech Janosik Family Scholarship 
Caelynn Rees-Jorgensen Sussex Academy Sussex Foundation Scholarship 
Caroline Ricketts Laurel Hastings Scholarship, Achievement Scholarship for Students with Chronic Illness 
Alexa Rolph Sussex Tech Don and Anne Ward Scholarship 
Dakota Trumbauer Cape Henlopen Ken Cicerale Memorial Music Scholarship 
Doralynn Ventura-Lopez Sussex Academy Sussex Foundation Scholarship 
Alexander Wiggins Sussex Academy Margaret L. Richey Scholarship 
Weston Williams Greenwood Mennonite Janosik Family Scholarship