Scranton Area Foundation Announces 2013 #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship Recipients

The 2013 #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship awards in honor of Gary Lukasewicz, beloved senior from Riverside Jr.-Sr. High School, have been presented to two recently graduated high school seniors.  Kendra Croker, a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School in Scranton, PA, and Teresa Ann Toomey, a graduate of Holy Redeemer of West Wyoming, are the first recipients of this annual scholarship created in memory of a young man who captured the hearts of so many people in our region and across the nation through his courageous battle with cancer.

The #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by the family of Gary Lukasiewicz through the Scranton Area Foundation to provide scholarships to seniors at public and/or private high schools residing in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties who are planning to attend a four-year college or university. The scholarships will be awarded annually to qualified high school seniors who embody the qualities of Gary Lukasiewicz.  Guidance counselors from each school are able to select one student per school to apply for these scholarships.

Gary Lukasiewicz was a senior from Riverside Jr.-Sr. High School in Taylor. He touched the lives of people throughout the country with his courage and determination in waging a two-year fight against cancer.  Although Gary ultimately lost his battle to cancer, he is still giving back to students in our area through these two new scholarships created in his honor.

Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO of The Scranton Area Foundation, speaks of the legacy of Gary Lukasiewicz: “As an alumnus of Riverside Jr.-Sr. High School, I am honored that the Scranton Area Foundation is administering these scholarships in memory of such a remarkable person.  It is a significant honor for the students who have been selected as these scholarship recipients, for it signifies that they share many of the same qualities that Gary exemplified.”

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Recipients of the 2013 #GaryInspiredMe Scholarships


2013 #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship Recipients; Family Members

Seated left to right: Chester Lukasiewicz, Cheryl Lukasiewicz (Parents of Gary Lukasiewicz); Teresa Toomey, scholarship recipient; Kendra Marie Croker; scholarship recipient.

Standing left to right: Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO, Scranton Area Foundation; Paul Toomey, Josephine Toomey, Theresa Croker.

For more information on The Scranton Area Foundation and the #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship Fund, please contact Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO of the Scranton Area Foundation, at 570-347-6203.