The scholarships awarded in 2017 totaled $7,350, donated by Barbara’s husband, Scott Offord. Seven Woodstock high school students, who had demonstrated motivation to improve their lives through education, be it community college or trade school, were awarded $1,050 scholarships each. The 2017 scholarship recipients (pictured from left to right), along with their intended field of study in parentheses, are: Stephanie Soriano-Palma (Early Childhood Education), Anier Rose-Stovall (Culinary Arts), Carina Lopez-Quintero (Forensic Investigation), Talya Flores (Occupational Therapy), and Arlene Elias (Psychology). Not pictured: Christian Carbajal (Manufacturing) and Selina Carbajal-Bernal (Nursing).
The awards were presented just before St. Ann’s monthly Vestry meeting on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
The 2017 Application Criteria:
- Recipients must be graduating seniors from Woodstock H.S. and Woodstock North H.S.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (does not require highest marks; all students encouraged to apply)
Barbara Scibetta (pictured below)
Barbara Scibetta valued learning in her life, and in the lives of others. She was concerned about the high cost of post high school education. Her family and the good people of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, Illinois, have established the St. Ann’s Episcopal Church Barbara Scibetta Scholarship fund. This fund is intended to help students like her who may not be part of the academic elite but are motivated to pursue an education that will help them enrich their lives and become self-sufficient members of society. Barbara’s father, Norman Scibetta, was an Elgin educator who knew that a university education was not for everyone. He was instrumental in organizing the cooperative education program in Elgin High School District U-46. This scholarship was awarded to students who had demonstrated motivation to improve their lives through education, be it community college or trade school.