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The Highlands at Wyomissing Residents Award Over $30,000 in Scholarships to Employees

by The Highlands at Wyomissing

Pictured above, from left to right: front row: Dr. George Gerhart, Amy Reinsel, Barbara Kline, Sue Wachs, Jack Gibbon, Valerie Gerace, Kassandra Rodriguez, Alyse Moore, Renee’ Dietrich, Jack Boyle, and Gary Rightmire; back row: Alysa Walker, Ava Lawrence, Tabitha Gottschall, Kimberly Miranda, Ava Gerace, Payton Jones, Andria Addis, Nolin Bourland, and Chase Rapp.

The Highlands at Wyomissing® resident-led Scholarship Committee recently hosted its annual scholarship award ceremony and reception, where $1,500 scholarships were awarded to 21 well-deserving employees striving to advance their careers.

On Tuesday, June 18, employees, their families, and residents gathered to celebrate and honor these dedicated team members. The Highlands at Wyomissing Scholarship program, established in 2019, aims to provide financial support to employees pursuing education at traditional colleges or universities, community colleges, trade schools, or advanced certificate programs. To date, the program has awarded nearly $90,000 in scholarships and raised almost $300,000, working towards an endowment fund to ensure ongoing support for employees’ educational and career development goals.

“We are delighted to celebrate the success of our resident-led Scholarship Fund,” said Kevin DeAcosta, President and CEO of The Highlands at Wyomissing. “It is with great pride that the resident-led Scholarship Committee awarded these scholarships to such deserving employees who are passionately pursuing their academic aspirations. Since the program’s inception, the committee has granted an impressive total of 59 scholarships, empowering our dedicated employees to pursue their educational dreams. Together, we are creating a community that values growth, learning, and unwavering support for one another.”

DeAcosta also recognized the Scholarship Fund Committee and its members: Barbara Kline, Amy Reinsel, Renee Dietrich, Sue Wachs, Dr. George Gerhart, and Jack Boyle (Chairman), for their hard work and dedication in making this event a success.

To be eligible, employees must have worked at The Highlands for a minimum of one year, demonstrated post-high school plans, and be in good standing. Interested employees submitted an essay to the Scholarship Committee discussing their career goals and how working at The Highlands will help them achieve these goals and participated in an interview with the committee.

2024 Scholarship Fund Winners:

Dining Services:

  • Alysa Walker – Clarks Summit University
  • Andria Addis – Penn State Berks
  • Ava Gerace – West Chester University
  • Ava Lawrence – Penn State Berks
  • Chase Rapp – Shippensburg University
  • Jack Gibbon – Duquesne University
  • Natalie Bonnette – Indiana University of PA
  • Nautica Bourland – Albright College
  • Nolin Bourland – Albright College
  • Payton Jones – Kutztown University
  • Peter Cinelli – Penn State University
  • Valerie Gerace – Millersville University
  • Zoe Perella – Saint Joseph’s University 

Health Services:

  • Alyse Moore – Excelsior College
  • Deidra Kramlich – Activities Certification
  • Eniyah Cooper – Reading Area Community College
  • Kassandra Rodriguez – Penn State University
  • Kimberly Miranda – Reading Area Community College
  • Tabitha Gottschall – Reading School of Health Sciences
  • Jessica DiPietro – PA Home Care Leadership Academy 

Information Technology:

  • Doug McNeill – Information Technology Certification

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