Keystone College to Offer Roy W. Piper Scholarship

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Posted: 02/13/2009

La Plume - Wyoming County businessman Roy W. Piper passed away in 2007, but his memory will live on for generations of young people at Keystone College. 

Keystone will initiate the Roy W. Piper Scholars Program for local students beginning in the 2009 fall semester. Mr. Piper, owner of the Roy Piper Construction Co. in Tunkhannock, established the scholarships for local high school students about six years before he passed away on July 3, 2007.

The awards are full scholarships, offering tuition, room and board, books and supplies to qualified students. A total of three scholarships will be awarded each year. One scholarship each will be awarded--or renewed--annually to a qualified student planning to attend Keystone College, a military-related secondary school or college, and any other accredited college or university. Preference will be given to students in Wyoming, Lackawanna, and Luzerne counties.

"We are deeply honored to be selected to receive the Roy W. Piper Scholarship," said Keystone College President Dr. Edward. G. Boehm, Jr. "Mr. Piper left a lasting gift for the future leadership of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Keystone is proud to honor that legacy through this scholarship in his name." 

The scholarships are being administered by Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust.

"Mr. Piper was dedicated to our community and particularly to its young people. The scholarships are one way in which Mr. Piper is giving back to his community for years to come," said attorney Robert W. Browning, a trustee for the Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust.

March 15 is the application deadline for students to be considered for the scholarships. To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need, good citizenship, and community involvement.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information about the scholarship may contact their high school guidance counselor, the Keystone College Office of Financial Assistance, 945-8132, or the Roy W. Piper Scholarship, c/o Robert P. Browning, Esq., rpb@oprlaw.com.

The Roy W. Piper Scholars Program is the centerpiece of an initiative sponsored by Keystone College to offer a variety of scholarships and financial assistance for incoming students. Another popular financial program, the Keystone College High School Scholarship Incentive Program, encourages local students to remain in Northeastern Pennsylvania for their college career. 

Keystone has developed partnerships with Lackawanna Trail, Tunkhannock, Mountain View, and Lakeland school districts to offer qualified students a chance to earn tuition dollars at Keystone prior to graduating from high school.  Students must enroll in the scholarship program in the ninth grade and maintain a specific minimum grade point average. If a student meets these goals, he or she will receive $1,000 to be applied toward future Keystone tuition.

The available tuition amount increases to $1,250 for sophomores, $1,500 for juniors, and $1,750 for seniors, for a total of $5,500 in yearly tuition reduction at Keystone. Specific minimum grade point averages must be maintained during each subsequent year of high school. The $5,500 amount can be renewed each year for three additional years at Keystone for a total scholarship award of $22,000.

For more information on the Keystone College High School Scholarship Incentive Program or any Keystone scholarship, contact the Keystone College Admissions Office, (570) 945-8111 or e-mail kristen.greene@keystone.edu.