By Erika Webb
Since 2007, Deltona residents have been turning trash into cash for local students seeking funds for college. This year selected students received a total of $50,000 in college money, which was raised for the William S. Harvey Scholarship through the community's recycling efforts.
Students filed to the front of the room at the regular city commission meeting on April 15 to accept their scholarship certificates along with congratulations from the mayor and commissioners. There were 28 recipients.
The William S. Harvey Deltona Scholarship Advisory Board, comprised of seven members, was formed in 2008 to review the applications of area high school and college students and make recommendations to the commission for scholarship awards.
To qualify each student -- of any age -- must be a Deltona resident for at least six months, have a 2.0 or higher grade point average, applied or been accepted to an accredited college or university within Florida and must include standardized test scores with their completed application. Applications are available online at www.deltonafl.gov or in the lobby areas at Deltona City Hall.
In November 2007, a Deltona citizen suggested creating a scholarship fund to then Commissioner David Santiago and Mayor Dennis Mulder. The commission approved using revenue generated from citywide recycling for the Deltona Scholarship Program.
In 2008, the mayor and City Commission approved renaming the program to honor late Vice Mayor William S. Harvey.
"It sounds like we're a very altruistic group and we give out all this money but you really do it," Mayor John Masiarczyk said at the April 15 meeting. "When you put those bottles and cans out by the curb it really means a lot."
Receiving $3,000 dollar scholarships were Alan Chan, University of Florida; Jenna Premo, Stetson University; Emily Estry, Deltona High School; and Travis Pinnock, University High School.
Receiving $2,500 dollar scholarships were Kelsey Applegarth, Deltona High School; Caroline Pertler, DeLand High School; and Alexandra Oretsky, Florida State University.
Receiving $2,000 dollar scholarships were Orion Maier, Deltona High School; Amina Atcha, DeLand High School; Tatiana Holland, Pine Ridge High School; and Taylor McGowan, Deltona High School.
Receiving $1,500 dollar scholarships were Leroy Burch, University High School; Eleana Alvarez, University High School; Jennifer Whelan, Trinity Christian Academy; Mackenzie Lebeda, Mariah Nelson and Shannon Foster, all from Deltona High School; Arnaldo Carrasquillo, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Madeleine Cassidy, Abeka DVD homeschool; Jordan Mericle, Deltona High School; Kevin Shannon, Pine Ridge High School; and Elizabeth Acevedo, Deltona High School.
Receiving $1,000 scholarships were Justin Kowalski, University of Central Florida; Megan Young, DeLand High School; Marcie Lindell, Daytona State College; Chelsea Read, University High School; Melissa Jennings, Pine Ridge High School ; and Nicole Leisen, Deltona High School.