Photo shows Councilman Fritz Scherz presenting Megan Centore with a certificate and check for $250 as grand prize winner of the 4th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service. Looking on is Megan’s mom, Jennifer Centore.
Photo shows Councilman Fritz Scherz presenting Jenna Dunne with a certificate and check for $50 as runner up of the 4th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.
(Verona, NY – May 13, 2013) Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board in Verona, NY, announced that he has selected Megan Centore of Durhamville as the grand prize winner and Jenna Dunne of Verona as the runner up for the 4th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.
Centore has volunteered for the Humane Society, where she assisted with the care of dogs and cats and helped place lost dogs back with their owners. She also volunteered to help R-Cats, by attending events and leading fundraising efforts. In addition, she volunteered at the Verona Food Pantry, and assisted families in need.
As winner of this award, Centore received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $250.
Dunne has donated items to the Verona Food Pantry on a regular basis, which have helped families in need. She also volunteered with elementary intramurals after school, has been in charge of the Legion Baseball concession stand, and has taken on an active role in her church youth group. As runner up for this award, Dunne received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $50.
Originally, the scholarship was going to be for $250, all self-funded by Councilman Scherz, and just for one person. However, he received a donation from his good friend of many years, Paul Walrath who wanted to contribute to this year’s scholarship.
When Councilman Scherz reviewed the applications, he decided to have a grand prize winner and a runner up, since Centore and Dunne were both really stepping up.
“Upon reviewing Ms. Centore’s application, as well as Ms. Dunne’s, I was quite impressed,” said Scherz. “It’s obvious Megan and Jenna both care about not only the Verona community, but the surrounding areas as well, as their volunteer efforts have extended beyond the Town of Verona. I thought it was a very unique coincidence that both young women make it a point to help out the Verona Food Pantry, which has become increasingly busier. I congratulate Megan and Jenna for not only winning the awards, but for also setting a great example for others to follow. On a personal note, I know my Dad would’ve been impressed with the volunteer efforts of these two young women!”