United Way announces Munchak scholarship

September 18th, 2015 4:52 pm

First Posted: 3/4/2013

The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties is pleased to announce the availability of the 2013 Mike Munchak Community Services Scholarship to assist high school seniors from Lackawanna or Wayne Counties, Pa., who plan to continue their education at an accredited university, college or trade school in a two or four year degree program.

If selected, the 2013 recipient will receive a one-year award of $6,300 to commemorate Mike’s #63, retired by the Houston Oilers. Funding for the award comes from proceeds of the Mike Munchak Charity Golf Classic and will be presented at this year’s 18th annual tournament, slated for June 24 at the Country Club of Scranton.

A 2001 enshrinee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mr. Munchak is often lauded for his work on the football field and on the sidelines, first as an offensive line coach and now as head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Yet, it is his work off the field that led to a scholarship program being established by the United Way to honor his long-standing commitment to his hometown of Scranton and the people of the area.

“For the past 18 years it has been our honor to welcome Mike home to Scranton, and we remain grateful to him for his unwavering commitment to the people of our community,” said Gary Drapek, president of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be actively involved in community service activities within programs/agencies receiving funds from the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, be full-time residents and/or students of a school district within Lackawanna or Wayne Counties and be accepted by an accredited university, college or trade school, in a two or four year degree program track, for the 2013/2014 school year.

Additional requirements include a demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, agency recommendation and a track record of community service.

Last year’s recipient of the inaugural scholarship was Philip Mosolino, a 2012 graduate of Carbondale Area High School and active volunteer with the Greater Carbondale YMCA. The scholarship award was presented to Mr. Mosolino as part of the Annual Mike Munchak Charity Golf Classic to benefit the United Way held last year at the Country Club of Scranton.

To be considered, completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30. A complete listing of eligibility requirements and the application are available for download at www.uwlc.net or by calling Frank Kincel at the United Way, 570.343.1267 at extension 233.