Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship Award

Since 2006 there have been two scholarships awarded to a graduating boy and girl from Parkland High School.  In 2006  the original amount was $2,500 (plus $500 for three years in school)  granted to each scholarship winner. In 2007 two $5,000 scholarships were awarded.  The good news is that in 2008 due to the success of the softball tournament we were able to award $7,500 to the two winners and have continued that level of award for  2009-2015.

Total awarded over the years including 2015, is $138,000.

For 2015 the scholarship will continue at the same level, additionally we will be awarding $2,500 to Lehigh Valley Miracle League and $6,000 grant to the Jewish Community Center earmarked for the new baseball program, $10,000 to Allentown School District for their middle school baseball program and additional monies to Parkland’s Education Foundation.  For 2014’s winners, donations have been made to West End Youth Center and the Meals on Wheels,  $2,500 to each charity.

Genral information on the scholarship:

Justin Sheftel was tragically killed by a drunk driver while celebrating Senior Week. We are awarding this scholarship to honor Justin, his life and keep his memory alive. The ideal candidate would possess many of the characteristics and qualities that Justin exhibited in his life.

One of his best friends presented the scholarship in 2007, and put into words the type of candidate that would best meet the qualifications.  Following is an excerpt from his speech.

“This award is an un-common award.  What makes this scholarship unique is that when looking for the most deserving candidate, one must take a step back and recite the acronym “WWJD”- What Would Justin Do?  He worked hard in everything he did and received good grades, Sat scores, but it didn’t stop there.  He worked hard for everything, and even if he wasn’t a natural, he worked to develop his skills- not only in sports but also in all aspects of life.  He was the first of my friends to ever hold a paying job.  The Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship rewards those individuals who have the humility to be a team player, and yet possess the passion to keep on going even when the best is out there playing. “Alex Ullman, 2005 Emmaus High School Graduate, Univ. of Penn Graduate

Ryan Schmidt, a dear friend of Justin’s added this, “when I think of Justin I think of a selfless individual, willing to sacrifice for the greater good, a friend who you could trust that you knew would be there when you needed him.  I know he was never the star athlete but he was someone with great passion and drive for what he loved and believed in.  He was someone that earned the respect of his peers through hard work.”  2005 Parkland Graduate, Ursinus College Graduate

So we are looking for the uncommon hero, hard worker, friend and good student who demonstrate these characteristics.

So tell us about yourself; how you feel you best portray those characteristics that were recognized in Justin by his peers.  Explain how you have a passion for something and have continued to pursue, learn and explore to become better at what you do and love.

Interested candidates must:

  • Be a senior who will be graduating from Parkland in June 2009 and attending a College or University in the fall of 2009
  • Have been active in a Parkland Athletic Club or Team for a number of years
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Be involved in extra-curricular activities either in the Parkland School District, or in the community, (a job would be considered extra curricular)
  • Complete the attached application  (download)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation pertaining to the applicant’s character and personality, at least two should be from teachers or a guidance counselor.
  • A one page essay should be attached,

Download a copy of the scholarship application, the application must be in by April 11th, 2016 to Eric Roberts at PHS.  Click on the tab below to download the scholarship application.

Scholarship Award 2016: Scholarship Award 2016


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