Scholarship Recipients

Justin Sheftel Memorial
Scholarship Award

2020 Recipients

NOAH MOREEF   Parkland High School

(2021 Update)..stayed home and learned online for the first semester of his freshman year at Temple, and plans to stay home again for the second semester. He finished my first semester with all A’s and one B and looks forward to replicating grades for the next semester. 

From Noah: “I would like to thank the Sheftel family and the committee for honoring me with the Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship. Justin’s memory lives on in his family and friends, the same people that come back year after year to honor him and celebrate his life at the Sheftel Tournament. I will do my role in honoring his memory during my college years and beyond through hard work, determination and continuing to serve my community.
This fall I will be attending Temple University majoring in Mathematics and Finance, and plan on playing club volleyball. Beyond college I hope to have a career that I am passionate about and love, but more importantly to be a helper. I want
to reach out into my community and do good where I can. I will carry the lessons I learned from Justin’s legacy as I continue into this next stage. I will emulate the uncommon hero and his example. Thank you again to the Sheftel family for this honor and all you do for the community.

CARRIE SPANGLER    William Allen High School

(2021 update)…went to the main campus fall semester and plans on going back up for the spring semester. It certainly is different but she is so grateful to even be allowed to go! Carrie was busy and made sure to get involved at Penn State- She joined the agronomy club, the horticulture club, the dairy science club, collegiate farm bureau, collegiate Cattlewomen’s’ club, tennis club, and she just finished pledging an agricultural fraternity- she is now a little sister at Delta Theta Sigma!

From Carrie:  “I am truly honored to have received this generous award. I would like to thank the Sheftel Family and the scholarship committee for this exciting opportunity, and for the kindness they have shown me along the way. Justin Sheftel was a truly inspiring person, and I am grateful to become a part of carrying on his legacy. At Penn State, I will be majoring in Agricultural Science, and I hope to one day work in the USDA and support those in the agriculture community. Thanks to the Sheftel program, I will be a step closer to achieving that goal of helping others, which was something that Justin strived to do throughout his life. Like Justin, I have been an active member of my community and school, and I will continue that spirit through college as a reminder of his life and character. Thank you again to the Sheftel family and the committee for awarding me this opportunity.”

JAKE SPEIGEL   Dieruff High School

(2021 update) … first semester was definitely challenging, more so than normal due to Covid. When he arrived on campus they were sent home two weeks later, but luckily enough we were able to come back on campus a month later; however all of the classes went online. It was still much of fun an experience as it could have been given the current situation.

From Jake:  “Words cannot express how honored I am that I have been chosen to receive the Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship. I was shocked to learn of my selection for this honor and am deeply humbled to have been chosen
for this award knowing what it stands for. When I read the scholarship application,
I immediately connected with Justin. It is that same determination, hard work and easy going personality that got me through my toughest moments. The ability to push through, and get done what needs to be done, with grace.
I will be attending James Madison University, where I will be studying Physics. It is there where I hope to continue to honor Justin through my hard work and dedication. I will use the physics that I learn to help those who have cancer, like I once did. I will do this because I want to give back to those who helped me when I needed it most. I also have a passion for soccer and am able to find the right balance between school and sports and be able to play while I am at school.“

2019 Recipients

George Jenkins (Parkland) 

(2021 update)…is a sophomore Accounting major at the University of Scranton. He is a catcher on the baseball team and a student representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

From George: The Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship Award is an honor I will forever be grateful for.  Prior to being awarded the scholarship, I was very familiar with all the wonderful work of the Justin Sheftel Foundation.  The last couple years I was excited to participate in the Softball Tournament and inspired by the love of Justin and the Sheftel family…and last year, my team even made it to the final round.  I remember so many good times at the tournament each year – so much teamwork, lots of laughing, a refreshing feeling of pride in working towards such an important goal of helping others. I also clearly remember sitting next to Steve Carlton for the team picture and being in awe of how many people come together year after year for such an incredible cause.  It is amazing all the good that is done in Justin’s memory and how widespread his impact was and continues to be. I believe Justin Sheftel is still very much alive. I think he lives in me and so many others, especially the scholarship recipients. It has been an honor to participate in the tournament but to actually be selected as a scholarship recipient is so special in so many ways.  It is a gift I am extremely grateful for and it inspires me to be Justin-like in all that I do…work hard, be a great son/brother and friend, live humbly, and love life. I share an appreciation for laughter, perseverance, honesty, integrity, and sacrificing for the greater good. I am currently a student/athlete at the University of Scranton pursuing a degree in Accounting, playing on the baseball team as a catcher, and working a part-time job fulfilling my passion for learning and competitive sports.” 

Jennifer Wu (Dieruff) (2021 update)..since school break she has been working full time as a UPS helper, delivering packages. When things slowly reopened she was quick to find a job at UPS. Then school started again but only online which was very frustrating but with encouragement and determination, I was able to get through it. Now, I’m working full time until next semester starts

From Jennifer: ” I really appreciate Mrs. Sheftel and family for awarding me the Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship. It is an honor to receive this award that will help me not only with college but the memory of Justin. Of his hard work and true dedication as an athlete, student, friend, and son. In his honor, I will continue his tradition of never giving up, working as hard as I can, and always being there to help others. I will be continuing my career at PACE University pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. I would like to become a physical therapist to help patients with physical aches and pains. I will be volunteering at hospitals to gain more experience. Thank you once again!”

Edwin Chalas (William Allen)

(2021 update)..he started data science minor, and is currently mentoring first-generation college applicants for Matriculate. (see new pic in the file)

From Edwin: ” From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank the Sheftel family and the committee for choosing me to receive the Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship. To be honest, I didn’t think it’d be awarded to me – I was in shock when it happened. In that moment, I think I had a deeper understanding of what Justin stood for – dedication, passion and drive for their own sake, and not for a reward. I take those values with me as I finish my first year at Northwestern University, as a Communication Studies major. I plan to mentor other low-income and/or first generation high school juniors and incoming NU freshmen in the fall, and hope to take Justin’s values with me in doing so. Thanks again to the Sheftel family and scholarship committee for giving me the opportunity to pay it forward, and keep the memory of Justin alive.”



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