2023 Recipients

2023 Justin Sheftel Memorial
Scholarship Award Recipients


Meghan Edinger – Allen High School

I want to thank the Sheftel family, the Justin Sheftel Memorial Fund, and scholarship committee for this generous award. This award truly means so much to me. Justin was an extraordinary person and I am honored that the committee believed exemplifies that. 

I will be attending West Chester University for secondary English education. While at West Chester I plan on expanding my credentials with multiple teacher organizations such as SPSEA and Kappa Delta Pi which is the national honors teacher’s sorority. I also hope to continue my passion for music at WCU by joining one of their many music clubs. After my time at West Chester, I hope to come back to William Allen and teach as well as coach a new generation of canaries. I hope to honor Justin and his memory in everything I do. And I thank the Sheftel family from the bottom of my heart.


Andrew Hill – Parkland High School

I would like to first say thank you to the Sheftel family and scholarship committee for providing me with this opportunity. I am honored that they saw me as someone who embodied some of Justin’s moral fiber and selfless qualities.

I am currently attending the University of Pittsburgh to study environmental science. I am a member of multiple sustainability clubs and volunteer organizations on campus. I plan to continue at Pitt by doing graduate research surrounding climate change and declining biodiversity. Ultimately, I would like to use my education and abilities to give back to the environment and my community.



Michael Dwornicki – Dieruff High School

I would like to begin by thanking the Sheftel family as well as the scholarship committee for awarding me this scholarship. I am honored that all involved saw a bit of Justin in me and have allowed me to be a part of his extraordinary legacy. I hope that I am able to continue living my life through the values that Justin represented and continue blazing my own trail. Justin’s story is one that stuck with me long after I applied for the scholarship and I can only wish to carry a bit of him with me throughout my life.

I will be attending Lehigh University to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Integrated Business and Engineering with a major in Bioengineering. I intend on continuing to dedicate my time to the service of both my school community and the community of the Lehigh Valley. Through my education I will be second in my family to receive a college degree and intend to continue on to a Masters degree. I hope to be able to enter the pharmaceutical industry to bring about new innovations in medicine. I can only aspire that my post-graduate work will honor the legacy of Justin Sheftel.

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