Marion James & Anna Ressler Hess Scholarship Awarded

Anna Ressler Hess

Marion James Hess

The family of Marion James and Anna Viola Ressler Hess established this scholarship in 2003. Marion and Anna Hess came to Oxford, PA, in 1937. Mr. Hess opened a barber shop which he operated until 1969. Mrs. Hess worked as the secretary to the principal of Oxford Area High School for 21 years, from 1957 until 1978. Anna Hess had always wanted to be a teacher but was unable to afford a four-year college education. They were both supporters of education, in particular, Oxford Area High School.

This merit scholarship award has been established to support a graduate of Oxford Area High School who is attending a 4-year college or university and is planning a career in teaching. The teaching career can be at any level: early childhood education, elementary school, middle school, high school, or college teaching, in any subject area. Graduating seniors are welcome to apply, as are former graduates who are currently enrolled or are planning to enroll in an accredited 4-year institution of higher learning. This is a merit-based scholarship. Financial need is not a criteria

The 2017 recipient of the Marion James & Anna Ressler Hess Scholarship is Virginia Bradbury (Ginger). Ginger will attend Millersville University in the fall.

Dennis R. & Patricia R. Early Scholarship Awarded

Dennis and Patricia Early established this scholarship to support local students of Rockingham County high schools interested in studying in the fields of math or science, or in becoming a K-12 math or science teacher. Student career interests might include nursing, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, computer science and any other math or science based fields. The Earlys have dedicated their lives to education and to encouraging and supporting students in every way, and taught multiple generations of the same families. Patricia taught biology and chemistry and sponsored the yearbook and cheerleading. Dennis taught math and coached golf. They saw firsthand that many families lack resources and established this scholarship to help students reach their educational goals. This scholarship is intended to support qualified students who plan to attend Blue Ridge Community College, Bridgewater College, James Madison University, or

An eligible recipient must be a recent graduate of a Rockingham County high school and accepted at one of the above schools to obtain a Bachelor or Associate Degree with a math or science concentration. Although not required, preference will be given to students who plan to one day teach math or science. Preference also will be given to students from military families. This scholarship is to support the student for their two or four year education as long as the student is enrolled in said science or math program, is in good standing, and receives a 3.0 or better GPA while enrolled full-time. Student must submit a renewal application each year by the deadline. An eligible student must have demonstrated financial need.

The Selection Committee for the Dennis R. & Patricia R. Early Scholarship interviewed potential candidates and determined a recipient based on the following criteria:

1-Financial need
2-Strong academic performance
3-Character, as well as civic and community service.

The 2017 recipient of the Dennis R. & Patricia R. Early Scholarship is Addison Shenk, graduate of Spotswood High School. Addison will attend Eastern Mennonite University in the fall and plans to major in Biology or Pre-Professional Health Sciences.

Arthur John Leavenworth – Eureka Lodge #195 Scholarships Awarded

This scholarship is named in honor of Arthur, “Art,” John Leavenworth by Rhonda Leavenworth Johnson. Rhonda’s father was a longtime member of the Eureka Lodge #195 located in Bridgewater. He contributed money personally to this scholarship and was known to crush and recycle aluminum cans to increase the funds available to donate to needy students.

The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide at least two awards each year; one scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Turner Ashby High School and one is awarded to a graduating senior from Fort Defiance High School.  Consideration for this scholarship is given to applicants with financial need, who have demonstrated strong academic performance and community involvement.

2017 recipients of the Arthur John Leavenworth – Eureka Lodge #195 Scholarship are Megan Comfort from Turner Ashby High School and Blair Landram from Fort Defiance High School. Megan plans to attend Virginia Tech University, and Blair will begin at Blue Ridge Community College.