LMTSF is proud to have ongoing support in the following Special Awards: (New awards are being established. Please refer to our "news" to learn more about our latest awards.)
Trevor Hoffman Memorial Scholarship
James and Jean Barr Scholarship
Williams-Clarke Special Award
Marita Williams and Kelly Clarke are Lower Merion Special Education teachers who made a special impact on their student, Seth Gladstone, and his entire family. This scholarship recognizes them and their colleagues in Lower Merion School District’s Special Education departments for the invaluable work they do helping their students maximize their ability. This scholarship is intended to support graduates who plan to pursue a career in special education, general education or have meaningfully participated in organizations such as Best Buddies or Special Olympics.
William "Maitie" Bottoms Special Award
Michelle Florian Memorial Scholarship
The Lower Merion community, specifically Belmont Hills Elementary School, suffered a major loss in November 2019, when 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Michelle Florian lost her battle with cancer. Mrs. Florian was a world traveler and loved to incorporate her respect for other countries’ cultures and traditions into her own classroom. Friends of Mrs. Florian established a Special Scholarship Award to be given to a graduating senior this year that attended Belmont Hills Elementary School to honor Mrs. Florian’s memory and the contributions she made to the Lower Merion community as a teacher for 20 years.
William Brubaker Scholarship Award
Bill Brubaker was a beloved member of the Lower Merion community. He worked in the district for 38 years from 1962 until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Brubaker started as a social studies teacher at Bala Cynwyd Junior High School, then continued as the assistant principal at BC, acting principal of the Narberth School, and then eventually as principal for both Welsh Valley Middle School and Cynwyd Elementary. His legacy in the district continues today, as his daughter, Beth Pavletich, is currently a teacher at Bala Cynwyd Middle School. Having previously worked as an assistant principal at Welsh Valley and 5th grade teacher at Cynwyd, Mrs. Pavletich is truly following in her father’s footsteps! Friends and family of Mr. Brubaker have established an award in his memory, hoping to pass along his love of education and stressing the importance of higher education. The LMTSF is proud to be awarding a scholarship to a graduating senior this year in Mr. Brubaker’s memory.
Kiran Khurana Special Award
Kiran was a 2018 graduate of Harriton High School. She participated in Lower Merion’s district-run squash program beginning in elementary school and throughout her middle and high school years. She was a dependable member of the nationally ranked Harriton Lower Merion (HLM) Squash team, often surprising her opponents with her ability to get to shots that seemed impossible to return. Kiran’s tenacity and work ethic were matched off the court with strong academic skills and a love for learning. Kiran had recently finished her first year at McGill University and had unlimited potential. The Harriton Lower Merion community misses Kiran and honors her memory.
LMHS, Class of 1959
The LMSD, Class of 1959 held its 60th reunion in the fall of 1959. In honor of their reunion, they decided to "pay it forward" and help current graduates from the district.
LMHS, Class of 1979
When the Lower Merion High School Class of 1979 gathered in Manayunk for their 40th reunion, they did more than catch up with old friends. They decided to “pay it forward” by helping future LMSD graduates achieve their academic dreams by creating the LMHS Class of 1979 Scholarship.
LMHS, Class of 2019
This award was a gift given by the graduates of the LMHS Class of 2019. Each graduating class of Lower Merion High School has continually supported the Fund by making sizable donations taken from their year-long fundraising efforts, such as the Amazing Ace (formerly Mr. LM) contest.
Jamie S. Moss Memorial Award
Jamie S. Moss was a parent and realtor. Her colleagues at Fox & Roach, et al established this award in her memory.
Graham Dixon Special Award
In 2018, the Harriton Student Council Officers and participants of the Mr. Harriton program have always generaoulsy donated funds to the Scholarhsip Funds over the years. Last year, the Harriton Class of 2018, decided that they would raise this money in honor of one of their classmates, Graham Dixon, who tragically passed away in February of 2015. At the time of his passing, Scott Eveslage (then principal of Harriton High School) wrote, “Graham was an extraordinary young man, whose warmth, curiosity and passion for life and learning has left an enduring impact on our school community and all those who knew and loved him. He was a dedicated student and was especially active in TSA, where he was highly successful in the recent Regional TSA Conference. He has a supportive circle of friends, many of whom are his TSA peers.”
The LMTSF was the beneficiary in L. Isobel Rigg's estate. She was a child psychologist and her late husband also has an award in his name.
Norma Meyers Scholarship Award
This scholarship award was established in honor of Norma Myers. Mrs. Myers believed in helping others (young and old), taught cooking classes, loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, and lived life to the fullest. This award by her daughter who is an active member of the Lower Merion Community after Mrs. Myers passing in 2018.
Bridgett Hull Memorial Award
This Special Award was established by the LMSD community in honor of Lower Merion High School counselor Bridgett Hull, who passed away in August of 2016, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Donations are still being collected to fund this Special Award with hopes to continue Ms. Hull’s legacy of supporting the students of Lower Merion for years to come.
Bobby Bonds Memorial Award
This Special Award was established by the Bobby Bonds Memorial Foundation in Honor of Bobby Bonds, a Harriton High School graduate and active member of the Lower Merion community. His inspirational words, “Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle happens,” is a true testament to how Bobby lived his life and helped countless others.
Mr. John Osipowicz Award
Mr. John Osipowicz was a beloved English teacher at Lower Merion High School for 34 years. During his time at L.M., Mr. O was actively involved with coaching Boys Baseball, outside work programs for students, and Faculty Senate. After his retirement from teaching, Mr. O. pursued his other passion, writing detective and murder mystery novels. Since 2004, Mr. O wrote 63 novels! This award was established to honor Mr. Osipowicz who passed away in 2018.
Albert A. Garthwaite, Jr. Memorial
This award was established in 2000, and has helped many students over the years
Albert and Beverly Schiffrin Award
The Schiffrins were part of the founding group of parents that established the LMTSF in 1964.
Ann and Frank Cestare Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the children of Ann and Frank Cestare, who were part of the founding group of parents that established the LMTSF in 1964.
Anne Smith Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Smith was a teacher, an LMSD school board member, and active board member of the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund.
Ardmore Women's Club
This award was established by the Ardmore Women's Club to benefit a student that shows an interest in pursuing a career in the medical field or in education.
Athie Sosangelis-White Scholarship
Mrs. Sosangelis-White was a beloved Cynwyd teacher who retired in 2007 due to health issues. She established this fund for friends and family to contribute to as a form of well-wishing, that she could continue to help students attain their educational goals even if she could not be teaching herself. Mrs. Sosangelis-White lost her battle with cancer soon after she retired.
David Schall III Award
This fund was established in memory of David Schall, who was a Lower Merion HS Grad.
Donald Eppinger Award
The Donald Eppinger Award was established in 1992 in memory of Mr. Donald Eppinger. Many of the Eppinger family were graduates of Lower Merion High School.
Florence Sheperd Award
Florence Sheperd was the secretary of the original board of Governors of the Scholarship Fund and a music teacher in the Lower Merion Schools.
Fritz Brennan Memorial Scholarship
John J. "Fritz" Brennan is considered one of the best ever high school football coaches in the East. As head football coach at Lower Merion High School, Brennan led teams that rolled up a record 32-game winning streak from 1954 to 1958 and won several suburban championships. Brennan was an assistant coach at LM from 1947-1952, then served as head coach until 1969. His career record at Lower Merion was 105 wins, 33 losses, and 5 ties. From 1969 until his retirement he served as school athletic director.
George Cerio Award
George Cerio was a student at Lower Merion High School in 1955, when he was injured during an Automotive class, and was left paralyzed from the waist down. The students of Lower Merion High school held a carnival for many years to raise funds to aid in George’s care. When George passed away in 1984, the Scholarship Fund inherited money from his estate to help students pursue their academic dreams.
George H. Gilbert Scholarship
Mr. Gilbert was a teacher and former principal of Lower Merion High School.
Hank Plumly Award
This award was established in Memory of Mr. Plumly, a beloved teacher at Welsh Valley Middle School, by his colleagues and friends.
Hassel Foundation Scholarship
The Hassel Foundation Award was established in 1995, and has helped many students over the years.
Jackye Smith Scholarship
Jackye Smith taught at the elementary level 38 years in the LMSD, teaching last at Penn Valley Elementary School. She was instrumental in the establishment of tutoring programs at the Ardmore Community Center and Bethel A.M.E., located in Ardmore. She continues to pursue avenues to assist minority students reach their educational goals.
Jacob Joyce Memorial Award
This Award was established in memory of Jacob Joyce, a Harriton High School Graduate, Class of 2002.
JoAnn Waters Memorial Award
This award was established in memory of JoAnn Waters, a well loved teacher at Welsh Valley Middle school, by her colleagues, friends and students.
John A. Turner Memorial Award
The John A. Turner Award was established in 1988 and has helped many students over the years.
John H. O'Donnel Memorial Award
Mr. O'Donnel was a Narberth Soccer Club Coach.
L.A. Eppinger Award
Mr. Eppinger was founder and director of the Lower Merion Federal Savings and Loan Association in Ardmore from 1936-1969.
Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association
This award is given in honor of graduates who died in World War I.
Mary Anne Hinkle Memorial Scholarship
Mary Anne served as a secretary to the principals of Harriton High School for 23 years. She loved sports, students, and the pursuit of learning.
Maurice L. Strauss
The Maurice Strauss Award was established in 1984 in honor of Mr. Maurice Strauss. Mr. Strauss was a resident of Lower Merion for many years, and was the founder and popularly known as “Moe” of The Pep Boys, “Manny, Moe and Jack.”
Merion Community Award
The Merion Community Award was established by the board of directors of the Merion Community Association in 1995. It was established to provide financial aid to students that live in the Merion area.
Michael and Barbara Fanning Scholarship
Michael Fanning was a long-time supporter of the Fund, an active member of the Board of Governors, and extremely involved in assisting students and families achieve their educational goals, right up to his death in 2007.
Nort Seaman Award
Mr. Seaman was a well-loved former Harriton HS Principal.
Phillip B. Cappalonga Scholarship
Mr. Cappalonga was a former principal of Narberth School.
Trey Davis Memorial Award
The Trey Davis Award was established in 2007. Trey Davis was the child of Mr. Brett Davis and the grandchild of Mrs. Dolores Davis, both of whom were teachers at Welsh Valley. It has been traditionally awarded to a student that attended Welsh Valley Middle School.
Anita and Howard Miller Memorial Scholarship
Anita Miller spent the majority of her life devoted to the enrichment and education of the children in her community. She was a reading tutor for the Lower Merion School District, established a variety of educational and recreational programs within the district and her local community, served as Home and School president in 3 different schools, and was actively involved with the Scouts.
Dr. Joseph Foote Scholarship
Dr. Foote was a dentist in Ardmore. His children graduated from Lower Merion High School and he was always involved in sports and community activities. This award was established in his memory in 2009 by friends and family.
Harriton Class of 1964 Reunion Scholarship
This award was gifted by Class of 1964, in celebration of their 50th Reunion.
Judy Vietri Scholarship
This award was established by colleagues, friends, and students of Judy Vietri. Judy served as principal of Merion, Penn Valley and Belmont Hills Elementary school during her 33 years in the District. She was a strong advocate for students, especially those with special needs, and well love by her students and their parents. She currently serves on the LMTSF Board
Sabrina Dechnik Scholarship
Sabrina Dechnik was a Biology and Science teacher at Lower Merion High School from 1944-1979.
HHS Student Council
Over the years, the Harriton High School Student Council has raised money for the LMSTF, particularly via the Dr. Harriton event.
LeVan (Butch) Smith Scholarship
Mr. Smith is a retired art teacher who taught for many years at Harriton High School. This award was established in his name to commemorate his 65th Birthday.
This award was established from the proceeds from the Harriton High School Yearbook.
Kobe Bryant Award
Kobe Bryant was a graduate of Lower Merion High School and had a successful career playing professional basketball.
Cynwyd Elementary HSA Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the Cynwyd HSA, which is committed to helping students reach their potential through education.
Moment of Integration Award
Established by the Moment of Integration Committee in celebration the integration of schools in Ardmore in 1964.
Abraham Freedman Award
Dr. Freedman was a true Renaissance man. A respected psychiatrist and clinician in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Freedman was also an avid sailor, fisherman, tennis player, and painter. Serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army in World War II, Dr. Freedman received the U.S. Army's Legion of Merit Award. He had a love for his Lower Merion Community, serving for 20 years on the Merion Civic Association. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather until his passing in 2009.
Dr. Philip Selim Scholarship
Phil Selim was an active member of the LMTSF Board for 25 years. He taught and served as assistant principal at Lower Merion High School before his retirement in 2003. He firmly believed in education being the key to success in life and did all he could to ensure as many of his students as possible had a chance at higher education.
Lower Merion Class of '63 50th Reunion Scholarship
This award is given to a Lower Merion High School graduate in honor of the 50th reunion of the Graduating Class of 1963.
Nancy Giordano Memorial Award
The Award was established in memory of Nancy by her family and friends to be awarded to a deserving student who exemplifies the "Spirit of the Alternative West."
Agnes M. Mahon Award
The Agnes M. Mahon Award was established in 1971 by her five children. Over the years, the Mahon family has contributed more than $40,000 to LMTSF.
Beverly and Barry Brooks Award
This award was established in 1971 by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Brooks and has been given to more than 40 Lower Merion and Harriton graduates over the years.
Caroline G. (Papoose) Turner Memorial Scholarship
Caroline Turner was very active in the West Ardmore community instrumental in starting, promoting, and supporting neighborhood activities such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the “Soul Shack”, and the Ardmore “Steppers” marching group. And although she did not graduate high school, Mom maintained a life-long belief in the value of education and proved this by earning her GED late in her 50’s. It is the family’s hope that Caroline’s love of home, friends, and family and her memory will continue to endure in the community that was and always will truly be…”home” and that this annual award will remind the recipient that they are blessed and fortunate to call Lower Merion home!
Gilroy Roberts Scholarship
Gilroy Roberts (March 11, 1905, Philadelphia – January 26, 1992) was a sculptor, gemstone carver, and the ninth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint between 1948 and 1964. His most famous work is the Kennedy half-dollar coin.
Joseph (Joey) Pacifico/Class of '69 Award
The Pacifico Family established a scholarship in 1998. The Scholarship was later named the Joey Pacifico, Class of 1969, Award in memoriam of the passing Joseph Pacifico. Over the years, the Pacifico family has continued to generously support the Fund and our students.
Lower Merion Education Association
The Lower Merion Education Association is a merged local that consists of approximately 1325 professionals and educational support professionals. The LMEA has two primary missions: to protect and enhance the welfare of its members and to deliver the best possible educational programs.
Peter Schiffrin Special Award
This Special Award was established by the LMSD community in honor of Peter Schiffrin, who passed away in January of 2018. Peter was a graduate of Lower Merion High School Class of 1969 and played on their championship soccer team. He went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business. He and his family moved to Washington, DC. Peter had been a management consultant and corporate executive who formerly worked as a human resources officer for Marriott International. Peter’s parents, Albert and Beverly, were two of the founding members of the Scholarship Fund, and Albert was the first “Chair” of the Board of Governors. Peter and his siblings, Susan and Richard, created a Special Award in their parents’ name that has been established in perpetuity.
Bradford and Anne Smith Special Award
Mr. and Mrs. Smith were active members of the Lower Merion community and school district for many years. Anne worked her way through college where she met Bradford, who had received a full scholarship. As parents, they worked hard to put their own children through college and instilled in them a real appreciation for education.
Harriton Classes of 76 & 77 Scholarship
This award was gifted by Harriton Classes of 1976 and 1977 in celebration of their 50th Reunions.
Lower Merion Class of 2015
This award was established in 2015 and was given as gift after graduation.