The heroic and unselfish act of SPC Ross A. McGinnis has touched the
lives of many people in Clarion County and neighboring communities. Ross’
patriotism and sacrifice earned him The Medal of Honor, a Purple Heart and a
Silver Star for Valor.
Another tribute to his valor occurred on Wednesday, December
13th, 2006 when a Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps Alum chose to contribute to Ross’
legacy, which can now live on through other service focused deeds of
individuals. The Alum’s donation of $5000 established the beginning of a
memorial endowment fund. The first Scholarships were awarded in December of
The annual Ross McGinnis Memorial Service Awards will be
awarded on June 14th.
Must demonstrate participation in an outstanding service
project or activity addressing human needs, environment, public safety or
education which benefited an individual or group.
SPC Ross A McGinnis Video, created by Keystone SMILES
Community Learning Center
The Honor “Service” Award -
Requirements: The applicant must have attended or currently
attend a high school or post secondary school located in a county identified on
the regional map. (Refer to map illustration above.)
The Silver “Service” Award - must
have attended or currently attend a Clarion County Public or Private School and
be enrolled in a post-secondary technical / career / educational institution to
access the award.
The Bronze “Service” Award – must
have attended or currently attend Keystone High School, Clarion Career Center or
Keystone SMILES Alternative Education Program and be enrolled in a
post-secondary technical / career / educational institution to access the award.
Has not been a recipient of this Award previously. This is a one-time award.
Must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA at time of application and Award disbursement.
Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Scholarship Contact information:
Joyce A. Fosdick
Executive Director, Keystone SMILES
W. Barnett Knorr
Board President, Keystone SMILES
Board Treasurer, Keystone Smiles
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