The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Foundation awarded $69,000 in scholarships to seven senior members of the Delone Catholic girls’ basketball program Thursday morning at the school’s annual awards presentation.
Makenna Mummert received a scholarship worth $17,000, Emily McCann took home a scholarship worth $13,000, and Maggie Hughes was awarded a scholarship worth $11,000. Gianna Hoddinott, Abby Jacoby, McKenzie Lee and Abigael Vingsen each received a scholarship worth $7,000.
The Delone girls’ and the Susquehannock boys’ basketball programs were recognized as the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Team Award winners at the conclusion of this year’s basketball season. As a result, the seniors from each program became eligible to apply for scholarships. Susquehannock’s winners were announced last week. Nine individuals shared $83,000 in scholarships bringing this year’s scholarship award total to $152,000.
Members of the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund board reviewed scholarship applications and interviewed applicants before awarding scholarships in varying amounts. With this announcement, the board has now awarded over $900,000 in scholarships since presenting its first two scholarships – each for $1,000 – back in 2001.
The awards are presented in memory of Gretchen Wolf Swartz, who was a York County basketball official from 1981 to 1995. Following her untimely death from leukemia in 1997, her fellow York County officials created the memorial team awards and scholarship fund to promote and honor the sportsmanship she displayed throughout her playing and officiating careers.
At the conclusion of each season, York area basketball officials vote to honor a YAIAA boys’ and girls’ program for sportsmanship after observing the season-long conduct of players, fans, faculty, students, managers, coaches, superintendents, ADs and cheerleaders from junior high to varsity. Each winning school receives a traveling trophy in recognition of its accomplishments.