Wolves Club honors students

HOWLAND — Twelve local high school students were recognized and presented $44,000 in scholarships from the Trumbull County Chapter of the American Association of Wolves who since 1984 have given $500,000 to help students further their educations.

Some of the students were presented special scholarships of $5,000 each in memory of Girard police officer Justin Leo.

David Leo, scholarship chairman, said eight scholarships of $3,000 were presented to local high school students with 145 applicants received this year. He said 35 Girard High School students applied for the Officer Justin Leo Scholarship established in 2018 in memory of his son.

Leo said that scholarship is given in partnership with the Wolves Club,

The funds for the memorial scholarships were raised by the community after Leo was killed in the line of duty in October 2017. There will be a golf outing to raise money for the memorial fund.

Bill Massucci with the Wolves said when the local chapter was established in 1984 the scholarships were given annually to help young people attend college. To date, $560,550 have been given to 289 students.

Madeline Stears, a senior at Girard High School, said it was a privilege and honor to receive the scholarship in memory of Leo.

Angelica Park, a senior at Girard High School, said she knew Leo had done much for the community and to receive the scholarship is only fitting to remember and honor him.

“I feel incredibly honored and grateful.” she said.

The Wolves Club is an Italian professional organization tracing their ideals of learning, discovery and public service to the founding of ancient Rome. The Wolves Club of Pennsylvania and Ohio have awarded more than $9 million during the last 56 years.

Hailee Foster of Niles was selected as this year’s winner of the Peter Rossi Memorial Academic Scholarship Award.

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