Chloe Sees made her mark at Warrior Run High School as a student, athlete and one who was involved in numerous activities.
Now she is a standout among the winners of scholarships through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, or FCFP. The 2017 Warrior Run graduate was awarded a $20,000 Ralph and Josephine Smith Fund scholarship to attend Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. That was nearly half of the $43,314.75 in scholarships awarded to 10 students for the 2017-2018 academic year. The eligibility and criteria vary by scholarship. The scholarship winners were from the Canton, Danville, Keystone Central, Lewisburg, Millville, Milton, Mount Carmel, and Warrior Run school districts.
Sees, 18, daughter of Joseph and Dolores Sees, of Limestoneville in Limestone Township, Montour County, plans to major in agricultural education at DVU. She was active in and out of school and also is a nationally ranked powerboat racer.
She said she also won a few other local scholarships.
“I applied for a lot of them,” she said. “It was very nice (to get this).”
According to FCFP, the selection criteria for the Ralph and Josephine Smith Fund include financial need and maintaining a 2.5 grade point average, but extracurricular activities were not considered. The candidates had to write an essay on the topic, “Why it is important to give back to your community.”
As a student, Sees earned varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track, she was a member of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, president of the technology students association, president of the robotics team, and on the distinguished honor roll. She was named the Milton Rotary vocational student of the month for January and the outstanding senior at Warrior Run for May. She received the 2016 Xerox award for innovation and information technology.
Outside of school, she served as president of the Montour Horse and Pony 4-H Club, as a journeyman in apprenticeship for the Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Heritage Society, and she races powerboats competitively up and down the East Coast in American Power Boat Association races.
“I’m currently ranked fourth in the nation,” said Sees, who competes as a member of the Delaware Valley Outboard Racing Association.
At the heritage society, she trains apprentices in rope-making.
“Once you train someone under you in a trade, you could move to master and grandmaster,” Sees said.
She also volunteers at the Warrior Run High School special education field day and is co-founder and committee member for Kelsey’s Dream 5K, named for a girl who lost her battle to childhood cancer. The race helps raise money to offset the costs to families whose children have cancer.
Sees also was adviser to the NASA Summer of Innovation at Warrior Run to help students improve in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
The FCFP endowed scholarship funds are created by gifts made by individuals, families, and organizations.
“These gifts are invested to provide income to award scholarships every year to different students,” according to the organization. “In many instances, scholarships are awarded based on pre-determined criteria that are reflective of the personal values and interests of those who establish the funds.”
The local 2017 scholarship recipients include:
Danville Area School District
Kally Cera, Patton Family Scholarship Fund, $4,950, Fashion Institute of Technology; Alexa Plisiewicz, Chuck Yost Memorial Scholarship Fund, $500, Penn State University.
Lewisburg Area School District
Olivia Martin, Bronze Scholarship Fund, $500, Tufts University; Samuel Rosevear, Jennie Stackhouse Erdley Memorial Scholarship Fund, $1,000, Macalester College;
Milton Area School District
Carissa Wagner, Gina Barnhart Memorial Scholarship Fund, $836, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania;