Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Winners Announced | Way of life


The Vietnam Vets of America, Bucktail Chapter 720, recently awarded seven $ 1,000 scholarships to students from several high schools in the region.

Duey Geitner, president and chair of the scholarship program, apologized for not being able to have a formal presentation of the scholarships during the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the scholarship program had to be managed in a different and secure way. All the winners received their prizes by mail.

This year’s scholarship program winners were:

  • Michele Bauer, 2017 graduate of St. Marys Area High School. This is the fifth consecutive year that Bauer has received the scholarship. All students can apply and reapply for this scholarship as long as they are in college. Bauer attends NOVA University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and is expected to graduate from Georgia Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in 2023.
  • Dylan Guisto, 2020 graduate of Cameron County High School. He attended Indiana University in Pennsylvania, majoring in business.
  • Haylee Zimmerman, 2020 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School. She is attending the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in pre-med.
  • Rachel Aravich, 2020 graduate of DuBois Central Catholic High School. She attends Slippery Rock University, majoring in secondary education – social studies and special education.
  • Kevin Hamby, 2019 graduate of DuBois Area High School. He is currently attending Grove City College, majoring in computer science. This is the second time he has received this scholarship.
  • Nathan Steis, a 2015 graduate of Ridgway Area High School. This is the fourth time that Steis has received this scholarship. He is currently attending Penn State University in Erie majoring in Marketing.
  • Austin Geitner, 2020 graduate of Ridgway Area High School. He attended Indiana University in Pennsylvania and joined the National Guard. He will specialize in sports administration.

Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720 would like to thank the 21 applicants who submitted applications for this scholarship. All the materials were excellent and it was very difficult for the eight judges to determine the seven winners. The chapter encourages all applicants to reapply next year. The 2022 scholarship packages will be available at their school counselor’s office by January 1.

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