Mapstone Award making an impact one student at a time

Photo Provided Pictured, from left; Jeff and Linda Mapstone, Anna Mapstone in the center, Karen Probst in far back, and Brooke Muthler and Sierra Bloom.

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN –The Ronald and Anna Mapstone Award is given to a graduating senior from Central Mountain High School each May. The award was created with the help of the Keystone Central Foundation in 2017 by Jeff and Linda Mapstone in honor of Jeff’s late father, Ronald Mapstone and his mother Anna. The selected student must be nominated by faculty and staff based on the criteria of; financial need, hard worker, academic eligible (2.0 GPA), innovative, creative, make a difference, active in and out of school, character and commitment. The goal of the award is to give students, who without the additional support may struggle obtaining and completing their education. The additional support does not just include the initial $2,000.00 monetary award; it also includes a mentor to help the student deal with any financial, academic, or personal issues that arise when a student enters the world of college. Keystone Central Foundation board member, Karen Probst serves as mentor for each year’s award winner. Nominated students are asked to submit an essay and write about; why the Mapstone family should invest in them, their future dreams, course of study, how this award will make a difference in their future, and how they would use the award toward their education. Completed essays are submitted to Foundation board member and Central Mountain High School Principal, Steve Turchetta. The essays are then reviewed by the Mapstone Family and the Award Committee within the Foundation. Recently, the first two award recipients met with Mr. and Mrs. Mapstone as well as Jeff’s mother and award namesake, Anna before they returned to and began their college careers. The 2017 recipient of the Ronald and Anna Mapstone Award was Sierra Bloom who began her second year of college at Slippery Rock University. The 2018 award winner is Brooke Muthler who has started her college career at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Also attending the luncheon with the two Central Mountain graduates were Karen Probst, award mentor, and Angela Harding, Keystone Central Foundation coordinator.