The foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
BOARDMAN -- More than $125,000 was raised from a dinner/auction and a celebrity golf tournament this week to benefit the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
Denise DeBartolo York and John York, who hosted the two days of events, brought in sports celebrities from the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, which they own, including Mike Nolan, head coach; Mike Singletary, assistant head coach and a former Chicago Bears great; and running back Kevan Barlow. Other well-known sports national sports figures also participated in the scholarship program.
The Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships over the past nine years and the work will continue into the future, noted DeBartolo York.
"The goals of the foundation have been to reward valley students who have proven to be leaders by working hard academically and within their community," she said.
DeBartolo York added, "My father believed that all students who have demonstrated intensity and desire, regardless of their financial situation, should be afforded the opportunity to receive a college education."
The 2005 scholarship recipients are Sarah Blasiman, Emily Potts and Mandie Rhodes, United Local High School; Isiah Jones, Austintown Fitch High School; Ashley Whitfield, Lordstown High School; and Courtney Dray, East Liverpool High School.
More than 300 applications for the scholarships were received by the foundation, which considered grades, proof of income, student essays and recommendations from guidance counselors and principals. Recipients were chosen based on financial need, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.
During the scholarship dinner, Harry Meshel, long-time former state senator from Youngstown, was honored for his service to the community and dedication to education.