The Scottdale Historical Society is pleased to announce the winner of the Paul E. Eckman Memorial Scholarship. The $1000.00 scholarship was awarded to Charles M. Echard on May 26, 2017 at Southmoreland High School Class Day.
The Eckman family and friends established the Paul E. Eckman Memorial Scholarship in 2015 to recognize a graduating senior from Southmoreland or Geibel High School who demonstrates Paul's values: service to the community, leadership, interest in local history, a strong work ethic and the ability to maximize educational opportunities.
Charles has demonstrated academic excellence through the Alpha (gifted Program), AP courses, National and French Honor Societies, Mock Trial, Westinghouse Science Honors Institute. His leadership is evident as he is the class president and student representative to the school board and serves on student council. Additionally, he holds office in several school clubs and has been a delegate to the Hugh O'Brian Leadership Academy.
While his school record alone is deserving of recognition, Charles was selected because of his demonstrated leadership and volunteerism with the Boy Scouts of America which parallels Paul Eckman, the namesake of this scholarship. Both attained Eagle Scout from their Everson, PA troop, were officers in Wagion Lodge, Order of the Arrow, both attained Vigil rank and both served on staff at Camp Conestoga. Just as Mr. Eckman went on to devote his adult life as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts in his adopted state of New Jersey and received its highest awards, Charles is well on his way.
Charles faced a challenge while an officer in the Northeast Region Area 4 Venturing Program. While others quit, Charles persisted and was able to put together a spring program for over 200 youth.
Mr. Echard is highly recommended, one nominator wrote: “Charles is a gifted student who combines an unwavering drive to succeed academically with a genuine concern for the community in which he lives.” Charles is described as articulate, sincere, taking attention to details and deadlines, having strong convictions tempered by good judgment, and is well regarded by teachers and peers.
Charles will attend the Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall to study political science with a goal to make a positive impact on public policy through a non-profit or government agency.
Donations can be made to the Paul E. Eckman Memorial Scholarship, c/o Scottdale Bank and Trust, 150 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale, PA 15683.
The Scottdale Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at the Historic Loucks Homestead. From painting and property to maintance to house cleaning and ending a hand at an event, if you have a few extra hours you could give once ever few weeks or month, that would be great!
We also accept group volunteer projects from local scouting groups and community organizations looking to lend a hand.
For more information or to be contact about volunteer opportunities, please email us!
"Around Scottdale and Everson," compiled by Paul E. Eckman and Tom Zwierzelewski with the Scottdale Historical Society. A compilation of history and photographs include images of long-gone buildings and scenes from the community's heyday. The book is available for $20 at the Scottdale Public Library or by contacting the society. They also are available through Arcadia Publishing and Barnes and Noble booksellers. Here's a link to the story on the book that appeared in the Tribune-Review.
Also available is a book by retired Southmoreland High School history teacher Bob Percy called, "Profiles of Service and Sacrifice." The book details the stories of service by Scottdale area residents in World War II. Here's a link to a story about the book.
As part of our effort to meet or goals, we've created a Wish List of items and opportunities for volunteers. We are pleased to report we have received a washer, dryer, ironing board, dinner glasses and other items. Do you have something to offer?
Loucks Homestead Rental
The Loucks Homestead is available for overnight stays or afternoon teas and evening dinners with family, friends or social organizations.
While the home lies outside the district, we should note that in 1996 the commercial-industrial area of Scottdale was designated a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.
The next meeting of the Scottdale Historical Society will be Tues., June 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Loucks House.
We are seeking donations for exterior paint and supplies. Click Here for more details on how you can help!
We are seeking volunteers to help with: