Sokol USA
Farrell, Pennsylvania

2015 Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Committee Chairman, Bro. Mel Slezak announced the 2015 “Steve Banjak Memorial Scholarship” winners at the “Gymnasts’ Recognition Day” Exhibition as Daniel Konopski and Sarah Goda, both of whom were previous recipients and are continuing their higher education.

          Additionally, Brittany Maniscalco, a junior at Kent State majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Courtney Maniscalco, also a junior at Slippery Rock University majoring in Safety Management, both Sokol Farrell members and former members of our gymnastic classes since 2004 have been awarded scholarships by GBU, our parent company. 

Communication received from Brother Daniel Konopski:

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the scholarship program once again for helping me in a tremendous way as I enter my 3rd year of college. The award will help me afford books and other school materials I need for the upcoming school year. I'm currently beginning my junior year at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY majoring in communications with a minor in writing.   In my 2 years at Niagara, I've been a part of the monthly televised news program "The Ridge Report" and also have hosted my own radio show on WNIA (our school's student produced radio station).  I've made the Dean’s List 3 out of 4 semesters with a GPA above 3.5.  I've participated in numerous volunteer programs around the community through various programs at school, as well as maintaining a part time job at a local store. I hope to someday work in public relations, advertising, or television and radio production.”   

Additionally we have received a communication from Sarah Goda:

 “I am going into my sophomore year of college at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut where I am double majoring in  Forensic Science and Chemistry.  I am a member of the University of New Haven’s Forensic Science and Chemistry Club, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, as well as The American Chemical Society as both a school and national member. I have made the University of New Haven’s Dean’s List as well as the Henry C. Lee College of Forensic Sciences Dean’s List for both semesters of my first year at the university. Once I graduate from UNH I hope to pursue a master’s degree in toxicology and eventually get a job as a toxicologist with a government agency.

             I would not be where I am today however without the help of Sokol Farrell and its members. This is the second year I have won this scholarship and it has helped me greatly with the cost of my attendance at UNH. I would like to thank Brother Melvin Slezak and everyone at Sokol for giving me, as well as others like me, the chance to apply. It has been a privilege to be chosen for this award.”