2008 "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest

Edgar Snyder & Associates awarded ten scholarships totaling $10,000 to graduating seniors in Erie and Central Pennsylvania through the second annual "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Program.

The "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Program was open to high school seniors in cities served by the firm, including Johnstown, Altoona, Bedford, New Paris, Everett, Loysburg, Saxton, Bellwood, Claysburg, Hollidaysburg, Martinsburg, Tyrone, Williamsburg, Nanty Glo, Patton, Ebensburg, Sidman, Northern Cambria, Cresson, Portage, Wingate, Bellefonte, Spring Mills, State College, Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Flinton, Westover, Houtzdale, Phillipsburg, Morrisdale, McConnellsburg, Waterfall, Warfordsburg, Huntingdon, Alexandria, Mount Union, Three Springs, Belleville, Lewistown, Erie, Corry, Fairview, Waterford, Edinboro, Girard, Harborcreek, North East, Albion, and Union City.

The winners were selected based on proposals they put together for programs that would teach pre-teens and teenagers the consequences associated with underage drinking as well as drinking and driving.

"We wanted this contest to help us learn, from teens, what we can do to help prevent alcohol-related tragedies among their peers." - Attorney Edgar Snyder

The law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates hopes to take some of the ideas presented in the essays and help make them happen in the local communities. During the Prom season and holidays throughout the year, the law firm discourages underage drinking and driving through several media campaigns. Edgar Snyder & Associates, along with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, already sponsor Road Radio USA, a multi-media "edu-tainment" school assembly for teens and pre-teens designed to prevent underage drinking and other destructive behaviors.

The winning essays will be published in a booklet and sent to people we hope can help make the programs become a reality.

Congratulations to the 2008 "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Winners:

2008 Johnstown / Altoona Winners

Grand Prize : Lindsay Matolyak
Great Johnstown High School

Joshua Kennedy
Central High School

Julia May Flores
Altoona Area High School

Andrew Saylor
Meyersdale Area High School

Kate Wilt
Bellefonte Area High School

2008 Erie Winners

Grand Prize: Lindsay Cryer
McDowell Senior High School

Jacob Batchelor
Fairview High School

Michael Kertis
General McLane High School

Marisa Hrbal
McDowell Senior High School

Sarah Fisher
McDowell Senior High School