Wilmington fund gives $500 scholarships to two local high school grads

WILMINGTON – Wilmington residents Cody Lawrence, a graduate of AuSable Valley High School, and Chris Kordziel, a graduate of Lake Placid High School, were each awarded $500 as recipients of the John Zachay Memorial Scholarship for 2014.

Lawrence is the son of Laura Denton-Lawrence and Darren Lawrence. He played varsity football and attended CV-TEC, where he became a certified welder. He plans to study forestry and environmental science at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake.

Kordziel is the son of Joanne Kordziel and the late Jim Kordziel. He played varsity soccer and varsity basketball, participated in the drama and environmental clubs, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Chris will attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

The John Zachay Memorial Scholarship was established in 1988 to honor the memory of John Zachay, a Wilmington businessman who had a deep commitment to the town, its businesses and its charitable organizations. Zachay’s concern for the community’s youth and his interest in education prompted the idea of creating a scholarship in his name. The business community in Wilmington, through the Whiteface Chamber of Commerce, organized a fund drive. Contributions to this fund from Zachay’s relatives, friends and business associates resulted in the establishment of a perpetual account that is maintained by the Visitors Bureau. Each year the scholarship is awarded to help further the education of a recent high school graduate who resides in Wilmington.

Since this scholarship was established, $14,950 has been presented to 29 Wilmington graduates.

The scholarship is supported by donations. Gifts to guarantee the continuing success of this scholarship should be mailed to the John Zachay Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Diane Buckley, P.O. Box 277, Wilmington, NY 12997.