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John Anthony “Beno” Borzell Golf Tournament Benefits Students At Wilkes University and Wyoming Area High School

Wilkes University faculty, staff, alumni and friends joined members of the Borzell family to dedicate a room in Stark Learning Center in memory of John Anthony “Beno” Borzell, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in environmental science from Wilkes and in 2007 from Wyoming Area High School. 

During the ceremony, the Borzell family presented Wilkes with a check for $10,000 which supports an endowed scholarship in John Anthony “Beno” Borzell’s memory. It benefits students studying earth and environmental science at the University. The Borzells also awarded an additional $11,217 in scholarships to seven Wyoming Area High School graduates.

The gifts are proceeds from the 2018 John Anthony “Beno” Borzell Golf Tournament. The event, now in its eighth year, has raised $127,117 to date for scholarships and facilities that benefit students at Wilkes University and Wyoming Area High School. The annual event is held in memory of John Anthony “Beno” Borzell. The 2019 golf tournament will be held on Sept. 21 at Emanon Country Club in Falls, Pa. 

The room in Stark Learning Center, which will be used by students in the College of Science and Engineering, is the second to be dedicated in Beno’s honor. The Borzells’ initial contribution to Wilkes supported an environmental engineering lab in the Cohen Science Center that also was named in his memory.

Scholarships of $1,700 each also were presented to six Wyoming Area High School graduates who are athletes planning to pursue studies in the sciences in college. The scholarship amount – $1,700 – commemorates the number 17 worn by Beno as a football and baseball player. This year’s recipients are Stephen Socash-Minnick, Jaryn Polit-Moran, Aleah Kranson, Michael Remley, Michael Abromovage, and Jacob Sheperis  An additional seventh scholarship was presented this year to Daniel Wiedl in the amount of $1,017 to commemorate the 10th anniversary. Thirty-four scholarships of $1,700 each – totaling $56,100 – have been presented to Wyoming Area High School seniors since 2012.

For more information about the 2019 tournament, please email jbor13@comcast.net.


The Borzell family presented a check for $10,000 to Wilkes University in support of an endowed scholarship in John Anthony “Beno” Borzell’s memory.  A ribbon-cutting for a classroom in the Stark Learning Center dedicated to the John Anthony “Beno” Borzell was also held. Pictured outside the classroom following the ribbon cutting, from left, are Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy, Mary Claire Borzell, Jack Borzell and Julianna Borzell.