Wilkes University


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

The Borzell Family presents a check to Wilkes President Greg CantThe Borzell family has presented Wilkes University with a check for $10,000 and awarded an additional $10,200 in scholarships to six Wyoming Area High School graduates.

The gifts are proceeds from the 2019 John Anthony "Beno" Borzell Golf Tournament. The event raises money 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, who graduated in 2007 from Wyoming Area and in 2011 with a degree in environmental science from Wilkes. 

The $10,000 contribution to Wilkes supports an endowed scholarship in John Anthony "Beno" Borzell's memory. It will be presented to students studying earth and environmental science at the University. An environmental engineering lab in the Cohen Science Center is named in memory of John Anthony "Beno" Borzell. In 2019, a classroom on the second floor of Stark Learning Center used by students from the College of Science and Engineering was also dedicated in Beno's honor.

Additional 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. The scholarship amount – $1,700 – commemorates the number 17 worn by Beno as a football and baseball player. This year's recipients are Nathaniel Cable, Nicole Silinskie, Marissa Kovaleski, Ellen Glatz, Carly Yuhas and Ryan Petrucci. 

Contributions to Wilkes since the tournament's inception is more than $85,000. Forty scholarships of $1,700 each – totaling $66,300 – have been presented to Wyoming Area High School seniors since 2012.

The 2020 golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 19 is postponed due to the pandemic. Donations will still be accepted and donors will be recognized during the 2021 tournament. For details, please email borzellj1717@comcast.net. 

Photo caption: 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.  Pictured  from left are Mary Claire Borzell, Julianna Borzell, Jack Borzell, Wilkes President Greg Cant and Wilkes Chief Development Officer Margaret Steele.

About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.