Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship

Recently, the Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship for $4425 was awarded to Emily Detsch of St. Marys, by the Elk County Community Foundation. Emily is the daughter of Daniel and Lisa Detsch of St. Marys. She graduated from Penn State Behrend with a degree in Biology. Emily currently is enrolled at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

In his estate plans Joseph A. Williams (1876-1979) was interested in the education of local students perusing a medical degree and established this scholarship. Mr. Williams was a very hard and dedicated worker who was employed by the Kaul and Hall lumber company for over 67 years. He later became president of various lumber and clay industries. Mr. Williams was president of Eastern Clay Products, which comprised all clay products industries east of the Mississippi River. As one of the founders of the Industrial Council of St. Marys, Joseph Williams was always interested in civic matters. He held leadership positions with the American Red Cross; United Fund; Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital and the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township.

The Elk County Community Foundation currently administers 74 scholarship funds. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship fund please contact the Elk County Community Foundation at 814-834-2125 or check out their website at

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Emily Detsch and Jake Meyer, Board President of the Elk County Community Foundation.