New scholarship at ECCF honors the memory of John & Bette Wachob

John and Bette Wachob were life-long Johnsonburg residents and active community members. The Elk County Community Foundation is pleased to announce The John and Betty Wachob Scholarship Fund established in their memory by their family. This scholarship will award $1000 annually to a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School pursuing a teaching, education, or healthcare degree.

John and Bette were both graduates of Johnsonburg Area High School and cared deeply about the school and town they lived in for their entire life. They believed in Johnsonburg and valued the education they, and their family, received in the Johnsonburg Area schools.

Bette worked for many years at the Elk County General Hospital and the St. Mary’s Area School District as the Cafeteria, Food Service Director. She was a member of the Democratic Women, Lady Elks and an avid bingo player.

John was a World War II Army veteran and active with a variety of organizations in town, but most notably, was a founding officer of the Johnsonburg Knothole Association, Johnsonburg Lions Club, and the Biddy Basketball Program and started the Green Hornets grade school basketball team. John was a local businessman, sports enthusiast, and in his retirement years a longtime school bus driver.

Community Foundation is one of 40 statewide partners with PATH (Partners for Access to Higher Education). Students who receive a scholarship award from the Community Foundation may qualify for matching dollars through PHEAA and the PATH program if they attend a PA school. In 2022, 58 students received a total of nearly $75,000 in matching funds through ECCF.

The Elk County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Northern Alleghenies, is a non-profit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in our geographic area by working with philanthropic donors to help them meet their charitable goals. For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 814-834-2125.