MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Area Athletic Alumni Association held its annual membership meeting and scholarship awards drawing Aug. 13 at Mattucci's Willow Café. Attending were members and students who applied for the scholarship awards.

The Mount Carmel Area Athletic Alumni Association (MC4A) is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing scholarships for Mount Carmel Area students who have participated in a sport or supported interscholastic athletic programs while attending Mount Carmel Area High School and, in doing so, establish a bond between graduates and current students.

Following the meeting, the scholarship awards dawing was held, in which seven scholarships were awarded. The awards ceremony was hosted by Dan Ficca, president and founder of MC4A. It was noted that 47 students applied for the scholarships.

If a winning student is a current dues-paying member or if any family member is a current member, the award is increased from $2,000 to $2,500.MC4A has awarded $87,000 in scholarships since its inception in 2005

Scholarship winenrs are:

- Brooke Bartol, a daughter of Joe and Elaine Bartol, of Kulpmont, is a senior who is majoring in early childhood education at Bloomsburg University.

- Nicole Fiamoncini, a daughter of Dave and Lisa Fiamoncini, of Atlas, is a junior who is majoring in psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.

- Amanda Kuzo, a daughter of Michael and Melissa Kuzo, of Marion Heights, is a junior who is majoring in exercise science at Shippensburg University.

- Jillian Mazurkevich, a daughter of John and Janice Mazurkevich, of Mount Carmel, is a sophomore attending Shippensburg University. Her major is not delcared.

- Seth Scicchitano, a son of Sam and Jolene Scicchitano, of Mount Carmel, is a senior who is majoring in communications at Bloomsburg University.

- Cody Shustack, a son of Erika Varano, of Kulpmont, is a junior who is majoring in biology at Penn State University (main campus).

- Emily Skonecki, a daughter of Ruth Skonecki, of Mount Carmel, is a graduate student who is majoring in pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University.

The applicants were encouraged to continue to do well in furthering their education and reminded they can apply again next year if they continue to meet the qualifications. A student can only win the scholarship twice. Before the ceremony, food and refreshments were available to all.

For more information on the organization and the scholarship awards, go (the website will be updated in September with new information) or contact Ficca at 570-373-5936 or at MC4A, P.O. Box 272, Mount Carmel 17851.