College Scholarships

Below are the scholarships for the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. If you would like to see a full list of scholarships YSU offers, please visit the financial aid site.

Bitonte College of  Health and Human Services College Scholarships

Nicholas Paraska Scholarship

Nicholas Paraska Scholarship was created in 1982 by friends and colleagues to honor Nicholas Paraska for service as the dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology (now the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services).  It is awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and need to a student completing an associate degree in the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, STEM College and the Williamson College of Business Administration.  The Nicholas J. Paraska Scholarship (MS Word format)  is available by clicking on the link below.  
YSU Foundation Scholarship:  Yes
Scholarship Amount:  Varies
Awards Available: 1
Deadline Date:  Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
Renewable:  No
Contact Information:  Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS Dean's Office
Announcement: Nicholas Paraska Scholarship Announcement

Application:  Nicholas Paraska Scholarship Application

The Dr. Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte Scholarship

The Dr. Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student of sophomore rank or higher (at least 32 semester hours), or a graduate student with 12 or more semester hours completed, and pursuing a degree within the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. Students must have a 3.0 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.25 GPA (graduate) or higher. The scholarship recipient will be announced during the Spring Semester Honors Convocation. 
Scholarship Amount: Varies
Awards Available: Varies
Deadline Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information: Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS Dean's Office

Application: The Dr. Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte Scholarship

Health-O-Rama Scholarship

Health-O-Rama Scholarship is a one year scholarship awarded to a student of sophomore rank or higher majoring in a health-related field.  Students must have a 3.2 GPA (Undergraduate) and 3.5 GPA (Graduate), demonstrate financial need and have graduated from high school  in Mahoning, Trumbull, or Columbiana County (OH) or in Mercer or Lawrence County (PA).  Selection is made by a committee of BCHHS  faculty through evaluation of applications.  The Health-O-Rama Application (MS Word format) is available below by clicking on the link.
YSU Foundation Scholarship:  Yes
Scholarship Amount:  Varies
Awards Available:  Varies
Deadline Date:  Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
Renewable:  No
Contact Information:  Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS Dean's Office
Announcement: Health-O-Rama Scholarship Announcement

Application: Health-O-Rama Scholarship Application

Philip and Kathylynn Feld Scholarship

This scholarship was established to provide continuing education to students who have already earned an assoicate degree in one of the following fields of study:  Engineering Techology, Nursing, Medical Assisting Technology, Radiology Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, and Dietetics.  Must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.  Students who reside in Western Pennsylvania have first consideration; if there is no one meeting these criteria, it is open to any student.
YSU Foundation Scholarship:  Yes
Scholarship Amount:  Varies
Awards Available:  Varies
Deadline Date:  Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
Renewable:  No
Contact Information:  Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS Dean's Office
Announcement:  Phillip and Kathylynn Feld Scholarship Announcement and Criteria

Application: Philip and Kathylynn Feld Scholarship Application

The Barbara J. Vankline-Shivers Memorial Scholarship

Barbara J. Vankline-Shivers, mother, wife and activist in the local community, battled breast cancer for fourteen years.  Her concern for others was demonstrated through her example, she was a medical technologist, a phlebotomy instructor, a volunteer for various organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Help Hotline, Adult Literacy Program, and Infant Child Care.  She also founded a breast cancer support group for African-American women. Barbara earned her B.A. in Applied Science from YSU and a Doctorate in Naturopathy from Clayton college of Natural health in Birmingham, Alabama.  Because of her love for education and desire to share her knowledge with individuals, her family established this scholarship to benefit African-American female students in the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services.

YSU Foundation Scholarship:  Yes
Scholarship Amount:  $800.00
Awards Available:  Varies
Deadline Date:  Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
Renewable:  Yes
Contact Information:  Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS Dean's Office
Application:  The Barbara J. Vankline-Shivers Memorial Scholarship Application

Suzanne Marie Fornelli Memorial Scholarship in Nursing

The Suzanne Marie Fornelli Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Youngstown State University was established in 2011 by the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods in memory of Suzanne Marie Fornelli RN, BSN, with the intent to foster the development of individuals with the sincere desire to become Registered Nurses.  Mrs. Fornelli’s exemplary character, commitment and compassion in caring for patients, respect for human life, and dedication to the nursing profession is unsurpassed.  The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for academics to individuals seeking to develop in themselves the same spirit of excellence in nursing as demonstrated by Mrs. Fornelli.
Mrs. Fornelli graduated in 1968 from St. Benedict Academy of Pittsburgh.  After graduating, she went to UPMC School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, then received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the Shenango campus of Penn State University, Sharon.  Suzanne for 23 years, was an operating room nurse, became the director of nursing at Surgery Center at Southwoods, Boardman, Ohio, retiring in December 2008 as an administrator of the surgery center.

YSU Foundation Scholarship:  Yes
Scholarship Amount:   Varies
Renewable:  Yes
Deadline Date:  Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
Contact Information:  Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS

Application:  Suzanne Marie Fornelli Memorial Scholarship in Nursing Application

James and Coralie Centofanti Memorial Scholarship

The James and Coralie Centofanti Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 through a gift provided by the Centofanti Charitable Trust.  The scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate students in health and human service majors who have expressed a sincere desire to serve vulnerable population groups upon graduation. Student's must:
  1. Financial Need; Applicants must demonstrate financial need verified by a completed FAFSA;
  2. Undergraduate scholarship applicants must be full-time, of junior rank, and hold a 3.0 (minimum) grade point average.  Graduate scholarship applicants must be full-time, have completed 15 hours, and hold a 3.25 (minimum) grade point average;
  3. Applicants (both undergraduate and graduate) must be a declared major in the College of Health and Human Services;
  4. All applicants must complete an essay describing their commitment to working with vulnerable populations
    Additional Scholarship Parameters:
    • Award dollars must be applied to tuition;
    • Scholarships are non-renewable
YSU Foundation Scholarship:  No (College Scholarship)
Scholarship Amount:  One scholarship of $1,000.00 will be awarded annually depending on financial need established through FAFSA evaluation.
Deadline Date:  Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
Contact Information:  Dr. Joseph L. Mosca, Dean

Application:  James and Coralie Centofanti Memorial Scholarship Application

Dr. Joan L. and Willard L. Boyd Scholarship

The Dr. Joan J. and Willard L. Boyd scholarship has been established at Youngstown State University to assist qualified minority students who have an interest in pursuing a degree in health or medical-related careers in clincal laboratory science.  Students must:
  1. Be a minority student majoring in either the two or four year medical laboratory program at YSU
  2. A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required.
  3. Students must reside from the five county areas of Mahoning, Trumbull, or Columbiana Counties in Ohio or Mercer and Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania.
  4. Financial need is a consideration.  FAFSA must be completed.

Terms:

A one-year scholarship that is renewable through the application and selection process.

    YSU Foundation Scholarship:  Yes
    Contact Information:  Steve F. Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS
    Deadline Date:  Friday, February 15, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.

    Application:  Dr. Joan L. and Willard L. Boyd Scholarship Application

    Patrick Pacalo Annual DIversity Paper Award

    This annual award was established in 2011 by Patrick J. Pacalo, who earned his master's degree in U.S. History from Youngstown State University in 1995 and studied Professional Writing and Editing at .YSU at the graduate level. Mr. Pacalo made this award possible because he wanted to express gratitude for the Alumni Foundation scholarship and to the University at large because the two entities awarded him a tuition scholarship for most of his MA program. As a member of the LGBT community he also wants to give students doing academic work in the field of Diversity something more to strive for. Diversity encompasses so many areas and is a field growing in importance. Students competing for the award need not be members of a minority group, but the papers must examine in detail the role and/or importance of Diversity in the workplace, school environment, military, or the larger community.

    Eligibility:
    Students taking the Cultural Diversity in Practice, course #5823, in the Social Work Department of the Bitonte College of Health & Human Services, are eligible to submit a paper 3-5 pages on the topic of "Diversity". The Dean may expand, at his or her discretion; the application of this award to include any new courses added which include Diversity as a major portion of the topic in the syllabus.

    Selection:
    The annual award will be determined by a committee, appointed by the Den of Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, judging the submitted papers. At present this award is funded by a non-endowed donation by Patrick J. Pacalo. The award is to last for 10 years at SI00.00 per year to be awarded to the paper judged best. Mr. Pacalo may elect to continue the award thereafter.

    The scholarship recipient will be announced during the Spring Semester Honors Convocation.

    YSU Foundation Scholarship: Yes

    Scholarship Amount: $100.00

    Awards Available: 1
    Deadline Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
    Renewable: No
    Contact Information: Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS Dean's Office

    Application: Patrick Pacalo Annual Diversity Paper Award

    Delost-Dannessa Family Scholarship

    Attorney Raymond M. Delost and Dr. Maria Dannessa Delost have established a scholarship, in memory of the Dannessa family and in honor of the Delost family, for Medical Laboratory program students at Youngstown State University. The Delost family continues to value the opportunities available for higher education at YSU.

    Amil and Mary Dannessa also passionately supported Youngstown State University. Amil, an Italian immigrant, had been awarded a scholarship to Youngstown College but was not able to attend due to military and family responsibilities. 

    Attorney Raymond Delost graduated from YSU in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics, and from the Cleveland State - Marshall College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1980. He is currently a Court Magistrate at the Trumbull County Family Court and has been a practicing attorney in the Mahoning Valley for many years.

    Maria Delost, Ph.D. graduated from YSU in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, a Master of Science in Biology from the University of Akron in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Health-Related Sciences from the Medical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Since 1982, Dr. Delost has been a devoted faculty member in the Department of Health Professions at YSU. During her tenure, Professor Delost served as Program Director of the Medical Laboratory programs, and was instrumental in developing the curriculum and preparing graduates to serve the needs of medical laboratories locally, regionally and nationally.

    She has published several scholarly articles as well as the textbook, Introduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences, which is used in many medical laboratory programs throughout the country. Dr. Delost was recognized three times as a Distinguished Professor at YSU in teaching and scholarship. She was granted Professor Emeritus status in 2016.

    Criteria:

    • For undergraduate students only
    • Students attending full-time or part-time
    • Students majoring in health-related field
    • Preference given: Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Laboratory Technology majors
    • Minimum 2.75 GPA
    YSU Foundation Scholarship: Yes
    Scholarship Amount: Varies
    Renewable: Yes
    Deadline Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.
    Contact Information: Steve Katros, Administrative Assistant 3, BCHHS
    Application: Delost - Danessa Family Scholarship Application

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