Fourteen eighth grade students who will attend Marian High School, Hometown, beginning in September, were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Diocese of Allentown during the Bishop's Scholar Society Awards Ceremony held April 14 at DeSales University, Center Valley.

In additon, two students from St. John Neumann School, Slatington, who will be attending Allentown Central Catholic High School, were also presented the awards.

The Most. Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, made the presentations during the ceremony. The scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic achievement, their school, parish and community activities, leadership roles and recommendations from their principal, an eighth grade teacher and their pastor.

The honorees who will be attenting Marian include: Alison Amodea, Emma Macaluso, Courtney McCall and Samantha McCarthy, all of Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford; Ryan Malarkey, Peter Dubravski, Maureen Kloap and Dean Richards, all the St. Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe; Abby Pilla and Tyler Wackley, both of St. Jerome School, Tamaqua; John Hurst and Melissa Ramirez, both of Trinity Academy, Mahanoy City; Amy McConnell of SS. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton; and Dante Salerno, a Lehighton Area Middle School student from St. Joseph Parish, Jim Thorpe.

The honorees who will be attending Central Catholic include Kate Beck and Julia Kinney of St. John Neumann School.

At the same ceremony, the Bishop presented the annual Bishop's Catholic Scholars awards to one boy and one girl from each of the seven diocesan high schools, including Marian. The scholarships include a $500 award for post-secondary education and a plaque. The students were chosen based on academics, school involvement, Catholic faith and community service.

The Marian award winners are Miranda Milillo and Anthony Pilla.

In all, $124,000 in scholarships were presented to 114 eighth grade students, the high school students and students who attend special Learning Centers throughout the diocese. The funding was made available through contributuions the diocese receives from parishioners through its Bishop's Annual Appeal.