The Ryan Mirkin Memorial Scholarship in Gerontology was established in 2010 in memory of Ryan Lee Mirkin, a Youngstown resident, 2005 Liberty High School graduate, and 2009 Ohio University graduate in healthcare administration and long-term care. Ryan’s respect and interest in the elderly led him to volunteer with seniors and dedicate his collegiate studies to gerontology. During his college career, he interned at Heritage Manor Retirement Community. His scholarship will benefit a student majoring in Gerontology who shares his dedication to improving the lives of the elderly.
The Angelo R. Cesta Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Dr. Anita & Mr. David Hackstedde in memory of Dr. Hackstedde’s brother, Angelo R. Cesta. Angelo was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis before his first birthday. He refused to let his diagnosis limit his pursuits. His zest for life and desire to help others overcome their health challenges led to his interest in a healthcare-related field. Angelo’s illness caused frequent hospitalizations during his college years, but he refused to let that deter him as he became part of YSU’s inaugural physical therapy graduating class of 1998. Angelo passed away from complications of CF on January 6, 2000. This scholarship is awarded to physical therapy students to honor Angelo’s memory and ensure that they have the opportunity to pursue their passion like Angelo did.
The Dr. Ronald P. Volpe Scholarship was established in 2018 by Dr. Ronald Volpe. Dr. Volpe worked as a full-service Professor of Finance at Youngstown State University for 36 years before retiring in 2011. During his time at YSU, Dr. Volpe arranged a number of travel and study tours to New York City’s Financial District for YSU students. A self-admitted “Stock Market Junkie”, Dr. Volpe authored and co-authored a number of articles concerning adult/student financial literacy. This scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors who are majoring in finance.
The family of Lambert Peterson Jr. established the Lambert Peterson Jr. Scholarship in 2017 to honor the hard work, dedication and sacrifice their father made while raising his family. Lambert led by example, working in the construction business and serving as a role model to not only his family, but so many in the Warren community. His scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, celebrate and applaud the efforts of a walk-on YSU football player.