SLP major awarded Monsignor McGowan Scholarship

Hilary Hoover is a junior in the SLP program.
Hilary Hoover of Trucksville, Pa., a speech-language pathology major at Misericordia University, received a 2012 Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship at the 6th Annual Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Awards Program hosted recently by King’s College.

Hoover was one of seven local students awarded a scholarship by the Cornerstone Awards Committee in honor of the late Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan. The well-known Monsignor was known for his community spirit and support of education. To be eligible, a student needs to demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding service to their school and community, which exemplify Monsignor McGowan’s legacy of spirit, leadership and service. The student must live in the region and attend one of the academic institutions to which the late Monsignor devoted his time and talent. They include Misericordia University, Allied Services DePaul School, Keystone College, King’s College, Marywood University, Mount Saint Mary’s University and the University of Scranton.

Hoover is a junior at Misericordia University, and is enrolled in the five-year speech-language pathology program. She is a resident assistant for the Office of Residence Life, the student coordinator for the ALLY organization on campus, a member of the Misericordia Chapter of the Lions Club, and she founded the Misericordia Library Club. She participates in the Liturgical Choir and is a performer with the Misericordia Players theatrical troupe. She also serves as a student ambassador for the Admissions Department, providing tours of campus to prospective students and their families.

Hoover received the Misericordia Student Leadership Award in May 2012 and was selected to be a panel member for “Truth Talks: Anti-Bullying Discussion,” which was held on campus.

She is the youngest of four children of Francis X. and Barbara Hoover, and graduated with honors from Dallas High School, where she was active in the band, chorus, Shakespeare Club, school and community theater, Student Council and Science Olympiad.

The 2012 scholarship recipients also included Allison Spencer of Dallas, Pa., a sophomore at Mount St. Mary’s University; Wilton Curiel of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a sophomore at King’s College; Brandy Luce of New Milford, Pa., a junior at Keystone College; Kevin Dermody of Elmhurst, Pa., a senior at the University of Scranton; Matthew Maldonato of Dunmore, Pa., a senior at Marywood University; and Alex Aponte, an 8th grade student at Allied Services dePaul School.

In addition to the seven scholarships, the Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Award was presented to Joe DeVizia, former director of the Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley and the Luzerne County Office of Human Services. He was honored for his dedication to education and community service, and for upholding the ideals by which the beloved Monsignor lived.

A third award, the inaugural Monsignor McGowan Community Grant, was awarded to EOTC, a non-profit organization in Lackawanna County that promotes family stability and economic self-sufficiency through life skills training and support programs. It serves about 3,000 men, women and children every year.


Hilary Hoover of Trucksville, Pa., a junior speech-language pathology major at Misericordia University, received a 2012 Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship at a program hosted recently at King’s College. Shown from left is Barbara Hoover, mother; Hilary Hoover, scholarship recipient; and Michael A. MacDowell, president of Misericordia University.