The Joseph W. Favinger Scholarship Fund was established at Berks County Community Foundation in 2015 in memory of Joe Favinger, a 2007 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School where he played football and baseball. Joe was an All State Selection and named Berks County Linebacker of the Year in 2006. He played American Legion Baseball for Shillington and worked as a Leader at the Mohnton Playground. Following graduation from high school, he attended Widener University for nursing where he was inducted into the Nursing Honor Society. Following graduation from Widener University in 2012, he was employed as a Registered Nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Joe passed away in January 2015 at the age of 25.
This fund will provide two annual scholarships to graduating seniors of Governor Mifflin High School who will be furthering their education after high school and who demonstrate the characteristics exemplified by Joe.
One scholarship, recognized as the Joseph W. Favinger “Passion for Caring” scholarship, requires an online application to be completed by interested students. This scholarship will be awarded to a Governor Mifflin High School senior who intends to further his or her education in the medical field and who exhibits passion and dedication to caring for the needs of others. Applicants must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to apply. The recipient will be one who is respected by teachers and classmates for his or her enthusiasm for life and for helping others.
To be considered for this scholarship, apply between January 1st and February 26th. Applicants will be notified in April.
To apply, click on “Apply for a Scholarship” under the “Scholarships + Grants” section of the website menu.
The second scholarship, recognized as the Joseph W. Favinger “Heartbeat of the Team” scholarship, will be awarded to a Governor Mifflin High School senior who exhibits passion and dedication to the sport he or she plays, love and loyalty to the teammates at his or her side, and a “never quit” attitude whose encouraging words are heard in victory and in defeat. The recipient is one who is adored and respected by coaches, teachers, teammates, and fans alike for the zeal he or she displays in sports and in life. Students are not required to complete an application for the “Heartbeat of the Team” scholarship. The “Heartbeat of the Team” scholarship will be selected by the athletic coaches at Governor Mifflin High School and will be awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates the characteristics exemplified by Joe.