Cape Gazette

Punkin Chunkin Association awards $50,000 in scholarships

Oct 09, 2012

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association announced the 2012 Scholarship Program winners at its regular monthly meeting.

"We strongly support education," said Punkin Chunkin Director of Media and Promotions Frank Shade. "Last year, we gave out $40,000 in scholarships to students pursuing advanced degrees. We awarded scholarships with funds from the 2010 event."

Twenty-seven 2012  WCPCA scholarships were awarded, totaling $50,000 in increments of $1,000, $2000 and $3,000.

Scholarship winners and the educational institutions they are attending or will attend include the following: Jacob Burton, University of Delaware; Kelsey Shockley, Wilmington University; Ty Short, Delaware Technical Community College; Hunter Simpson, Delaware Technical Community College; Patrick Davis, North Carolina State University; Matthew Dopler, University of Delaware; Ryan Fitzgerald, Georgia Institute of Technology; Ashley Garloff, Delaware Technical Community College; Alexis Heuring, Florida Southern College; Dustin Hoffman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Kyle Marvel, University of Delaware; Michael O’Neill, James Madison University; Victoria O’Neill, University of Maryland College Park; Anika Parker, Edith Knight Sojourner Douglass College; Benjamin Quann, George Mason University; Pamelia Raynor, Wilmington University; Erin Ricker, Lehigh University; Bret Shockley, Midlands Technical School; Lindsey Shockley, The Delaware Learning Institute; Zachary Stewart, Southern Maine University; Meghan Elliott, University of Delaware; Caitlyn Ford, Radford University; Jeremy Howser, Kansas State University; Justin Metz, Ohio University; Mark Nowotnik, Pace University; and Andrea Vari, Delaware Technical Community College.

Over the past 26 years, the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association and its members have awarded more than $250,000 to assist members and college students with the rising costs of tuition.

For application information, students should visit their school guidance counselors or go to, phone 302-645-1846, or write to Punkin Chunkin Association, PO Box 217, Nassau, DE 19969.

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