The Signer Award

A four-year college scholarship for students seeking a degree in electricity, electronics, or electrical engineering.

History

Mr. John J. Signer graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in 1924. With an electronics background he became a radio operator in the Merchant Marines. Years later, his classmate Mr. James Mayfield Kaye helped Mr. Signer establish a memorial fund which would benefit annually a graduate from his former school. As of 2022, the trust has provided 48 LWHS graduates with generous funding for all four years of their college study. LWHS is grateful to Mr. Signer for his foresight, generosity, and support.

Eligibility

The John J. Signer Memorial Fund Scholar is chosen by the Trustees of the Fund after consultation with the school’s administration. Mr. Signer instructed his trustees to consider the following stipulations before choosing the annual winner: 
  • The student must demonstrate an intention to pursue a four-year college degree in Electricity, Electronics, or Electrical Engineering. (Note: The Trustees also consider related fields such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Robotics.) 
  • The student must have shown exceptional academic ability and/or commitment while at LWHS. 
  • The student should be in need of funds for further education.

Provisions

The student may attend the college or university of their choice. The award is given in four installments following an annual review of the student’s curriculum and achievement. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory progress in both areas.

How to Apply

Any LWHS senior who meets the eligibility criteria and would like to be considered for the John J. Signer Memorial Scholarship should submit a brief essay to Assistant Head of School Randy Barnett detailing their interest in electricity, electronics, electrical engineering, or computer science no later than Friday, May 13. Eligible candidates will be invited to a 30 minute interview with the Fund Trustee. The scholarship will be awarded based on the interview, essay, and student transcript.

Recipients

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Kevin Jaeger
Paul Wingerd
Benjamin Mendelsohn
Sean Coughlin
Kevin Connell
Paul Sarnsen
Alan Steinberg
David Egert
Patrick Rigney
Kalman Deutsch
Martin Azevedo
Anthony Stringer
Neil Talbot
Daniel Casey
Cynthia Wong
Paul-Henri Arnaud
Gabriel Wachob
Adam Tilgman
Sam Sapoznick
Sola Grantham
Kwesi Davis
Michael Grantham
Gabriel Risk
Jordan Miller
Morgan Venable
Nick Martin
Elie Boyle
Jesse Escobedo
Ian Patterson
Patrick Mulligan
Riaz Zaidi
Laker Sparks
Michael DeLiso
Alexander Fan 
Ed Foley
Jessica Lee 
Paul Moran
Michael Yuen-Hurwitz
Eric Gorlin
Andrew Rauch
Or Oppenheimer
Emma Rose Wirshing
Justin Morgan
David Ludeke
Isaac Lau
Hannah Hanif
Daniel Santana
Marco Monfiglio



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A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.