Six Tioga Students Earn Copp Scholarships

June 24,2013

Copp Scholarship 2013 recipients were honored at a luncheon at the Penn Wells Hotel. Pictured are, left to right, Michael Charles, CPA, VP and Tax Officer, C&N Trust and Financial Management Group; Recipient Ryan Shelmire; Keith Yerger, Southern Tioga School District Superintendent; Recipient Zachary Baker; Diana Barnes, Northern Tioga School District Superintendent; Recipient Curtis Heck; Chris Morral, Wellsboro Area School District Superintendent; Recipient Mykaela Elizabeth Seeley and Brian Tevlin, CTFA, CFP®, AVP and Trust Officer. Absent from the photo are Recipients Emily Pruden and Jennifer Reynolds.

WELLSBORO, PA – Six Tioga County students have been named recipients of scholarships from the William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust. The 2013 awards totaled $72,000.

The Scholarship Committee hosted a luncheon for scholarship recipients and their parents at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro.

The 2013 recipients include:

Zachary Baker, son of Damon and Kenda Baker of Osceola. A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, he plans to attend Alfred State College of Technology majoring in Heavy Equipment, Truck and Diesel Technician. 

Curtis Heck, son of Brian and Melissa Heck of Tioga. A graduate of Williamson High School, he plans to attend Penn State University Dubois campus majoring in Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Emily Pruden, daughter of Dale and Julie Betts of Mansfield. A graduate of Mansfield Jr-Sr High School, she plans to attend Mansfield University majoring in Geography: Environmental Science.

Jennifer Reynolds, daughter of Clifford and Debra Reynolds of Wellsboro. A graduate of Wellsboro Area High School, she is currently attending Penn State University majoring in Vet and Biomedical Sciences.

Mykaela Elizabeth Seeley, daughter of Michael and Alicia Seeley of Wellsboro. A graduate of Wellsboro Area High School, she plans to attend University of Pittsburgh Bradford majoring in Biology (Pre-Veterinary Sciences). 

Ryan Shelmire, son of James and Gloria Shelmire of Wellsboro. A graduate of New Covenant Academy, Mansfield, PA he is currently attending The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University, Mont Alto, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries.

   The Copp Trust was created under the Last Will and Testament of Graydon S. Copp, who died July 7, 2002.  He and his brother, William Bowen Copp, operated a farm in Charleston and Covington Townships in Tioga County. 

    “Graydon’s generosity will continue for a long time, as Graydon’s intent for this trust is to provide scholarships to well-deserving Tioga County, PA high school seniors who pursue higher education in an agricultural field,” said Deborah Scott, Citizens & Northern Bank Executive Vice President and Trust Officer. 

   Scott said the field has a broad spectrum of possibilities and might include education in the field of animal sciences, agricultural business management, bio-resource, crop and soil science, fisheries and wildlife, food science and technology and general agriculture to name a few.

   The scholarship recipients were chosen by the Scholarship Committee, which consists of the superintendents from each school district in Tioga County. The Committee determines the number of recipients and amounts awarded annually. The scholarship awards may be used to help pay tuition, books and room and board charges.  Citizens & Northern Bank as Trustee invests and manages the funds in the account and administrates the scholarship application and distribution process.

   Applicants for the scholarship are sought each year, with the deadline being April 15th annually. Applicants must be high school seniors accepted to accredited colleges or universities in programs leading to degrees in curriculums directly related to agriculture. In addition, applicants must have grade point averages of at least 2.0, have financial need and must have been Tioga County, PA residents for at least six months.

   For more information on this scholarship or to obtain an application, interested students should contact Citizens & Northern Bank’s Trust and Financial Management Group at 1-800-487-8784 or their high school guidance counselor. Applications for 2014 will also be on the C&N website at

  The C&N Trust and Financial Management Group, a division of Citizens & Northern Bank, maintains offices in Wellsboro, Sayre, Towanda, Williamsport, Coudersport and Emporium, in Pennsylvania and Canisteo in New York.  The Division, founded in 1960, provides a wide range of investment, trust and retirement plan services to individuals and organizations.