ATHENS — The 16th Dr. Arthur B. King Scholarship, which pays for the recipients’ full college tuition, room and board, was awarded to Athens Area High School senior Cierra House at the Senior Academic Awards Night on Thursday.
The Dr. Arthur B. King Trust was established on Dec. 21, 1998. King passed away on Dec. 13, 2001, whereafter the Dr. Arthur B. King, M.D. Scholarship Award was established.
King was born on Nov. 22, 1914 in New York and received his M.D. degree from John Hopkins University in 1939. King served in the U.S. Army from December 1941 to January 1946, attaining a rank of Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, Infantry. From 1946 to 1948, King was an assistant resident and resident neurosurgeon at John Hopkins Hospital, and from 1948 to 1950, he was a neurosurgeon at the Lahey Clinic in Boston.
In 1950, King joined the Guthrie Clinic/Robert Packer Hospital, where he was Chief of the Section of Neurological Surgery before retiring in 1979. King also served as assistant coroner of Bradford County for many years.
Outside of work, King was heavily involved within the local community. King was involved in the Athens Borough Council, serving as Vice President and President from 1983 to 1997, the Valley Joint Sewer Authority, Diahoga Hose Company No. 6, Tioga Point Museum Board and was the founder and longtime member of the Valley Philosophical Society.
The scholarship in King’s name is awarded to a deserving Athens Borough resident, male or female, upon their graduation or matriculation from the Athens Area High School. The scholarship pays for the student’s college tuition, on-campus housing and meal plan, up to a four-year period. To receive the scholarship each year throughout college, the student has to keep a 3.0 GPA.
The scholarship is based on academic qualifications, character, extracurricular activities, community service and financial need. The application for the scholarship requires the student’s school transcripts, letters of recommendation from a school teacher and guidance counselor, and their Free Application for Federal Student Aid report.
The Trustee board for the scholarship fund, consisting of Jonathan P. Foster, Sr., Jonathan P. Foster, Jr., Beverly J. Bleiler and Richard E. Shay, review applications and choose the recipient, according to Foster, Sr.
Seven students applied for this year’s Dr. Arthur B. King, M.D. Scholarship Award. But only one student stood out among the rest to receive this year’s award: Cierra House.
House has been on Honor Roll from 2016 to 2019 and has academic excellence in Spanish I, II, III; English; Algebra; Physics; Studio Art I, II; U.S. History II Honors; and Civics & Government. She is also apart of National Honor Society and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society.
Her extracurricular activities include Student Council and the History Club at Athens Area High School. For community service, House is involved with the Elks Antlers Program, where she serves as Vice President. House has held a part-time babysitting position throughout her high school career. In addition, she assisted children with special needs at the annual Elks Christmas party and participated in the Elks Easter egg hunt.
House plans to attend Penn State University Altoona to pursue a career in nursing.