A new scholarship will soon be available to students graduating from Jim Thorpe High School, creating a lasting legacy in memory of Hunter Kurak Wolfe who passed away from cancer in 2011. Established by Ella Farnell, a family friend of Hunter’s, the Hunter’s Heroes Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Carbon County Community Foundation will award a $500 one-year, non-renewable scholarship each year to a graduating Jim Thorpe senior who exhibits great leadership and involvement in the community.
Hunter Kurak Wolfe was an adventurous, outdoorsy, and fearless boy born and raised in Jim Thorpe. He loved fishing, golfing, and sports. In 2010, Hunter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For 10 months, he endured extensive chemotherapy while staying brave and strong. Unfortunately, on July 7, 2011, at the age of twelve, Hunter lost his battle.
“He was a kind soul taken from the world way too soon,” said Ella Farnell. “Through this scholarship, we hope to continue to spread Hunter’s Hope, Kindness, and Wisdom. HKW. The recipients of this scholarship will be unsung heroes who reflect hard work, courage, and passion in all that they do.”
Ella is currently working as a Marketing & Communications Intern for the summer at the Carbon County Community Foundation. When asked to think about a capstone project she’d like to complete during her internship, this scholarship came to mind.
“I recently graduated from Jim Thorpe Area High School and wanted to create a new opportunity for students while also allowing a new way for Hunter’s legacy to live on,” said Farnell.
“I can’t express in enough words what this scholarship means to us,” said Kimberly Sargent, Hunter’s mother, “It will allow students to continue reaching for their dreams and changing their futures. An amazing way to remember an amazing young man.”
Jim Thorpe students who wish to request the Hunter’s Heroes Memorial Scholarship will be able to apply through the High School Guidance Office. Students will be asked to submit an essay with their application describing their characteristics, successes, and goals.
Minimum qualifications for the scholarship include:
- 3.0 or higher GPA
- Demonstrated Participation in School/Community Activities
- Active Volunteer History
- Student Resume/Activity Sheet