Ann’s Choice Awards $260,000 in Scholarships

28 local high school students were awarded $8,000 scholarships

On June 3, Ann’s Choice, an Erickson Senior Living-developed and managed community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, hosted family, friends, residents, and staff at its annual Scholar Awards Ceremony. At the event, 28 graduating high school seniors were awarded $8,000 scholarships from the community to support their pursuit of higher education. Also, 14 students received donor-designated named scholarships totaling $36,000.

The Scholar’s Program is funded by the residents of Ann’s Choice to support high school students employed on campus who have shown commitment to serving the Ann’s Choice community.

“Our residents feel the student servers are extended members of their family,” said Philanthropy Manager Sharon Silvestri. “They readily support the scholarship program because they believe in the students and want to help them achieve their goals and dreams.”

The ceremony included a keynote address from previous Ann’s Choice Scholar recipient Joseph McCabe as well as remarks from Ann’s Choice Associate Executive Director Chad Couture, student scholar Fijona Shurdhiqi, parent Lara Smith, Philanthropy Manager Sharon Silvestri, and members of the Scholars Fund Resident Committee.

Since 2004, the Ann’s Choice Student Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $3 million in financial aid to student workers to support their pursuit of higher education.

2021 Student Scholars:

  • Sean Ahn, William Tennent High School
  • Dylan Bauerle, Council Rock South High School
  • Michael Borkowski, William Tennent High School
  • Sydni Brydges, Council Rock South High School
  • Amanda Cahill, Archbishop Wood High School
  • Collette Christmann,,Council Rock South High School
  • Kayleigh Doak, Council Rock South High School
  • Katelyn Dosa, William Tennent High School
  • Gianna DuBeck, William Tennent High School
  • Jadon Freed, Council Rock South High School
  • Jamie Garofalo, Upper Moreland High School
  • Emily Gehring, William Tennent High School
  • Allison Graham, Bucks County Technical High School
  • Savannah Hafele, Neshaminy High School
  • Jacqueline Kubala, William Tennent High School
  • Shane Loughlin, William Tennent High School
  • Gianna Manzo, Archbishop Wood High School
  • Grace Monahan, Hatboro-Horsham High School
  • Kyle Omlor, Council Rock South High School
  • Anna Pagano, Council Rock South High School
  • Ian Proctor, William Tennent High School
  • Fijona Shurdhiqi, William Tennent High School
  • Ryan Smith, Central Bucks South High School
  • Caitlin Somerville, William Tennent High School
  • Maureen Sweeney, Archbishop Wood High School
  • Dylan Tecalco, William Tennent High School
  • Bryonna Trimarco, William Tennent High School
  • Brianna Zysk, William Tennent High School

In addition, the following students received named scholarships:

  • Kyle Omlor and Bryonna Trimarco, Ann’s Choice Jewish Residents Council Scholarship, $1,000 Scholarship (one-time);
  • Sydni Brydges, E. Melvin Halpern Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 (one time);
  • Ryan Smith, Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Scholarship $2,000 Scholarship per year for up to four years;
  • Jacqueline Kubala, Carol Silverman Scholarship, $3,000 (one time);
  • Caitlin Somerville, The Bess Vukas Jordan Memorial Scholarship, $2,000 Scholarship (one-time);
  • Jamie Garofalo, The Frances Reinken Jordan Memorial Scholarship, $2,000 Scholarship (one-time);
  • Dylan Tecalco, Nancy Bennett Technology Memorial Scholarship, $2,000 (one time);
  • Jadon Freed, The Holcombe Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 per year for three years, $2,000 for fourth year;
  • Brianna Zysk, The Alma Moore Ehlenfeldt Memorial Scholarship, $4,000 Scholarship (one-time);
  • Michael Burkowski, Grace Monahan, & Ian Proctor, Ann’s Choice Lifelong Learning Academy Scholarship; $2,000 (one time);
  • Fiona Shurdhiqi, Ann’s Choice Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, $1,000 (one time)

Ann’s Choice, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Senior Living, is situated on a scenic 103-acre campus in Warminster, Pennsylvania. The not-for-profit community of more than 1,900 residents and 1,000 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, Inc., who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information about Ann’s Choice can be found at