A local chapter of the Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.) recently awarded a scholarship to a Forsyth County High School student.
Melissa Poloncarz, who graduated from Forsyth Central High School in May, was awarded the Laura Mele Chapter BN Scholarship. Poloncarz also earned the Georgia State P.E.O. Ruth Taber Fox Scholarship. The two scholarship will fund her entire first year of tuition at the University of North Georgia.
Poloncarz was selected for her all-around work at school and in the community. While at Central, Poloncarz served as editor of the yearbook, founded and was president of the NABT Biology Club, was a member of the Honors Mentorship Program and participated in DECA. Poloncarz also was involved in local mission work through No Longer Bound, Corners Outreach, Meals by Grace, Operation Christmas Child and FLOOD.
Poloncarz also interned this past summer with the city of Sugar Hill’s economic development team producing creative content and continues to work for them part-time while at UNG.
Founded in 1869, the P.E.O. is devoted to encouraging and supporting women by offering academic scholarships, loans and grants.