Scholarship Awardees

Daniella Rosa Aron-Schiavone, who goes by the nickname Dani, is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson Senior High School in Manassas. Graduating with a GPA of 4.545, Dani ranked sixth of the 589 graduating seniors. She has an International Baccalaureate Diploma, speaks three languages, played on the Varsity Tennis Team and was a Color Guard for the Marching Band. Dani was the founder and president of the National English Honor Society at her high school, and also served as the activities director for the National Spanish Honor Society. During her high school career she tutored other students in math and English.
From 2007 to 2012, Dani was a volunteer for the Summer Quest program. She also participated in a teen advisory panel to help the library determine which summer programs to offer for her age group, and presented a program where she taught a step-dancing routine to elementary students.
Dani has been recognized by SPARK for Academic Excellence, and took part in the Summer Residential Governor’s School for the Humanities, as well as the National Council on Youth Leadership. She was a 2012 Congressional Art Show Nominee at the Workhouse Arts Center in 2012, and in 2011 received the SPARK Award for Performing Arts. Her artistic talents are varied, and she was a competitive pianist in the National Federation of Junior Festivals from 2003 to 2012, as well as the creator and designer or personalized necklace charms being sold as a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Dani will be a freshman at the College of William and Mary this fall.
Matthew Burke is from Brentsville and graduated from Brentsville High School. While a student there, Matthew was the Secretary of the Future Farmers of America, as well as a member of the Spring Track and Field Team. Matthew earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2010 as a senior in high school when he did his Leadership Service Project for the Nokesville Neighborhood Library. Matt is an Assistant Scoutmaster to BSA Troop #671, and endeavors to live his life according to Scout law, especially by the high standards expected of Eagle Scouts.
The summer before he began middle school, Matthew became a volunteer for the library system as a Summer Quest teen volunteer. He continued to volunteer for the Nokesville Neighborhood Library for years afterward, and still volunteer s there during holiday breaks from his college studies.
Matt received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas, and this fall he will be a senior at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. With a major in Mass Communications and a minor in History, Matt is preparing himself for graduate school. He expects to receive his Bachelor’s degree in May, 2013 and will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library Science, with the goal of becoming a librarian. Currently there are no universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that offer American Library Association accredited library degrees, so Matthew will be pursuing graduate studies at a university outside of Virginia.

 Scholarship Awards 2013