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2024 Mary Nothelfer - Bernie McElwain Scholarship Awarded to Kutztown Student

2024 Mary Nothelfer - Bernie McElwain Scholarship Awarded to Kutztown Student

June 03, 2024

One Financial Services is pleased to announce the 2024 Mary Nothelfer – Bernie McElwain Scholarship has been awarded to Sara Ann Jenkins of Kempton, PA, a senior and marketing major at Kutztown University.

The Nothelfer – McElwain Scholarship was established in 2018 to honor One Financial Services Co-founder, Mary Nothelfer upon her retirement.

In a time when few women worked outside the home, Mary Nothelfer was leading the way in the financial industry for other women to follow. Her legacy is one of resilience, courage, and a pursuit of excellence; traits she credits to her father, Bernie McElwain, a WW II veteran. Mary says, “He raised me with a strong work ethic. I have always been glad to be known as Bernie’s daughter”.

This year’s scholarship recipient reflects many of those same strengths. Sara Ann was raised in a military family. Her father is a Lt. Colonel in the Army. She says, “My dad has demonstrated dedication, passion, and support like no other person I have ever met… I hope to carry all those traits with me in my career and personal life”.

The criteria of the One Financial Services Nothelfer – McElwain Scholarship requires that the applicants be a female student at Kutztown University; be an active servicemember of the US Armed Forces, a veteran with an honorable discharge, or a military dependent; pursuing a major in Finance, Financial Services, Accounting, Business Administration-Finance, or Marketing; and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

As this year’s scholarship recipient, Sara Ann received $1000 applied to her active KU student account and has the opportunity to participate in a one-week externship with a stipend at One Financial Services offices located in Allentown and Bethlehem.

One Financial Services, Principal and Co-founder, Jack Morrone, says, “Sara Ann represents the kind of young woman for whom this scholarship was created. She reflects the strength and determination of the scholarship’s namesake while representing the best characteristics of the future of women in our industry”.