The Dr. Roy D. Hoffman Scholarship committee has announced that this year’s recipients are Emily Clark, Jamie Emerick, Grace Mosemann and Allie Snider.
The recipients were selected June 11 by scholarship committee members Dr. Leslie A. Hoffman and Dr. R. Donald Hoffman Jr., Hoffman’s children, as well as Ann Meyer, Gary Shaffer and Ron Wilkins.
Clark, a graduate of Chestnut Ridge, will attend Saint Francis University to become a physician assistant. A fourth-generation farm family member, her resume includes serving as 2019 Bedford County Fair queen, Bedford County Fair Junior Fair Board secretary, FFA Chapter vice president, 4-H Club president, yearbook editor and recipient of FFA Keystone State, Chapter and Greenhand awards. In 2019, she won first place in parliamentary procedure at the Region 17 FBLA conference and in 2018 placed first in the introduction to business presentation at the Pennsylvania State FBLA Conference.
Emerick, a graduate of Chestnut Ridge, will attend Penn State Altoona with the goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and later, after gaining clinical experience, enroll in a program to become a nurse anesthetist. A member of a family that raises Angus cattle, her resume includes showing the 2018 Grand Champion market steer at the Bedford County Fair and participating in the FFA, 4-H and Future Business Leaders of America, where she won state awards in competitive public speaking. In 2018, she was selected as the Bedford County Fall Foliage queen.
Grace Mosemann, a graduate of Southern Fulton, will attend Shippensburg University to become an elementary education teacher. A third-generation dairy farm member, she actively assisted with varied farm duties beginning in early childhood. Her resume includes serving as FFA vice president, member of the 4-H Dairy and County Council, where she served as president, and recipient of the FFA Keystone Degree. She also won Top 5 honors in dairy herding in the State FFA Championship competition.
Allie Snider, a graduate of Northern Bedford, will attend Penn State Main Campus, where she will major in animal science with a future goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian. A member of a long-term dairy family, she actively assisted with varied farm and show duties beginning in early childhood. Her resume includes membership in the Bedford County Scholastic Hall of Fame for efforts in the career technical education program, Morrisons Cove Dairy Show Intermediate and Supreme Champion showman and Top 10 in the All-American Dairy Show Intermediate Showmanship Contest.
Dr. Hoffman, known as “Doc,” was a member of the Bedford Rotary Club for more than 65 years. He established the scholarship in 2002 to assist Bedford County and Fulton County students with an emphasis on those from farm families interested in pursuing vocational, technical, or higher education. Since inception, the fund has awarded more than $320,000 in scholarships. Electronic applications are available from The Pittsburgh Foundation at http://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarshipsearch
Dr. Hoffman served the community for 70 years taking care of farm animals, pets, and small animals. He entered veterinary school directly from high school, which was the practice at that time. As a student, Hoffman had a difficult time financially and worked many hours to make ends meet. His memory of this difficult time prompted this scholarship. He was widely admired and the recipient of many awards, including the Keystone Farmers Award, Veterinarian of the Year from the Western PA Kennel Club, Distinguished Veterinarian Award from the PA Veterinary Medical Society, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania.