April 26, 2017
Susquehanna University senior Justin Skavery secured a $10,000 grant to benefit the City of Shamokin, Northumberland County.
Skavery, a double major in anthropology and history from Mount Carmel, Pa., applied for the grant, awarded by energy company, Williams, as part of his internship with Northumberland County's Planning Commission. The money will fund repairs and improvements to the men's and women's locker rooms at Shamokin's Lawton W. Shroyer Community Swimming Pool.
"I was very happy with it," Skavery said. "Being from Mount Carmel, it's always good to see good things happen in the area."
Skavery worked under Don Alexander, director of economic development and planning for Northumberland County, and Grants Manager Kathy Jeremiah.
"We knew the City of Shamokin could benefit from grants that would improve the appearance of the city and its attractiveness to potential businesses, but that it did not have the resources to apply for them," Alexander said. "I saw an opportunity for Justin to find grants that would benefit the city and it's turned out extremely well."
Skavery is currently applying for a second grant to benefit Shamokin's American Legion building, which is also home to the community library and a train museum.
"These grants are competitive, but Justin has demonstrated a very good job of wordsmithing the grant application and matching the project description to some of the end goals of the granting organization," Alexander said.
Skavery has had a lifelong interest in history. For his senior history capstone, he traveled to several different museums in and around the central Pennsylvania region to study the history and immigration patterns that the coal mining industry brought to the area. He also interned at the Slifer House Museum in Lewisburg, Pa., in 2015.
He will continue his work for Northumberland County through the summer until he begins graduate school in the fall to pursue a master's degree in history at Shippensburg University. He hopes to one day be a professor or to work in a museum.
"History is a subject I admire; it's important. History repeats itself and applies to everyday life," he said. "And I like helping my community however I can."