Three local students awarded scholarships from CSFP

Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia awards students who go above and beyond, both in and out of the classroom.

Head of their class: Earning scholarships from Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia were (from left) Elahni Alvarez (Archbishop Ryan), Cordelle Swinson (Franklin Towne) and Nathalie Senatus (Lankenau).

Three Northeast residents who recently graduated high school were recognized for their hard work and dedication to academics at the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia student awards ceremony.

Earning scholarships from CSFP were Elahni Alvarez (Archbishop Ryan), Cordelle Swinson (Franklin Towne) and Nathalie Senatus (Lankenau).

“We are so proud of all the students who received scholarships and awards at this year’s student awards ceremony,” said Ina Lipman, CSFP executive director. “These graduating seniors are stellar examples of how, when you go to a great school and work hard, you can achieve your dreams. They have all gone above and beyond, both in and out of the classroom, and will continue to do so at their respective colleges and universities.”

Swinson, a resident of Tacony, will attend Penn State University Greater Allegheny to study business and sports management. He was a four-year varsity athlete at Franklin Towne and will play basketball at the Division III school before transferring to PSU University Park after two years. Swinson would like to stay involved in sports as a youth coach to give back to the community and inspire young athletes the way his parents and coaches have inspired him.

Alvarez, a resident of Bustleton, was raised by her teenage mother. She graduated from Ryan in the top 20 of her class and was a member of the National English Honor Society. She will attend Penn State University to study nursing. She plans a career as an oncology nurse.

Senatus, of Lawncrest, graduated in the top 20 of her class and will attend Holy Family University to study in a pre-med biology track. In high school, she participated in the botany, pathfinder and ambassador clubs, and was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She hopes to become a pediatrician. ••