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Meet Hayven Hilton, talented student and athlete, caring sister and community member and future Pediatrician. 

Hayven was an integral part of the 2024 graduating class of Farrell Area High School.  Her senior project was most impressive, educating the community about Sickle Cell Anemia and organizing a blood drive.  She will be attending Allegheny College and earned nearly $100,000 in merit scholarships.  Hayven will make her family and community proud. 

Learn more about Hayven’s senior project: 
Hayven’s TV interview    
Sharon Herald article 
Urban League promotion

The Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded annually to one eligible applicant in the amount of $10,000 total scholarship to be paid $2500 each year for four years, as long as the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements and is in good standing at the educational institution the student is attending. 


To be eligible, applicants must meet these criteria: 

Be a Farrell High School graduating senior accepted to an accredited, not-for-profit college, university, trade or professional program (such as those offered by vocational-technical schools) as well as traditional curricula offered by colleges and universities, and who plans to enroll full time for the upcoming academic year.

To remain eligible in subsequent years,  the recipient must provide a transcript showing  satisfactory academic progress towards degree attainment at the beginning of each year.

Current selection committee is made up of five members of the Farrell High School graduating class of 1968.

About Valerie

Valerie is a 1968 graduate of Farrell High School. As a teacher, university administrator and educational consultant, Valerie devoted her career to student success. Encouraged by her family and community to follow her dreams, she earned a PhD as a first generation college student. She is grateful for the character, confidence and courage that growing up in Farrell provided. She has established this scholarship to help other Farrell graduates pursue their hopes and dreams.

This photo is of the current Farrell High School. The first class to graduate from this building was the class of 1971, Valerie's brother Randy was in that class. Her brother, Jerry graduated in 1979. Valerie graduated in 1968 from the old high school, pictured in the insert. It opened in 1939 and Valerie's parents, Joseph Ruffo(1941) and Rosella Brown Ruffo(1943) graduated from this same school. This building is probably best known for its gymnasium, known affectionately as the “House that McCluskey Built” since Coach Eddie McCluskey’s teams won 11 WPIAL titles and seven state championships from 1951-76. 

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