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PSF announces new Namesake Scholarship

A reception to recognize the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation (PSF) Endowed Namesake Scholarship in memory of Mark Chebra was held recently at Christine’s Restaurant in Yardley.

Provided by Ryan Newman, Mark’s childhood friend, this scholarship will be given each year in perpetuity.

Mark Chebra was born with a congenital heart defect that required multiple surgeries and the implantation of a pacemaker by the age of three.

His condition never affected his fun-loving attitude or his enthusiasm for life.

On January 19th, 1989, when Mark was in the fifth grade, he unexpectedly collapsed and passed away while waiting for the school bus in his neighborhood.

Mark’s passing was a shock to his family, friends, neighbors and the Pennsbury community.

Ryan Newman was Mark’s best friend.

He was with Mark when he passed away.

Ryan shared that “Mark was just like every other boy, and he was adamant to let you know it. Rather than being defined by his condition, he owned it – on 11-year-old terms, of course.”

“Over the years the light blue and white fire hydrant which marked our bus stop took on a life of its own, in my mind. A symbol, to live life to the fullest, to make the most out of each day, to love openly and freely, and to never leave words or thoughts of kindness left unsaid.”

Through these 30 or so years, Ryan has never forgotten Mark or the Chebra family.

The PSF is honored that Ryan would remember Mark by endowing this Memorial Scholarship benefiting deserving Pennsbury graduates for years to come.

For more information about Endowed Namesake Scholarships, visit PennsburyScholarshipFoundation.org.

The PSF is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax-exempt.

PHOTO CAP: Upper left-Ryan Newman, upper right-Mark Chebra, lower-President Jeff Smith presenting certificate to the Chebra family.