Langhorne Rotary Scholarship applications now available

submitted by Kathleen Horwatt

Scholarship Applications for the T. Walter Styer Scholarships and the Eugene Hieber Scholarship for a tech school senior are now available at the Rotary website ( and at guidance offices.  Additional information is available at the website. Applications are due April 14th and are based on demonstration of Service Above Self.  

Walter Styer grew up on the 107-acre farm known as Styer’s Orchards. He valued education more than most since he had to leave school in the ninth grade to help on the farm which eventually became well known for the quality of the apples and other produce he sold.

Walter joined the Langhorne Rotary Club in 1967 and was a member until his death in 1999 at age 103. In his will he bequeathed $50,000 to the Rotary Club, which has been invested in the Walter T. Styer Jr. Scholarship Fund. Walter T. Styer, Jr. scholarships will be awarded to worthy high school seniors residing in the Langhorne area (zip codes 19047, 19053, 19056, 19057, 19058).

Several $1000, or higher scholarships will be awarded to applicants excelling in ‘service above self.’ The Eugene W. Hieber Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a worthy high school senior attending Bucks County Technical High School. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant pursuing further education at trade school or college in a technical field and excelling in “service above self.”

Eugene W. Hieber was an active 47-year member of Langhorne Rotary. He was the owner of Scrappy’s Auto Service, Inc., which has been doing auto repair, bodywork, painting, towing and truck fabrications in Penndel since 1959. In 1965 he established Bucks County International, Inc. (BCI) truck dealership in Langhorne. Over his many years in business, Gene has given many technical students the opportunity to work at his companies, and years later some are still working for the business.

Winners will be notified in May and invited to ride in the Rotary Club convertible in the Langhorne Memorial Day Parade.

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