Arts at Hayfield awards scholarships to Penn State Wilkes-Barre students

Four people standing together for a check presentation

From left: Jonathan Pineno, Arts at Hayfield president; Cloe Mazzatosta, scholarship recipient; and Mary Reddy and Karen Winters, scholarship committee members.


Credit: Penn State

DALLAS, Pa. — Arts at Hayfield, the nonprofit campus and community-arts organization at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, granted $4,000 in academic scholarships to five Penn State Wilkes-Barre students in 2022.

Annual scholarships are awarded to academically and artistically accomplished students who demonstrate their commitment to the arts by submitting a detailed application that outlines their interest in the arts. Student applicants are asked to describe their experiences and opinions about being a scholar, becoming a valued member of society, and how they see themselves contributing to their community in the future based not only on academic achievements, but also on personal interests, including support of the arts. All applications are carefully evaluated by an Arts at Hayfield scholarship committee.

The Arts at Hayfield organization was able to resume presenting academic awards in the spring after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. During the regular Arts at Hayfield spring meeting in April, Cloe Mazzatosta, majoring in computer science, was presented with a $1,000 Irene Thomas Academic Scholarship Award.

In November, Verena Lake, majoring in surveying engineering, received the fall 2022 Irene Thomas Academic Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,000. KateLyn Krzysik, a biology major, and Hannah Corson, a surveying engineering major, were each awarded $750 for honorable mention academic awards and Kyler Burke, majoring in English, was presented with a $500 honorable mention academic scholarship award.

Since the organization’s founding in 1984, Arts at Hayfield members have pursued a mission of promoting the arts for all members of the community to experience and enjoy. They provide opportunities for local performers, musicians, crafters, artists and artisans, and continue to form networks of individuals who are interested in helping to promote the arts.

Arts at Hayfield regularly donates to public media resources and arts organizations such as WVIA, F.M. Kirby Center, NEPA Chamber Music Society, Back Mountain Memorial Library and the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Art Gallery, in addition to awarding annual scholarships to local Penn State Wilkes-Barre students who express interest in the arts.

To learn more about Arts at Hayfield, the annual scholarship and other academic awards, visit or contact Jonathan Pineno, Arts at Hayfield president and lecturer in arts and humanities, at 570-675-9159.