The “Ashkar Academic Excellence Memorial Scholarship” has been established in memory of Joseph C. Ashkar and Lois Weir Ashkar. An amount up to $5000.00 will be awarded annually to a graduating senior of Hughesville High School who meets the designated qualifications as determined by the selection committee, which shall be composed of district representatives and at least one representative of the scholarship benefactor.

Please complete the following application and return to Mrs. Baney by April 15th.

Joseph C. Ashkar, May 4, 1911 – May 12, 1966

Joseph Charles Ashkar, a lifelong resident , was born in Hughesville to parents who emigrated from Brumanna, Lebanon in 1909 (father) and 1910 (mother and two young daughters). He and his five siblings all attended Hughesville schools and he graduated from Hughesville High School in the class of 1929. He attended Mansfield State Teachers College, majored in mathematics, and graduated in 1934. In 1935 Mr. Ashkar began his teaching career at Hughesville High School, teaching both mathematics and general science classes. During his 31 years as a classroom teacher he also began the school’s wrestling program (1947) and served as faculty athletics manager and adviser to the student council. Concurrently, he worked for and supported his parents local retail business and assumed ownership of the business in 1957 following his father’s death.

Lois E. Weir Ashkar, July 26, 1914 – January 9, 2003

Lois Evelyn Weir was born on the Weir Farm, near Thompson, PA, in 1914, the only child of Charles H. Weir and Rachel E. Potter Weir. With her parents, she moved to Susquehanna at a young age, attended local schools, and graduated in the class of 1932. She attended Mansfield State Teachers College, majored in music, and graduated with the class of 1936. From 1936 through 1941, she taught general music in Susquehanna County country schools (one room schools). After moving to Hughesville following marriage to Mr. Ashkar, she was a full time mother who supported her husband’s school and retail duties, was called often to be a substitute teacher, and served as choir director of the local Methodist church. Mrs. Ashkar returned to full time teaching in 1966 and retired from Hughesville High School in 1978.