Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Lisa Scheller Expands LCCC Scholarship Program
In the real world, she's President and Chairman of Silberline Manufacturing Co., Inc. In case you don't know, this Tamaqua - yes, I said Tamaqua - corporation is a world leader and global supplier of high-quality special effect and performance pigments. She has both math (University of Colorado) and engineering (Lehigh University) degrees. Just a few months ago, she was honored by Schuykill County's Chamber of Commerce as their Entrepreneur of the Year.
But her story goes beyond her government service and business acumen. She is a recovering heroin addict who lived on the streets. Unlike many others, she has gone public. In fact, she established the Hope and Coffee shop in Tamaqua, her hometown, for fellow addicts.
When I received word that Lisa would be making an announcement at Lehigh County Community College yesterday, a 36 minute drive from Nazareth, I felt I owed it to my fellow addict.
She announced a scholarship program for Lehigh County and Tamaqua high school students enabling them to take college-level courses in the junior and senior years and receive both a high school diploma and associate's degree. This scholarship is available to students eligible for free or reduced lunches.
Currently, 56 students from Allentown School District alone are enrolled in a scholarship Scheller made available to technical school students. She's expanded the program so that it applies to all high school students.
In her remarks, Scheller said education "opens so many doors" for people who were "not put here to be something, but to be someone." She stressed a country of "educational haves and have nots is a threat to democracy."
Scheller is mulling a run for the Congressional seat held by Susan Wild in the Pa. 7th District. It's rated by Cook Political Report as "likely Democratic," but 2020 is far off.