Passavant Memorial Homes Foundation Awards $10,000 Community Service Scholarship to Sydney Komoroski

L to R Zach Senft, Sydney Komorski, Lewis Minett


              Passavant Memorial Homes Foundation (PMHF) is proud to announce the recipient of its 2021 Community Service Scholarship. This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Jamie Ellenberger, an individual served by Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services (PMHFOS) and who was an active member in the community. The principle of community is central to PMHFOS’s mission, including efforts to engage in community initiatives and to be involved in community improvements.  

            PMHF aimed to award this scholarship to a student in the region who brings that same understanding of the value of community service. Sydney Komoroski of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) in Allegheny County, was bestowed with this honor. Her lengthy and impressive resume of community service began in 2014 when she hosted her birthday party where, instead of gifts, she asked guests to bring Easter baskets for the children of North Hills Community Outreach.  

          In addition to hosting a party like that each year thereafter, Ms. Komoroski has volunteered for Saint Alexis, Aquinas Academy and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She has also completed various service projects for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Satchels of Caring, Light of Life Missions, Yellow Ribbon Girls and Vincentian Home. She is a member of LeadersNow International and the Girls Scouts of America, where she is working to earn her Gold Award.  

         Sydney hosted a five-week long Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive for North Hills Community Outreach, and she has helped at her high school with Open Houses, Galas, Freshman Foundation Day, and Transfer Student Welcome Day. She has baked cookies for the troops, served meals at soup kitchens, and built a Free Little Library for North Hills Community Outreach in their outdoor vegetable garden. In addition to many other examples of community service activities, Sydney has also helped rescue sea turtles, volunteered at her local library and made seatbelt pillows for cancer patients with ports. 

        In addition to her community involvement, Sydney has been involved in several extracurricular activities. She was a member of her high school bowling team, was in the OLSH concert choir, was an OLSH Ambassador, and was part of the OLSH theatre program where she participated in 17 productions. She is also a member of the OLSH Honor Roll. We are so proud of Sydney and all of the great work she has done in the community. Her involvement in service is done for all the right reasons, and she understands the importance of helping others. As a sponsored ministry of the Felician Sisters, our school shares the Felician Core Values, which include Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, and Solidarity with the Poor, and Sydney stands out as a young woman who represents these values, and our school, remarkably well,” said OLSH principal Tim Plocinik. 

        Sydney will be attending Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, in the fall where she will be studying nursing.