The Joey Dado Memorial Scholarship Award
The Joey Dado Memorial Scholarship award was established in 2010 to recognize a graduating member of both the men’s and women’s Greater Latrobe Senior High School soccer teams. The award will honor student/athletes who plan on furthering their education and who have demonstrated strong character, sportsmanship, role-model behavior, and the love of soccer.
Joseph (Joey) Dado graduated from Greater Latrobe High School in 2009. Joey was an honor student, member of the National Honor Society, and winner of the Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete award. He lettered in varsity track, football and soccer. He was an accomplished placekicker for the Latrobe Football Team where he earned section honors his senior year. Soccer, however, was Joey’s true passion. He was a four year starter and two year captain of the Latrobe Soccer Team where he earned 1st Team All Section Honors three times. A gifted athlete for sure, but Joey is most remembered for the quality of his character and his friendly disposition. He treated others in a kind and respectful manner, he loved to laugh, and he always had a smile on his face.Upon graduation, Joey enrolled in the college of Engineering at Penn State University. He died in a tragic accident in September, 2009. He is survived by his loving family, including his father, Joseph Dado Jr, mother Denise Dado, and sisters Natalie Dado, Nicole Dado, and Jennifer Dado.
The Joey Dado Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide two awards: one for a senior male student on the Greater Latrobe Senior High School men’s soccer team and one for a senior female student on the Greater Latrobe Senior High School women’s soccer team. These students should exemplify good sportsmanship, sound leadership and dedication to hard work and team play. In addition the awardees should demonstrate a passion for the game of soccer, be a positive role-model for their team and have the respect of their teammates. Awardees must pursue continuing their education upon graduating from Greater Latrobe Senior High School.
The Myron “Pete” Digenis Memorial Award
The Myron “Pete” Digenis Memorial Award was established in 2009 to recognize a member of the Greater Latrobe Senior High School boys’ golf team that embodies Pete Digenis’s characteristics of good sportsmanship and school leadership, dedication to hard work, teamwork, and respect for the great game of golf.
Myron “Pete” Digenis, class of 1942, attended St. Vincent College and, after a stint at Alco, joined his brother and sister as partners in a local icon – the Greensburg Sporting Goods Company – until his retirement in 1980. Pete, 85, succumbed to illness and passed away in The Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Greensburg. Son of the late John and Mary Janos Digenis, he is survived by two sisters, Kathryne Digenis and Sophya Zaphyr and husband, Dr. Peter, and a brother, Harry Digenis, all of Greensburg; his beloved niece, Mary “Kitty” Hagy and husband, Douglas, of Greensburg, and nephew, John Zaphyr and wife, Karen, of Cranberry Township; and grandnephews, Charles and Matthew Hagy and Christopher and Hunter Zaphyr.
This award is offered to a student on the high school golf team. The student should exhibit: characteristics of good sportsmanship and school leadership, dedication to hard work, teamwork, and respect for the great game of golf.
The Richard J. Markovich Scholarship Award
The Richard J. Markovich Scholarship Award was established in 2015 to recognize a graduating senior of the Greater Latrobe Senior High School’s Boys Basketball Team. The award honors a graduating member of the team who represents the leadership and dedication Richard J. Markovich displayed as a student-athlete at Latrobe.
Richard Markovich graduated from Latrobe High School in 1960. During his senior year, he was selected as co-captain of the Boys Basketball team and averaged nearly 16 points per game, before he suffered a debilitating separated shoulder. Although out for the remainder of the season, he continued to attend every game and practice, providing leadership, motivation and encouraging fair play.
This award was created by Richard’s son, Scott Markovich, who is also a graduate of Greater Latrobe. Upon learning about the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation, Scott wanted to do something to honor his dad. The idea emerged to create an award for a student participating in a game his father loved as a student.
The awardee should exemplify student leadership with special dedication to hard work and sportsmanship in the areas of academics and athletics. He should be a positive role-model for his school and have the respect of his teammates. The awardee must also be continuing their education upon graduating from Greater Latrobe Senior High School.