Dylan Kelly, a first-year student at King’s College, was recently named the recipient of an annual scholarship established at the College in honor of Colleen Shea, a 1995 graduate of King’s who died in a 2001 automobile accident. Established through a donation to King’s by the Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation, the $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate of Pittston Area High School to be used toward the student’s first-year King’s tuition. The winner is selected based on his or her character, leadership, scholarship, sportsmanship, dedication, commitment, teamwork and perseverance. The scholarship’s sixth recipient, Kelly graduated from Pittston Area in May and is a criminal justice major at King’s.
A resident of Pittston Twp., Kelly was a member of the National Honor Society and Zero Conflict Club at Pittston Area and competed on a state level as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. He also was a member of the pep squad, Stand Tall Club, and the varsity track and field team. At King’s, Kelly is the treasurer of his class and a member of the Rotoract service club. Colleen Shea was a native of Pittston and graduated from Pittston Area High School prior to earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King’s. The daughter of working-class parents, she worked her way through King’s from money she earned at supermarket and babysitting jobs. As a senior at King’s, Shea interned with Prociak & Associates, LLC, and secured a public accounting position with the firm following her graduation. She was killed in an Oct. 2001 automobile crash on her way home from work. From left, are Bill and Laurie Kelly, Dylan’s parents; Dylan Kelly, Nancy Shea, Colleen’s mother; Patti Prociak, president of the Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation, and Ann Marie Durako, member of the scholarship selection committee.