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Anita and Stanley Steiner ’70 Meet Scholarship Recipient Alyssa Wargo ’11
10.22.10 |
Anita and Stanley Steiner ’70 found they have a lot in common with senior accounting major Alyssa Wargo ’11. The trio met at a Sept. 28 luncheon at Lebanon Valley College recognizing Wargo as the recipient of the Steiner’s endowed scholarship for 2010–2011.

The Steiners’ endowed* The Stanley and Anita Steiner Scholarship Fund at LVC in 1996 to award annual scholarships to high achieving accounting students for their scholastic accolades. The endowment has awarded 13 scholarships since its inception.

Normally, scholarship donors are united with their student recipients at an annual event, The Lebanon Valley College Scholarship Luncheon, in March of each year. The Steiners live in Arizona during that time of year, and have never been able to personally meet their scholarship recipients. Until now. LVC development director Jamie Cecil learned of the Steiners’ situation and decided to do something about it. She invited them to campus for a special luncheon to meet this year’s recipient — they accepted.

Wargo is a native of Allentown, Pa., where coincidentally Anita Steiner once lived. Her family later moved to Lewisburg, the home of Bucknell University, Anita Steiner’s alma mater. An involved student, Wargo is active in the accounting and math clubs and plays intramural basketball and softball. This is the second year she has received the Steiners’ scholarship.

Though she enrolled at LVC as an actuarial science major, she changed her major to accounting, Stanley Steiner’s lifelong career. Upon her May graduation, Wargo hopes to work for the government or a government contractor as an accountant in the Washington D.C. area. She is interested in obtaining certification as a government financial manager (CGFM) and financial planner (CFP). Wargo said her favorite instructor at LVC is accounting professor Gail Sanderson, because “she teaches in a style that I like and understand.”

Born in Philadelphia, Stanley Steiner earned a B.S. in economics from LVC in 1970. A non-traditional student, he and Anita were already married and the parents of two children. Reflecting on his time as a student, Steiner said he appreciated the required coursework in religion because the chaplain taught him valuable information about many faiths, instilling a belief in tolerance. After graduation, he began a lifelong career in accounting, founding the Steiner, Faren, Monchik firm. Steiner served as managing partner of a team of seven CPAs serving clients in Lebanon and Lancaster counties.

As a seasoned accountant, he offers this observation to students: “There is a big need for public accountants, but you’re going to have to work quite hard because of the many new SEC rules to prevent fraud. The governmental sector is a secure and wonderful career.”

Anita Steiner was a double major in psychology and sociology at Bucknell. She has worked from the Northampton County Children’s Aid Society and as a case worker for Lebanon’s Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Early Intervention Program.

The Steiners have a record of giving in Lebanon county. They annually award a scholarship based on academics and need through the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon to a senior from one of the five area high schools.

“We do believe in giving back and encourage others to do so,” he said. The couple advises others to include non-profit organizations in their will.

*Endowed scholarships at Lebanon Valley College require a $25,000 contribution. Contact Jamie Cecil at (717)867-6228 or for more information.

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