Red & Black Scholarship
In Memory of Walter "Bobo" Cross, GHS Class of '49
Sponsored by the Glassport High School Alumni Association
RED & BLACK SCHOLARSHIP
Founded in 2018 by the Glassport High School Alumni Association, the Red & Black Scholarship is being offered in honor of Walter "Bobo" Cross. Mr. Cross served as a role model for many people in the community of Glassport, as well as the surrounding boroughs of Port Vue, Liberty, and Lincoln. The men who were involved in the planning of the scholarship included Mr. Ralph Schillaci, Mr. Chuck Widel, Mr. Lou D'Angelo, Mr. Frank Tarli, and Mr. Carl Zoscak. Each man credits Bobo as being an influence on their lives and how they would interact and provide for their communities. Below is the brief biography provided by the GHS Alumni Association as part of their introduction to the Red & Black Scholarship form handed out to South Allegheny High School students.
"Walter 'Bobo' Cross a true Glassporter. If anyone should be awarded the title ''Mr. Glassport" it would be Walter Cross. Born and raised in Glassport, he played football and baseball on Section championship teams at Glassport High School. After leaving Glassport High School, Bobo entered the U.S, Navy, where he also participated in sports.
Following his tour of duty with the Navy, Bobo married his sweetheart Rita Ejchost and eventually had a family of three children. His brother Bruce would become the president of the Glassport High School Class of 1952, making his older brother very proud. Bobo continued playing sports in Glassport after his return, first with the famous Glassport Odds, then baseball with the Southwest Steel team.
Bobo's career path was a rewarding one, as he worked at the courthouse in Pittsburgh for 30 years. In addition to his service at the County Courthouse, Bobo was a policeman, street commissioner, volunteer fireman, and volunteer ambulance driver for the Borough of Glassport. He was a member of the Queen of the Rosary Church and a leader within the St. Vincent DePaul Society for a long time.
Extremely community-minded, Bobo always helping people of the community in many ways, handing out turkeys or hams to the less fortunate during the holidays, finding jobs for people when he could on countless occasions, and providing guidance when needed. For years he has helped the shut-ins and the elderly with the Meals on Wheels program, not only in the South Allegheny area, but in other communities as well. Bobo was also instrumental in the development and success of the Glassport High School Alumni Association.
A particularly humble man, Bobo never bragged or boasted of his accomplishments. His passion for the communities of South Allegheny, and most especially his hometown of Glassport, was infectious and he influenced many leaders within the community. His leadership is missed but his legacy will never be lost."
CLASS OF 2018
Penn State Greater Allegheny
RED & BLACK SCHOLARSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
* One $500 scholarship awarded to a graduate of the current graduating class.
* Phase One consists of completion of a standard application form and a 250-300 word essay.
* Phase Two consists of an interview for a select number of applicants with representatives from the Glassport High School Alumni.
* Winners are announced in a timely manner and are expected to attend the S.A. Gladiator-Scholars Night ceremony.