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Students Awarded Scholarships from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Friday, August 12, 2011

Eleven Westminster College students recently received scholarships through The Pittsburgh Foundation.  All awards will be applied to the students' tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Melissa Stasko, a freshman accounting major, received a $500 award funded by the Jack Butz Humanitarian Scholarship Fund.  She is a daughter of Stephen and Renee Stasko of New Castle and a graduate of Union Area High School.

Freshman accounting major Ryan Francis received a $1,000 award funded by the Jason Joseph Estvanik Scholarship Fund.  He is a son of Susan Francis and Scott Francis, both of Harwick, and a graduate of Springdale High School.

Caitlyn Manion, a freshman biology major, received the first payment of a $16,000 four-year scholarship funded by the George and Dorothy Knedler Scholarship Fund.  She is a daughter of Douglas and Suzy Manion of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Northgate High School.

Four seniors received scholarships from the Ann M. Kendlehart Scholarship Fund:

Accounting and financial economics major Cody Donaldson received a $3,705 award.  He is a son of Mark and Jean Donaldson of Sharpsville and a graduate of Sharpsville High School.

Philosophy and economics major Michael Gorman was awarded $3,705.  He is a son of Mary Novak of Avonmore and a graduate of Kiski Area High School.

Accounting major James Gross received a $3,705 scholarship.  He is a son of Richard and Kimberly Gross of McDonald and a graduate of McGuffey High School.

International business major Stephen Mildner was awarded $1,753.  He is a son of Robert and Diane Mildner of Ellwood City and a graduate of Lincoln High School.

Four students received awards from the William J. Wolf Memorial Scholarship Fund:

Evan Del Bene, a junior accounting major, received the third payment of a $12,000 four-year scholarship.  He is a son of Michael and Rosemary Del Bene of Bethel Park and a graduate of Bethel Park High School.

Alyssa Hanna, a senior broadcast communications major, received the final payment of a $16,000 four-year scholarship.  She is a daughter of Susan Hanna of Allison Park and Mark Hanna and a graduate of Shaler Area High School.

Sarah Mohn, a sophomore psychology major, received the second payment of a $12,000 four-year scholarship.  She is a daughter of Sherri Mohn of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School.

Chloe Stanczak, a junior early childhood education/special education major, received the third payment of a $12,000 four-year scholarship.  She is a daughter of Richard and Nancy Stanczak of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Shaler Area High School.

"We are grateful to The Pittsburgh Foundation and their scholarship funds for their support of bright, motivated students, who represent the future of our region," said Gloria Cagigas, Westminster's vice president for institutional advancement.

The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the oldest community foundations in the United States, awarding more than $36 million in grants to a vast array of nonprofit organizations, students through scholarships, and medical researchers in 2009.  Since 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation has been connecting its generous donors with the critical needs of the community.  Donors who have established funds through the Foundation can support virtually any area of charitable interest anywhere in the U.S.

Contact Cagigas at (724) 946-7368 or email cagigagc@westminster.edu for additional information about scholarship funding at Westminster College.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.