The Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Association awarded its ninth annual scholarship to Central Catholic High School graduate Neil Carleton. The scholarship, valued at $2,000, is co-sponsored by the NHL Alumni Association.
The Alumni scholarship program was created in 2005 and is presented annually to a western Pennsylvania high school senior for academic excellence and for providing leadership, sportsmanship and a positive attitude as a member of their school’s hockey program. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 to qualify for the scholarship.
Carleton, as a defenseman at Central Catholic, served as team captain of the varsity hockey team during his senior year. In 2013, he was a PIHL AAA All-Star selection, Badger Bob Johnson Award winner, Post-Gazette Stellar Six All-Star, Tribune-Review Athlete of the Week and was voted the Central Catholic Defensive Player of the Year for hockey.
He served as President of the National Honor Society and was valedictorian of his class. He was honored with the Harvard Prize Book, Presidential Poster Award, Sewickley Academy American Legion Award, Sewickley Academy Sportsmanship Award and received the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science First Place Award for a cancer cell research project in 2012.
An active member of his community, Carleton participated in a variety of charitable activities including a dance competition benefitting Haiti earthquake relief efforts and charity hockey games for fallen police officer Paul Sciullo. He also assisted the Mighty Penguins Sled Hockey Team, volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and hosted a fair for Children’s Hospital pediatric transplant patients.
He is the son of Dennis and Anita Carleton of Sewickley, PA. He currently attends Carnegie Mellon University with a major in biomedical and chemical engineering.