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Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Awards Scholarships to 18 Local High School Graduates

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation expanded its scholarship program to encompass all Pittsburgh Public Schools and select high schools in Allegheny County as part of its ever growing commitment to community service.

In partnership with Reed Smith, and with the strong support of Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), the Penguins Foundation increased educational-based scholarship awards from three in 2013 to 18 in 2014.

To be eligible, students must attend a Pittsburgh Public School or an Allegheny County high school that provides substantial aid to students for reduced-cost or free lunch programs per the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Food and Nutrition.

Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 for the student’s first year of college, and an additional $1,000 will be awarded for the student’s second year of college if a 3.0 GPA is maintained and a minimum of 24 credit hours are earned.

The Penguins Foundation scholarship recipients for 2014 are as follows:

Student HIgh School College/University
Paige Baierl Northgate High School Westminster College
Rachel Boring Springdale Jr./Sr. High School Allegheny College
Emelia Conte Springdale Jr./Sr. High School Penn State University
Jacob Taylor Diller Highlands High School St. Vincent College
Margaret Edwards East Allegheny High School Carnegie Mellon University
Daniella Eglash Allderdice High School Ohio State University
Emily Garrigan Springdale Jr./Sr. High School Gettysburg College
Chelsea Geruschat Carrick High School Penn State University
Tamara A. Hawk West Mifflin Area High School Duquesne University
Rebecca Kern Springdale Jr./Sr. High School Carnegie Mellon University
Robert Charles Love Highlands High School Allegheny College
Ryan Maha West Mifflin Area High School Carnegie Mellon University
Evan McCartney Springdale Jr./Sr. High School Marietta College
Layla Phouthavong Steel Valley High School Rochester Institute of Technology
Samuel Francis Sesti Northgate High School Thiel College
Benjamin Wasserman Stern Allderdice High School Johns Hopkins University
Tracey Thomas Westinghouse High School Penn State University
Lauren Arlene Wolf McKeesport High School University of Pittsburgh

The scholarship was created in 1992 and has been presented annually to high school seniors for academic excellence, extracurricular school activities and community service. Over the past 23 years, the Penguins’ organization has awarded over $132,000 in academically-based scholarships to Pittsburgh-area high school graduates.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Penguins Foundation celebrated the awardees achievements at a luncheon today at CONSOL Energy Center with the students, their family members, officials from their high schools, AIU3 officials and Pittsburgh Public Schools representatives.

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