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Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Awards Scholarships to 21 Local High School Graduates

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation announced today the 21 high school graduates who will receive 2015 Penguins Foundation Scholarships.

In partnership with Reed Smith, and with the strong support of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) and Pittsburgh Public Schools, the Penguins Foundation increased educational-based scholarship awards from 18 in 2014 to 21 in 2015.

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 2015 are as follows:

Student

High School

College / University

Kyle Buettner

West Mifflin Area High School

University of Pittsburgh

Laura Ciuchta

Highlands

Lebanon Valley College

Samantha Edinger

Woodland Hills

Grove City College

Jessica Edwards

East Allegheny

Baldwin Wallace University

James Gaschler

Allegheny Valley/Springdale

Penn State University

Aleena Gula

Penn Hills

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State Univ.

Spencer Hurley

Allegheny Valley/Springdale

USMA at West Point

Jodi Joll

Steel Valley

California State University of Fullerton

Adi Kadosh

Pittsburgh Taylor Allderdice

Penn State University

Majesh Lagoon

Brentwood

Rochester Institute of Technology

Spencer Lawson

South Allegheny

University of Delaware

Kristen Lubawski

Penn Hills

University of Chicago

Rhonna Ly

Pittsburgh Obama

University of Pittsburgh

Jessica Elizabeth Packard

Northgate

St. Vincent College

Dina Perlic

Penn Hills

University of Pittsburgh

Pete Smerecky

McKeesport

Mount Aloysius College

Angela Stoehr

Pittsburgh Brashear

St. Francis University

Brandon Tomasic

Steel Valley

University of Pittsburgh @ Greensburg

Kyle Ward

South Allegheny

St. Vincent College

Jakob Wells

Pittsburgh Taylor Allderdice

Brown University

Kevin Williams

Pittsburgh Science & Technology

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 24 years, the Penguins’ organization has awarded over $177,000 in academically-based scholarships to Pittsburgh-area high school graduates.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Penguins Foundation will celebrate the awardees achievements at a luncheon on August 4, 2015 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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