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Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program

The Vira I. Heinz Story

In the spirit of generousity that characterized her life, Vira I. Heinz provided in her will for the establishment of a charitable foundation which provides for this scholarship.  The Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership enables select women at each of the participating universities and colleges throughout Pennsylvania to spend a period of time abroad during the summer.

Three Vira I. Heinz Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to sophomore and effective 2011, to junior-level, Pitt-Johnstown women who have earned a QPA of at least 3.0, have never traveled abroad and will return to the University of Pittsburgh for the full 2011-2012 academic year. Each scholarship has the value of at least $5,000 with an addtional $500 awarded to students who study in non-traditional locations (see website for detailed information.) The scholarship is provided by the Heinz Endowments with the goal to "prepare women leaders for tomorrow's global challenges."  

Open the websites shown below for more information.

Information and Requirements
  • Be an undergraduate woman of sophomore OR JUNIOR status during the 2011-2012 academic year with no previous international experience. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
  • Not already hold a baccalaureate degree.
  • Current and maintained GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    Have been registered as a full-time student for two (2) years and be returning to the University of Pittsburgh as a full-time student immediately after the study abroad experience.
  • Participate in a summer study abroad program for at least 4 weeks (28 days or more) in the international host country and are participating in the program for academic credit.
  • Note:  Special consideration will be given to a student who is identified within one of the four Endowment-recognized indicators of diversity which include GLBT, disability, racial or ethnic minority, and/or financial need as defined by receiving a Pell Grant.
  • Construct a study proposal that reflects one or more of the five major programming areas of the Heinz Endowments: Arts and Culture; Children, Youth, and Families; Economic Opportunity; Education or the Environment.
  • Express interest in employment or graduate study in Southwestern Pennsylvania after graduation.
  • Be available to attend a mandatory weekend retreat during the Spring term, a debriefing event in the Fall following the study abroad experience, and complete a group Community Engagement Experience report (CEE) following the study abroad program and prior to graduation.
  • Submit a detailed follow-up report, expense report, and photo journal of the study abroad experience.

APPLICATIONS can be downloaded from this website or obtained at the International Services Office in G-04 Student Union.  Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m., MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011.  Winners will be notified and an announcement made in late November. 


2012 Scholarship Awardees!

Kristen Chislow - Nursing - To study in Berlin, Germany
Carrie Law - Communications/Theature - To study in Prague, Czech Republic


Last Reviewed: November 17, 2010