University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students Lori Skupaka, Kayla N. Washko, and Alexis S. Wieczorek have been named recipients of the 2008 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership. All three recipients will be studying abroad this summer.
Ms. Skupaka, a junior political science major and daughter of Thomas and Kathleen Skupaka of Northern Cambria, will use the scholarship to study modern Czech history and postwar politics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic during the summer of 2008 under the auspices of the Council on International Education Exchange.
Ms. Washko, a junior creative writing major and daughter of John Washko of Ebensburg, will use the scholarship to study advanced Spanish language and archaeology at Pontifica Universidad Catolic del Peru in Cusco, Peru under the auspices of the American Institute for Foreign Study.
Ms. Wieczorek, a sophomore communication and political science dual major and daughter of Dr. J. Eric and Susan Wieczorek of Johnstown, will use the scholarship to study international development in Bolivia under the auspices of Amizade Global Service Learning.
The Heinz Endowments support efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion. Committed to helping its region thrive a whole community-economically, educationally and culturally-the Heinz Foundation works within Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the nation to develop solutions to challenges that are national and even international in scope. One of the largest and most innovative independent philanthropic foundations in the country, the Heinz Endowments awarded over $84 million in grants in 2007.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, UPJ offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.