The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has received a donation of $12 million, the largest gift in the school’s 81-year history. Established through the generosity of an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous, the estate gift carries on a Commuter Scholarship that was established at Pitt-Johnstown in 2000. It is estimated that the gift will provide support for approximately 40 students annually.
The scholarship fund supports the attainment of a bachelor’s degree at Pitt-Johnstown by providing each recipient, who is a commuter student, with a full academic scholarship: tuition, fees, and books for eight terms (four academic years).
Eligibility requirements for the Commuter Scholarship are as follows: commute to campus; carry 12 or more credits each term; in the top 15% of high school graduating class; SAT scores greater than 1200; maintain a QPA of 3.25 freshman year, 3.3 sophomore year, and 3.35 junior year; and qualify for financial need. Candidates must be at least a three-year resident and a high school graduate from any of these five Pennsylvania counties: Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Indiana, or Westmoreland.
Dr. Jem Spectar, President of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, said, “This estate gift sends a valuable message about the importance of alumni support. Through this gift, our loyal alumnus has acted in a way that leaves a permanent legacy and sets an example for others to follow. A gift of this magnitude will enable deserving students to pursue an intellectually stimulating education and position themselves for rewarding careers and meaningful lives. There are no words eloquent enough to express our gratitude.”
Information on the scholarship is available by contacting the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Admissions, 814-269-7050.