John Hostetler, a junior University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown secondary education-mathematics and applied mathematics student and son of Ronda Hostetler of Berlin, has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Brenda J. Pardini, PhD Scholarship.
“Mr. Hostetler is an amazing young man whose dedication to his education and his commitment to performing service for the local, national, and global communities makes him a true role model for today’s youth,” said Bryan Valentine, Pitt-Johnstown director of student activities/participation and union operations.
At Pitt-Johnstown, Mr. Hostetler is co-president of Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success and is a tutor. He also has participated in the 2008 Collegiate Challenge Alternative Spring Break program and will participate again in March of 2009 as a student group leader. He also works at the home of a retired veteran nearly every Saturday with home repairs; has completed the kid’s playhouse for Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity; is responsible for the annual Habitat for Humanity spaghetti dinner, and attended the Habitat for Humanity National Youth Conference in St. Louis.
The Brenda J. Pardini, PhD Scholarship was established by her family to honor her legacy and memory. The scholarship is intended to support a currently enrolled student actively engaged in various aspects of student life and/or employed by the office within the Division of Student Affairs. The scholarship is awarded annually during the Spring term and is to be applied toward tuition, fees, or books.
Dr. Pardini’s career spanned 27 within the University of Pittsburgh system. She served as Pitt-Johnstown’s associate vice president for student affairs from June 1998 until her passing in June 2007.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must have been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits during the preceding fall term, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, an exemplary disciplinary record, and an active participant in various aspects of student life and/or employed by an office within the Division of Student Affairs.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown 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, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.