Four University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students, Bridgette Dawson, Kelly Cernetich, Olivia Mundy, and Rebecca Sedlmeyer, have been named recipients of the 2010 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership. All four recipients will be studying abroad this summer.
Ms. Dawson, an elementary education major with a minor in Spanish and daughter of Earl Dawson and Margaret Clements-Dawson of Cheswick, Pa., will use the scholarship to study Spanish language and culture at the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain through CEA Global Education Solutions. Ms. Dawson plans to become a Spanish teacher.
Ms. Cernetich, a political science and professional writing major and daughter of Gregory and Cheryl Cernetich of Johnstown, will use the scholarship to study Spanish language, politics and culture at the Menéndez Pelayo International University in Seville, Spain, through International Studies Abroad. She hopes to study law or become a speech writer following graduation from Pitt-Johnstown.
Ms. Mundy, has not yet declared a major. She is the daughter of John and Jeanine Mundy of Johnstown, and will use the scholarship to study art history at the Lorenzo de’ Medici School in Florence, Italy through Academic Programs International. She hopes to be employed by a museum following graduation from Pitt-Johnstown.
Ms. Sedlmeyer, is a political science major and daughter of James Sedlmeyer and Laraine Barabas of Cranberry, Pa. She will use the scholarship to study politics, intercultural communication and literature at the Hope College in Vienna, Austria, through their 2010 Hope College Vienna Summer School Program. Following graduation, Ms. Sedlmeyer hopes to enter the Peace Corps and eventually enter law school and specialize in international law.
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. The Heinz Endowment is one of the largest and most innovative independent philanthropic foundations in the country.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”
Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…
Bridgette H. Dawson
Kelly A. Cernetich
Rebecca L. Sedlmeyer