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Commendation Scholars Announced

Commendation Scholars Announced

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has selected 14 incoming freshmen to participate in the college’s Commendation Scholar program for the 2010-2011 academic year.

     Commendation Scholars are selected from among the applicants for admission each Fall Term.  This honor is extended to students who display exceptional academic and leadership abilities, as well as outstanding potential for future success.  The program enhances each scholar’s education at Pitt-Johnstown through priority registration, special advising, and other special benefits.  Commendation Scholarships are renewable for each of the students’ years of attendance at Pitt-Johnstown.

The new Commendation Scholars include:

• Julia M. Erickson, daughter of Thomas and Patricia Erickson of Holland, Pa.  Ms. Erickson, is a Council Rock High School South graduate.

• May F. Yazdi, daughter of Mehrnoush and Farshad Yazdi of Burke, Va.  Ms. Yazdi, a Lake Braddock Secondary School graduate, plans to major in nursing.

• Daniel Freeman, son of David Freeman of Cheswick, Pa.  Mr. Freeman, a Fox Chapel Area High School graduate, plans to major in psychology.

• Christopher J. Gahagan, son of Brian and Jody Gahagan of Martinsburg.  Mr. Gahagan, a Central High School graduate, plans to major in business-finance.

• Brock Gallaher, son of Wade and Brenda Gallaher of Sidman.  Mr. Gallaher, a Forest Hills High School graduate, plans to major in pre-physical therapy.

• Devan K. Hillegass, son of David and Juanita Hillegass of Bedford.  Mr. Hillegass, a Bedford High School graduate, plans to major in computer science.

• Joseph Lawecki, son of Sidney and Lisa Lawecki of Freeport, Pa.  Mr. Lawecki, a Freeport Area High School graduate, plans to major in mechanical engineering technology.

• Steven Madden, son of Amy Madden-Ackerman and Bryan Madden of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Madden, is a North Allegheny Senior High School graduate.

• Hillary Olsavsky, daughter of Joseph and Cathy Olsavsky of Friedens, Pa.  Ms. Olsavsky, a Somerset Area Senior High School graduate, plans to major in civil engineering technology.

• Amber Reichard, daughter of Chris and Sara Reichard of Shippenville, Pa.  Ms. Reichard, a Keystone Junior/Senior High School graduate, plans to major in mathematics.

• Travis E. Schluep, son of Daniel and Karol Schluep of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Schluep, is a Shaler Area High School graduate.

• Hannah C. Sell, daughter of Lisa Claar of Altoona.  Ms. Sell, a Claysburg-Kimmel High School graduate, plans to major in pre-pharmacy.

• Stephanie A. Stiles, daughter of Gary and Beth Stiles of Ligonier.  Ms. Stiles, is a Ligonier Valley High School graduate.

• Alexander Waldron, son of Christopher and Joelle Streczywilk of Rockwood, Pa.  Mr. Waldron, a Rockwood Area High School graduate, plans to major in civil engineering technology.

     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.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


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Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 6/24/2010 3:50:00 PM