Three University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students, Amanda Shaheen, Dedra L. Totin, and Sarah Weaver have been named recipients of the 2011 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership. Both recipients will be studying abroad this summer.
Ms. Shaheen, an English literature major and daughter of Marcia Yesenosky-Shaheen of Johnstown, will use the scholarship to study in London, England with the University of Pittsburgh. She hopes to enter law school or earn a doctorate in English literature following graduation from Pitt-Johnstown.
Ms. Totin, a political science major and daughter of George and Sheila Totin of Mongahaela, Pa., and will use the scholarship to study in London, England with the University of Pittsburgh. She hopes to become involved in international politics following graduation from Pitt-Johnstown.
Ms. Weaver, a secondary education-social studies major and daughter of Shawn and Brenda Weaver, will use the scholarship to study in London, England with The American Institute for Foreign Study.
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.
An average of 35 Pitt-Johnstown students participate in Study Abroad opportunities annually to countries including Australia, Russia, India, New Zealand, and France. Opportunities are coordinated through the Office of International Services.
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,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.rev. 2/21/11
Sarah J. Weaver
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