Kiersten Burkett, a junior mechanical engineering technology major at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and daughter of David and Michele Burkett of Camp Hill, Pa., has received the Phi Kappa Phi Rising Senior Scholarship Award.
The Rising Senior Scholarship was established in 2001 by the Pitt-Johnstown President and the Johnstown Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors to provide recognition as a rising scholar for a student member of the Pitt-Johnstown Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in his/her junior year. The Phi Kappa Phi Rising Senior Scholarship Award is presented annually to the top junior student being inducted in any given year, as selected by the Executive Committee of the Chapter. The recipient of the award also is nominated to serve as student vice president of the Chapter for the coming year.
Ms. Burkett is also the recipient of the Ayres-Korns and Charles Kunkle Jr. Scholarships. She serves as the President of the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Pitt-Johnstown chapter of Schools for Schools that raises money for Invisible Children, an organization that builds and assists children to attend schools in war-torn Africa. Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, 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 the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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