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2013 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership Recipients

2013 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership Recipients

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2013 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Winners

Three University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students, Gail Danley, Amber Reichard, and Megan Verwelst, have been named the recipients of the 2013 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership.  All three recipients will be studying abroad this summer.

Danley, a sophomore biology major and the daughter of Gary and Mary Ann Danley of West Finley, Pa. will use the scholarship to study animal health and disease and animal husbandry at the University of Nicosia in Nicosia, Cyprus through the Summer Animal Health Program.  Following graduation from Pitt-Johnstown, Danley plans to earn a doctorate in veterinary sciences.

Reichard, a junior secondary education mathematics and applied mathematics major and the daughter of Chris and Sara Reichard of Shippenville, Pa. will use the scholarship to study South Africa’s political history at  Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa with the American Institute for Foreign Study Program.  Following graduation, Reichard plans to become a mathematics instructor.

Verwelst, a junior professional writing and history major and the daughter of Ed and Cheri Verwelst of Rector, Pa. will use the scholarship to study writing and British culture in London, England with CAPA International Education and the University of Pittsburgh in London Program.  Following graduation, Verwelst plans to teach creative non-fiction writing after earning a doctorate.

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.  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 the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 4/9/2013 1:45:00 PM