Two University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students, Lynette Connacher and Suzanne Normile, have been named the recipients of the 2014 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership. Both recipients will be studying abroad this summer.
Connacher is a sophomore biology major and the daughter of Charles Connacher and Margaret Robine of Ashville, Pa. She will use the scholarship to study South Africa’s political history, regional medical practices, and use of native plants at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa with the American Institute for Foreign Study Program. Following graduation from Pitt-Johnstown, Connacher plans to become an optometrist.
Normile, a sophomore environmental studies major and the daughter of Mark and Annette Normile of South Park, Pa. will use the scholarship to study community development and social justice at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa with the Council on International Education Exchange Program. Following graduation, Normile plans to work for an international organization involving community development.
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 is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).