Three Announced as Recipients of Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership

Natalie Bombatch

posted February 12, 2015

Three University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students, Eden Cohen, Gabrielle Maylock, and Hayley Welsh, have been named the recipients of the 2015 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership.  All three recipients will be studying abroad this summer.

Eden CohenCohen is a sophomore dual journalism and political science major and the daughter of Dawn Chagouris and Nicholas Cohen of Stewartstown, Pa.

She will use the scholarship to study communication, new media, and journalism at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

After graduation from Pitt-Johnstown, Cohen plans to work as a journalist and eventually enter the field of international affairs after graduate school.


Gabrielle MaylockMaylock is a junior communication major with a minor in marketing/management and the daughter of Hanna McGuire and Gene Maylock of Pittsburgh, Pa.

She will use the scholarship to study social entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa through the University of Pittsburgh.

After graduation, Maylock plans to work with small start-up businesses and intends to eventually develop a small business of her own.


Hayley WelshWelsh is a junior dual environmental studies and geography major.She is the daughter of Manda Ramsey and Timothy Welsh of Avonmore, Pa., and will use the scholarship to participate in an environmental internship at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia through the University of Pittsburgh.

After graduation, Welsh plans to work in the field of conservation biology or wildlife management.


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 named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.