University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Real World Action Scholarships and Mountain Cat Awards

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is committed to providing students with a solid foundation for career and professional success.  Student Affairs team members work closely with students to guide them in areas including civic engagement and citizenship, career preparation, collegiate involvement, and community engagement. This commitment to real-world readiness extends to recognizing students for outstanding achievement in the form of Real World Action Scholarships.  Scholarships are awarded based on students’ class year:

  • Freshmen - $300
  • Sophomores - $300
  • Juniors - $1,000
  • Seniors - $2,000

 In order to be eligible for a Real World Action Scholarship, applicants must:

  • submit a completed application at this link  before Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0,
  • be currently enrolled on a full-time basis,
  • have no current judicial sanctions, and
  • prepare an essay (between 500 and 750 words) answering the following questions:
    • While a student at Pitt-Johnstown, how you have seized opportunities in the following areas: 1) career preparation, 2) campus involvement, 3) community involvement, 4) civic engagement, and 5) making a difference in the world, and
    • How have those opportunities helped to prepare you for the real world?

The Award winners will be notified the week of April 12-16 as a part of the Mountain Cat Awards process.  You may watch the Mountain Cat Award announcements by following @PittJohnstownActivities on Instagram.  Thanks for the follow! 



Each year, the Student Affairs Division honors the achievements of our registered clubs and organizations through the annual Mountain Cat Awards.  Registered groups nominate their members/advisors for various awards and the division provides an annual celebration.  Again this year, the event will be held virtually on social media (Instagram) starting Wednesday, April 14, 2021.  To follow the announcements, please follow @pittjohnstownactivities. 

Timeline:  Student Organizations must complete the electronic award links by Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.  Each award instructs student groups on the information required. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Hall, Director of Campus Activities and Engagement at 


Climbing Mountain Cat Award - The Climbing Mountain Cat Award honors a non-officer member who represent the future of the student organization.  They exhibit leadership without holding a formal leadership position.  The nominee should be a rostered member for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.  Each organization can nominate up to three recipients of the award. 

Outstanding Faculty Advisor/Outstanding Staff Advisor -This award honors a faculty or staff member who has provided outstanding support of an organization. Organizations may nominate one staff and one faculty member for this award. The person(s) nominated must have made a significant impact on your student organization's success and/or daily operations and activities and does not need to be the advisor to that student organization. 

Unsung Mountain Cat Award - Organizations may nominate their advisor for demonstrating outstanding service and support of the group. He/she should be actively involved in the organization's activities and events. This person must have been the advisor during the 2020-2021 academic year and be rostered with the university. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life Mountain Cat Awards - These awards acknowledge the work, leadership, and contributions of brothers and sisters in the Fraternity/Sorority Life community. These awards are for the four registered social Greek organizations.  

Student Organization Awards -  Please take a minute and share your award winners with us so that we can give them a shout out for their hard work. These awards are decided and distributed by the registered student organizations; they are presented here to publicly acknowledge their achievements in your registered student organization. 

Outstanding Service and Leadership Award - This award honors an outstanding student in service and leadership who has demonstrated involvement in community service in the greater Alleghenies.  They have also demonstrated great leadership in teams, organizations, or academics. Each organization is asked to nominate just one nominee. 

Elite Mountain Cat - The Elite Mountain Cat Award honors an outstanding officer who has demonstrated great leadership skills that were above and beyond the job description of their role.  The nominee must have served as a rostered officer in the 2020-2021 academic year. Organizations may nominate up to two officers for this award.

The Somerset Trust Commitment To Community for Outstanding Service Award - This award honors an organization that has contributed outstanding service to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Campus, the greater Cambria County community and beyond.  The services provided by the nominees are voluntary, unpaid and non-compensated activities for the benefit of the community as a whole.  The community service must have occurred during the 2020-2021 academic year.   All service hours in the nomination should be recorded on campus services for the student organization up to April 12, 2021. 

Mountain Cat Award for Program of the Year - This award honors an organization that has conducted a program or event that had a positive impact on the organization's members and/or the campus community.  Nominees will be judged on the quality and outcome of the program or event. This program must have occurred during the 2020/2021 academic year.  Due to the length of the answers for this award, we invite you to submit multiple events (up to three nominations) by starting a new form for each nominated program. 

Exceptional Mountain Cat Award /Student Organization of the Year -This award honors the organization that has exceeded expectations in all aspects including programming, service, leadership, and campus involvement.  Eligibility is reserved for organizations that have completed all minimum organization reporting and programming requirements (submitting rosters in a timely fashion, completed service hours, and provided campus programming, etc).  They are a positive representation of the leadership and service on our campus and are collaborative and supportive in spirit with other students and campus departments. Clubs are encouraged to nominate ONE student organization for this award.