The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg recently awarded full-tuition scholarships to three incoming freshmen. The award will cover the cost of in-state tuition for up to four years if the student meets the renewal criteria of 3.5 GPA each academic year. This prestigious scholarship has a value of more than $50,000.
Each fall, Pitt-Greensburg holds a competition for the scholarships and invites qualified prospective students to submit an application package. Students applying for the scholarship must have achieved a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher, scored a minimum of 1250 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT, must be a US Citizen, and must be admitted as a full-time freshman student as a direct applicant. Full details about the application process and qualifications are available here. Applications are accepted from October through January.
"I have been overseeing the Full-Tuition Scholarship competition for four years, and each year, I become more impressed with the quality of students who apply,” said Joyce Eger, Pitt-Greensburg Admissions counselor. “It becomes very emotional for me knowing we are changing the lives of these students by providing them the opportunity to earn a Pitt degree without the burden of student loans.”
This year, the scholarships were awarded to Christian Beatty, Maxwell Weiser, and Alexis Yuhas. Each recipient is among the top students in his or her class.
Christian Beatty, from North Huntingdon, PA, plans to major in Spanish or Spanish education. A mission trip to the Dominican Republic when he was 14 years old brought forth a passion for the Spanish language and Hispanic culture that is now the focus of his academic endeavors. He has immersed himself in learning the language and practicing his use of it during mission trips to Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries. His mission service and community service from 2012 through 2020 has taken him to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and New York.
As part of his homeschooling curriculum, Beatty completed dual-credit classes at the Westmoreland County Community College and classes at the Western Pennsylvania Enrichment Center. He has an affinity for electronics and computer programming that led to developing a home-helper robot, a retractable TV mount, and a cabinetmaker’s bill of materials calculator. His plans for February and March 2020 included spending five weeks in the Dominican Republic, where he would teach English classes and start a robotics team at the school where he previously worked.
Maxwell Weiser, of Coatesville, PA, will graduate from Avon Grove Charter School. A high honor roll student, he plans to follow his passion for the sciences by majoring in biology at Pitt-Greensburg. His 2019 internship at Lambert Spawn Co. resulted in his being promoted to lab technician. He continues to work there and continues to build his skills and knowledge.
An Eagle Scout, Weiser was the recipient of the Order of the Arrow Chesimus Wulihan Award. He also was selected as the West Grove Lions Club Student of the Month (January 2020) and was nominated as the Avon Grove Charter School Student-Athlete of the Year. Weiser participated in varsity cross country and varsity soccer teams while in high school. Active in the Community Service Club, Weiser also is a member of the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout Service Honor Society.
Alexis Yuhas, of West Newton, PA, plans to major in biological sciences after her graduation from Yough Senior High School. Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatric radiologist. An alumnus of the LECOM Emerging Scholars Program, Yuhas was a West Newton Women’s Club Student of the Month selection. Since August 2019, she has worked as a dietary aide at St. Anne Home (Greensburg, PA).
At Yough, Yuhas is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a peer mentor and senior mentor. She also is active in community service, participating in Toys for Tots distribution, roadside cleanups, and other activities. She also is a member of the Future is Mine Club, which focuses on career development and leadership.
Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 29 baccalaureate degree programs, including majors in Nursing, Healthcare Management, Public Policy, and Education, as well as 26 minors and four certificate programs. With nearly 1,500 students, more than 10,000 alumni, and faculty and staff numbering 260, Pitt-Greensburg provides a vibrant, diverse community that is a dynamic model of a liberal arts education. As part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit permeate the campus and extend into its many collaborative projects with the Westmoreland County community. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, the campus is surrounded by the region’s outdoor recreation venues and rich history.