Top high school students encouraged to enter full-tuition scholarship competition

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is making dreams come true via its full-tuition scholarship competition. Now in its fourth year, the program offers three full-tuition scholarships to qualified first-year students matriculating in fall 2019. The award covers the cost of in-state tuition for up to four years if the student meets the renewal criteria of maintaining a 3.5 GPA each academic year. This prestigious scholarship has a value of more than $50,000.

“Pitt-Greensburg is committed to providing an outstanding Pitt education at an affordable cost,” said Sharon P. Smith, PhD, president Pitt-Greensburg. “We recognize the financial challenge associated with pursuing a college degree and strive to make the Pitt-Greensburg experience attainable for our students.”

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:

To apply, students meeting those qualifications are asked to visit to access the PDF form that provides the necessary steps, including the essay prompt, and other materials to be submitted. Applicants must have applied and been admitted as full-time freshman students to Pitt-Greensburg by January 15, 2019. Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on January 22, 2019, to receive consideration. Finalists will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview event on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Winners will be notified by the end of February 2019.

This spring, the scholarships were awarded to incoming freshmen Lillianna Duff, Hunter Fishell, and McKenzie A. Huntebrinker. Each recipient was among the top students in his or her graduating class.

Lillianna Duff is majoring in applied mathematics at Pitt-Greensburg. She is excited to explore her options and is looking at minors in statistics, actuarial science, or education.  A graduate of East Allegheny High School, Duff exhibits a passion for math and the drive to conquer it.

A High Honor Roll Student and member of the National Honors Society, Duff was a tutor and chaperone at St. John’s After School Program. She also participated in “Jeans for Teens” and was one of the volunteers to paint the interior of Queen of Angels Catholic School. She was a member of the STEM Club, the Emerging Leaders program, and the high school orchestra. The daughter of Marcia and Justin Duff, she resides in Wilmerding, PA.

Hunter Fishell will tell you that his most profound educational experience occurred while working at Burgatory, not in a classroom. It was there that he learned that sometimes you have to step out of your assigned role, take the initiative to learn new skills, and make your own success. Fishell is double majoring in anthropology and biology at Pitt-Greensburg.

His high school teachers described him as mature, disciplined, determined, and able to learn from his mistakes, as well as having a strong work ethic. A member of the National Honors Society, he volunteered with the Helping Homebound Heroes group to assist local post-9-11 veterans. He also volunteered with Cornerstone Ministries where he participated in their Car Care Clinic, repairing cars for underprivileged families, and with the Worship Team. A four-year letterwinner in cross country as well as in track and field, Fishell received the Best New Runner Award (2014), Unsung Hero Award (2015, 2017), and the Coaches Award for cross country (2016). Fishell is the son of Michelle and Joseph Fishell of Murrysville, PA.

McKenzie A. Huntebrinker graduated from Oak Harbor High School. A biological science major, she is participating in Pitt-Greensburg’s Pre-Physical Therapy/Pre-Occupational Therapy programs. She also is pursuing a minor in Healthcare Management. A nine-day trip with her high school Spanish class to Costa Rica taught Huntebrinker cultural sensitivity and to have an open mind when learning about customs that were different than her own. She came home with new-found confidence in her Spanish language skills and greater independence that she will incorporate into her life here on campus. 

The daughter of Andrea and Paul Huntebrinker of Oak Harbor, OH, Huntebrinker is continuing her successful high school soccer career as a member of the Pitt-Greensburg women’s soccer team. In high school, she played on both club and varsity teams, earning Scholar-Athlete honors, the Team Support award, and Most Offensive Player of the Year. A Student of the Month, she regularly earned the Straight As award and was a 2014 Lion’s Club Award winner. She also was a member of the Art Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Science Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


Publication Date

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:00am