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ALLE-KISKI ALUMNI SOCIETY MEETING
6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16, Elks Lodge, Tarentum
All students, alumni and friends, especially recent Penn State graduates living in the Alle-Kiski Valley, are encouraged to attend the meeting and become involved in society activities. For more information, email email@example.com or call 724-334-6049. For more about AKS, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm online.
Alle-Kiski Alumni Society awards $4,400 in scholarships to campus students
Nathan Piluso, Nathan Schartner, Justine Rojeski, Jay Eiler
UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association awarded $4,400 in scholarships recently to four Penn State New Kensington students: Nathan Piluso of Kittanning, Nathan Schartner of Pittsburgh, Justine Rojeski of Apollo, and Jay Eiler of Brackenridge.
Piluso and Schartner earned $1,500 each, and Rojeski and Eiler received $700 apiece. The society's scholarship is funded through the proceeds of the annual alumni golf scramble, held in August at the Links at Spring Church in Apollo. In the past three years, the tournament has raised $32,000.
Piluso, a sophomore electro-mechanical engineering technology major, carries a 3.81 grade-point average. He is a member of the campus' GREAT (Growing Regional Engineering through Academics and Training) program, which matches promising engineering students with opportunities to build professional experience with local companies. Outside the classroom, the Kittanning High School graduate applies what he learned in his engineering courses to help in his community.
“I recently used my Penn State education to volunteer to set up electrical wiring for the 43rd Fort Armstrong Folk Festival,” said Piluso, who expects to earn his bachelor’s degree at the campus in 2017. “I also was a student mentor for high school students who came to the campus for an introduction to engineering class.”
A sophomore in the Petroleum and Natural Gas program, Schartner is a member of the Dean’s List with a 3.97 GPA. He is a product of home schooling and serves as president of the Math Club and mentor of a local high school robotics team. Like Piluso, Schartner will use his Penn State education to serve the community.
“As a petroleum engineer, I will have the opportunity to protect Pennsylvania from many of the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, while still providing significant benefits,” said Schartner, who researched the impact of hydraulic fracking for a class project. “In addition, I plan to invest my time in mentoring students and providing them with a network of engineering professionals.”
Rojeski, a sophomore biomedical engineering technology major, boasts a 4.0 grade-point average. After receiving her associate degree next year, the Kiski Area High School graduate is looking to “pay forward” her scholarship
“Alumni give back to their alma mater to help those who are in a similar position as they once were and help them achieve their dreams,” said Rojeski, who volunteers at a hospice. “I will enjoy knowing that my generosity could help create a brighter future for students, and enhance the Penn State experience.”
Eiler, a Highlands High School graduate, is a sophomore history major with a 3.83 GPA. He is active in his church, Natrona Heights Presbyterian, where he works on various fundraising programs. He wants to remain connected to the campus after he graduates in 2017.
“The important question I will ask myself will not be ‘will I give back to Penn State’ but rather ‘how can I give back as much as Penn State has given me’,” Eiler said. “Whether it’s fundraising or trying to create new scholarships for upcoming students, it is important to me that I help give future students the same opportunities that I have been given here at Penn State New Kensington.”
The students were chosen for the scholarships based on their academic status (sophomore, junior or senior), cumulative GPAs (3.0 minimum), county of residency (Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler or Westmoreland) and an essay question ("Why do you feel alumni are willing to give back to the New Kensington campus, and how do you feel you will give back after graduation?"). In their essays, they portrayed the New Kensington campus as a positive learning experience that would encourage them to stay connected to the campus after graduation.
“I feel that Penn State New Kensington is giving me the foundation for the rest of my life,” Eiler wrote in his essay. “The education that I’m receiving will give me opportunities that nothing else in this world could possibly give. It is important to me that I help give future students the same opportunities that I have been given here at Penn State New Kensington.”
Since 1998, the society has awarded $45,000 to 52 campus students. The amount awarded is expected to rise dramatically in the next few years as the alumni group increased its endowment level by nearly 70 percent over the past four years, from $51,000 to $92,000. The society's scholarship was established in 1992 with an initial principal of $15,000. Six years later, it was fully endowed at $25,000. The first campus recipient, Pat Neil, earned a $500 scholarship.
Penn State alumni and friends are encouraged to reconnect with the University and campus by attending the Alle-Kiski Society meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is Oct. 20 at the Elks Lodge in Tarentum.
OFFICE OF ALUMNI AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
The Alumni and Public Relations office manages the campus' relationship with the news media across the region and produces news and information about events, people and activities at the campus. The office focuses on achievement by students and research accomplishments and expertise of faculty. The department develops and markets news articles and story ideas to local media, assists with media interviews, and connects media with campus experts. In addition, the office produces various alumni news publications such as the PSNK Newswire, a free weekly electronic newswire about campus events that is delivered to you via e-mail every Thursday; and "Campus Philanthrophy," a newsmagazine for campus donors. You can sign-up for newswire service at: http://newswires.psu.edu/.
Bill Woodard, Alumni and Public Relations Specialist
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