Junior Achievement awards $161,000 in scholarships

Friday, July 05, 2019 - Updated: 10:41 am

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania awarded $161,000 in scholarships to 77 students from the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Erie, Altoona-Johnstown and Greensburg and private schools across the region June 14 during the annual JA Scholarship Luncheon at the LeMont Restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood.

Students who are chosen for either the Opportunity or Inspire scholarships receive amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Both scholarships are funded through the support of organizations that contribute to JA scholarship programs through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit program and the PA Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program.

Since 2004, more than $1.7 million in scholarships have been provided to students in the Diocese of Pittsburgh through the program.

“We are very proud of our partnership with Catholic schools across western Pennsylvania,” said Dennis Gilfoyle, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Western PA. “Serving all schoolchildren is at the very heart of Junior Achievement’s mission, and the spirit of cooperation and support we receive from our Catholic school partners is a tremendous gift back to the organization.”

For students to qualify for the scholarships, they must have received JA programming during the past school year as well as complete an application that includes a written essay about the impact of JA programming in their lives.

JA programs provide sequential business and economics education to students in kindergarten through high school throughout western Pennsylvania.

JA Inspire winners from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, listed with their elementary school, are:

Reagan Bair, Divine Mercy; Sarah Bell, Divine Mercy; Thomas Betzner, Mary of Nazareth; Samuel Buchanan, St. Gregory; Shane Chalus, St. Therese; Kyla Cohagan, St. Thomas More; Olivia Cover, Divine Mercy; Rosalia DiPaolo, St. Bernard;

Kyliegh Donnelly, St. Sylvester; Luke Edmundson, St. John the Baptist; Victoria Heinz, St. John Bosco; Kasen Killen, St. Patrick; Virginia Klose, St. Therese; Mario Maola, St. John Bosco; Logan Marklewitz, St. Anne; Aidan McCue, St. Anne;

Ashley McMullough, Our Lady of Fatima; Rhiannon Niedermeyer, St. Therese; Julianna Page-Daughtry, St. Benedict the Moor; Dylan Paulson, St. Gregory; Grace Ravenstahl, St. Philip; Alexis Roth, Divine Mercy; Lindsay Saccamango, Mary of Nazareth;

Joseph Schratz, Holy Sepulcher; Mary Sedlak, Mary of Nazareth; Elizabeth Skrinjar, St. Raphael; Abby Wertz, St. Margaret; Julie Wilson, St. Raphael; Brynn Wyke-McCarty, St. Therese; Caroline Zini, St. Thomas More.

JA Opportunity winners from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, listed with their high school, are:

Malley Aiello, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Abby Aiello, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Nicholas Almeter, Serra Catholic; Theodore Almeter, Serra Catholic; Grace Avery, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Nicholas Brackett, St. Joseph;

Angelina Bucci, St. Joseph; Nathan Chalus, Serra Catholic; Samantha Chatham, Seton LaSalle; Daphine Cohen, Seton LaSalle; Rory Cooke, Vincentian; Jenna Corigliano, Seton LaSalle; Jacob DiMichele, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart;

Ryan Elliot, Seton LaSalle; Michael Estocin, Serra Catholic; Madeline Fiedler, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Jordan Graham, Serra Catholic; Haley Johnson, Seton LaSalle; Ireland Killen, Seton LaSalle; Renee LaGrosse, Bishop Canevin;

Emily Lupinacci, Seton LaSalle; Haley Lupinacci, Seton LaSalle; Natalie Makovics, Serra Catholic; Julia Marra, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Matthew Michaux, Seton LaSalle; Emily Nichols, St. Joseph; Jenna Revak, Serra Catholic;

Rachel Stern, Seton LaSalle; Sianna Sullivan, Serra Catholic; Serafina Szarmach, Serra Catholic; Olivia Thomas, Bishop Canevin; Janneselle Umalin, Bishop Canevin; Sarah Warywoda, Seton LaSalle; Faith Whitley, Seton LaSalle.

To learn how companies can participate in JA’s OSTC and EITC scholarship programs, contact Bill Lucas at blucas@jawesternpa.org. For information on JA’s programs, visit www.jawesternpa.org.

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