Breanna Shuckhart of West Greene High School and Mallory Stajnrajh of Carmichaels Area High School are two of 10 Greene County high school graduates who were selected as the recipients of the 2013 County of Greene/West Penn Power Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded annually to eligible graduating seniors who plan to attend Waynesburg University and represents a $1,000 award to be used toward each student’s first year of enrollment. All 10 students will enter Waynesburg University this fall.
The Messenger will proudly showcase these 10 students over the course of the next several weeks.
Shuckhart is the daughter of Charles and Margaret Shuckhart of Holbrook. She will study nursing.
Stajnrajh is the daughter of Jim Stajnrajh and Lesley Ross of Carmichaels. She will study digital design.
“Congratulations to the recipients for all of their hard work throughout their academic careers,” said Commissioner Chuck Morris, chair of the Board of Commissioners. “We wish them the best in their future at Waynesburg University.”
The 10 recipients met the scholarship’s criteria, which included a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 and acceptance to Waynesburg University entering as a new, non-transfer student for the Fall 2013 semester. Applicants also had to submit a list of honors and activities and responses to two essay questions.
Scholarship applications were sent last year to high schools in the county’s five school districts – Carmichaels Area, Central Greene, Jefferson-Morgan, Southeastern Greene and West Greene.
Funding for the scholarship was made available through Allegheny Energy, Inc., as part of an agreement reached with Greene County in 2008 related to the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL) project. In the agreement, Allegheny Energy subsidiary Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company (TrAILCo) agreed to contribute $750,000 to the county for educational, environmental, public health and community infrastructure projects.
In June 2009, the Greene County commissioners and officials from Allegheny Energy, Inc. — which recently merged with FirstEnergy Corp. — presented Waynesburg University with $100,000 to start the scholarship, and a second $100,000 gift was presented in 2010. In 2011, the commissioners and officials from FirstEnergy made a final donation of $50,000 to the scholarship fund, bringing the total to $250,000 and ensuring the scholarship’s permanent endowment at Waynesburg University. Formerly known as the County of Greene/Allegheny Energy Scholarship, the merger necessitated a slight change in the scholarship’s name to include West Penn Power, FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania subsidiary.
During the scholarship’s inaugural year, five 2010 Greene County high school graduates each received a $1,000 award. The number of recipients increased in 2011, with nine students receiving scholarships that year. Last year, scholarships were awarded to 10 high school graduates.
Applications for the 2014 County of Greene/West Penn Power Scholarship will be available this fall for members of the 2014 graduating classes.
For more information on the County of Greene/West Penn Power Scholarship, contact the Greene County Commissioners’ office at 724-852-5210 or the Waynesburg University Admissions office at 1-800-225-7393, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.