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Landmarks Scholarship Program Marks 25 Years

We are pleased to announce that our Landmarks Scholarship Program, now celebrating 25 years of recognizing high-achieving, community-minded, college-bound students in Allegheny County who care deeply about the Pittsburgh region, has awarded three scholarships and eight honorable mentions to students as part of the 2023 program.

We look forward to celebrating these students’ achievements together with their families in an afternoon reception, which will be in the dining room of the Grand Concourse Restaurant in Station Square on July 12.

Our Landmarks Scholarship recipients are:

  • Emily Barrie (Upper St. Clair High School/University of Virginia);
  • Andrew McLaughlin (North Allegheny Senior High School/University of Pittsburgh); and
  • Nelson Morris (Pittsburgh Westinghouse/Penn State University).

The scholarship award of $6,000 is payable over four years to the recipient’s college/university to help pay tuition and book expenses.

Our Honorable mention recipients are:

  • Taylor Billet (Riverview Jr.-Sr. High School/Ohio University);
  • Kendal Chilcoat (Pine-Richland High School/University of Pittsburgh);
  • Dylan Folan (Pittsburgh CAPA/University of Pennsylvania);
  • Maya Leyzarovich (Shady Side Academy/University of Pennsylvania);
  • Lindsey Storey (Gateway High School/University of Pittsburgh);
  • Annali Thomas (Thomas Jefferson High School/Slippery Rock University);
  • Sejal Verma (South Fayette High School/Purdue University); and
  • Brayden Wisniewski (Avonworth High School/Savannah College of Art & Design).

The Honorable mention award is a one-time gift of $250, payable to the student’s college/ university to help pay for tuition and book expenses.

We thank the trustees and members of our organization who have served on the Landmarks Scholarship Committee, and especially David Brashear, who as chair of the committee for 25 years, shepherded this program, which helped introduce young people to the work and mission of our organization. Two former scholarship recipients have served as trustees of PHLF––Todd Wilson and Kezia Ellison––and many others contribute their time and expertise as members.

Our organization has awarded 88 scholarships and 59 honorable mentions to high school graduates from Allegheny County since the creation of this scholarship program in 1999. Applicants are asked to write about a place in Allegheny County that is meaningful to them.

The essays this year were outstanding and insightful. Featured places included the Gilfillan Farm in Upper St. Clair, the Homewood neighborhood, Allegheny County Courthouse, Bridge of Sighs, the former Pittsburgh Athletic Association clubhouse, St. Nicholas Church in Millvale, Carnegie Science Center, Mister Rogers statue on the North Shore, Frick Park Market, and Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor. The essays from all the applicants are bound and archived at PHLF.

PHLF welcomes contributions in support of the Landmarks Scholarship Program. Please click here to contribute; be sure to designate your gift to “Scholarship.”

Thank you!

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633