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PHLF Scholarship Committee Awards Scholarships and Honorable Mentions to 19 College-Bound Students––the most in any one year

“Our Landmarks Scholarship Committee really stepped up this year, since the quality of applications was so impressive and since the need was especially great during these challenging times,” said David Brashear, chair of the committee and founder of PHLF’s Scholarship program.

Thanks to the generosity of committee members, and with support from the Brashear Family Named Fund, the McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Landmarks Scholarship Fund, the committee was able to award 3 new scholarships, each with a maximum value of $6,000 payable over a four-year period, and 16 honorable mention awards, a one-time award of $250.

“Our Scholarship Committee will host a virtual meeting to welcome and meet our 19 new award recipients,” said Louise Sturgess, PHLF’s education advisor, “and many of our former recipients will join us to add their words of congratulation.” Since the program’s inception in 1999, PHLF has awarded 79 scholarships and 30 honorable mentions, thereby connecting with 109 high-achieving, community-oriented young people who care deeply about the Pittsburgh region. This is a fantastic achievement that brings new life, commitment, and energy to our organization.

“We welcome contributions from members and friends in this, our 22nd anniversary year, to support our very successful program that has a profound and lasting impact on the students it has served and on PHLF,” said Mr. Brashear. Please click here to contribute and direct your gift to “Scholarship Programs.” Thank you!

Our Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the following winners:

2020 Scholarship Recipients (a $6,000 award, payable over four years, for book and tuition expenses)

  • Abigail Alexander (Fox Chapel Area/George Washington University);
  • David Dean (Central Catholic/Duquesne University); and
  • Samuel Zlotnikov (Pittsburgh Allderdice/University of Pittsburgh).

 2020 Honorable Mention Recipients (a one-time award of $250 for book and tuition expenses)

  • Aaron Berger (Pittsburgh Allderdice/Harvard College);
  • Christoph Bernas (Bishop Canevin/Penn State University);
  • Laura Brodkey (Pittsburgh Allderdice/University of Pennsylvania);
  • Zeinah Browne (Oakland Catholic/Spelman College);
  • Ryan Carter (South Fayette/Indiana University of Pennsylvania);
  • Miranda Chrvala (Avonworth/Savannah College of Art and Design);
  • Mac Duda (Thomas Jefferson/Princeton University);
  • Charles Forster (Pittsburgh Allderdice/Oberlin College);
  • Molly Hoffman (Bethel Park /Gettysburg College);
  • Makaila Holston Smith (Pittsburgh Obama/Penn State University);
  • Daniel Krill (Pine-Richland/University of Notre Dame);
  • Daevan Mangalmurti (Pittsburgh Obama/Yale University);
  • Caroline Maxwell (Eden Christian Academy/LaRoche University);
  • Phoebe Morrill (Quaker Valley/Penn State University);
  • Lydia Thomas (Pittsburgh Obama/University of Pittsburgh); and
  • Allison Weidmann (Thomas Jefferson/The Ohio State University).

Congratulations to all!

We encourage all applicants to stay in touch with PHLF, through their complimentary four-year membership, since they value historic preservation and our built environment. We appreciate the time and effort that each applicant took to submit an essay, high school transcript, college-acceptance letter, and two letters of recommendation. Each applicant did a tremendous job under the circumstances and we are grateful they connected with PHLF. We look forward to building relationships with all the applicants, scholarship winners, and honorable mention recipients.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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