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Three Scholarships and Ten Honorable Mentions Awarded in 2024 Cycle

Our organization has awarded three scholarships and 10 Honorable Mention-awards to college-bound students in Allegheny County, who care deeply about the history and distinctive built environment of our city and region.

The scholarship award of $6,000 is payable over four years, while the Honorable Mention award is a one-time gift of $250, payable to the recipient’s college or university for tuition and book expenses.

At its meeting on May 17, the Landmarks Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to:

  • Isabel Concepcion of Woodland Hills High School, who will attend the University of Pittsburgh;
  • Rena Gilligan of Quaker Valley High School, who will attend Stonehill College, and
  • Daniel Kelly of Pittsburgh Carrick, who will attend York College of Pennsylvania.

Our Honorable mention recipients are:

  • Elliott McInnes (Pittsburgh Obama High School/Temple University);
  • Dylan Berman (Fox Chapel Area High School/Vassar College);
  • Louis Mariano (Montour High School/University of Pittsburgh);
  • Kendall McKelvey (Northgate High School/Oberlin College);
  • Raelle Wilshire (Blackburn Study Center Homeschool/Grove City College);
  • Dimajio Bailey-Locante (Keystone Oaks High School/Slippery Rock University);
  • Angel Qu (North Allegheny Senior High School/Rice University);
  • Luke McDonough (Upper Saint Clair High School/New York University);
  • Brendan Harris (Baldwin High School/University of Notre Dame);
  • Max McCarran (Shady Side Academy/Dartmouth College).

 The awards will be presented during a private reception on Thursday, June 20, where we look forward to meeting our award winners together with their families.

Launched in 1999, our organization has so far awarded 91 scholarships and 69 Honorable Mentions to high school graduates from Allegheny County who care deeply about the Pittsburgh region and are pursuing an undergraduate degree at a college or university of their choice. The Scholarship Program has helped introduce young people to the work and mission of our organization and has created a network of support and sense of family among the recipients.

Applicants are asked to write about a place in Allegheny County that is meaningful to them. David Brashear, who chairs the Scholarship Committee, said this year’s essays were, as usual, “outstanding and insightful.”  They featured essays on places, which included Phipps Conservatory, Monongahela Incline, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Riverview Park, Hartwood Acres, Mellon Park, Acrisure Stadium, Benedum Center, Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and Rosedale Beach Club. The essays from all the applicants are bound and archived at PHLF.

Mr. Brashear’s family initiated the Landmarks Scholarship Program in 1999 through a Donor-Advised Fund at PHLF. Foundations, businesses, and many PHLF members have generously contributed since then.

We welcome 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