Past High School Student Scholarship Recipients

The Junior League of Pittsburgh awarded a college scholarship annually to a high school senior who served as an active volunteer during her high school career.  Applicants showed a dedication to helping others by completing at least 100 hours of community service during high school.  From 2003 to 2016, $29,500 in scholarships had been award to high school seniors.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh Scholarship Past Recipients

Year   Name                                        High School

1990 Samantha Garlick                   Perry Traditional Academy

1991 Melissa Haas                            Taylor-Alderdice High School

1992 Michelle Phelan                       North Allegheny High School

1993 Megan Rogan                           Penn Hills High School

1994 Kara Maris Csargich               Quaker Valley High School

1995 Jessica Gainer

1996

1997 Elizabeth Moretti                     Springdale High School; Duquesne University

1998 Ellen Gray

1999 Patricia Thomas                       Schenley High School; Duquesne University

2000 Rebecca Schenck                    Denison University

2001 Jessica Buck                             Allegheny College

2002 Emily Carr                                West Allegheny HS; Eastern Pennsylvania University

2003 Amy Reisner

2004 Jessica Tattershall

2005 Erin Moran                              Baldwin High School; John Carroll University

2006 Melinda Gorentz                    Highlands High School; University of Pittsburgh

2007 Melissa McKinney                 Grove City College

2008 Lauren Zammerilla               University of Pittsburgh

2009 Anna Jon Sabo                       University of Pennsylvania

2010 Victoria Mikulan                    Shaler Area High School; Robert Morris University

2011 Darya Fischbach                     Allderdice High School;Washington University in St. Louis

2012 Jacqueline Clarke                  Barack Obama Academy of Intl. Studies; Howard University

2013 Samantha Wilczynski           Deer Lakes HS; University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

2014 Tori Hill                                   Propel Andrew Street High School; Slippery Rock University

2015 Lauren Linkowski                  Mount Lebanon High School; University of Georgia

2016 Claire Dougherty                   Mount Lebanon High School; Dartmouth College

Rae Watson Scholarship

Awarded for three years in memory of our beloved Wear After Shop employee

1994 Asia Loar                                 Morgan State University

1995 Nicole Patrick                         Robert Morris College

1997 Megan Ruane                         Penn Hills High School; community college

Scholarships

The 2018 Junior League of Pittsburgh scholarship period has ended. Thank you to those who made up our strong applicant pool.

The League awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Megan McElhaney (seen here with her dog, Hugo). Our annual college scholarship goes to a student who’s studying childhood food access, and Megan is working on two master’s degrees at the University of Pittsburgh: one in social work with a concentration in community, organization and social action and the other in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management. Her plan is to graduate in spring 2019.

(Photo courtesy of Megan McElhaney)

Megan’s resume reflects her passion for helping others: Jonas Salk Fellow at Pitt, former school food policy intern with Just Harvest, AmeriCorps Keys Service-Corps member. Through these experiences, she oversaw the implementation of the Child and Adult Care Food Program at a local YMCA; conducted extensive research on Allegheny County school systems and their meal and nutrition policies; strategized with organizations concerned about food insecurity; developed lesson plans on nutrition, gardening and sustainability; and tutored or mentored over 130 kids ranging in age from 6-16.

Megan graduated magna cum laude from Pitt with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014. With her academic focus now on food insecurity issues, it may come as a surprise that she majored in English literature and communications and rhetoric. She said an undergraduate class motivated her to get involved.

“I took a really great class about the intersection of gender and food politics, and it completely changed the way I thought about hunger,” Megan said. “For the first time, I understood hunger as a symptom of poverty rather than a problem that exists in a vacuum. I truly believe that access to adequate portions of nutritious, delicious food is a basic human right, and the fact that not everyone is given that access is outrageous to me. The politics of food are intertwined with so many other social issues — education, healthcare, environmental issues, socioeconomic divides. All of this makes it difficult to tackle food insecurity in one fell swoop, but that just makes me more determined to help in any way that I can, especially when kids are involved.”

As we follow Megan and her studies, we’ll update you on her progress on social media. The Junior League of Pittsburgh’s scholarship program is coordinated by our community Research and Development Committee.

Past Scholarship Recipients 

Past Grant Recipients

The Junior League of Pittsburgh’s Research and Development Committee are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local organizations that align with the Junior League’s mission. For further information, please contact the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s Research & Development committee at research@jlpgh.org.

In addition to grant funding, there are opportunities to receive volunteer support from members of the Junior League. Grants have been awarded to applicants with programming that aligns with the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s mission and where monies will have the greatest impact. Awards will be given for program funding.

 

2017-2018 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Dilworth $500 School backpack feeding program
 Earthen Vessels Outreach $4,080 Expansion of summer meal program for economically disadvantaged children
 FOCUS Pittsburgh $4,000 Summer Dreamers backpack feeding program
 Just Harvest Education Fund $2,800 Power of Produce program that provides children with fun opportunities about healthy foods and local food systems through activities and conversations at farmers markets
Linden $500 School backpack feeding program
Pittsburgh Montessori $500 School backpack feeding program
 Squirrel Hill Food Pantry $3,635 Program encouraging healthy eating choices among children by teaching them how to prepare fresh fruit and vegetables for consumption
2017-2018 Total $16,015

 

2015-2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Focus Pittsburgh $4,500 Summer Feeding Program
Liberty Elementary School $4,000 After school, emergency feeding program.
Linden Elementary School $4,000 After school, emergency feeding program.
Propel East Elementary School $10,000

Emergency food program for weekend meals and snacks covering 50 students over 30 weeks.

2015-2016 Total $22,500

 

2014-2015 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Gwen’s Girls $2,500  Train 6 plus girls from 10 to 13 using the Girl Talk Counts project to resolve family conflicts.
iQ Kids Radio $15,000 24×7 Children’s Internet radio for kids and by kids
Jeremiah’s Place $1,800  Purchase necessary equipment to steamline the intake process for families recovering from abuse.
YWCA $2,500  Educate 50 plus families and introduce 29 preschool on STEM
2014-2015 Total $21,800

 

2013-2014 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Assemble $2,500  Crafternoon Workshops that promote project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).
Braddock Redux $2,500 24×7 Children’s Internet radio for kids and by kids
Catholic Charities $2,200
Girl Scouts of Western PA $2,500  Urban Scouting
Homewood Children’s Village $2,500  Power Pack program combatting weekend hunger.
iQ Kids Radio $15,000 24×7 Children’s Internet radio for kids and by kids
2013-2014 Total $27,200

 

2012-2013 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
iQ Kids Radio $15,000 24×7 Children’s Internet radio for kids and by kids
2012-2013 Total $15,000

 

2011-2012 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Catholic Charities $2,000
Strong Women Strong Girls $15,000 Funding for adding 400 girls to its existing programming from 2009 to 2011.
YMCA $2,000
2011-2012 Total $19,000

 

2010-2011 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Diaper Bank $10,000
Girls on the Run $5,000  Scholarships for 74 girls from 3 rd – 6 th grade in a 12-week program to foster self-esteem and health
Strong Women Strong Girls $15,000  Funding for adding 400 girls to its existing programming from 2009-2011.
2010-2011 Total $30,000

 

2009-2010 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Strong Women Strong Girls $15,000  Funding for adding 400 girls to its existing programming from 2009-2011.
2009-2010 Total $15,000

 

2008-2009 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Felician Sisters $20,000  For the Mooncrest Children’s program to provide tutoruing, music, and social ministries program to children in a poverty-stricken neighborhood in Moon Township.
Kaboom $55,000 Children’s Playground in the City of Clairton
2008-2009 Total $75,000

 

2007-2008 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Kaboom $55,000 Children’s Playground in Pittsburgh’s North Side
2007-2008 Total $55,000

 

2006-2007 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Beginning with Books $37,500  Handoff of Everyone Wins! Community project
Girls Scouts Trillium Council $2,500
Kaboom $55,000 Children’s Playground in Turtle Creek
Lincoln Elementary Technology Council $2,500
Wilkins School Community Center $2,500
2006-2007 Total $100,000

 

2005-2006 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Beginning with Books $37,500 Handoff of Everyone Wins! Community project
2005-2006 $37,500

 

2003-2004 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Organization Grant What it Supports
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh $40,000 Funds to build the Backyard play area
2003-2004 $40,000