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June 12, 2008

$12 million gift, UPJ's largest, funds commuter scholarships

Pitt-Johnstown has received a donation of $12 million, the largest gift in the school’s 81-year history.

Established by an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous, the estate gift continues a commuter scholarship that was established at Pitt-Johnstown in 2000.

The scholarship fund supports UPJ commuter students with a full academic scholarship: tuition, fees and books for eight academic terms. The gift is expected to provide support for approximately 40 students annually.

UPJ President Jem Spectar said, “This estate gift sends a valuable message about the importance of alumni support. Through this gift, our loyal alumnus has acted in a way that leaves a permanent legacy and sets an example for others to follow. A gift of this magnitude will enable deserving students to pursue an intellectually stimulating education and position themselves for rewarding careers and meaningful lives. There are no words eloquent enough to express our gratitude.”

Eligibility requirements for the commuter scholarship are that the student must: commute to campus; carry 12 or more credits each term; be in the top 15 percent of the high school graduating class; have SAT scores greater than 1200; maintain a QPA of 3.25 freshman year, 3.35 sophomore year and 3.45 junior year, and demonstrate financial need. Candidates must be at least a three-year resident and a high school graduate from one of five Pennsylvania counties: Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Indiana or Westmoreland.

More information on the scholarship is available by contacting the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Admissions at 814/269-7050.

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