Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dollars for Scholars Mckeesport Area Alumni Awards to Grads Have Exceeded Half-Million Dollars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dollars for Scholars Mckeesport Area Alumni Awards to Grads Have Exceeded Half-Million Dollars

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McKeesport Area High School Alumni & Friends Association awarded $69,050 in scholarships and grants to members of the McKeesport Class of 2013, an amount that pushes the all-time award total to more than a half-million-dollars.

The association, now in its 27th year, "is about giving back and the scholarship program is a direct expression of that commitment and of a desire to keep the tradition of Tiger excellence alive," said Linda Croushore, founder and president of the group. Many scholarships are funded by alumni or in honor of other graduates.

There were new awards this year:

* $1,000 grants from George B. Martin, a member of McKeesport Class of 1951, in honor of Archie Martin and Nancy Martin Dodge, Class of 1954. Winners are Benjamin Mollard, Nicholas Mattis and Jacquelyn Mitchell. Mr. Mollard and Miss Mitchell are headed to Penn State Greater Allegheny and Mr. Mattis to Duquesne University.

* A $1,000 award funded by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Riazzi. Mr. Riazzi is a graduate of Class of 1972 and a 2012 McKeesport High School Hall of Fame inductee. Winner is Sade Banks, who will attend the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg.

* A $500 award established by Joseph M. Ivcevich, Class of 1960, for a varsity football player who displays sportsmanship and scholarship. Winner is Marqua Perdue, who will attend Wayne State University.

Other recipients:

* Kenneth and Evelyn Frew Scholarship Fund -- $5,000 each awarded to Matthew McFadden, Ohio University; Devin Kiska, Robert Morris University; Frank Gardone, Penn State Greater Allegheny; and Katie McNeil, Penn State University, main campus.

* Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Scholarship -- $2,000 each to Aviva Gersovitch, Case Western Reserve University; Rachel Duffy, Penn State Greater Allegheny; and Katie McNeil.

* Mary V. Tomko Scholarship -- $1,500 each for Rachel Duffy, Aviva Gersovitch, and Frank Gardone; $1,000 each for Natalie Bane, Point Park University, and Theresa Kulasa, California University of Pennsylvania.

* Nick Bakalis Memorial Award -- $1,000 each to Collin Whitney, California University of Pennsylvania, and Kayla Kisan, Penn State Altoona; $500 to Chandler McGraw, Edinboro University.

* Walter C. …

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