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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-12-Baston.jpgA Waynesburg University junior communication (journalism) major was recently awarded the 2015 Press Club Scholarship and the 2015 Sally Kalson Memorial Scholarship.

Kimberly Baston, from North Huntington, Pennsylvania, received $2,500 for each scholarship. She will be recognized by the Press Club at their Golden Quill Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 12, and will be honored by the Guild at a special luncheon on Tuesday, April 19. Both events will be held in Pittsburgh.

“I am honored and beyond excited to have been chosen for both of these awards,” said Baston. “The two organizations and the causes they stand for are so reputable, especially in the Pittsburgh region, and I couldn’t ask to be affiliated with two better groups of professionals.”

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania offers the Press Club Scholarship to students who are residents of western Pennsylvania, studying journalism or similar major and plan to pursue a career in print journalism or another journalism field.

The Sally Kalson Memorial Scholarship is presented by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh in memory of the Guild’s late Vice President Sally Kalson. It is awarded to two students who are residents of western Pennsylvania or attend a college or university in western Pennsylvania and planning on a career in print journalism or a newspaper-related profession.

Baston was required to submit a one-page essay for each scholarship that outlined her goals in journalism, one sample of a published work, a resume and a letter of recommendation.

“The Press Club specifically told me they were extremely impressed by the work sample I submitted, which was a story published in the Yellow Jacket this semester,” said Baston. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized for some of the hard work that I do in the field of journalism.”

Baston credits her professor, Waynesburg University instructor of journalism and co-advisor for the Yellow Jacket, Brandon Szuminsky, for having the opportunity and skills to earn these scholarships.

“He has been indispensable during my three years at Waynesburg,” said Baston. “Nearly everything I know about journalism, I have learned from him and the hands-on experience he provides me.”

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charleroi Area Firefighters Annual Scholarship for students at Waynesburg University.

Through the scholarship, recipients can receive up to $10,000 over the course of four years at Waynesburg. One $2,500 Charleroi Area Firefighters Scholarship will be awarded annually, pending an applicant that meets all requirements.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be serving in good standing as a junior firefighter or firefighter in one of the following three volunteer fire departments: Charleroi Station 33, Fallowfield Township Station 47 or Lock 4 Station 22.

The successful candidate must also have a history of demonstrated exemplary service to the community, a good academic record in his/her high school studies and strength of character in his/her personal life.
In addition, the recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and meet Waynesburg University financial aid criteria.

In certain special circumstances, such as physical disability, an individual may not be able to handle the rigors of being a junior firefighter or firefighter, but nonetheless may have made outstanding contributions to the fire department through administrative, logistical or other service. In such a case, the applicant and department must thoroughly document his or her fire department contributions.

University trustee John D. Woodward Jr. established the scholarship in honor of his parents, Olga O. Woodward and the late John D. Woodward, both lifelong residents of the Charleroi area and dedicated public servants. 

In explaining the motivation behind the scholarship, Mrs. Woodward, a former Fallowfield Township Supervisor, said, "Our volunteer firefighters give so much to the community, oftentimes in dangerous and demanding circumstances. With this scholarship, we want to show our appreciation for their efforts. We selected Waynesburg University because of its deep emphasis on learning, service and faith."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ansley-02929288-C10_20140421-195835_1.jpgWaynesburg University has chosen Ansley Thomas of Westerville, Ohio, as the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship. The prestigious award is given to one Ohio high school student interested in a career in mathematics or one of the sciences, and pays the complete tuition, room and board for the student’s four years at Waynesburg University. Through this scholarship, more than $120,000 is awarded to each recipient over the course of his or her four years at Waynesburg.

In addition to being an Ohio resident, recipients must display extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills. The recipient must also major in one of the areas of math or science.

“This scholarship means the world to me,” Thomas said. “It takes a load off of my shoulders that I never knew could be lifted and will make graduate school possible for me. I'm going to work that much harder at Waynesburg to be sure that I've earned it.”

A senior at Westerville Central High School, Thomas maintains a high-ranking position in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plays the flute in her school’s Symphonic Band. Thomas is also largely involved in her church’s youth group, children ministries and an annual mission trip project called REACH, a national organization that helps to rebuild or improve homes of those in need.

Thomas is the daughter of Stuart and Kay Thomas. She plans to pursue a degree in biology and is open to where God may lead her in her future career.

“At the moment, I'm open to any career that connects to biology,” Thomas said. “I am confident that once I have learned more about the field of biology, I'll find where I belong. My one clear goal is to find a career that I can feel passionate about and do some good for the world through it.”

The high school senior is looking forward to making new friends and building a stronger relationship with Christ at Waynesburg, but she’s also excited to learn more about the person she is and is meant to become.

“I hope to learn, not just about biology, but about myself,” Thomas said. “I want to learn where it is that God is leading me.”

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