Bonner Scholars to serve in Pittsburgh during spring break

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Eighteen students will be serving in Pittsburgh during spring break Sunday, March 4, through Friday, March 9. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, will lead the trip for first-year Bonner Scholars.

Tharp said students will serve with the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership on certain beautification projects, preparing and eating a meal with people experiencing homelessness, serving at World Vision in Sewickley and at the National Aviary. Additionally, Tharp said part of the week will be spent serving in the Waynesburg community.

“Students participating on the Pittsburgh Immersion [trip] will be learning more about urban poverty, as well as learning about how the city of Pittsburgh is working to make changes to their community,” she said.

Tharp said she is most excited to see how students in the Bonner Scholars Program grow through the experience.

“I’m looking forward to spending time in the community and serving with the group,” she said. “I’m also excited to see how much [the students] have grown since the start of the academic year and what they are learning through their experiences.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Briana Armenia, freshman sociology major from Odesa, Florida (JW Mitchell High School)
  • Olabisi Ayodele, freshman nursing major from Windsor Mill, Maryland (Western School of Technology)
  • Samantha Barlow, freshman nursing major from Buckhannon, West Virginia (Buckhannon-Upshur High School)
  • Kenneth Barnhart, freshman athletic training major from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania (Bethel Park Senior High School)
  • Jefferson Brady, freshman athletic training major from Saint Albans, West Virginia (Saint Albans High School)
  • Ruthie Buser, freshman early childhood education with special education major from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (Grace Academy)
  • Arria Connett, freshman nursing major from Camas, Washington (Camas Senior High School)
  • Collin Funkhouser, freshman international business major from Coraopolis, Pennsylvania (Montour High School)
  • Marco Herrera, freshman athletic training major from Fort Lee, New Jersey (Fort Lee High School)
  • Rebecca Hyland, freshman psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Samantha Hyland, freshman nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Thomas Hyland, freshman criminal justice administration major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Jacob Kennedy, freshman environmental science major from Valencia, Pennsylvania (Mars Area High School)
  • Dylan Nowakowski, freshman business management major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Harry Oakes, sophomore electronic media major from Derwood, Maryland (Home School)
  • Alexis Phillips, freshman biology major from New Kensington, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • Rebekah Rhodes, sophomore nursing major from Hagerstown, Maryland (North Hagerstown High School)
  • Nia Shuler, freshman criminal justice administration major from Canton, Ohio (Glen Oak High School)

For more information, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of student services, at 724-852-3461.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu