In 2021, PROF, in partnership with our generous community members and sponsors, awarded 19 scholarships totaling $38,000 to Pine-Richland High School seniors. Each scholarship is sponsored by individuals and organizations that set their own unique criteria which PROF then administers to reach the largest number of potential candidates. The number of scholarships and award amounts vary from year to year, and some scholarship awards may be split among top applicants.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by email of their awards and asked for specific information for funds disbursement.
Below are brief summaries of our scholarships in 2022.
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PROF Community Enrichment Scholarship - $5,000
This essay-based scholarship is awarded to a graduating Pine-Richland senior who exemplifies the PROF mission statement: enriching and investing in the experiences of every Pine-Richland student. Applicants submit an essay which addresses either how they have been enriched during their time at Pine-Richland through interaction with a faculty member or fellow student or through their experiences and interactions with a PROF-funded educational grant. This scholarship is funded by the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund.
New Christian Cochran Memorial Scholarship - What’s Good About Today?- $1,000
The Christian Cochran Legacy Fund, through the Pittsburgh Foundation, has established a $1000 scholarship for a deserving senior who has participated as a member of the cast or crew of either or both, Fall Play and/ or Spring Musical. The scholarship is open to students whether they intend to further pursue theater in college. Christian Cochran was a 2016 graduate of Pine Richland High School and was a member of both the Fall Play and Spring Musical programs. He was President of the PRHS chapter of the International Thespian Society and a member of the PRHS Marching Band Drum Line. Christian’s Fall play credits include: Fahrenheit 451 (Captain Beatty), 1984 (Winston Smith) &The Bully Plays; Christian’s PR Musical credits include: The Music Man (Mayor George Shinn), Pippin (King Charles), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy Smith) & BIG. On August 26th, 2020, Christian was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the liver, Cholangiocarcinoma. When we told Christian how sorry we were, as his parents, that he had to have this awful disease, he replied, "It's ok, because if it wasn’t me, then it would be someone else that would have to endure this struggle.” From the day of his diagnosis to the moment he took his last breath, Christian never complained, not once, about his situation. He willingly accepted his extraordinary burden. Eventually, Christian's cancer went to his bones. Much of his spine, his femur, his hip, his shoulders became involved. Amazingly, he never complained. He would often ask us all, "What’s good about today?" It was his daily reminder to us all that we have to focus on all that is good within each day, and to make the very most of it. On September 1st, 2021, Christian peacefully passed into God’s loving embrace. One month prior to Christian’s passing, he asked us to establish this scholarship at Pine Richland High School. As Christian explained to us, "I'm so grateful for the love, kindness and generosity of so many people. I cannot wait to pay it forward.” Christian was the most charismatic, kind, funny, creative, buoyant and positive person you could ever hope to know. He was loving, loyal, inclusive and generous. His brilliant beaming smile and boundless light were a source of joy and comfort to everyone whose path he crossed.
Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship - $1000
The Diversity in Technology & Engineering Scholarship is generously sponsored by the Hein family, who have three Pine-Richland High School graduates. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage underrepresented students to pursue a career in a technology or engineering field and is thereby awarded to a graduating female or minority student who attended Pine-Richland for her/his entire junior and senior years. Applicants must plan to attend a 4-year college/university and pursue a major in one of the mentioned fields. Applicants should demonstrate interest in one of these fields through her/his prior experience and interest as evidenced through high school classes, extracurricular pursuits, family background, or expressed excitement about a related profession. This scholarship may be renewable for the student’s sophomore year of college dependent on continued enrollment in technology or engineering program and satisfactory academic achievement.
Hance Elementary PTO - $500
This $500 scholarship is provided through the generosity of the Hance Parent Teacher Organization and will be awarded to a Pine-Richland High School senior who also attended Hance Elementary for his or her entire elementary education. The ideal applicant is a well-rounded student and can attribute a memory/experience from Hance Elementary that has influenced his/her future years at the Pine-Richland School District.
Kenneth M Young Public Safety Scholarship - $1000
Ken Young was a lifelong resident of Wexford and a 1976 graduate of Pine-Richland. He joined the Wexford Vol. Fire Dept. at age 14 and was an active member his entire life. He served as Fire Chief of the department for 22 years. Ken worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for the firefighters and a high standard of service to the community. He also worked as a police officer for Northern Regional Police Department for 18 years and specialized in accident reconstruction. Ken dedicated his life to serving his community. Sponsored by Ken's family and friends, this public service scholarship is available to a Pine-Richland senior who meets the qualifying criteria. Consideration may be given for financial need, though this is not a requirement of this scholarship. The scholarship sponsors will select the recipient of this scholarship from among eligible applicants.
Kyle Pomerleau Memorial Scholarship - Anticipate 2 scholarships at $1000 each
This kindness scholarship is in memory of Kyle Pomerleau, tertiary of the class of 2014, who played cello in the orchestra and bassoon and sax in the band. Kyle was a member of the fencing and track & field teams, as well as NHS, Interact Club, and president of Model UN. Kyle was known for being encouraging, friendly, and helpful to others, and for his unfailing positivity and sense of humor. This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has participated in band or orchestra and demonstrates genuine goodwill and compassion toward others on a personal level. Academic achievement may also be considered. The Pomerleau family and friends review and select the scholarship recipient.
Monica Young Memorial Scholarship - $1000
This scholarship is in memory of Monica Young, who passed away from brain cancer on February 12, 2016. Monica worked with children with learning disabilities at Wexford Elementary School for over 18 years. She was dedicated to her work and had the special ability to establish a strong rapport with these children which allowed her to positively impact them, their parents, and their future. During her long struggle with cancer, she continued to inspire people through her strong faith, acceptance of her suffering, concern for others, and her positive strength. This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one or more graduating Pine-Richland students with learning disabilities who have an interest in furthering their education through a trade, technical or vocational school, university or college. The ideal candidate should demonstrate good academic effort, participate in activities during high school, exhibit a positive attitude, and have an identified longer term work goal.
Faculty, staff and coaches are strongly encouraged to recommend that qualified students apply for this scholarship. The Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the scholarship sponsors, will select the recipient of this award from among eligible applicants.
Pasquinelli and Erie Insurance Scholarship - $3,000
This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates leadership characteristics, a positive and caring attitude, and a strong work ethic. Preferably, the student will have participated in at least three extracurricular activities for a minimum of two years during high school. The scholarship sponsor participates in recipient selection.
Pine-Richland High School PTO Scholarship - $1000
The “We Are PR” scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates excellent character and is hard-working and caring towards others. The recipient will be selected on resiliency, growth and the student's contributions to the Pine-Richland Community. The PRHS PTO Scholarship Committee selects the recipient of this scholarship.
Pine Richland Choral Boosters - Booster Scholarship & William B. Machiko Scholaship
Choral - 2 $500 open to all current senior choir students. Students will be evaluated on a written statement on how music has impacted their life as well as character references.
Machiko - $1,000 open to any current senior choir student planning on majoring in either music or education in college. In addition to a written statement on how music has impacted their life and references, The Machiko Scholarship will require an audio file vocal selection of the applicants choice
Richland Elementary PTO - $500
This $500 scholarship is provided through the generosity of the Richland Parent Teacher Organization and will be awarded to a Pine-Richland High School senior who also attended Richland Elementary for his or her entire elementary education. The ideal applicant is a well-rounded student and can attribute a memory/experience from Richland Elementary that has influenced his/her future years at the Pine-Richland School District.
Rich-Mar Rotary Club Scholarship - TBD
This service to others scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior(s). The selection criteria includes an emphasis on a student's history of the Rotary ideal of "service above self" as demonstrated by their involvement in establishing and/or participating in organizations that serve the community and the world. The student's academic achievement and leadership are also evaluated. Finalists will be invited to an interview. The Rich-Mar Rotary Club Scholarship Selection Committee selects the recipient(s) of this scholarship. The final number of scholarships and award amounts are at the discretion of the Rich-Mar Rotary Club Scholarship Selection Committee. The scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants who meet the qualifying criteria and satisfy the application requirements.
Ryan Malady Memorial Scholarship - Determined Annually
This scholarship is in memory of Ryan Malady, son, devoted husband, and loving father of 3, who passed away in May 2019. Ryan was a family man; he loved being involved in the needs and activities of his children. He was a man of great character who had a passion for helping others. Ryan had many hobbies including golf, skiing, running, and watching the Steelers. Relationships mattered to Ryan, and this was most evident in his lasting friendships with his high school and college friends. This scholarship is awarded to a Pine-Richland senior who exemplifies some of the character traits that Ryan was so well known for: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The applicant’s volunteer and community involvement will also be considered in determining the recipient of this scholarship.
Veterans Memorial Scholarship - $1000
In honor of PR graduates who died in service to our country, the Veterans Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating Pine-Richland student and is provided due to the generosity of the Clarke family and Veterans of Pine-Richland High School.
In Memory Of:
Neil Riley - Class of 1965, Died 13SEP1966, Vietnam, Marine Corps
Herb Weltz - Class of 1966, Died 25MAR1968, Vietnam, US Army
Gary Johnston - Class of 1964, Died 17SEP1968, Vietnam, US Army
Michael "Mickey" Slebodnik - Class of 1987, Died 11SEP2008, Afghanistan, US Army
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
- George S. Patton
We remember and honor Neil, Herb, Gary & Mickey for making their sacrifice in service of our country. Through this scholarship, we hope that Pine-Richland High School students will know of their story and service. These heroes were normal people and students at Pine-Richland High School just like you and in a few of these cases only a couple of years older than you are now. May their memory never fade or be forgotten.
Wexford Elementary PTO Scholarship - $1000
This $1000 scholarship is provided through the generosity of the Wexford Parent Teacher Organization and will be awarded to a Pine-Richland High School senior who also attended Wexford Elementary in the final year of elementary school (grade 3). The ideal applicant is a well-rounded student and can attribute a memory/experience from Wexford Elementary that has influenced his/her future years at the Pine-Richland School District.
2021 Scholarship Recipients