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10 fall 2010

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

by saleem ghubril

On a recent Friday afternoon, I had the wonderful gift of meeting with eight of our college students, all of them are 2008 UPMC Scholars of The Pittsburgh Promise, and all of them are performing at high levels in their higher education. They were engaged and engaging, and they gave a great lift to an old man’s spirit. I am delighted to know them. They are: STUDENT Nick Beckas Julia Cahill Michelle Crozier Victoria Glass Erin Hager Janay Hayes Devon Jackson Joshua Perri

HIGH SCHOOL Langley CAPA Brashear Allderdice Perry Peabody Allderdice Brashear

COLLEGE Duquesne University Carnegie Mellon University Duquesne University Community College of Allegheny County Carlow University Carlow University University of Pittsburgh Community College of Allegheny County

In addition to being fulltime students, each of them also holds a job. In fact, four of them hold two jobs, and one has three. And somehow all of them manage to make time for volunteer service at the community library, the church, fixing houses, or mentoring kids. They are giving breath and life to our motto: Dream Big, Work Hard. Their dreams are inching their way to becoming reality. Their aspirations continue to drive them to reach further. Their work ethic is impressive at any age, and inspiring at their age.

VICTORIA ERIN

JULIA

DEVON

IdeaPod Fall 2010  

At The Pittsburgh Promise, we’re offering up our own “i”Pod—the idea pod—a place where ideas can grow by providing students access to inform...

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