Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Announced

Issue Date: 
June 13, 2016

Ten Pennsylvania high school students—including three from the Pittsburgh area—have been named 2016 Nordenberg Leadership Scholars at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The full-tuition scholarship is named in honor of Pitt Chancellor Emeritus Mark A. Nordenberg. The honor recognizes Pennsylvania students who have demonstrated excellent leadership skills, innovative thinking, intellectual curiosity, and community involvement. This marks the second cohort of Nordenberg Leadership Scholars, as 2015 was the program’s first year.  

In addition to the academic course work in each scholar’s field of study, the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars will participate in a series of outside-the-classroom experiences, including leadership opportunities, service activities, one-on-one career and personal coaching, and experiential learning in internship and volunteer settings. 

“The program exemplifies the University’s strong commitment to partnering with local employers to provide Pitt students with exceptional experiential learning opportunities,” said Kenyon Bonner, Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students. “The program also supports the University’s commitment to retain talented young people within our region upon graduation, and to offer them ample opportunities to become leaders in their chosen fields.”

The scholars are:

Chirag Agarwal from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, who plans to study mechanical engineering.  

Andrew Alday from MMI Preparatory School, Mountain Top, who plans to study philosophy as a pre-law track.  

Sarah Braza from Central Bucks High School East, Doylestown, who plans to study business.    

Caroline Curran from Peters Township High School, McMurray, who plans to study engineering physics. 

Brittny Klinedinst from South Western High School, Hanover, who plans to study neuroscience.  

Clare Miller from Methacton High School, Trooper, who plans to study linguistics and Spanish.  

Regina Munsch from North Allegheny Senior High School, Franklin Park, who plans to study industrial engineering and pre-dentistry.  

Luke Persin from Hempfield Area Senior High School, Greensburg, who plans to study biology/pre-medicine. 

Daniel Porter from North Hills Senior High School, McKnight, who plans to study engineering.    

Hannah Reiling from Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, who plans to study neuroscience.