A Student of the World

Issue Date: 
June 22, 2009
Michael StuckMichael Stuck

Throughout high school and his first year of college, Michael Stuck has maintained high honors in his course work and dedicated his time to a number of community service projects.

Stuck, a first-year Honors College student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, is the recipient of the Pitt Club of Chicago Scholarship. The $1,000 annual scholarship, which is matched by Pitt’s Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, is given for all four years of a student’s college education.

“I would like to thank the Pitt Club of Chicago for supporting me and for supporting the University,” Stuck said. “The University of Pittsburgh is a wonderful place, and it has offered me numerous opportunities that I couldn’t find anywhere else. None of this would be possible without generous donors who contribute to the school and make scholarships available.”

In addition to taking all honors classes and an advanced Spanish class, Stuck belongs to several groups on campus, including Engineers Without Borders, Cornerstone Christian Ministry, and Students Going Global. He participates in Pitt Make a Difference Day and he plans to join the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

After graduation, Stuck would like to work in the international development field, using his skills as an engineer in less-developed countries. Already, his travels have taken him to New Orleans, Guatemala, and Ecuador on various community-service projects. “I want to gain as much knowledge as I can and use my gifts to assist those who are less fortunate,” Stuck explained.

“The Chicago Pitt Club recognizes outstanding individuals and likes to display their achievements,” said James Cheung, Pitt Club of Chicago president. “We want to give students from the Chicago area the chance to experience what Pitt has to offer, and Michael’s commitment to the community and his course work truly reflects the values of the Pitt Club of Chicago,” Cheung added.