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May 2, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU biology students earn scholarships

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University biology majors were awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships for the coming year at the recent annual awards banquet in the Smith Student Center.

Phillip Way, SRU provost and vice president for academic affairs, provided the welcome.

Award recipients were:

•Kortnee Koziara from Strattanville, who was named the Outstanding Biology Senior; the CPUB Outstanding Student; and recipient of the Beta Beta Beta Senior Service Award;

•Caitlin Baron from Sarver, who was named the Outstanding Cytotechnology Junior;

•Aaron Onufrak from Butler, and Brian Merritt from Kersey, who were named recipients of the Sophomore Biology Honors Scholarship; Onufrak also received the Leucojum Award in Botany and was renewed as a James Steel Scholarship recipient;

•Abbigal Progar from Gardners, Brian Merritt from Kersey, Justin Wills from McKees Rocks and Aliya May from Pittsburgh, who received an Achievement in Biology Scholarship;

•Kayla Sommers from North Versailles, who received the William R. Sigmund Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Award, the James Kell Scholarship and was renewed as a Genevieve Tvrdik Scholarship recipient;

•Andrew Zelasco from Meadville, who received the William Ralston Scholarship;

•Leah Marshall from North Huntingdon, who received the Family Campaign Scholarship;

•Rachel Hollingsworth from Independence, Ohio, who received the Biology Honors Scholarship;

•Krista Frank from Wadsworth, Ohio, who received the Beta Beta Beta Alumni Scholarship;

•Kelsey Gustafson from Endwell, N.Y., who received the A.P. Vincent Scholarship;

•Kathyrn Rickard from Girard, who received the John P. Phillips Scholarship and the College of Health, Environment and Science Leadership in Science scholarship;

•Kevin Squires from West Mifflin, who received the Frank A. Pugliese "Rock" Scholarship;

•Meghan Thompson from New Castle, who received the Christopher F. Cuff Scholarship and the George Smith Research Grant; and

•Jayme Fend from Butler, who received the Rhoda Taylor Scholarship.

• Incoming freshmen scholarship awards went to:

•Kayli Roth, a student at Patch American High School in Germany, who received the Thomas John Scholarship;

•Aubrey Wiesner, a student at St. Mary's Area High School, who received the Thomas W. Gaither Scholarship; and

•Sarah Little, a student at Laurel [New Castle] High School, who received the Wayne L. Miller, M.D. Scholarship.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.