QCHS senior Anna Tran awarded prestigious scholarship

QCHS senior Anna Tran awarded prestigious scholarship

QCHS senior Anna Tran is awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Foundations Community Partnership by executive director Ronald Bernstein. At right is Andy Scappaticci, the counselor who nominated her for the award.

By Gary Weckselblatt

Anna Tran, a senior at Quakertown Community High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Foundations Community Partnership in Education Program.

Her selection in the prestigious program includes a summer internship that pays close to $4,000 for working with a local non-profit organization.

"This is about finding the top kids with the strongest academic performance who have shown a commitment to community service," said Ronald Bernstein, FCP's executive director who visited QCHS to present a check to Anna and explain the program. "We want to help these kids put their careers in motion."

Anna, one of the district's outstanding students, volunteers at St. Luke's Hospital, is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and also mentors a younger student during Pride Pack.

She will be attending the University of Pittsburgh and studying neuroscience and emergency medicine. "I'm super honored," she said.

Her school counselor, Andy Scappaticci, who nominated her for the scholarship, said "We're dealing with a heavy hitter here."

He said when he met her as a 10th grader, she was wearing a Pitt t-shirt. "She's the right fit for this award," he said. "We're excited for her. It's not just the scholarship, but the whole program."

That program includes a $3,800 summer internship, where Anna will be working for a non-profit organization four days a week, and spending one day in a classroom structure with FCP. The schooling is worth three college credits that the foundation pays for.

"It's a really great experience," Bernstein said.

FCP partners with several non-profits, including A Woman's Place, NOVA, Upper Bucks YMCA, and Grand View Hospital.

Bernstein said the $1,000 scholarship isn't a lot of money, "But it'll pay the bill for books for a couple of semesters."

Last year, Madeleine Neiman, now at Gettysburg College, received the scholarship. Two years ago, the award went to Chet Friday, now studying at Vanderbilt.

Gary Weckselblatt, director of communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529-2028 or gweckselblatt@qcsd.org.

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