Twelve Indiana County-area students have been selected for the Sutton Scholars academic achievement scholarship program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
“Sutton Scholars are an elite group,” IUP Director of Admissions Michael Husenits said. “We’ve established this program to recognize the best of our freshman applicants, ones who have very strong academics and outstanding promise.”
Students must apply to be considered for the program and are chosen following an on-campus competitive interview process.
Started in 2012, the Sutton Scholarship is funded by the Foundation for IUP, along with gifts received from alumni, friends and employees.
IUP’s Class of 2012 designated a portion of its class gift to this scholarship fund.
The scholarship is available to Pennsylvania students and can be renewed for four years of study. Sutton Scholarship recipients are also eligible for the Summer Scholars Academy, which provides scholarship funds for four years of summer course work.
The local recipients are:
• Jonathan Anna, son of Donald and Lisa Anna, of White Township, a senior at Indiana Area Senior High School.
He will attend IUP in the fall as a safety, health and environmental applied sciences major. Anna is an assistant pee-wee football coach and was a first-team selection on the All-Greater Allegheny Conference and All-Gazette football teams, and received the 13/33 Most Inspirational Award.
• Michael Badzik, son of Michael and LeeAnn Badzik, of Ernest, a senior at Marion Center Area High School.
He will attend IUP in the fall as a marketing major. Badzik is a member of student council, the Marion Center High basketball team, Math Club, Quiz Bowl team and We The People, a competitive team that tests students’ knowledge and understanding of the United States Constitution in a simulated congressional hearing format.
• Brandon Dunlap, son of Jason and Renee Dunlap, of White Township, a senior at Indiana Area Senior High School. He will attend IUP in the fall as a communications media major. A high honors student, Dunlap is drumline captain, Portfolio Club vice president, and a member of the wind ensemble and jazz band.
• Elizabeth King, daughter of Gordon and Billie King, of White Township, a senior at Indiana Area Senior High School. She will attend IUP in the fall as an early childhood/special education major.
A National Honor Society student, King is a member of marching band, A Cappella Choir, wind ensemble, Magrigal Singers, the softball and track teams, Spanish Club and Graystone Presbyterian Church, and is the senior class representative. She was a camp counselor for Summer’s Best Two Weeks and has volunteered for Operation Shoebox Child and food drives. King is the recipient of the Donald B. and Mildred N. Shank Scholarship and was the Junior Women’s Civic Club Girl of the Month.
• Cody Miller, son of Rickey and Lori Miller, of Homer City, a senior at Homer-Center High School. He will attend IUP in the fall as a health and safety science major. A National Honor Society student, Miller is a member of the Varsity Club and the football and basketball teams, and volunteers at blood drives and football youth camps. He was named to the 2012 and 2013 All-Gazette football and 2013 All-Gazette track teams. Miller is employed at the Meadows frozen custard stand.
• Evan Ober, son of Ron and Karen Ober, of Commodore, a senior at Purchase Line High School. He will attend IUP in the fall as a management information systems major. A National Honor Society student, Ober is a member of the basketball and baseball teams, Varsity Club, student council and Bible Club.
• Morgan Patterson, daughter of Eric and Shelley Patterson, of Home, a senior at Marion Center Area High School. She will attend IUP in the fall as a nursing major. Patterson is involved in snowboarding and is an Indiana Regional Medical Center junior volunteer.
• Abigail Plowcha, daughter of Robert and Jocelyn Plowcha, of Homer City, a senior at Homer-Center High School.
She will attend IUP in the fall as a natural science/pre-chiropractic major. A National Honor Society student, Plowcha is a participant in the gifted individualized education program, Future Business Leaders of America, Varsity Club, Health Careers Club, Prom Committee, musicals, powderpuff football, and varsity softball and volleyball, and is senior class treasurer. She is a Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer and Homer City Borough Council junior member.
• Joseph Popovich, son of Chris and Joe Braniff and Mike Popovich, a senior at Homer-Center High School. He will attend IUP in the fall as a physics/pre-engineering major. A National Honor Society student, Popovich is a member of the Varsity Club and the cross country and basketball teams, and is on the honor roll.
• Bo Putt, son of Leroy and Marcie Putt, of Indiana, a senior at Indiana Area Senior High School. He will attend IUP in the fall as a finance major.
• Zachary Rupert, son of Paula and Jeff Rupert, of Shelocta, a senior at Indiana Area Senior High School. He will attend IUP in the fall as a pre-veterinary major. A high honors student, Rupert is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Rifle Club, marching band, wind ensemble and pit orchestra. He is a recipient of the Jimmy Stewart Citizenship Award and Outstanding Musicianship Award.
• Anna Skamai, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Skamai, of Kittanning, a senior at West Shamokin High School. She will attend IUP in the fall as a speech-language pathology and audiology major. An honor roll and National Honor Society student, Skamai is a participant in Leo Club, band, chorus, county band, county chorus, district chorus, regional chorus and volleyball, and is student council treasurer. She is an altar server at Saint Mary Mother of God Church and is a Fox’s Pizza employee.