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Campus News

Waynesburg University names first Founders Scholarship recipient

Mar 15, 2019
Hope Bidelman
Hope Bidelman

Waynesburg University has named high school senior Hope Bidelman, daughter of Beth Mitchell and Jeff Bidelman of Windber, Pennsylvania, the first recipient of its new, full-tuition Founders Scholarship.

The scholarship, which covers all tuition and fees, was established in 2018. The scholarship is to be awarded to a maximum of three students who are first-time freshmen and Pennsylvania residents. Recipients must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, 1200 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Math sections of the SAT or composite score of 26 on the ACT.

Jackie Palko, director of admissions, said the new scholarship is helping Waynesburg encourage great students like Bidelman, and promoting academic excellence and achievement in the region.

“This competitive opportunity allows us to support some of the best and brightest in Pennsylvania,” she said. “Waynesburg has a long history of providing a top-quality education and this scholarship program continues that tradition.”

Bidelman is enrolled for the 2019-2020 academic year, with plans to study biology (pre-dentistry) and play varsity volleyball. At Windber Area High School, she is president of the history club, vice-president of senior council, secretary of student council and a member of the National Honor Society.

To learn more about the Founders Scholarship, contact the Office of Admissions at 724-852-3216.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu