On Friday, May 16, the Westinghouse Pittsburgh chapter of Women in Nuclear virtually awarded Jodi Patterson of Central Valley High School with their annual scholarship.
Awarded annually, the WIN scholarship is provided to a deserving female high school senior who intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences at an accredited college or university. Scholarship applications are judged by WIN scholarship committee members based upon academic acumen, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership, community stewardship and a written essay exploring the significance of the scholarship to each applicant and the potential that each applicant sees in her STEM degree.
Jodi plans to study Civil Engineering at the Penn State University at University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. The selection committee awarded Jodi the scholarship based upon her academic performance, extra-curricular leadership activities and essay responses compared to a field of more than 50 eligible scholarship applicants. Some of her achievements include a grade point average of 4.5 out of a 4.0 scale; leadership in Envirothon, a part of the National Conservation Foundation; and the Girl Scouts to which she received the Gold Award Girl Scout 2019 for her work in clearing community trails and parks for improved use; and was part of Central Valley High School’s National Honors Society.
As part of the virtual scholarship awards presentation, Westinghouse Executive Vice President Joni Falascino, Westinghouse Global Chief Engineering Officer Luca Oriani, as well as Pittsburgh WIN members Lori Deem Schmidt, Jessica Phillips, Cherie Paugh and Sylena Smith all shared the stories which drove them to be engineers and to working at Westinghouse.