Shaw Family Trust Scholarship Covers Flat-Rate Tuition Cost for Three CCBC Students

      Because of the high academic achievements of the candidates and the affordable tuition rate at the College, the first Shaw Family Trust scholarship is awarded to three incoming Community College of Beaver County students.

      Mr. Richard L. Shaw and family created the Shaw Family Trust at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to high school seniors who are entering their freshman year of college at Community College of Beaver County or Penn State Beaver. The scholarship is awarded for the first time this year, and, according to the Scholarship Advisory Committee, this year’s scholarship is given to three CCBC students instead of the allotted one because “the committee was impressed by caliber of candidates” and due to the low tuition cost at CCBC. The award is divided among the students and covers the in-county flat rate tuition cost of each CCBC recipient.    

      These first recipients include the following students: Frankie DeRose, a graduate of Hopewell High School who will major in business administration; Paige Ann Simmons , a graduate of Riverside High School who will major in allied health to enter the College’s nursing program; and Abigail Couper, a graduate of Beaver Falls High School who will major in air traffic control.

      Frankie played soccer, basketball, and tennis during high school while working several part-time jobs in order to save for college. Understanding the importance of education, Frankie remained dedicated to his schoolwork and graduated with honors. As a scholarship recipient, Frankie says that he will be “very dedicated and motivated to work extremely hard in representing the organization [by being] a responsible young man.”

      During her time at Riverside High School, Paige was recognized as an honors student, participated in school musicals, and was involved with various clubs, including cheerleading, student council, and teen leadership. Due to the scholarship, Paige can pursue her goal of earning an associate’s degree in nursing; a goal Paige’s mother accomplished in 2010 when she graduated from the College’s nursing program.

      “It has always been my goal and dream to become a registered nurse and work with children,” says Paige.  She continues, “I am very excited to pursue that dream.”

       Throughout her time in high school, Abigail participated in various school activities and clubs, including band and student council, was on high honor roll and a member of the National Honor Society, and volunteered her time at school and community events.

       The scholarship is available to Beaver County high school seniors who have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

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