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Goda Tarcijonas earns award

 

Phillips Elementary School fifth grader Goda Tarcijonas recently was honored at the Second Annual Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund Awards. Goda will now receive a $1000 scholarship for college. Her teacher, Colleen Pilarski, (right) nominated Goda for the award.

Goda Tarcijonas, a fifth grader at Phillips Elementary School, was one of 71 students who were honored at the Second Annual Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund Awards Luncheon on Sunday, April 30th at the William Penn Hotel. She and the other recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship that will be invested for college.

In order to be eligible to be selected as a Carson Scholar, students must be in grades 4 – 12. They must have a 3.75 quality point average and be nominated by their principal or teacher as someone who has demonstrated a real concern for people and their community through civic and humanitarian activities.

They must also be able to express themselves well in writing because they have to submit an essay along with their application. Only one student can be nominated from each school.

During the luncheon the awardees and their families heard from Jerome Bettis who praised the students for their academic achievement. Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, gave the keynote address. He, along with his wife, Candy, founded the Carson Scholars Fund in order to acknowledge those students who excel academically and have shown a commitment to helping others.

 

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