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Caroline Mack earns Landmarks scholarship

 


For the ninth consecutive year, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation has sponsored a scholarship program for students in Allegheny Country who are interested in the history, architecture and landscape design of the Pittsburgh region. Four students, out of 35 applicants, were awarded $4,000 scholarships on June 12.

South Side resident Caroline L. Mack, a graduate of Schenley High School, was one of the award recipients. Ms. Mack will attend Drexel University to study civil engineering. She also plans to study architecture as a minor or as a second major. She is the first scholarship recipient to have participated in Landmarks' school programs as an elementary school student.

Ms. Mack received the Distinguished Youths of Western PA Award (American Cancer Society). She was a member of Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, Amnesty International, ACLU, and the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council of Pittsburgh. She is a volunteer with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Global Links, and Pittsburgh Cares.

Her scholarship essay explains her fascination and love of old buildings, and her ambition to pursue a career that will allow her to be involved in historic restoration. When Schenley High School was scheduled to be sold or torn down, she and other students “started a petition against the possible demolition of the school we loved. We spoke at City Council meetings, and got nearly 600 signatures on our petition,” she wrote in her essay.

David Brashear, the trustee at Landmarks who sponsors the scholarship program, said: “We have selected four promising young students as this year's scholarship winners who share a love of Pittsburgh and an understanding of the cultural, social and economic value of historic preservation. As they achieve their educational and professional goals, we feel confident that they will remember their hometown with gratitude – and be in a position some day to give back to their community.”

 

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