Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Recipients

New Kensington scholarship recipients and donors laud campus support system

Lynsie Headley commends campus’ commitment to students;
Doc Muller gives his reasons for giving


UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- More than 140 students and donors were recognized for their outstanding achievements Oct. 15, at Penn State New Kensington’s Fall Scholarship Reception at Hill Crest Country Club in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania.

Lynsie Headly, a sophomore electro-mechanical engineering technology major from Ford City, and Robert “Doc” Muller, associate professor of engineering at the campus, were the keynote speakers. The reception gives students who receive scholarships and benefactors who establish scholarships a chance to meet face to face. Students attending the reception were able to deliver personal thanks to their donors, who, in turn, were able to see the personification of their philanthropic endeavors.

Campus scholarships are awarded to eligible students on the basis of academic promise, leadership qualities, community service and financial need. This year, the campus awarded $538,000 in scholarships to campus students for the fall semester. Nearly 250 students received an average of $2,000 per award.

The scholarships are supported by private donations, $304,000, and University funds, $234,000. Based on a multitude of factors, including academic achievement, financial need and diversity, the scholarships were distributed to deserving students from cities and towns from across the commonwealth and the country.

The recipient
Headley earned an Alle-Kiski Society Endowed Scholarship, which funds yearly awards to campus undergraduates. Vera Spina Greenwald, president of the society, sat with Headley and the other society recipients at the reception. Greenwald is a 2003 Penn State graduate and former campus student.

“Lynsie is a fantastic student, and I am thrilled she received the AKS scholarship,” Greenwald said. “It makes me so proud to be able to give back to these students. Helping the students of Penn State New Kensington is the primary focus of the Alle-Kiski Society and it makes me feel exceptionally proud of our group of directors who give so much of themselves to help students.”

The society awarded a record $5,500 to four campus students. In addition to Headley, Alissa Dolensky of Lower Burrell, Adis Juklo of Pittsburgh and Carley Carnahan of Lower Burrell were chosen for the scholarships based on their academic status (sophomore, junior or senior), cumulative GPAs (3.0 minimum), county of residency (Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler or Westmoreland) and an essay question ("Why do you feel alumni are willing to give back to the New Kensington campus, and how do you feel you will give back after graduation?"). In their essays, they portrayed the New Kensington campus as a positive learning experience that would encourage them to stay connected to the campus after graduation.

“The New Kensington campus shows a sense of unity, pride, and community,” Headley wrote in her essay. “Staff and students work like a well-oiled machine to create an experience that helps students thrive. Students have the ability to get involved while still working on classes and getting help when needed. Without that kind of support system, some would not succeed during their time at college or enjoy their time as much.”

When she is not on campus, Headley has a paid internship at Siemens in the Westmoreland County Business and Research Park. Under the supervision of Manuel Vega, an engineering manager, she works on modeling and drafting to make drives.

“I model some of the products that will be used to make the drives as well as do the drafting for the assembly of the drives,” Headley said. “I like that I can see the drives while they are in the process of building them. So if I have any questions or need to look at something, I have access to the answers, which I love.”

Headley worked 40 hours a week during the summer, but scaled it back to 10 hours after the start of fall classes. Her work schedule complements her class schedule.

“Siemens is really flexible with my school schedule,” Headley said. “My supervisor gives me the opportunity to create my own office hours based off of my schedule.”

The Lenape Technical School graduate merited her position through the campus’ GREAT (Growing Regional Excellence through Experience, Academics and Training) program. In its fifth year, the initiative matches promising engineering and Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students with local internship opportunities. The GREAT program is a partnership between the New Kensington campus, the Penn State Electro-Optics Center and industries within the greater Pittsburgh region.

“A major advantage of having an internship is that I get to tie what I am learning in my classes to the ‘real world',” Headley said. “Another advantage is having a job that I like to do because it is in my major, and not have to worry about needing a job that has little to do with what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Unlike many other programs, GREAT provides qualified engineering students with the opportunity to build professional skills and experiences starting as soon as their first year at the campus. The advantages of freshmen internships are numerous. This year, a record 15 freshmen were accepted into GREAT.

Outside the classroom, Headley is an orientation leader and chair of the Campus Activities Board. In the community, she is a volunteer at Burrell Township Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the township’s Historical Society. She will earn her bachelor’s degree at the New Kensington campus and will keep her internship at Siemen’s for four years.

The benefactors
Mueller and his wife, Linda, recently established the Doc and Linda Mueller Trustee Scholarship at the campus. The $50,000 endowment is a need-based scholarship, and new and current students are eligible to receive the annual awards. First preference will be given to students in the four-year Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) program.

“Our motivation was that scholarships allowed me to attend college,” said Doc Mueller, who was born and raised on a small farm in Kansas. “It is an appropriate way to repay the opportunities that were given to me because I had a degree.”

Mueller joined the campus faculty in 1998 and teaches upper-level courses in electro-mechanical engineering and lower-level courses in computer engineering technology. The EMET degree program emphasizes all fields of engineering technology related to typical, highly-automated manufacturing, production, or assembly plant processes. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in Kansas.

Prior to Penn State New Kensington, Mueller spent more than 30 years in the private industry working with industrial control systems. A registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, he is a consultant regarding industrial automation and serves as an expert witness in product liability and wrongful-death lawsuits. He served for 21 years in the military and retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Linda is founder and president of a personal care home in Butler, Pa. The 40-bed facility serves disabled veterans. Her association with the campus goes back to her student days. After becoming a registered nurse, she enrolled in the new bachelor’s degree in nursing program. She was a member of Penn State New Kensington’s first class of nursing graduates.

The Freeport residents are longtime Penn State donors and have advocated for other campus scholarships and programs. Doc received a teaching award in 2010. In keeping with his support of engineering students, he donated the award money to the Bernard and Geraldine Guss Endowed Scholarship. Bernie Guss, professor emeritus of engineering, established the scholarship in 2001 for local students majoring in engineering technology at the campus. The Gusses were on hand with their recipients, Bethany Weilblinger and Ryan Koscianski.

Alumni and friends can contribute to the campus by establishing an endowment or by contributing to already established campus endowments or funds. Gifts can be in the form of a one-time gift in cash or securities or a pledged commitment to be paid over a specified number of years. Gifts can also be created through bequests or in the form of a deferred gift designed to provide a life income for the donor or his or her dependents.

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For more on giving to the campus, call Kary Coleman, director of development and alumni relations, 724-334-6057 or visit Giving Online


Penn State New Kensington
Endowed Scholarships and Recipients


Elizabeth S. Blissell Scholarship

Aaron Holness, Danielle Richardson, Branna Wyant


Charles H. Booth Family Scholarship

Ryan Breen, Jacob Lutz


Bozzone Family Foundation Scholarship

Nicholas Sabolovic, Steven Troy, Samantha Kravits, Kayly Lazaroff


Roger H. and Barbara L. Claypoole Endowed Scholarship

Mathew Kish


Thelma M. Clausner Schoalrship

Mathew Kish, Ashley Worlds, Justin Leone, Victor Valco,

Nathaniel Coup, Samantha Kovach, Brandon Obryan


Dr. Saul and Emma Fleegler Family Scholarship

Ashley Worlds


Francis C. Frary Scholarship

Jared Burk


Ganassi Family Scholarship

Austin Porter


Penn State New Kensington Campus General Scholarship

Laura Gensamer, Christian Kamenic


Bernard and Geraldine Guss Endowed Scholarship

Bethany Weiblinger, Ryan Koscianski


Elbert S. Howarth Endowed Scholarship

Brandon Obryan


Hazel L. Hug Scholarship for Penn State New Kensington

Mackenzie Degreen, Zayne Aniszewski, Austin Porter,

Ryan Kieffer, Zachary Crowe, Justin Leone


The Hyman Family Foundation Scholarship

Vanessa Sacco, Ryan Koscianski


Jerome-Little Endowed Scholarship

Samantha Kovach


Moore Family Scholarship

Yuke Luo, Huating Lang


New Kensington Advisory Board Trustee Scholarship

Benjamin Lesko


Laura Lee “Lolly” Benner-Booth Trustee Matching Scholarship

Aubrae Latta, Sohee Jin


Charles H. Booth, Jr. Trustee Scholarship

Kelsey Simon, Michael Esposito, Samuel Longwell, Bree Dudek


Dr. David H. Clements, Jr. and Gertrude “Trudi” Clements Booth Family Trustee Scholarship

Carley Carnahan


New Kensington Campus Endowment Fund

Jared Burk, Christian Kamenic, Hauting Lang,

Brittany Hydock, Ariel Festa, Evan West, Laura Gensamer


 New Kensington Faculty and Staff Scholarship

Jacob Lutz, Justin Dumm


William and Claudia Harbaugh Trustee Scholarship

Dakota Testa, Victoria Mikula


Patrick Kopnicky and Mardelle Sacco Kopnicky Trustee Scholarship

 Richard Hines, Samantha Simon


Raymond Mastre Professional Advancement Trustee Scholarship

Jordan Miller, Amanda Butler, Adam Cooper, Joseph Laurina


Gertrude A. “Trudi” Miller-Clements-Booth Trustee Matching Scholarship

Jonathan McCabe


Dr. James Ramage and Lynn Ramage Trustee Scholarship

Nathan Piluso


Rotarian Trustee Scholarship at Penn State New Kensington

Chad Bagerstock, Lisa Werner


The R.P. Simmons Family Trustee Scholarship

Bernard Rottschaefer, Dakota McLaughlin, Alexaner Heyer, Nicholas Blume, Hannah Albright


Trustee Scholarship Fund for Penn State New Kensington

Garrett Provident, Adam Steffey


Lora Lee Phillips Memorial Award

Yuke Luo


 PNC Financial Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Huating Lang


Alle-Kiski Society Endowed Scholarship

Adis Juklo, Lynsie Headley, Carley Carnahan, Alissa Dolensky


Penn State New Kensington Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship

 Evan Shaffer


Joseph A. and Mary M. Quarato Nursing Program Award

Aleria Palmiere


Honorable L. Alexander Sculco Scholarship

Kayly Lazaroff


Ruth and Harry Stein Scholarship

Evan Shaffer, Danielle Richardson


Technical Employees of Alcoa Metallurgical Award Fund

Ariel Festa


John H. Yeamans Family Endowed Scholarship Fund

Danielle Richardson


Dr. N.A. Kopelman and Freda D. Kopelman Trustee Scholarship

Elliott Bayer, Casey Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Legnine


Gregory and Xenia Kotyk Memorial Trustee Family Scholarship

Bryan Bissell, Alexander Welsh


Shaffer Family Trustee Scholarship

Nicholas Dimaria, Lindsey Geist, Channing Nolan


G.E. Marquette Medical Systems, Inc. Scholarship

Nathaniel French


Dr. Karl and Mrs. Jennifer Salatka Family Trustee Scholarship

Alexandria Jones, Riaz Khatri, Shawn Shannon


Doc and Linda Mueller Trustee Scholarship

Lawrence Russo, Cody Shoemaker


Eric Sean Link Memorial Scholarship

Carol Theis


Penn State Alumni Association Trustee Scholarship for Penn State New Kensington

Francis Udavcak


Gene Bella Memorial Scholarship Award

Travis Forrai, Michael Frenak