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Fox Chapel High School student earns full ride worth $125,000


Fox Chapel High School student earns full ride worth $125,000

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, awarded a full tuition scholarship worth $125,000 to Fox Chapel High School senior Sydnee Pilarski.

Representatives from the Thiel College Office of Admission visited Pilarski at her school at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 to present her with a check representing the financial aid award as a result of her exceptional performance in high school and at a scholarship competition held Dec. 2.

 “Sydnee Pilarski stood out when she came to campus for the scholarship competition,” Vice President of Enrollment Management Ashley Josay Zullo said. “She clearly and effectively demonstrated her motivation to learn and her abilities in leadership and service, which is exactly what we look for in Thiel students.”

In 2016, Pilarski was inducted into the National Honor Society for excellence in scholarship, service to her school and community, leadership, and character. She lists her brother, Jacob Pilarski, a 2016 Fox Chapel graduate and baseball player at Virginia Wesleyan University, as a large part of her inspiration.

Pilarski is interested in majoring in integrated marketing communications at Thiel. In O’Hara Township, where she lives with her parents, Pilarski participates in her church, in her school’s AP art program and honors choir. She is interested in Thiel’s equestrian activities. Pilarski is the daughter of Melinda and Christopher Pilarski, of O’Hara Township, Pa.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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