Congratulations to Scholarship Winners

Posted on 5/11/2018 1:11:03 PM

The IUP Upward Bound Math and Science Program is pleased to celebrate the achievements of two UBMS participants—Katie Kane, Indiana Area Senior High School, and Rachel Spielman, Penns Manor Senior High School—who respectively received the prestigious Dell and Maguire scholarships.

Katie KaneKatie Kane, a distinguished honors student at Indiana Area Senior High School, has been awarded the 2018 Dell Scholarship. The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation started the program in 2004 to support low-income, first-generation students on their journey to college graduation. The program provides students with resources and mentoring beyond initial financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to earn a college degree.

As a recipient of this award, Katie will be provided with a $20,000 stipend, a Dell computer, 24/7 technical support, a printer, books, and academic counseling to support her throughout her collegiate journey at Pace University in New York, where she will pursue a degree in finance.

Katie has been a participant in UBMS for four years during her high school career. She is a member of the National Honors Society and will graduate with a GPA of 4.0, landing her in the top 10 percent of her graduating class. In addition to her academic success, Katie played varsity tennis throughout high school, including competing in regional and state championships. Katie is the third UBMS scholar to receive this honor, joining Christina Bryner (2012) and Tabitha Yates (2015). Congratulations, Katie!

Rachel SpielmanRachel Spielman, a distinguished honors student at Penns Manor Senior High School, is a Maguire scholarship recipient. The scholarship will support Rachel as she pursues a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-med through the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. According to James Maguire, president and founder of the Maguire Foundation, “Education raises you up and makes you believe that you can be a leader. Providing this opportunity to students who are financially in need creates a great potential leader in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Rachel is the first UBMS scholar to receive this prestigious award of $8,000 per year (for up to five years) to support her undergraduate degree.

Rachel has been a participant in UBMS for the past four years. In addition to her strong academic performance, Rachel is active at Penns Manor, where she participates in FBLA and drama productions, as well as competing at regional and state band events. Rachel continuously recruits other potential first-generation college students at her high school to participate in the UBMS program at IUP. We look forward to celebrating Rachel’s continued success at IUP. Congratulations, Rachel!