The Pittsburgh Foundation

Eugene J. Andolsek Memorial Scholarship

Eugene Andolsek was a gifted artist who used the medium of drawing to convey his struggles and insecurities, spending hours at the kitchen table with a compass, ruler, inks and graph paper creating intricate and complex pieces of art. Unable to pursue his education at a higher level due to family circumstances, Eugene felt he was denied the opportunity to reach his potential and be valued in life. Eugene was a quiet, frugal man who spent many years of his life creating pieces of art which on the surface communicate order and uniformity, whilst giving you a glimpse of the many complexities that must have existed in Eugene’s thoughts. Art was quite simply his escape. In 2005, when Eugene was 84 years of age, his work was featured in the exhibition ‘Obsessive Art’ at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, his work garnered much critical acclaim and proved to Eugene that despite being an untrained artist he was remarkably gifted and much sought after. The Eugene J. Andolsek Memorial Scholarship was created at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County as a lasting tribute to a man who valued education above most other things. From the proceeds of Eugene’s vast portfolio this memorial scholarship will enable a young student to continue their education in a way he was never able to. This scholarship has significant value and is renewable for up to 4 years of post-secondary education.

Average Award Varies

Deadline: 3/31/2018

Criteria

  • Attend a Westmoreland County (PA) high school as a graduating senior.
  • Have a demonstrated passion and dedication to the degree, whether it is in academics or an art related field.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. This GPA must be maintained throughout college for the scholarship to be renewed each year.
  • Plan to attend a 2-or 4-year college or university.
  • Be a first-generation student.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application by clicking the blue button above.
  • Complete the essay section of the application.
  • Submit your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have not already received your SAR, you can do so by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Submit two letters of reference from current teaching staff.
  • Submit your unofficial high school and/or college transcripts.

Contact

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation: Jennifer Marino, Scholarship Coordinator - marinoj@pghfdn.org