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Student receives Rotary scholarship

October 24, 2005

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -Rotary District 7350 has presented a $26,000 scholarship to Pamela Scorza of Shepherdstown.

A Shepherdstown native, Scorza attended Jefferson High School and graduated from Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy in 2001. She enrolled at New York University and while there, was employed part time in the Public Interest Center at the NYU School of Law during her freshman and sophomore years.

While employed at the center, she became involved in the Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Program, working with people in dire need. That experience led her to spend her junior year in Ecuador and half of her senior year in Ghana in the NYU Study Aboard Program before returning to receive her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology this year.

Scorza plans to use her scholarship over a two-year period, working toward a master's degree in medical anthropology or public health at Catholic University in Santiago, Chile.

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"In addition to taking challenging classes, it is important to me to always be involved in hands-on development projects," Scorza said in a press release issued by Rotary District 7350.

Jack Murray, District 7350 governor, said Scorza's accomplishments during her undergraduate experiences convinced the scholarship committee "that she would continue to achieve her future career goals."

Members of the District Scholarship Committee included Chairman Frank Erck of Hagerstown, Dinah Courrier of Keyser, W.Va., Mike Wagner of Altoona, Pa., Carol Hewitt of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Larry Powell of Huntingdon, Pa., and Shepherd University President David Dunlop.

District 7350 is made up of 45 Rotary clubs in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

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