University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Smith Academy Draws All-Female Class

Seven female seniors from area high schools took part in the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s fourth annual Robert M. Smith Academy.

The three-day leadership and college immersion experience was on campus held from July 23-25, 2018.

The goal of the annual platform is to prepare the cohort for their upcoming transition to college by exposing them to the elements of the collegiate experience. Senior students at Westmont Hilltop, Somerset, and Greater Johnstown school districts participated.

The program is designed by Pitt-Johnstown Student Affairs to emphasize leadership, service, recreational and cultural experiences. This year, the all-female group participated in workshops based in leadership and communication, career exploration, academic success, and explored the college application process.

The group met with Cambria Regional Chamber President and CEO Amy Bradley, who discussed creating a personal brand and how volunteerism and community can fit in to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Students made tie-blankets to be donated to the Women's Help Center, Inc., and traveled to Pittsburgh to explore the region and participate in cultural events.

Students participating this year: 

  • Emily Barkimer, Westmont Hilltop 
  • Megan Flyte, Somerset
  • Victoria Halza, Westmont Hilltop 
  • Ruby Henninger, Westmont Hilltop
  • Sydney Prodrebarec, Westmont Hilltop
  • Madalyn Scaletta, Greater Johnstown 
  • DelaMeesia Sutter, Greater Johnstown

Students attending the academy are also eligible for future support at The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown should they enroll as students. The high schools identify the participants and work with the University to promote this experience courtesy of the Robert M. Smith gift to the University. 

Robert M. Smith was a successful business leader and a strong supporter of the communities in which he lived and worked. Mr. Smith made provisions in his will to create endowed funds that now provide scholarships for graduates of Greater Johnstown, Somerset Area, and Westmont Hilltop High Schools who attend Pitt-Johnstown.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.