University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Real World Action Scholarships and Mountain Cat Awards

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is committed to providing students with a solid foundation for career and professional success.  Student Affairs team members work closely with students to guide them in areas including civic engagement and citizenship, career preparation, collegiate involvement, and community engagement. This commitment to real-world readiness extends to recognizing students for outstanding achievement in the form of Real World Action Scholarships.  Scholarships are awarded based on students’ class year:

  • Freshmen - $1000 Congratulations - Lydia Jones 
  • Sophomores - $1000 Congratulations - Hannah Nichols
  • Juniors - $1000 Congratulations - Fiona Knoster 
  • Seniors - $1000 Congratulations - Lauren Gechter 

 In order to be eligible for a Real World Action Scholarship, applicants must:

  • submit a completed application at this link  
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0,
  • be currently enrolled on a full-time basis,
  • have no current judicial sanctions, and
  • prepare an essay (between 500 and 750 words) answering the following questions:
    • While a student at Pitt-Johnstown, how you have seized opportunities in the following areas: 1) career preparation, 2) campus involvement, 3) community involvement, 4) civic engagement, and 5) making a difference in the world, and
    • How have those opportunities helped to prepare you for the real world?






Climbing Mountain Cat Award - The Climbing Mountain Cat Award honors a non-officer member who represents the future of the student organization.  They exhibit leadership without holding a formal leadership position.  The nominee should be a rostered member for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 academic year.  Each organization can nominate up to three recipients of the award.  This recipient of this year's award was Abigail Knapp of Chem E. 

Outstanding Faculty Advisor/Outstanding Staff Advisor -This award honors a faculty or staff member who has provided outstanding support of an organization. Organizations may nominate one staff and one faculty member for this award. The person(s) nominated must have made a significant impact on your student organization's success and/or daily operations and activities and does not need to be the advisor to that student organization. The Outstanding Faculty advisor for this year was Dr. Douglas Ledney of SPSEA.  The Outstanding Staff award was presented to Gunnar Geyer of First Generation Club. 

Unsung Mountain Cat Award - Organizations may nominate their advisor for demonstrating outstanding service and support of the group. He/she should be actively involved in the organization's activities and events. This person must have been the advisor during the 2021-2022 academic year and be rostered with the university.  This year's UnSung Mountain Cat is Feminist Alliance's, Abbey Schauf. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life Mountain Cat Awards - These awards acknowledge the work, leadership, and contributions of brothers and sisters in the Fraternity/Sorority Life community. These awards are for the four registered social Greek organizations.  

Rising Star Award - given to a member or new member of a national chapter that has positively impacted the chapter or FSL community. The individual is considered a positive person to watch for the future of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Pitt-Johnstown. This year's recipient is Aaelya Williams of Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity. 

Fraternity Man of the Year-  The recipient of this award is an example of how to live the values of fraternity life. He will positively represent the men in his chapter, both on campus and in the fraternity. He should also be active on campus, have a solid grade point average, and be a positive representative to our overall FSL community. This year's winner is Jonathan Schimmel of Delta Chi Fraternity. 

Sorority Woman of the Year- The recipient of this award is an example of how to live the values of fraternity/sorority life. They will positively represent the women in the chapter, both on campus, and in the fraternity, They should also be active on campus, have a solid grade point average, and be a positive representative to our overall FSL community. This year's winner is Caitlin Ceglar-Weimer of Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity. 

Commitment to Values AwardThe award is given to a member of the FSL community who exemplifies the values of the entire FSl community. They have a positive, open, and honest relationship with the university as well as the national headquarters of their organization. They have integrity, lead by example, and own the behavior of their brothers/sisters in a way that is ethical and responsible. They minimize the risks associated with fraternity life,k are extremely active and respected on campus, and are great students in the classroom. This year's winner is  This year's winner is Andrew Vogel of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. 

Chapter of the Year - This award is given by the Campus Activities Engagement/Student Affairs team for the chapter that is consistently doing the work to better the organization. They are academically successful, professional when working with campus, involved in more than just the fraternity, impact campus life, and strive constantly to grow and provide valuable experience to their members. This year's Chapter of the Year is Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity. 



Outstanding Service and Leadership Award - This award honors an outstanding student in service and leadership who has demonstrated involvement in community service in the greater Alleghenies.  They have also demonstrated great leadership in teams, organizations, or academics. Each organization is asked to nominate just one nominee. This year's recipient is Robert Shniper, Outdoors Club!

Elite Mountain Cat - The Elite Mountain Cat Award honors an outstanding officer who has demonstrated great leadership skills that were above and beyond the job description of their role.  The nominee must have served as a rostered officer in the 2021-2022 academic year. Organizations may nominate up to two officers for this award. This year's winner is Abby Barry, Pitt-Johnstown Program Board. 

The Somerset Trust Commitment To Community for Outstanding Service Award - This award honors an organization that has contributed outstanding service to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Campus, the greater Cambria County community and beyond.  The services provided by the nominees are voluntary, unpaid and non-compensated activities for the benefit of the community as a whole.  The community service must have occurred during the 2021-2022 academic year.   All service hours in the nomination should be recorded on campus services for the student organization up to March 23 2022 at 11:00 p.m.  For the second year in a row, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity! 

Mountain Cat Award for Program of the Year - This award honors an organization that has conducted a program or event that had a positive impact on the organization's members and/or the campus community.  Nominees will be judged on the quality and outcome of the program or event. This program must have occurred during the 2020/2021 academic year.  Due to the length of the answers for this award, we invite you to submit multiple events (up to three nominations) by starting a new form for each nominated program.  Murder Mystery Dinner, Pitt-Johnstown Program Board! 

Exceptional Mountain Cat Award /Student Organization of the Year -This award honors the organization that has exceeded expectations in all aspects including programming, service, leadership, and campus involvement.  Eligibility is reserved for organizations that have completed all minimum organization reporting and programming requirements (submitting rosters in a timely fashion, completed service hours, and provided campus programming, etc).  They are a positive representation of the leadership and service on our campus and are collaborative and supportive in spirit with other students and campus departments. Clubs are encouraged to nominate ONE student organization for this award.  The Student Organization of the Year is Outdoors Club! 

Inclusive Programming Award - This award is for any student organization program or event that provides inclusive education, support, and/or social interaction for the wider campus community. The event must be open to all (not just within a particular organization’s membership) and be sponsored by a student group. This year's winner is Feminist Alliance for their Feminist Friday series! 

 Student Trailblazer Award  This award goes to a student leader has demonstrated a long-term commitment to inclusion and diversity at Pitt Johnstown through a multiplicity of engagement and across disciplines/programs.  This year's Trailblazer is Morium Akter! 


STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS - submitted by registered student organizations. 

Do you have awards that you would like to give out to your membership/other student organizations? Please complete the link (you may submit your top three awards) and let us know the great things that happened with your group this year.  Use this link!  All awards are due on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 11:00 p.m.