Past Recipients

Past Recipients of the Pittsburgh Young Professionals Scholarship

Below are the past recipients of the Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP) scholarship. The award, given annually to a PYP member, is provided to help offset the costs of undergraduate, or graduate education.

2016 – Aster Teclay

Aster Teclay is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Management with a focus in Economic Development and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  She is a Senior Project Manager for the City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority, co-founder and Director of Finance at Invest in Her, an organization that supports female entrepreneurs, and a board member of PUMP’d to Run.  Aster is also a recent graduate of the Coro Women in Leadership program, and a member of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative steering committee.  She is dedicated to Pittsburgh’s growth to become a more diverse and inclusive community.  After graduating from CMU, Aster aspires to become a community affairs director with a large government entity or possibly a private corporation focusing on bridging the gap between public and private sectors.


2015 – Kathryn Pollick

Pollick_Kathryn v2“I want to extend a sincere thank you to PYP for awarding me with this honor.  With the help of PYP, I was able to continue my education as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education where I will receive my M.Ed and become dual certified in elementary and special education.  Upon graduating, my primary goal is to teach in a Pittsburgh area school district. In the classroom, I am surrounded by our future.  There is no better place to begin to develop the minds of the generation that will continue to propel this city in its economic success. Through my profession, I hope to produce career-minded individuals who will help take Pittsburgh to new heights.”


2014 – Joseph James Kromka

Scholarship recipient Joseph KromkaJoseph graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 with exceptional academics and started medical school study at University of Pittsburgh this fall. He was the captain of the men’s varsity basketball team at CMU and coached the Youth Basketball team at St. Bernadette school in his spare time. He was also an active volunteer in Austin’s Playroom at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Joseph grew up in Pittsburgh and wants to stay in Pittsburgh after graduation and continues to get involved with local communities by providing clinical care and supporting other aspiring individuals.


2014 – Sean Thomas Smith

Scholarship recipient Sean Thomas Smith“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the PYP for enhancing the Pittsburgh community through financial support to young people in pursuit of higher education; I feel extremely fortunate to be a recipient of their generosity. This generosity is allowing me to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s MBA program and focus on Technology Leadership. The MBA program at CMU is fusing my technical passions with a business acumen so that I may effectively guide companies on how to achieve their goals. I am excited for the future of Pittsburgh as it develops into a center for high-tech innovation and I cannot wait to contribute to its success. Thank you PYP for making all this possible!”

2013 – Ashton Armstrong

Scholarship recipient Ashton Armstrong“I am currently attending the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public/International Affairs with a concentration in International Political Economy. My ultimate goal upon graduation is to start a career in Pittsburgh that supports international affairs, community development, and creativity. I applied for the Pittsburgh Young Professionals Scholarship to help finance my graduate studies. I was extremely honored to receive the Pittsburgh Young Professionals Scholarship and I am excited to be a part of the PYP community. This scholarship is a great opportunity for young professionals to further their education and I encourage others to become members of PYP and make connections with the young professionals of Pittsburgh! Thank you PYP!”

2012 – Channing Broyan

Scholarship recipient Channing Broyan“I am a Physician Assistant (PA) Student at The University of Pittsburgh— originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, earned my Bachelors of Science in Biology with a concentration in Physiology and a Minor in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, and moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2011 to earn my Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  My ultimate goals upon graduation in December 2013 are to begin my career in surgery/emergency medicine and then pursue the latter part of my profession in family medicine.  I applied for the Pittsburgh Young Professionals Scholarship to help finance my education. I feel that it is not only an honor to be the chosen 2012 awardee, but I am also grateful because I was introduced to the organization and am now a very active member. I sincerely thank PYP for helping me to develop intellectually, professionally, civically, and socially!  I highly encourage others who are furthering their education to apply for the scholarship and get involved in PYP!”

2011 – Steve Zumbrun

Scholarship recipient Steve Zumbrun“Thanks to PYP and other organizations, Pittsburgh is a great place to be a grad student because of the sense of community among young professionals and students. Becoming active in organizations is the best way to meet people and learn about Pittsburgh. I am currently pursuing a J.D. at The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and have enjoyed meeting people from the region and those who moved to Pittsburgh to pursue graduate school. I’ve had great experiences during law school by volunteering at Neighborhood Legal Services Association, representing Pitt Law at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition, and being involved with a student run nonprofit, PLISF, which is focused on supporting public interest law. I am interested in pursuing environmental law, land use, and municipal law. After law school, I would like to work in a public interest capacity focusing on urban redevelopment, community development, and environmental quality issues. Thanks to the members of PYP for the PYP scholarship award.”