Salisbury congratulates District 34 scholarship winners

Awardees will participate in fully funded grant writing course

BRADDOCK, April 3 – State Rep. Abigail Salisbury today congratulated 10 district residents who were selected for grant-writing scholarships to Community College of Allegheny County Homewood-Brushton through a program she is offering together with community partners.

“I’m so excited for the residents who were awarded these scholarships, and I’m excited for our community, as well,” said Salisbury, D-Allegheny. “It is important to realize that there are structural inequities within the grant-writing and grant-making processes, and we must work to address them. This 12-month course will help participants build new networks and learn how to successfully tap into new funding for the organizations that work so hard for our district.

“My sincere thanks to Community College of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Health and Education Alliance for helping make this happen. Above all, congratulations to the awardees – I can’t wait to see everything these changemakers will accomplish for our community.”

Krishna Patel, founder and president of the Health and Education Alliance, said, “Our region has no shortage of civic-minded residents passionate about improving life for their community, and it was difficult selecting from more than 50 talented applicants. It’s great to know that as the course participants strengthen their skills, they will also be building alliances and joining forces for change for all – including those with special needs and those who are one nudge away from transforming their communities.”

The scholarship winners are:

  • Shaunice Saunders, founder of Confidential Closet.
  • Jordana Rosenfeld, executive director of Our Streets Collective.
  • Anita Tillman, leadership team of Greater Valley Community Services. 
  • Kelly Doyle, founder of McKeesport Agape Center. 
  • Toy Frazier, director of The Promise Center of Homewood. 
  • Pernell Hughes, facilities and project coordinator for Civically.
  • Dana Zang, co-founder of Houze of Waxx.
  • Greg Morris, non-profit consultant.
  • Nathaniel Carter, founder and CEO of This Generation Connect. 
  • Gregg Watkins, workforce development and recruitment for Energy Innovation Center Institute.