Three Thiel Juniors Earn Vira I.
For immediate release
May 16, 2005
GREENVILLE, PA - Three Thiel College junior women will have the opportunity to study
abroad this summer after being awarded Vira I. Heinz Scholarships for Education Abroad for 2005.
The three scholarship winners - Megan Adams of Kittanning, Pa., Charity Harrier of Port Allegany, Pa., and Katherine McShane of Westminster, Md. will each receive $5,000 to study abroad during the upcoming summer.
use the award to study at Kingston University in London where she will be enrolled in a four-week British culture
and society program. Adams, a history major and English minor, plans to attend graduate school for public history
after which she hopes to work in a museum or at a historical site.
"This proposed adventure to the United Kingdom would not only cultivate my
interests in the aspects of arts and culture," said Adams, "but also educationally through the class
I will be taking at Kingston University."
Adams, a 2002 graduate of Kittanning Senior High School in Kittanning, is the daughter
of Mark and Gail K. Adams.
Harrier, an art major, plans to study studio art and art history for four weeks at the Santa
Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy.
"This opportunity could not only add to my abilities as a leader, but would
produce more self-confidence as an educator to my fellow artists and my future students," Harrier said.
Harrier is a 2001 graduate of Port Allegany High School and the daughter of Harold
Harrier of Port Allegany and Hope Harrier-Baxter and Kinney Baxter of Florence, Ky.
McShane, an elementary education major and English minor, intends to use her scholarship
to travel to Cork, Ireland through the University Studies Abroad Consortium. McShane will be enrolled in a four-week
program titled "Portraits of Ireland: Irish identity in History, Literature, and Art."
"By learning about Irish literature in Ireland itself, I am gaining knowledge
of a different country's literature while seeing the country itself," said McShane. "This will help me
to gain a better knowledge of literature and how education is approached in a different country, referring to styles
of teaching and levels of learning."
McShane, a 2002 graduate of Plum Senior High School, Plum, Pa., is the daughter
of Kevin and Marion McShane.
The Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Education Abroad award is granted to three junior
women students for summer study and travel abroad. It is intended to enrich each student's academic program, provide
opportunity to travel in a foreign country, and improve international understanding.
The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier
place to live and work, a center of learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion.
Committed to helping its region thrive as a whole community - economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally
- the foundation works within Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the nation to develop solutions to challenges that
are national and even international in scope. One of the largest and most innovative independent philanthropic
foundations in the country, the Endowments awarded more than $53 million in grants in 2004.