2009 "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Contest

Edgar Snyder & Associates awarded twelve scholarships totaling $13,000 to graduating seniors in Pittsburgh, Erie and Central Pennsylvania through the third annual "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Program.

The winners were selected based on proposals they put together for programs that would teach pre-teens and teenagers the consequences associated with underage drinking as well as drinking and driving.

"We wanted this contest to help us learn, from teens, what we can do to help prevent alcohol-related tragedies among their peers."
- Attorney Edgar Snyder

The law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates hopes to take some of the ideas presented in the essays and help make them happen in the local communities. During the Prom season and holidays throughout the year, the law firm discourages underage drinking and driving through several media campaigns. Edgar Snyder & Associates, along with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, already sponsor Road Radio USA, a multi-media "edu-tainment" school assembly for teens and pre-teens designed to prevent underage drinking and other destructive behaviors.

The winning essays will be published in a booklet and sent to leaders in the communities we serve.

Congratulations to the 2009 "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Winners:

2009 Pittsburgh Winners


Grand Prize: $2,500 Scholarship
Kelly M. Kaminski
Moon Area High School
Allegheny County
College: The Ohio State University


$1,000 Scholarship
Alexandra M. Kowatch
Baldwin High School
Allegheny County
College: Penn State University



$500 Scholarship
Zakera Barnes
Gateway High School
Allegheny County
College: Florida Southern College


$500 Scholarship
Lauren Sciacca
Monessen High School
Westmoreland County
College: Seton Hill University



$500 Scholarship
Molly M. Rasmussen
Seneca Valley
Butler County
College: Butler County Community College

2009 Johnstown/Altoona Winners


Grand Prize: $2,500 Scholarship
Rachel Moyer
Hollidaysburg Area
Blair County
College: Penn State University, Main Campus


$500 Scholarship
Carrie Clippard
Altoona Area High School
Blair County
College: Penn State University, Main Campus


$500 Scholarship
Ally Lush
Penns Valley Jr/Sr High School
Centre County
College: Penn State University, Main Campus

$500 Scholarship
Amanda R. Bowes
Bellefonte Area High School
Centre County
College: Penn State University, Main Campus

2009 Erie Winners


Grand Prize: $2,500 Scholarship
John B. Pearson
General McLane High School
Erie County
College: Penn State Behrend


$1,000 Scholarship
Eric Lhymn
McDowell High School
Erie County
College: University of Michigan


$500 Scholarship
Ashley Dougherty
General McLane High School
Erie County
College: Wake Forest

The "Words to be Heard" Scholarship Program was open to high school seniors in cities served by the firm, including Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Altoona, Bedford, New Paris, Everett, Loysburg, Saxton, Bellwood, Claysburg, Hollidaysburg, Martinsburg, Tyrone, Williamsburg, Nanty Glo, Patton, Ebensburg, Sidman, Northern Cambria, Cresson, Portage, Wingate, Bellefonte, Spring Mills, State College, Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Flinton, Westover, Houtzdale, Philipsburg, Morrisdale, McConnellsburg, Waterfall, Warfordsburg, Huntingdon, Alexandria, Mount Union, Three Springs, Belleville, Lewistown, Erie, Corry, Fairview, Waterford, Edinboro, Girard, Harborcreek, North East, Albion, and Union City.