Thomas W. O'Brien Memorial Scholarship

Established by the friends and colleagues of Thomas W. O'Brien
in partnership with the
PA Association for Career and Technical Education (PA-ACTE)

The Thomas W. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship is an annual $1,500 scholarship available for a career and technical education student enrolled in a secondary CTE program in Pennsylvania and planning to attend a post-secondary institution majoring in a career and technical field.

This scholarship is made possible through generous donations by individuals who are advocates for
Career and Technical Education. Click here if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution.

2018 Scholarship

           Scholarship Application

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Scholarship Application (fillable form)
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    Previous Scholarship Recipients
Hanna is a graduate of the Carpentry Building Construction program at A.W. Beattie Career Center and Hampton High School in Allison Park, PA. While attending the Career Center, she was active in Skills USA, was a member and president of the National Technical Honor Society, Beattie Ambassadors, National Honor Society at her home school, as well as band and lacrosse. In addition, she was a member of the Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders where she was named the 2017 Student of the Year. Hanna was chosen to participate for two years in the National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Competition, where she had to work with her teammates to complete and present a project at International Builders Shows in Las Vegas and Orlando. Her team placed 4th in the nation both years. Hanna also worked at a local construction company four days a week through Beattie’s cooperative education program and spends time outside of school volunteering for various activities.

Hanna plans to further her education by attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology in the Residential Construction Management program.

The third O'Brien scholarship recipient was Braydn Szymkiewicz (pictured at right). Braydn is attending West Virginia University Honors College where he is enrolled in the Statler College of Engineering, majoring in Computer Science/Robotics.

“I am really enjoying my classes. The second semester is a bit easier so far. After receiving the scholarship, I traveled to Louisville to compete in SkillsUSA for robotics and automation. My partner and I placed 6th nationally. I have been eager to gain new knowledge in everything I can at WVU. Through the honors college I have had community service opportunities and I plan on becoming more involved with the MARS robotics team by mentoring as much as I can. I am working on finding a summer internship and plan on taking a couple of classes.”

The 2015 scholarship recipient was Nicholas Moore (pictured at right). Nicholas is attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport majoring in Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology.

"I am having a wonderful time here at Pennsylvania College of Technology! I have learned so many new things about plastics and polymers while studying here. I am doing well in all of my classes! During this semester I was able to take a trip to the Rodon Group and visit their plastics facility where they make the K'nex toys. It was a great experience! I would just like to thank you all again for choosing me as the recipient of the Thomas W. O'Brien Memorial Scholarship."

Lauren Bissig was the first scholarship recipient and is pictured at right with Phyllis and Thomas O'Brien. She attends Drexel University in Philadelphia and is majoring in Business and Marketing. During her sophomore year, she was selected to be part of a group of 20 students for a study abroad program in Japan.

"... (We) went and studied for two weeks in the country and got to work with the Japanese students on a group project. It was such an incredible experience, and one that I have been wanting to do all of my life. I think for me being able to see a different part of the world was an experience that will always stay with me and influence the rest of my life. I have made a lot of life-lasting memories and friendships that I hope to preserve and maintain!"


Tax-deductible contributions for the
scholarship fund may be sent to:
PA-ACTE - Thomas W. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund

c/o Paula Andrei
IUP Center for Career and Technical Personnel Preparation
Reschini Building, 1110 Maple Street
Indiana, PA 15705

Questions? Contact Paula Andrei

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Last Updated: February 12, 2018