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Pittsburgh, D.C.-Area Students Receive SAE International Staff Scholarship

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 28, 2009 - Four students from the Pittsburgh, Pa., and Washington, D.C., areas are recipients of a scholarship established by SAE International for children of its employees.

Founded in 1991 by SAE International and its affiliate organization, the Performance Review Institute (PRI), the $1,000 scholarship is funded through staff donations and proceeds of the SAE Foundation.  Since the program’s inception, SAE International and PRI have awarded 58 scholarships.

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and submit an essay on the experience that convinced them to pursue their chosen careers.  Recipients are selected by the SAE Scholarships Committee.

Recipients for the 2009-2010 academic year are:

·      Katie Mahone – A graduate of Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Va., Katie is attending Wake Forest University, where she plans to major in English.  She is the daughter of Bruce Mahone.

·      Chase O’Palka – A graduate of Freedom Area High School in Freedom, Pa., Chase is attending the University of Pittsburgh, where he plans to major in physical therapy.  He is the son of Diane O’Palka.

·      Madlyn Ponticel – A graduate of Cornell Junior/Senior High School in Coraopolis, Pa., Madlyn is attending Pennsylvania State University, where she plans to major in English/pre-law.  She is the daughter of Pat Ponticel.

·      Meghan Wright – A graduate of North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pa., Meghan is attending Loyola University in Chicago, where she plans to major in business and accounting.  She is the daughter of Colette Wright.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion and the Collegiate Design Series.

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