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Family has offered scholarships at village for 29 years
The Casturo family has been awarding scholarships at International Village for three decades — and didn’t want to break the streak just because there was no event last year.
Usually, two scholarships are announced on the last night of the event, Tracy Casturo said.
This year, despite a severe thunderstorm on Thursday night that forced entertainment at Renziehausen Park to end early, four winners of Casturo Family Educational Achievement Awards were announced from the main stage.
Two scholarships were awarded for 2021 and two for 2020, Casturo said Friday. “We have been doing this for 29 years and didn’t want to skip it” for 2020, she said.
A smaller International Village this year meant reduced attendance, and fewer entries were received than usual, she said.
“We had a few dozen (entries) this year due to the smaller village,” Casturo said. “We normally have a lot more entries.”
Winners of $500 scholarships are Gina Rosso (University of Pittsburgh) and Victoria Miller (Community College of Allegheny County), while $250 scholarships were awarded to Olivia Scherrer (Duquesne University) and Samuel Rundquist (Allegheny College).
Awards are drawn at random from applications made during International Village. Casturo said the drawings are open to anyone in post high-school education, including adults going back to school and individuals pursuing degrees at technical or trade schools.
“Those are groups that don’t always have access to scholarships,” Casturo said. “We work with the Lions Club to issue the awards.”
Originally published August 13, 2021.