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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (July 29, 2011)—La Roche College is proud to announce that Shannon Lang, a 2011 graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School and incoming freshman, has recently been awarded the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women launched its scholarship program in 2005 as a means to build upon one of the Conference’s core goals–to provide Pennsylvanian women the tools and resources they need to achieve their academic and professional goals. Lang received $2,500 awarded towards her 2011-2012 tuition, dispersed over the course of the fall and spring semesters. This scholarship may be renewed for four years as long as the student makes satisfactory academic progress, maintains a full course load and does not take a leave of absence.

Now in its seventh year, the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women is a non-profit, non-partisan, one-day event that features dozens of renowned speakers sharing inspirational stories and leading seminars on the issues that matter most to women, including health, personal finance, executive leadership, business and entrepreneurship, work/life balance, media and more. The Conference offers opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth.

In addition to completing the PA Governor’s Conference for Women 2011 Scholarship application, students were asked to write an essay describing a significant personal challenge they have had to overcome. Lang described the struggle of growing up with a younger brother diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. “Living with someone who has Asperger’s has changed my life in a beneficial way,” she wrote. “I am more patient with people. My brother has changed my life, so I will help make his everything he wants it to be.”

Lang plans to study interior design at La Roche College.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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