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W&J Sophomore Receives Inaugural $2,500 German-American Business Circle Scholarship


South Hills resident Aric Brown, a sophomore at W&J College, and winner of the inaugural German American Business Circle Scholarship in partnership with the Pittsburgh Rotary Club Foundation, displays his $2,500 check to be used for a semester of study at the University of Cologne in Germany. Left to right: German author Peter Schneider, P.K. Weston of Rotary; Oliver Heuwold of Ardex Americas; Brown; Susanne Cook of Cohen & Grigsby; and David Bluemling of BKD, LLP.


PITTSBURGH, Oct. 10, 2014 – Aric N. Brown, a sophomore at Washington and Jefferson College, has been named recipient of the inaugural $2,500 scholarship of the German American Business Circle in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Rotary Club Foundation. The scholarship is intended to benefit collegiate-level students in Western Pennsylvania who demonstrate academic excellence and strong interest in German-American business affairs and culture, and who plan to study at an accredited institution of higher learning in Germany.


Brown displays his $2,500 scholarship check.

Brown is pursuing a dual major at W&J in German and in cellular/molecular biology with plans to spend a semester at the University of Cologne in Germany, part of the Pennsylvania Colleges in Cologne program. He is the son of William and Patricia Brown of Pittsburgh and 2013 valedictorian of South Park Senior High School, where he received the U.S. Congressional Leaders of Tomorrow, Presidential Scholarship, AP Scholar with Distinction and Young Outstanding Citizen Award.

“Language, customs, history – these are some aspects of culture that a student who is studying abroad would typically learn,” Brown said. “When I study abroad in Köln, Germany for a semester, I hope to also gain a better understanding of these cultural aspects. It is my dream to enhance U.S.-German ties by promoting collaboration of biomedical research.”

The Scholarship Selection Committee includes a representative from each of the GABC’s three founding firms – Ardex Americas, BKD, LLP and Cohen & Grigsby – as well as the sitting chair of the PRCF and the sitting president of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh.

The GABC is a unifying force and advocate for the 70 German owned companies employing 11,000 in Pittsburgh. With a base of human capital in manufacturing, finance, business services and energy, the region is creating green new industries based on R&D, innovation and entrepreneurship. More:

The Pittsburgh Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt charitable foundation which provides support for the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh and other clubs within Rotary International District 7300 in southwestern Pennsylvania, and annually awards six $1,500 one-time scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the region. More:

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