University of Pittsburgh
May 17, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, May 17 -- Two high school seniors were awarded full four-year scholarships to the University of Pittsburgh at the 1999 Pitt Ambassadors Scholarship Dinner, Monday, May 17 at the Pittsburgh Hilton and Towers. Former Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole was the featured speaker. The event chairman is David Marconi, owner of DMS, Inc.

April J. Chambers, a senior at Shaler Area High School in Pittsburgh, and Lisa Marie Yoest a senior at Hampton High School in Allison Park, have been selected as this year's Pitt Ambassadors Scholars. The recipients are selected on the basis of their accomplishments within their schools and their communities.

Chambers earned Highest Honor Roll standing at her school and is salutatorian of her class. Active in performing arts programs, she has served as the vice president and drum major of the Shaler Area marching band, and participated in a two-week tour of China with the Allegheny Valley Brass Band. She shares her musical abilities as a volunteer in church and various veterans' associations, for which she has been recognized by the Marine Corps League, and she teaches economics to children through the Junior Achievement program. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Pitt.

Yoest, who received High Honor Roll standing throughout her high school career, was designated as a Scholar Athlete. She was a member of the Hampton High School marching band for four years, and also played on Hampton's soccer team for four years, helping the team qualify as an All-American Team. Her community involvement includes serving as president of the St. Ursala Youth Group, as a youth soccer coach, as a Bible School teacher, and volunteer work with the Special Olympics, the Harmarville Rehabilitation Center and the VA Medical Center. She intends to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering at Pitt.

Dole, who was the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has also served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a member of the House of Representatives, and as chairman of the Republican Party. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Pitt Ambassadors Program is a partnership between the university and area businesses which underscores a shared commitment to educating this region's young people. The program awards two four-year scholarships annually to outstanding area high school students.