LATROBE, PA – Danielle L. Chorba, a rising junior at Saint Vincent College, has been named a recipient of the Jo Anne J. Trow National Undergraduate Scholarship, awarded by the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Success.
A biochemistry major and native of North Huntingdon, Chorba was one of 37 students nationwide chosen to receive the scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year, which is valued at $1,000.
Chorba was inducted into Saint Vincent’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta in March 2018. She served as president of the SVC chapter for the 2018-19 academic year, and will be the chapter's junior advisor for the upcoming 2019-20 year. She is also active on the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta, holding the position of student member-at-large.
In addition to her deep involvement with Alpha Lambda Delta, Chorba also takes part in a number of other on-campus organizations. Along with serving as a class senator in the Student Government Association for two years, she is a member of SVC’s chapter of Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta), the national biological honor society. She founded the chapter’s pre-veterinary sector and serves as its events coordinator. She is also a member of the Saint Vincent Chemistry Club and sings in the SVC Camerata choir.
The daughter of Robert and Angela Chorba, she is enrolled in the biochemistry department’s pre-health track, and after graduating from Saint Vincent, plans to further her education by studying veterinary medicine.
Applicants for the scholarship must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5, and were evaluated on eight different criteria, including undergraduate coursework and GPA, employment information, contributions to Alpha Lambda Delta, significant campus activities, honors/recognition received, career goals, letters of recommendation and an essay.
The scholarship was started in 1988 in honor of Trow, past national president of Alpha Lambda Delta and the former vice president of student services at Oregon State University. The award was established to give chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta an annual opportunity to reward an outstanding sophomore member with a stipend. Trow served Alpha Lambda Delta as a district adviser from 1974-79, as national secretary from 1978-83, as president-elect from 1984-85 and as national president from 1985-88.
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes students’ academic success during their first year at a college. Founded in 1924, it has over a million lifetime members and is present at nearly 300 campuses nationwide. Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”
PHOTO: Saint Vincent College student Danielle L. Chorba.
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