Law Alumni Association: Scholarship Program

The University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association (UPLAA) Board provides three tuition scholarships annually to deserving law students in their third year of study.  The competition for these scholarships is remarkable.  The members of the UPLAA Board are pleased to profile the following winners for 2017.

Sarah Coblentz completed her undergraduate degree at Penn State in May 2015, where she majored in History and French and Francophone Studies with a minor in Art History and International Studies. She is very interested in pursuing a job in environmental justice, which is where she feels public interest meets environmental law. After participating in the Environmental Law Clinic this past semester, she also became interested in administrative law and how big of a role it plays in environmental law. Ms. Coblentz is secretary of the International Law Society and has been an active member of the Pitt Law Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF) and the Pitt Law Women’s Association for the last two years.   

Melanie Cuddyre earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Duquesne University in May of 2015. Ms. Cuddyre has been interning for the Honorable Judge Jennifer McCrady in the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas since May of 2016. She is a member of the Pitt Law Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF), Pittsburgh Cares, and Girls on the Run. Upon graduation, Ms. Cuddyre intends to pursue a career in juvenile and family law where she plans to serve the children of Allegheny County.

Ashley Majorsky attended Carlow University where she graduated magna cum laude and earned degrees in Accounting and Forensic Accounting in 2011. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Majorsky obtained licensure as a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and worked on numerous valuation and economic issues surrounding marital litigation. This is where she found her passion for family law and chose to move into the role of an attorney where she could advocate instead of being a neutral expert. Ms. Majorsky is a recipient of the Westmoreland County Bar Association Scholarship. She is also a certified legal intern in the Family Law Clinic and is pursuing the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate. Upon graduation, Ms. Majorsky intends to pursue a career in family law and continue her service with the Pro Se Clinic at the Allegheny County Family Division.