Endowed Book Fund

The SAC Endowed Book Fund was established in 2001 and provides financial assistance toward the purchase of books or supplies for University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students whose parent or guardian is a staff member at Pitt. Recipients must be a University of Pittsburgh undergraduate student whose parent or guardian is a Pitt staff member. Awards are granted each academic year. The recipients are presented with their Award at the Staff Recognition Ceremony.

These scholarships are made possible by donations from Pitt staff members. Please consider donating to the SAC Endowed Book Fund electronically or via payroll deduction. Every single dollar goes to rewarding the hard work of children of Pitt staff members. You can have the donation withdrawn directly from your pay and donations are tax deductible! You can contact Institutional Advancement directly for questions on how to donate.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

Please feel free to contact the Staff Association Council at 412-624-4236 with any questions.

Applications for the 2016 SAC Book Fund Award are being accepted until October 31, 2016.



2015 SAC Book Fund Award Recipients Announced!

In 2015 we were able to award each of six deserving students of staff members a five hundred dollar scholarship towards books and other supplies for the upcoming semester.
We had the honor to present the SAC Endowed Book Fund Award to five of those students in person at the Chancellor’s annual Staff Recognition Ceremony on December 8th.
The recipients were:
Haylee Baxendell – Sophomore - Pittsburgh – Molecular Biology – Considering a PhD in Immunology to help advance research in the area of arthritis
Lisa Baxendell – UPMC Smoke Institute and with the university since 2003
Sarah Brasili – Sophomore - Johnstown – Accounting – Aspires to become a CPA to concurrently balance financial statements and a family
Andrea Brasili – PCI Fiscal since 2011
Alec DiVito – Junior - Pittsburgh – Neuroscience – Hopes to attend medical school and focusing helping those with mental illness
Daniel DiVito – Facilities Management since 2008
Julie Hartz – Junior - Pittsburgh – Chemical Engineering – Inspired to lead in the creation of the next generation of medical devices
Jean Hartz – Health Sciences Research Administration since 2007
Lauren Morlacci – Senior - Pittsburgh – Industrial Engineering – Plans to turn her internship in a career, keeping a local manufacturer at peak performance in crafting critical parts for Westinghouse nuclear
Michael Morlacci – Admissions at Johnstown and with the university since 2013
Alexandra Savage – Junior - Pittsburgh – Mathematics and Computer Science – Hopes to dig in with data mining for the field of medicine, utilizing computer analysis to find connections and make predictions that are otherwise difficult to observe
Beverly Savage – Department of Anesthesiology since 2011

SAC honored this year’s book award recipients December 15 at the annual staff recognition ceremony and reception.  Gathered here are the scholarship winners, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, and SAC Officers.

Awarded $500 from the SAC Book Fund, which offers money to the children of Pitt staff each year, are:

· Hannah Devlin, child of Mary Elaine Devlin in the Department of Medicine;

· Emily Kieffer , child of Lori Kieffer in the Department of Epidemiology;

· Jacey Hunter, child of Lisa Hunter in the Johnstown Office of the Registrar;

· Andrew Stefanick, child of Mary Carrubba Stefanick in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, and

· Jennifer Ruminski, child of Lynn Ruminski in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

· Piper Dizak, child of Elaine Dizak in the Department of Oral Biology, received the Nordenberg Education Award of $750 in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Mark A. Nordenberg’s service to the University.  This was a one-time award of funds collected from current Staff Association Council members.


In 2013, the Staff Association Council awarded five $500 scholarships to children of Pitt staff members.  Your contribution to the Book Fund helps make these scholarships possible.

Two SAC Book Fund Scholarship recipients attended the Staff Recognition Ceremony with their families. Here, they are pictured with Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.  VP of Marketing Lindsay Rodzwicz is at far left. SAC President Rich Colwell is at far right.