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Southmoreland senior receives 1st Yuhouse Scholarship

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Ian Yuhouse presents the first Jane A. Yuhouse Memorial Scholarship to Southmoreland graduate Alyssa Wertz, 18.

In a touching tribute to a woman who was known for her community service and her wonderful baking, the first memorial scholarship given in memory of Jane A. Yuhouse was awarded to a Southmoreland student at the school's annual awards ceremony.

Yuhouse of Scottdale passed away in November after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Southmoreland senior Alyssa Wertz was the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship at the May 28 ceremony and is planning to attend Westmoreland County Community College to pursue a degree in the culinary arts department, with her focus being on baking and pastry arts.

”We looked at the applicants and felt that her love of baking, her academics and her community involvement made her the best choice,” said Ian Yuhouse, Jane Yuhouse's son, said of the selection of the first recipient of the scholarship awarded in his mother's memory.

The scholarship was made possible through the Scottdale Historical Society in conjunction with Robert Levin, president of Levin Furniture.

Yuhouse was a longtime employee of Levin's and was well known for her wonderful baking, using old recipes for her creations.

“No matter what was going on, you could depend on Jane to bake something,” said Tom Zwierzelewski, Jane Yuhouse's brother and Scottdale Historical Society president, adding that many of Yuhouse's favorite recipes were handed down generation after generation. “She used a lot of family recipes from her mother and her grandmother.”

Zwierzelewski said the plan is to continue to offer the scholarship and open it up to more students next year when there is more time to plan for the award.

“This all came together rather quickly,” Zwierzelewski said, adding this year the scholarship was only available to students who were pursuing a level of higher education in the culinary department. “In a six-week period, we were able to get everything together and get it established. Next year, we want to open it up to possible include environmental sciences which is another area that Jane was involved in. She wanted to help. She wanted to protect the environment.”

Ian Yuhouse is thrilled the scholarship will now be an annual award offered for the next several years.

“She just gave back to the community so much,” Yuhouse said.” I am so happy that we will be offering this in her memory.”

A fund has been set up at the Scottdale Bank and Trust and contributions to the Jane A. Yuhouse memorial Scholarship fund can be made at the Scottdale location.

“We hope to be able to offer this scholarship for at least the next 10 years,” Zwierzelewski said.

Ian Yuhouse was at the awards ceremony and personally awarded the scholarship to Wertz.

“I am really happy and excited,” Wertz said. “I would really like to thank the family.”

Wertz, 18, is the daughter of Cheryl and Charles Wertz of Scottdale.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.