North Allegheny grad starts scholarship program
Dave Robbins, a 1978 graduate of North Allegheny who now resides in San Ramon, Calif., has pledged $50,000 to fund a new scholarship for North Allegheny seniors.
The scholarship will provide a one-time award of $5,000 to one or two students per year who demonstrate a financial need and who will enroll at Westminster College in Lawrence County.
It will be called the NA-Westminster College Scholarship, according to Robbins.
It is the largest scholarship ever offered through the North Allegheny Foundation, which funds, facilitates and/or manages 19 annual scholarships totaling $121,766 in donated money. With the addition of this new scholarship, the Foundation, which has been offering scholarships to NA seniors since its inception in the late 1980s, will award about $30,000 in scholarships in 2019.
“We’re blown away by Dave’s generosity and thoughtfulness to help NA students,” said Abigail Tobia, executive director of the NA Foundation.
Robbins, 59, graduated from Westminster in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
He went on to a successful career in senior management, serving as chairman, president and CEO of BigFix, a technology company offering systems management software, and CEO of Quippe Technologies, a provider of procurement services for the equipment manufacturing industry.
Most recently, he was CEO of Quantivo, a provider of cloud-based behavioral analytics.
“Over time, it has become clear to me why I’ve had success in my life. It’s due to my time spent at North Allegheny and Westminster College,” he said.
“Both instilled great values and integrity. Neither one allowed students to run, hide, or easily cruise through. Students had to do the work. That accelerated my growth as a human being. I think very fondly of both NA and Westminster for that. Now it’s time to start giving back.”
Qualifying students may apply for the NA-Westminster College Scholarship at na.org/foundation beginning this spring. Deadline for applications is April 12.
Laurie Rees is a Tribune-Review contributor.