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Our Story

The Patti & Walter Blenko Scholarship Fund for the Performing or Technical Arts is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization that provides scholarship money to Pittsburgh-area high school students who meet talent and financial criteria. It is supported entirely by generous donors and volunteers. Every dollar contributed goes directly back into the programs that raise money for student scholarships. Your contributions help build the future of the performing and technical arts.

The fund was created in 2019, just prior to Walter Blenko’s passing. Walter was a generous philanthropist and aficionado of the performing arts. It is managed by Walter's wife, Patti, who has also supported the performing arts for more than five decades through leadership and volunteer positions. This fund serves as a legacy to honor Walter and Patti's passion for encouraging and supporting talented high school students who want to pursue higher education in the performing arts.

Patti Matty Blenko

Vice President   
Kristen Lane


Board of Directors
Lori Giordano Bosiljevac
Clare Donahue

Aziza El Feil
Cynthia Brusco Falvo

Gerra Gambarosky
Dr. Lisa Klein 

Laura Penrod Kronk

Sarah Krushinski
Darlene Kruth
Lenora Nemetz
Audia Otto

Jean Marie Perry

Robin Randall

Dolores Warwick

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