St. Michael’s of the Valley Episcopal Church, Ligonier, awarded its annual scholarship to Marcus Platt at the commencement ceremony of the Neighborhood Academy on May 28, 2009. Marcus was also the class valedictorian and addressed the assembly. In September he will be attending Slippery Rock University, the first in his family to attend college.

Marcus Platt & The Rev. Jim Simons

The scholarship is $1200 annually for each of the four years of college. It is intended to be used for items such as books and lab fees, which most scholarships do not cover.

The Neighborhood Academy, located in the Garfield section of Pittsburgh is a Christian School whose students are inner city residents many of whom had little hope of going to college through the public school system. This is the fifth graduating class and every graduate has been accepted to college.

St. Michaels’ has had a long-standing relationship with the Neighborhood Academy and is privileged to be able to help their graduates as they attend college.

For more information on the Neighborhood Academy go to


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