The Bob O'Connor Foundation Spirit of Pittsburgh Scholarship

The “Spirit of Pittsburgh” Award recognizes those who have overcome adversity or illness and have gone on to inspire others. The recipients selected will each receive a $2,000 award to assist them in their efforts to overcome their adversity

Click here to download the Spirit of Pittsburgh application.

Nomination Criteria:

Please provide details of how the nominee satisfies each of the following criteria, with specific examples for each:

  • The adversity and the impact on the nominee’s life; obstacles encountered, and the degree of difficulty in overcoming them.
  • Treatments, rehabilitation, new skills or learning required to overcome the odds and the achievements the nominee has reached in spite of setbacks, obstacles, adversity or illness.
  • How is the nominee an inspiration or a positive influence on others.
  • Recipients will be selected on the basis as to how the financial award will be beneficial to them in aiding their continuing progress to overcome their adversity.

Mail or E-mail your application by December 15, 2019. The awards will be presented at the Bob O’Connor Foundation St. Patrick’s Day party which will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Sokol Club 2912 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Any additional questions or clarifications may be addressed to Heidy O’Connor Garth at