Richard T Hartman and Michael Orosz Scholarships

The Richard T. Hartman scholarship was established in 1987, in honor of Richard T. Hartman, a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Hartman served as Chair of the Department 1971-1972 and as the Director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology (PLE) from 1973 to 1987.

This is a "Room & Board" scholarship for deserving undergraduate students taking summer classes at PLE. Selection by a faculty/staff committee is based on a combination of a student's academic achievements and career goals, especially an interest in ecology.


The Orosz Scholarship is named for a beloved staff member (Mike O.) in the Department of Biological Sciences. Mike was the Facilities Director of the Clapp-Langley-Crawford building complex. In this role, he had a special commitment to the improvement of PLE, where he also went to relax and fish. Because his parents worked at Pitt his tuition was covered. However, Mike also worked the whole time he was an undergraduate to help his parents pay for his school. After his untimely passing, his family ran an annual golf event to raise the initial funding for the scholarship. Today, the Mike Orosz Scholarship funds the full room & board costs for a student with high financial need.


Both scholarship awards are given to several students each summer, and vary from partial awards to the full cost of one session’s Room and Board fee. Students may use the application at the link below to apply for both scholarships.

Hartman and Orosz Room & Board Scholarship Application