PFEW Alumni News

September 2013
In This Issue
PFEW 2013 Winners
Top Schools in 2013
Social Media
Featured Alumni
And the
Winners of
PFEW 2013 are...
Click the links
above to see each week's winners & view the banquet video.
Quick Links...
Top Schools of PFEW 2013 Grads
1. Pope John Paul II HS
2.  Knoch HS

3. Laurel Highlands SHS 

     Northwest PA Collegiate


4. Bishop Shanahan HS
5. Warren Area HS
6.  Central Catholic HS
7. North Allegheny IHS
     Villa Joseph Marie HS
8.  Octorara Area HS
9.  Corry Area MS/HS
      Gwynedd Mercy
              Academy HS
10. Phoenixville Area HS
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Please share your stories, PFEW memories  & successes with our staff. We are always looking for different Alumni to feature in our E-letters & newsletters. Maybe you could be next?

Each summer hundreds of students take the PFEW journey & each of these students are in need of "scholarship" money. No amount is too small & every penny helps a deserving student get to the program.



Want to help spread the word about PFEW? Share our post program press release with your local newspaper. The release can be accessed by clicking here.

Welcome to the fall edition of the PFEW Alumni News! 
This past summer was one for the books! PFEW broke many records with the 2013 program sessions! The PFEW total applications number (received for a year) was shattered with almost 3,100 students applying to take the "PFEW Journey".  By the time the summer had ended, we graduated the largest PFEW Alumni class in our 35-year history!   
Below you will find some information about our record breaking summer along with some photos. You will also find informaton on how to better stay in touch with the PFEW staff, as well as ways you can help them.  
For our most recent additions to the "PFEW family", our 2013 graduates", please visit the Alumni Portal to register. This will allow you to stay in touch with both the Foundation and also your fellow PFEW Alumni.   
Don't forget to keep your profile updated, so you can enjoy the communications we will be sending out.
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Alumni Testimonials
Below are some Facebook quotes from some of our Alumni.  Want to be featured in the future? Submit your PFEW testimonial on Facebook or see the article below.

" You're going to work hard. You're going to hit some tough times... But you WILL have fun. You will learn the stories of awe-inspiring speakers, you will learn to do things that will blow your mind, and you will meet many, many new friends, some closer to you than any you've had before. I will never regret going to PFEW, and the memories that I have of the camp are for a lifetime. What might you walk away with?"       - Chris Petricca, Fort Cherry JSHS

 "PFEW has changed my life a whole lot and I am more motivated to help people and be more responsible! Great program!"  - Phillip Russo, Butler Area SHS

We Need Your Help!
Just as you helped your teammates when you were at PFEW, the staff is asking for assistance!  Help Wanted 
We are currently looking for testimonials and pictures. There is nothing we love more than to hear from Alumni!  If you are a current graduate, we'd love to hear how you enjoyed your PFEW experience. If it's been a few years since you attended PFEW, that's ok. We would love to have a "where are you now?" to share how PFEW impacted your future.  And if you have pictures of yourself while you were participating in PFEW, we want to see those too! All photos or testimonals can be sent to
But that's not all we need help with! We also need help to grow the "PFEW family"!  Help us spread the word at your school or Alma Mater. If you know of a teacher, counselor, administrator or club advisor who might be interested in PFEW, we'd love to send them our promotional materials! Feel free to pass along the info of our schools assistant Amber. She can be reached via email at or by phone at (814) 833-9576 ext. 6. Amber would be happy to help them get more students on board!
And don't forget your family and friends!  Be sure to tell those who are high school sophomores or juniors about the program! We find our graduate's first hand experience to be one of the best promotional tools when recruiting other students to become a part of the "PFEW family". 
  • 304 schools were represented from 59 counties in Pennsylvania
  • 3,065 applications were received for PFEW 2013, the highest ever in PFEW history!
  • 1,836 students graduated from the program.
  • 1,071 females & 765 males graduated
  • 835 juniors & 1001 sophomores graduated
  • 26 different high schools had 15 or more PFEW graduates this past summer.
  • 14 of the 95 Company Advisors were PFEW Alumni

Fun Facts About PFEW 2013