Press Release

March 28, 2018

Wildlife for Everyone Awards Scholarships to First Recipients

State College, PA - The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its first annual Wildlife scholarship. The Wildlife scholarship was established to award students with financial support to advance their career interests in wildlife conservation. The fundamental goal of the Wildlife Scholarship Fund is to inspire the next generation of conservationists by presenting opportunities for students to deepen their connection with wildlife and nature.

Sean Lauer (Cross Roads, PA), is a senior at Penn State-Dubois campus earning an associate degree in Wildlife Technologies. He chose to pursue a degree in wildlife because he sees the importance of conserving our natural resources for future generations. Additionally, Sean has always loved the outdoors and hopes to find a career that allows him to work outside. Sean’s long-term career goals include becoming a large mammal biologist for a government agency. He plans to pursue a master’s degree and gain hands-on experience through seasonal jobs while a student. Sean recently accepted a Big Game Research intern position with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Association for Summer 2018. He plans to utilize his scholarship money to help cover the costs of tuition.

Brittany Pugliese (Hershey, PA), is a senior at Penn State-University Park studying Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. As president of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation student-run chapter, she has been able explore career paths that combined her passion for nature and medicine. Following graduation, Brittany will take a gap year to gain more experience in the field. She plans to attend veterinary school in the near future and is leaning towards studying small animal medicine with hopes to someday start her own practice. Brittany will utilize the scholarship money to help cover the cost of supplies and textbooks required for veterinary school.

Karl Suttman (Chalfont, PA), is a senior at Juniata College majoring in Wildlife Conservation. His passion for nature and wildlife inspired him to pursue a degree in Wildlife Conservation. Karl attended a semester-long program at the Juniata Raystown field station where he was able to conduct his own research. Karl’s ultimate career goal is to work as a wildlife biologist at the federal or state level. He plans to use his scholarship money to attend conferences that will inform him of the latest research techniques in the wildlife field.

Alisha Pushinsky (North Huntingdon, PA), is a senior at Penn State-University Park majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. She has been accepted into the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she plans to specialize in zoological medicine. Alisha hopes to advocate for wildlife through promoting the One Health initiative, a worldwide collaborative effort that works to obtain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Alisha’s long-term career goal is to work with wild or exotic animals, whether it be in a zoo setting or directly for the government. She plans to use the scholarship money to purchase an iPad tablet required for admission into Ohio’s veterinary school.

The vision of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation is to be the leading advocate for wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania. The foundation was formed in 2004 to provide all wildlife enthusiasts with a way to show their commitment through much-needed financial support for wildlife conservation efforts and education. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support projects including wildlife and wetland habitat improvements, creek and lake restorations, the Seedlings for Schools program and student educational opportunities. The Foundation’s mission connects all wildlife and nature enthusiasts to the great outdoors, including birders, hunters, anglers, students and everyone with an appreciation for nature’s treasures. For more information, visit

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