Scholarship Honors Nancy Jane King Wandrisco
Thomas A. Wandrisco, of Greensburg, Pa., established an endowed scholarship at Seton Hill University in memory of his wife, Nancy. The Nancy Jane King Wandrisco Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide financial aid to undergraduate female students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in areas of study that include political science, business or areas related to government relations. Awards will be granted to students who display academic promise and a strong work ethic.
A Greensburg native, Nancy Wandrisco was born on February 13, 1929, to the late M.A. King and Eleanor Church King. She attended Saint Joseph Academy, the precursor to Seton Hill University, through 1943. Nancy went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College for Women in New London, Conn. Following graduation, she became an executive secretary with Timken Latrobe Steel Company. Nancy was a member of the Latrobe Steel Retired Women’s Club. She was also a long-time member of the Mystery Guild Book Club and several Crossword Puzzle Clubs. She enjoyed knitting, cross stitch and needlepoint until arthritis hindered those activities. She was a member of Greensburg’s Greensburg’s First Presbyterian Church and was a past worthy matron of Eastern Star Chapter Number 281.
Nancy Blake, a lifelong friend and Timken Latrobe Steel Company colleague of Nancy Wandrisco’s commented, “As an astute business person, Nancy provided tremendous assistance to leaders in the financial and legal departments at Latrobe Steel. She was diligent in completing every task to the best of her ability. I know Nancy would be delighted by the creation of this Seton Hill scholarship named in her honor because it will support female students with a work ethic similar to her own.”
In addition, Nancy Wandrisco was fondly remembered by her friends at Seton Hill as having “personality plus.” During her time at Saint Joseph Academy, she served as a member of the Latin Honor Society, an academic society for students who maintained a 90 percent average or higher in their Latin courses.
At the height of World War II, Nancy participated in the American Red Cross School at War program, which raised money, ran collection drives, sent care packages, and made gifts for soldiers in hospitals. In 1943, she earned second place in Saint Joseph Academy’s “Save, Serve, Conserve” key drive, which contributed nearly 4,000 keys to a national collection effort that re-purposed scrap metal for the armed forces.
Nancy’s classmates at Connecticut College for Women cherished her “open ear and open heart.” She was remembered for her friendly gestures and “bursting giggles.”
Tom Wandrisco said, “Nancy was hard working and a respected professional. I believe she would be pleased that this scholarship is aiding undergraduate women at Seton Hill enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program who are determined and conscientious, as these are traits Nancy held in high esteem.”
The initial Nancy Jane King Wandrisco Scholarship Award will be made on August 26 to coincide with the date Tom and Nancy first met.