Glenshaw Century Club has served the community since 1946

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 3:23 PM


Since its founding, the Glenshaw Century Club Inc. has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to Shaler Area High School seniors and donated more than $150,000 to civic organizations, according to Edie Haughton, executive committee president.

Gertrude Dietrich and Kay Gittings formed the women’s philanthropic service organization in 1946, Haughton said.

“In the early days, the club held dances and Christmas bazaars to provide milk to school students. They (club members) also donated to civic organizations,” she said. “In the 1950s, the club created scholarships.”

This year, the Glenshaw Century Club has awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 12 students, Haughton said.

Students complete applications for the scholarship committee’s review.

“There are no names or addresses on the applications the committee reviews. A standard point system is used on each application. The committee reviews activities, siblings, income, class standing and notes if other siblings are currently in college,” Haughton said. The committee interviews the finalists.

The club uses profits from its annual Holiday House Tour and spring luncheon and fashion show, along with other donations, to support the scholarship program. The club typically grants 10 to 15 scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 each to seniors attending four-year colleges and universities, trade or technical schools, Haughton said.

“The highlight of our year is the April meeting where we present our scholarship recipients to our members. These students are our future and that work is important. We hear from our scholarship recipients after they graduate and are so pleased with what they are doing. They give back to the community as well.”

In 2019, the club has donated a total of $3,500 to the Shaler Backpack Initiative, Bread of Life Food Pantry, Shaler North Hills Library, Millvale Community Library, Elfinwild Home Meals to You and more organizations serving the community.

Also within the last year, the club has donated items so that HEARTH – an organization providing housing for families who have experienced domestic violence and trauma — could furnish two apartments. Members sew “care” bears and present them to hospitals, emergency response units, and the Highmark Caring Place, a center for grieving children and their families. They also arrange floral bouquets for UPMC St. Margaret patients.

The Glenshaw Century Club has donated to North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) since 2005, said Erica Cochran, NHCO’s development director. The club donated cleaning supplies for the organization’s “spring cleaning” drive and a financial donation in May.

“The Glenshaw Century Club is a shining example of community support. Their purpose, which is ‘to promote the good and welfare of the aged, poor, or distressed’ really resonates with our vision, which is ‘Northern Allegheny County is a sharing community where no one needs to be cold, hungry or alone.’ We are flattered that they feel compelled to support us and the work we do,” Cochran said.

To join the Glenshaw Century Club, the interested party must gain sponsorship from one of the club’s nearly 80 members and attend a regular meeting, occurring the fourth Tuesday of the month — except for December, June, July and August — at 7 p.m. at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, 300 Glenn Ave.

Residency requirements do not exist for membership.