5 Generation Bakers Roll Out a High School Athletic Scholarship

By Paula Green

       Since the mid 1800s, the Baker family has been committed to producing only the finest baked products.  Pittsburghers and McKees Rocks natives may be familiar with this renowned family of bakers, who have evolved into 5 Generation Bakers (5GB).  This international company famously produces Jenny Lee Swirl Bread and many other delectable baked-goods.

       In keeping with their commitment to the Pittsburgh region, the Baker family has established a high school scholarship endowment called the Paul M. Baker Scholarship.  5GB recently allocated $2,500 in scholarship money for the Seneca Valley Swim Team.

      Two of the school’s seniors Alison Vlasnik and Ethan Riley were awarded these funds which will go towards pursuing their goals in higher education.  Vlasnik was bestowed with $1,000 in scholarship money, and Riley received $1,500.

     Both Vlasik and Riley were given their awards by 5GB president, Scott Baker during a special awards ceremony on Apr. 6.  “It was really exciting to give out these scholarships on behalf of 5GB.  It was an honor to celebrate the academic success of these two gifted athletes,” Baker said.

     Vlasik will be using her scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Buffalo or Gannon University.  Riley plans to go to Butler County Community College (BC3).

     “The scholarship fund was created in memory of my grandfather, Paul Baker, founder of Jenny Lee Bakery in 1938,” Baker added.  “His years of community participation included working as a founding board member of the Ohio Valley General Hospital, founding member of Chartiers Country Club, McKees Rocks Rotarian for 65+ years, founding parishioner at Ascension Roman Catholic Church and many other organizations.  His kind spirit inspires us at 5GB to give back to our community every day.  We’re excited to honor him in this way.”

       In addition to awarding scholarships to Seneca Valley High School students, 5GB is also honoring two Sto Rox seniors with scholarships as well.  Baker created certain guidelines for the application process.  The students must be dedicated to the 5C’s – 1) Commitment to: 2) Class: A dedication to studies and education; 3) Community-meaningful interactions with community members; 4) Character-strong spirit to be the best an applicant can be; and 5) Career: A focus on the applicant’s calling and life’s work.  To apply for the scholarship, applicants wrote an essay outlining how they exemplify the 5C’s in their everyday lives. 

     Baker plans on awarding these scholarships on an annual basis. For more information on the Paul M. Baker Scholarship fund, email scott@5generationbakers.com.