Carlow University alumna Jessica Vega Rogowicz, profiled recently in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is a tireless advocate for melanoma prevention and research. Her interest began when she discovered a malignant mole on her back at the age of 24.
Jessica earned her undergraduate degree from Carlow in elementary and special education in 2004. She established the Jessica Vega-Rogowicz Miles Against Melanoma Scholarship, which provides $1,000 for Carlow education majors. As part of the application process, scholarship applicants are asked to submit a lesson plan detailing how to be safe in the sun to avoid health hazards like skin cancer.
In 2011, Jessica founded the Pittsburgh Melanoma Foundation, which recently awarded its first donation of $20,000 to Dr. Howard Edington and the Allegheny Health Network.