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Pennsylvania Scholarships

The Keystone State of Pennsylvania is one of the original 13 states of the Union. It is the 6th most populated state in the nation. Key industries for the state include banking and finance, agriculture, technology and tourism. The state is home to 50 Fortune 500 companies including U.S. Steel, H.J. Heinz and PPG Industries. 

Pennsylvania has over 260 colleges, universities and trade schools. Notable names include the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Smaller schools that lack the name recognition of the above mentioned colleges but are also deserving of attention include Allegheny College, Juniata College and Ursinus College to name only a few. 

College scholarships in Pennsylvania come in all shapes and sizes. Students looking for college funding assistance will encounter a broad network of public and private scholarship opportunities. Private scholarship can be found for those pursuing degrees in college majors such as engineering, aviation, agribusiness, theology, mathematics and many more.

Follow the links below to learn all you need to know about college scholarships in Pennsylvania. 

Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP)

Eligibility requirements: Legal residents of Delaware U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens Demonstrate substantial financial need, as determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Have a minimum cumulative, unweighted grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale Enroll full-time in an undergraduate degree program at a nonprofit, regionally accredited institution (http://www.chea.org/default.asp) in Delaware or Pennsylvania Or enroll full-time at a nonprofit, regionally accredited college in an undergraduate or graduate degree program that is not offered at the University of Delaware (http://www.udel.edu/academics), Delaware State University (http://www.desu.edu/academics) or Delaware Technical Community College (https://www.dtcc.edu/academics/programs-study).

James A. Finnegan Award

$1,500.00 for the James A. Finnegan Award; additional individual $1,000 awards; honorable mentions as recommended. Placement in a named summer internship in state government. Finnegan Interns also earn weekly salaries paid by state agencies during their state government employment. The internships are named for the late James A. Finnegan and other men and women who have made important contributions to the "art of government" in Pennsylvania. Summer Experience: Students are assigned positions in state government. These internships may be in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government. Interns attend seminars with leading elected or appointed public officials and key media personnel. In order to receive the monetary awards, applicants MUST be available to secure an internship during the summer for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks, generally beginning in late May and ending mid to late August. Eligibility: Undergraduates, who at the time of essay submissions, are attending accredited Pennsylvania colleges/universities and Pennsylvania residents attending accredited colleges/universities elsewhere, who have completed at least 1 semester, are eligible to apply.

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

QUALIFICATIONS In the granting of scholarships, preference shall be given to residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Applicants should reside or have resided in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and be a citizen of the United States. Grants are made without distinction as to race, color, creed, or sex. The applicant need not be a graduate student, nor formally trained in any academic or professional program. The applicant must show that the scholarship will aid them in their development into professional artists. The granting of the award and the amount awarded is a matter of discretion of the Grant Selection Committee. PROCEDURES Applicant must furnish the Selection Committee with proof of exceptional ability in his or her chosen field and give evidence that this chosen field is intended to be his or her life's work. This ability must be demonstrated through a selection process which is initiated by completing an official application form. The application form must be supported by letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts or judges in the pertinent field. Additionally, the application requires a detailed proposal for the use of the grant including a projected budget. TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP The recipient may use the award only to finance an individual program or proposal which has had prior approval by the Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House, Inc. The grant, awarded annually, is in the sum of up to $12,000. The proceeds of this grant represent taxable income in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Code Section I 17, as amended. The grantor will file the necessary reports with the IRS concerning the award. The recipient is required to make two progress reports to the Administrative Chairperson. These reports are then presented to the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House. Failure to comply with these reports may result in the termination of the grant. There is no requirement that the award be made if in the judgment of the Selection Committee there is no qualified candidate. TIMETABLE Completed applications and proposals must be in the office of the Waverly Community House, Inc. on or before December 15th of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday the applications must be postmarked on or before the 15th. All applicants will be informed within 90 days as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee for a final presentation of their work and for an interview. Each finalist will be notified of their status within one week of the presentations as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee. On or before November 1st, a progress report, including photographs and/or other suitable documentation of the work in progress, must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson. On or before May 1st, a more complete and detailed report must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson.

Hawk Mountain International Training Program

The international training program in conservation science at Hawk Mountain provides hands-on learning and field experience for individuals committed to a career in natural-resource conservation. Trainees at Hawk Mountain... Live on-site for 4 months Learn basic techniques in conservation science and education Experience monitoring and environmental education in a wildlife sanctuary Learn how to work with volunteers, visitors and school groups Learn how to apply for grants and fund their own research projects Work on both an independent and a group project Practice nature interpretation at the Sanctuary Practice the latest methods in migration monitoring techniques Use satellite telemetry, banding, and GIS mapping Develop multicultural awareness and international partnerships Hawk Mountain trains up to 14 exceptional individuals per year. Trainees are selected from Pennsylvania, the United States and abroad. Most are selected more than one year in advance and are approved by Director of Conservation Science Dr. Keith Bildstein.

Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

What is it? The Ohio Board of Regents administers the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program, which provides grant money to Ohio residents who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need (as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that should be completed) who are enrolled at Ohio public university main campuses (not regional campuses or community colleges), Ohio private, non-profit colleges or universities, and Ohio private, for-profit institutions. Who is Eligible? Ohio residents in a degree or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of 2190 or less and a maximum household income of $75,000. How do I apply? Students apply for OCOG benefits by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Is there a deadline? The application deadline is October 1 of each year.

Geneva College/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: The prospective student must be an incoming freshman who will major in engineering. The scholarship will be based on merit and financial need. Students interested must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. Terms: The scholarship recipient will be awarded a four year $2,000 scholarship. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained in order to continue the scholarship in subsequent years. Additional information may be obtained by calling or writing to the Director of Financial Aid, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 (724) 847-6530. GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY/PADNOS/SAE

York College of Pennsylvania/IAC Scholar/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: Incoming first-time freshman pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering are eligible. Requirements include a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1210 or higher with a minimum score of 540 on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 29 (optional writing test required) with a minimum score of 24 on the math and English sections), top 1/5 of high school graduating class, and full admission to York's engineering program. These students will also be eligible to compete for a full tuition scholarship. Terms: One one-third-tuition scholarship will be awarded each year. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required to renew the scholarship each year for up to four years. One-half of the scholarship will be awarded to the student maintaining a GPA of 3.0 to 3.24. Candidates must be accepted to York College by February 1.

Joseph L. & Vivian E. Steele Architecture Scholarship

The Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities is used annually to grant scholarships to students in need of financial assistance who are in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture program or in a graduate program leading to a Master of Architecture degree. Eligibility Criteria 1. Students who are present/former residents of the following counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Tioga, Union, or York 2. Students studying in the final three years of a Bachelor of Architecture program or in a graduate program leading to a Master of Architecture degree 3. Financial Need

KASF Scholarship - Eastern Region

A Korean student currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is qualified to apply. Applicants are judged on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service. For the Eastern Region, schools must be located in either: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, or Kentucky.

Dorothy M. & Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship

These scholarships, renewable for three years, were awarded for the first time in 1999 to engineering majors. Preference is given to Bucknell University and Rensselar Polytechnic Institute students. All SWE scholarships are open only to women majoring in engineering or computer science in a college or university with an ABET-accredited program or in a SWE-approved school, and who will be in a specified year of study during the academic year the grant payment is made. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or above.

ASHRAE David C. J. Peters Scholarship

A one-year $5,000 scholarship available annually to a qualified undergraduate mechanical engineering student enrolled full-time in a four or five year bachelor degree program at one of the institutions listed below. The scholarship was created by Southland Industries in honor of David Peters, a tireless advocate of recruiting quality and ASHRAE member. California State University (CSU) at Chico San Diego Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Cal Maritime Long Beach Pennsylvania State University North Carolina State University Virginia Tech Clemson University University of Nebraska at Lincoln Omaha University of Nevada at Las Vegas Reno Oklahoma State University University of Texas at Austin Applicants must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30% and submit the following on or before the application deadline: Official transcript of college grades (College freshmen whose grades are not available by the application deadline must submit an official transcript of high school grades and verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational institution). Transcript must be mailed. Photocopies will not be accepted. Three signed letters of recommendation as follows: one from an instructor or faculty advisor, one from a current or past employer, and one from another character reference (other than a family member). In the case of institutions with an ASHRAE student branch, a letter from the faculty advisor of that branch may be one of the three letters of recommendation.

Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship

We assist recent graduates by funding a number of public interest fellowships. Each fellowship pays for one graduate to work for a year as an attorney at a sponsoring public interest organization. Our fellowships help recent graduates earn experience as practicing attorneys and build the foundations of a long career as a public interest lawyer. Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship (supporting public interest work anywhere). See website for more information on application process & deadlines.

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.

Beistle Scholarship Fund

The Beistle Scholarship Fund of The Franklin County Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is a scholarship for legal dependents (natural or adopted) of full-time employees of the Beistle Company. If there are no eligible children, or if funds are available beyond those needed; second preference may be given to students graduating from Shippensburg High School, if there are no such students, third preference may be given to children graduating from other high schools within a 30 mile radius of Shippensburg. Eligibility Criteria 1. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university or graduate school. 2. Applicants must demonstrate academic promise and financial need as determined by the Advisory Committee. 3. Academic achievement in high school, community involvement, and citizenship will serve as determining factors in the selection process. 4. Applicants may be required to attend a personal interview with representatives of the Advisory Committee.

Norma Gotwalt Scholarship

The Norma Gotwalt Scholarship Fund is an endowment of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. This scholarship will be awarded to one female studying elementary education and entering her senior year at Penn State Harrisburg. This scholarship fund was established in honor of two of Ms. Gotwalt’s colleagues in the field of education: Dr. William Henk and Dr. Steven Melnick. This $3,000 scholarship must be used for tuition, fees, or books and is contingent upon a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 while attending Penn State Harrisburg. Eligibility Criteria: 1. Must be a female elementary education student entering her senior year at Penn State Harrisburg 2. Must maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA in her time at Penn State Harrisburg 3. Community service 4. Financial need

George P. Boucek Scholarship Fund of Delta Dental of Pennsylvania

The George P. Boucek Scholarship Fund of Delta Dental of Pennsylvania began in 2001-2002 as a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. This scholarship program is for the children of employees of Delta Dental to assist with college tuition expenses. The Scholarship will be awarded as indicated: Half the funding initially and thereafter - if the funding is not being used for a renewable scholarship - shall go to a student intending to attend college, who can demonstrate financial need, and is a son/daughter of a Delta Dental management employee. Half of the funding initially and thereafter - if the funding is not being used for a renewable scholarship - will be awarded to a student intending to attend college, who can demonstrate financial need, and is a son/daughter of a Delta Dental employee who is a member of PJB Local 170. Eligibility Criteria: Scholarship applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: 1. Dependent children of a Delta management employee and/or member of PJB Local 170 2. Must attend a two- or four-year accredited college in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 3. Academic achievement with a minimum GPA of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale 4. Extracurricular activities, work experience, and community service 5. Financial need

Harry N. and Melva A. Derickson Scholarship

The Harry N. and Melva A. Derickson Scholarship Fund is an endowment fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. The income from the fund is used to assist residents from Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties for a course of study in preparation for medical or dental school, nursing, physical therapy, other medical related fields, or engineering. Students will be enrolled in undergraduate programs at two or four year colleges or universities. There will be multiple awards at varying amounts. It is preferred that the number of scholarships be split equally between males and females. Eligibility Criteria 1. Residents of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry counties 2. Desire to pursue a course of study in preparation for engineering, medical school, dental school, nursing, physical therapy, or other medical related fields 3. Academic achievement 4. Extracurricular activities 5. Service to the community 6. Financial need

Sue and Ken Dyer Foundation Travel Scholarship Award

The Sue & Ken Dyer Foundation is an endowment fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities from which the income is used to assist students with travel expenses for educational or service trips. The Sue & Ken Dyer Foundation will award travel scholarships in an amount up to $2,000. Award recipients will be required to submit a final report describing their travel experience. Eligibility Criteria 1. Juniors or seniors enrolled at one of the following schools: Cedar Cliff, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Trinity, or Harrisburg Academy. 2. Purpose of the travel must be for educational purposes or service, such as missions 3. Character of the applicant 4. Financial need

Norma Gotwalt Scholarship Fund

The Norma Gotwalt Scholarship Fund is an endowment of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. This scholarship will made one award for a female who is studying elementaryeducation. Recipient must be in her junior or senior year at Penn State Capital College. This scholarship fund was established in honor of two of Ms. Gotwalt’s colleagues in the field of Education: Dr. William Henk and Dr. Steven Melnick. This $3,000 annual scholarship can be used for tuition, course fees, or textbooks and is contingent on a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA while at Penn State Capital College.SELECTION CRITERIA:Scholarship applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:1. Must be a female elementary education student in her junior or senior year at Penn State Capital College.2. Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in her time at Penn State Capital College3. Career goals4. Essay 300 words maximum, typewritten, 12 pt. font, double spaced5. Financial need6. Community service

Leader Scholarship Fund

Recipients chosen annually by the administrators of the LPN Program at the LPN School at HACC York based on financial need of academically qualified students.

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