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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship

Deadline March 1

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Scholarship Program enhances educational opportunities for eligible students who reside in Pennsylvania. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. The program is administered by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (a 501 (c) (3) community foundation) and uses the nowU Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program at the State Treasury Department to ensure that the scholarships keep pace with tuition inflation (nowU, formerly TAP 529, was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1992).

The program provides four-year scholarships to two high school seniors per year. Each award consists of the value of one semester of tuition at the State System of Higher Education for each of four years. Eligible educational institutions include nearly all colleges, universities, and career schools in Pennsylvania. Half of each annual award will be paid in the fall semester, and half in the spring semester. Students must maintain eligibility criteria in all four years in order to receive ongoing awards.
Scholarship awards must be used for tuition & fees and books only. Each award disbursement will be paid jointly to the student and to the educational institution in order to ensure proper use of funds.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Graduating High School Senior

  2. Legal residency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  3. Attendance at a Pennsylvania college, university, or career school as a full-time student

  4. Academic achievement (minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA in high school)

  5. Commitment to community and demonstrated leadership qualities

  6. Extracurricular activities

  7. Financial need

*Children of legislators and their staff members are not eligible.

How to Apply

The application process can be accessed online. Before accessing the application, be prepared to attach the following items:

  1. Other scholarship information. A fill-in Word document can be found online and should be completed, saved, and attached to your application.

  2. Student Resume and Commitment to the Community & Leadership Skills. A fill-in Word document can be found online and should be completed, saved, and attached to your application.

  3. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). Report should be attached in its entirety. This report must include the student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Please be aware that SAR is


    the same as the Summary Report. In addition to the SAR, you may also provide a letter with information you believe will be useful in determining your financial need (e.g., family and student income). Are there extenuating circumstances of which we should be aware? For example, illness in the family, loss of employment, or other relevant information?

  4. Personal Essay: When the founders met in Independence Hall in Philadelphia to develop our nation’s government, Ben Franklin remarked that the governmental system he helped to develop was a republic not a democracy. Discuss the difference between the two ideas of government and which one you believe characterizes our state’s current system of governance. Essay should be titled, 500 words maximum, typewritten, 12 point font, double-spaced.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship – (Page 2)

Deadline March 1

The following requirements must be mailed. They will not be accepted electronically.

  1. Three (3) Personal Reference Letters. At least one letter should be from a high school teacher on school letterhead. Letters from family members will not be accepted.

    References should be sealed in an envelope and should not be opened by the student. All reference letters must remain confidential.

  2. Official Transcript. Home schooled students should submit a detailed grade report.

  3. Your guidance counselor must complete and sign the Guidance Counselor Form, which can be downloaded from the website.

  4. $10 Processing Fee; checks only; made payable to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Processing fees do not fund the scholarships, but instead offset program administration costs. The scholarships are privately funded; no tax or other public funds are used.

Please do not submit items that have not been requested. Any additional paperwork submitted that has not been requested will be shredded. It is not necessary to mail items that have already been submitted electronically.

It is your responsibility

to ensure that these requirements are received by the deadline. They

must be received

by the deadline,



. Students are encouraged to mail all of these requirements together in one large envelope. Mail to:
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

PA House of Representatives Scholarship

Attn: Allison Moesta, Program Associate for Educational Enhancement

200 N. 3rd Street, 8th Floor

PO Box 678

Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678


This scholarship will be automatically renewed for up to four (4) years provided the student remains a legal resident of Pennsylvania; remains enrolled as a full-time student at a Pennsylvania school; and maintains a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in the first year and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale each subsequent year. Students must submit their official transcript and tuition bill, along with a note updating their progress

each semester

to The Foundation in order for their scholarship to be renewed.

Matching Award Opportunities

AES/PHEAA’s PATH Program: Scholarship recipients are eligible to have their awards matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by AES/PHEAA’s PATH (“Partnerships for Access to Higher Education”) Program. PHEAA may grant matching funds to scholarship recipients who are enrolled in an approved Pennsylvania college or career school, who are a state grant recipient and who demonstrate financial need. The match provides last-dollar support for tuition and fees. The scholarship recipient’s information is submitted to PHEAA by TFEC staff. No additional work will be asked of the scholarship recipient. For more information regarding AES/PHEAA, please refer to their Web site at www.pheaa.org.


Federal Pell Grants

Pell grants provide awards up to $5500 annually for students demonstrating the greatest financial need. This award is only available to students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The program grants a range of up to $4,000 annually for students demonstrating exceptional need. These grants are only available to students pursuing a first-time undergraduate degree.

Pennsylvania State Grant

These grants of up to $4,348 are available only to Pennsylvania students who have resided in the state for more than 12 months. Students who do not live in Pennsylvania may establish residence only if they live in the state for 12 months without attending school during that time. To be considered, the FAFSA application must be received by May 1. Visit www.pheaa.org for more information.


Federal Perkins Loan

Freshmen and sophomores may borrow up to $5,500 annually, depending on need and the availability of funds. Loan repayment begins nine months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least part-time. Interest rates may change.

Direct Loan Program

These loans come in two forms: subsidized and unsubsidized. The subsidized loan is awarded based on financial need, and no interest is charged before repayment begins or until the authorized period of deferment ends. The unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of need.

Direct Parent Plus Loans for Undergraduate Students

These loans enable parents to borrow money to pay for the education of a child who is a dependent undergraduate student. To be eligible, parents must pass a credit check. The yearly limit on a PLUS Loan is equal to the cost of attendance minus any financial aid the student may receive. Repayment of this loan begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement for the academic year.


Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP)

Jobs are provided to students on campus through this federal program. Students earn minimum wage, and work long enough to earn a designated amount of money. Generally, students work an average of five hours per week.

* For a complete PA Student Aid Guide visit: PHEAA.org *

Pennsylvania State Grant

*the FAFSA is used to apply

  • Deadlines:

      • May 1 for all renewals, plus all new students enrolled in four-year programs or college transfer programs.

        It is very important for low-income students to meet the filing deadline so they don’t miss out on grant funds.

      • August 1 for new students at Business, Trade, and Technical Schools, two-year Nursing Schools and two-year terminal programs

  • Maximum awards for 2013-2014 are tied to allowable variable college cost levels not to exceed:

      • $4,348 per year for full-time students

      • $2,174 per year for part-time students

  • Eligibility requirements:

      • Be enrolled at least half-time (defined as at least six semester credits but less than 12 semester credits per semester or the equivalent).

      • Be enrolled in an approval program of at least two academic years in length. (i.e. meaning at least 15 months and 60 credit hours or 1800 clock hours—1500 clock hours if an associate degree program).

      • Be enrolled in a school approved by PHEAA for Pennsylvania State Grant purposes.

      • Not have received the maximum number of Pennsylvania State Grants permitted.

      • High school graduate or GED recipient.

      • Be of satisfactory character (not incarcerated).

      • Be a domiciliary of Pennsylvania (i.e. Pennsylvania resident for 12 months prior to filing the FAFSA. If the student is not 18 at the time of filing, the parents must have been Pennsylvania residents for at least 12 months prior to filing).

      • Be a high school graduate as stipulated in the Pennsylvania State Grant Law.

      • Make academic progress as defined by PHEAA.

      • Not be in default or pending default on an educational loan. This also applies to programs where awards have been converted to loans due to failure to meet all eligibility or service requirements and the loan is in a default status.

      • Not have a prior bachelor’s degree.

* The maximum award is dependent upon available funding

and subject to review and adjustment. *

Jonathan D. Martin Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Return Essay to Counselor For Mailing: Jonathan D. Martin Foundation

C/O Joyce Posey

1022 Terra Street

Round Rock, Texas 78665


Or email essay to joyceposey@live.com

Jonathan D. Martin Foundation Scholarship Criteria:

  • Presented by Jonathan’s family to a senior student at the Mount Union Area High School (MUAHS) that will be attending an institute of higher education or enlisting in the U.S. military.

  • Student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • Foundation must receive essay no later than May 1, 2014

    • In no less than 500 words, please write an essay on the growing importance of family, school, and community involvement in small towns. Also include ways you believe your school, family, and the community can better work together in promoting the health, well-being, and learning of all students in Mount Union.

  • Amount of award will vary. There will be one scholarship presented and the amount will be between $250 and $1,000.

  • Student must be accepted at an institute of higher education (can also be a vocational or technical school) or enlisted in the U.S. military. Verification of higher education attendance or military enlistment must be included with essay.

  • Considerations will be given for students who exhibit a great attitude, have a strong work ethic, demonstrate ability to overcome adversity, demonstrate compassion for others, and have a financial need.

Mary Grace Wible Scholarship

The Mary Grace Wible Art Education Scholarship is awarded through:
Undergraduate Art Education

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Minimum of $6,500 or more a year
For an application and more information on the scholarship go to: https://sites.google.com/site/marygracewible/
Or go to http://www2.kutztown.edu/Scholarships/ to view a full listing of KU’s scholarships College of Visual and Performing Arts/Mary Grace Wible Scholarship
Questions contact: email kutztownpa@kutztown.edu

Deadline = March 1st

Clearfield Bank and Trust Company

Clearfield Bank & Trust Company will be awarding six $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors. Winners will be selected from a pool of applicants from the area high schools. Clearfield Bank & Trust Company encourages loyalty, school spirit, leadership and a dedication to excellence. The applicant is expected to maintain a minimum “B” average and play an active role in school and/or community activities. The essay below will be judged on length, content and grammar. In not more than 500 typed words, using 12 point, double spacing, answer the essay to the best of your ability and return to the address below by

April 9, 2014.

The following essay may require outside research. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated; any student found plagiarizing will be automatically disqualified from the selection process.
Discuss the following in detail:

How to avoid bad credit and how will it affect your future?

Please send completed application and essay to:

Clearfield Bank & Trust Company

c/o Sandra Nelson

11 North Second St.

P.O. Box 171

Clearfield, PA 16830

Neither employees of Clearfield Bank & Trust nor their families are eligible for the Clearfield Bank & Trust Academic Scholarship.

Mifflin County Education and Scholarship Foundation


6395 SR103N

Building 50

Lewistown, PA 17044

Prospective recipients must be a resident of Mifflin County for at least 2 school years and have a clear and definitive career path in mind.
Along with a career path, the Committee will consider high school records, references and financial need.
Scholarships will be issued for students entering two year associate or technical degrees and 4 year degrees. Scholarships may range from $500.00 to $1,000.00.


Please log on to:


Select “Forms” to complete application online.

Print and give to your counselor for submission.

Sherry Jo’s Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline:

April 9, 2014

Return Application to:

Ms. Susan Hendricks, Guidance Counselor

Sherry Jo’s Memorial Scholarship Criteria

  • Presented by Sherry Jo’s family to a senior student at the Mount Union Area High School that will be attending an institute of higher education.

  • Contact: Michele Huntsman 814-643-7280 or sjleonardmemorial@verizon.net.

  • Student must complete the application and return by April 9, 2014

(See Guidance Office for application)

  • Amount of award will vary. There will be one or two scholarships presented and the amount will be between $250 and $500.

  • Student must be accepted at an institute of higher education

    and provide verification of the acceptance.

  • Student should exhibit a great attitude, have a strong work ethic, and demonstrate ability to overcome adversity.

  • Consideration will be given to students that have demonstrated compassion for others.

Sherry Jo’s Memorial

C/O Michele Huntsman

9990 Mountain Road

Mill Creek, PA 17060-9546


Email: sjleonardmemorial@verizon.net

Website: http://sjleonardmemorial.blogspot.com

Devon Healthcare Scholarship

Scholarship is offered to 3 seniors interested in a career in the health care industry.
Download applications at www.devonhealth.com under the “What’s New Section.”

If you have questions, contact Jamila Grant at 1-800-431-2273 or jgrant@devonhealth.com.

Deadline is April 1
Scholarship amounts:

1st place = $2,500

2nd place = $1,000

3rd place = $500

Essay requirement for this scholarship: Student must use less than 1,000 words but more than 800 words on the topic:

Why are you interested in pursuing a career in health-related studies?

Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to further their education in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Conservation, Forestry, Botany, Agronomy, Plant, Pathology, Environmental Control, City Planning, Land Management, and Allied Subjects.

Applicants must be a Pennsylvania resident and be sponsored by a Federated Garden Club.
Scholarship is based on need, academic standing, and 5 points will be added to the scoring for children, grandchildren, or legal dependents of Federated Garden Club Members.

Scholarship amount = $1,000 (if funds are available)

Deadline Feb 15th
Apply through the Senior High Guidance Office.

Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania

Available to a senior graduating in western Pennsylvania. The student must have been accepted to a post-secondary nursing or allied health training program in Pennsylvania.

Students must be nominated by a school official.


Volunteer activities


Extracurricular clubs & activities

Nomination letters

Nomination Deadline: May 1

Scholarship amount = $1,000

Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Scholarships

*Scholarship availability and amounts are subject to change. Please visit websites as listed!

Alvernia College

- One $1,000 Renewable Scholarship for full-time study www.alvernia.edu

Bloomsburg University -

One $1,500 Non-renewable Scholarship for incoming freshman in the College of Business cob.bloomu.edu

Bradford School -

One One-Half Tuition Scholarship www.bradfordpittsburgh.edu

Cambria-Rowe Business College -

Two $3,600 ($600 for Each of Six Terms) Scholarships for full-time study www.crbc.net

Central Pennsylvania College -

One $1,000 Scholarship towards first three terms for full-time study www.centralpenn.edu

Douglas Education Center -

One 25% of Tuition Scholarship www.douglas-school.com

DuBois Business College -

Two $3,000 scholarships at each campus for full-time study www.dbcollege.com

Goldey-Beacom College -

Two $1,500 Non-Renewable scholarships for full-time study www.gbc.edu

Indiana University of Pennsylvania -

One $500 scholarship for incoming freshman in Eberly College of Business and Information Technology www.eberly.iup.edu

Johnson and Wales University -

One $1,500 Renewable scholarship

One $1,200 Renewable scholarship

One $1,000 Renewable scholarship www.jwu.edu

Laurel Business Institute -

Two One-Half tuition scholarships for full-time study www.laurel.edu

Mount Aloysius College -

Four $1,000 Renewable scholarships



Newport Business Institute –

Two One-Half tuition scholarships

(Lower Burrell)


Newport Business Institute -

One One-Half tuition scholarship



PACE Institute -

Up to Three One-Half tuition scholarships www.paceinstitute.com

Penn Commercial Business/

Two 30% of tuition scholarships

Technical School -


Pennsylvania College of Technology -

Two $500 scholarships for incoming freshman in School of Business and Computer Technologies www.pct.edu

Pittsburgh Technical Institute -

One Renewable One-Half tuition scholarship www.pti.edu

South Hills School of Business

One $500 Renewable scholarship for full-time study

and Technology -


Temple University -

Two $500 scholarships for incoming freshman in Fox School of Business and Management www.fox.temple.edu

West Virginia Career Institute -

Two One-Half tuition scholarships www.wvjcmorgantown.edu

YTI Career Institute -

Two One-Half tuition scholarships for Business Administration, Computer Systems Specialists or Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management Programs www.yti.edu

PA FBLA William Selden

Ten scholarships: One $1,500; One $1,000; One


$750; Seven $500 for any major at any college, three entries per chapter www.pafbla.org

Visit the Pennsylvania FBLA website (www.pafbla.org) for additional scholarship details and application requirements.

Edgar Snyder & Associates “Words to be Heard” Scholarship

This year Edgar Snyder & Associates will offer a $2,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior through our “Words to be Heard” scholarship contest. Three runners-up will also receive $500 toward their college educations.

We are asking seniors to write a 1,500 to 2,000 word essay answering the following question:

A friend of yours was killed in a car crash following a party where alcohol was being served. Their blood-alcohol level was .10. What could you, as a friend, have done to prevent this accident? What can be done as a community to get the message out to your peers that underage drinking and driving is dangerous?

Edgar Snyder & Associates believes that no one knows the answer to this question better than teenagers themselves who may have already experienced a similar situation in their lives. Hopefully this contest will give valuable insight on ways to prevent underage drinking locally.

Students interested in the “Words to be Heard” scholarship contest must complete the application form and submit their 1,500 to 2,000 word essay on or before January 31, 2014 to be eligible.
If you have any questions, contact the Senior High Guidance Office.

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