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Scholarships

2019-2020 Scholarship Opportunities
Updated April 1, 2020
Local Scholarship Applications
The local scholarship applications have been uploaded to this page.  They have been set up to be filled out electronically.  Most of the applications are due no later than April 17, 2020.  Please carefully read each scholarship application for directions on submission directly to the clubs/organizations awarding the scholarships.  When you save your scholarship file, make sure you save the file with your name and the name of the scholarship.  When emailing your completed scholarship application, make sure to put the name of the scholarship in the subject line.
Three Rivers Desk and Derrick Club Scholarship
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be majoring in an energy-related program
  • Must be accepted and enrolled in a College/University or Trade/Vocational degree program in an Educational Institution accredited and located in Western PA
  • Must be scheduled to attend on a full-time (12 or more credit hours) or Part-time (6 or more credit hours) also while being employed full-time
 
*Application available in guidance
 
Deadline:
Must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2020
   Pennsylvania American Legion Scholarships
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Eligibility requirements vary.  See specific scholarship details on the website.
  • Essay Contest
  • Oratorical Contest
  • Sebastianelli Drum Corps Scholarship
    • Open to any senior who is a child/grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire living or deceased
    • Must be a member of a high school band and planning to major in music.
  • Joseph G. Gavenonis Scholarship
    • Open to any PA High school senior who is a child/grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire
    • Must be seeking a four year degree in a Pennsylvania college or university
  • Robert W. Valimont Endowment
    • Open to any PA High school senior who is a child/grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire
    • Must be seeking a two year career, oriented education or training in a less-than-four-year program in a Pennsylvania school
  • Robert Trace Essay Contest
    • Open to students 15-18 years of age who is a child or grandchild of a Pennyslvania Legionnaire living or deceased or a child of a Pennsylvania soldier killed as a result of the war on terrorism.
    • Must complete a 300-500 word essay on the topic "Patriotism and Citizenship-What America means to me"
 
 
Deadline:
Dates vary, see specific scholarships
                                                                      
Elks National Foundation Scholarships
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Eligibility requirements vary.  See specific scholarship details on the website.
 
Applications available at https://www.elks.org/scholars/
 
Deadline:
Dates vary, see specific scholarships
Mary and Stanley Gettys Scholarship (Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Current high school senior at Connellsville Area Senior High
  • Accepted into the College of Business Administration at the Oakland main campus (No other major field of study, Pitt branch campus, or other university qualifies for this scholarship).
 
**Note: The value of this scholarship is not a set dollar amount, but instead, is up to 75%of the cost of tuition, fees, room and board. While some charges vary, in 2011 these costs easily equal $25,000 for one year. Thus, the value of the scholarship could be as much as &18,750 per year. It is a renewable scholarship for up to a total of four years. While there is no guaranteed minimum dollar amount, the past practice of the university has been to award the scholarship at the 75% level of the costs listed above. See your counselor or Mrs. Angle for details.
Miles J. Cohen Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Students must be admitted and enrolled in the Joseph M. Katz College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Preference will be given to qualified graduates of a Fayette County public high school.
 
*Make sure to mention the scholarship on your application to Pitt or contact Tom O'Toole (412) 624-2022 x4444 at the University of Pittsburgh financial aid office if you've already applied and been accepted.
California University Of Pennsylvania's Merit Based Scholarships

California Unviersity of Pennsylvania annually awards over 2 million in scholarships. New freshmen and transfer students who have been accepted to Cal U and meet eligibility criteria can apply for merit based scholarships awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Scholarship applicants are encouraged to be accepted for admission by December 10 for high priority full consideration of these awards.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • Average or above average SAT/Act scores
 
Contact Cal U's office of financial aid
Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning July 1 of each year

 

The Eberly Foundation Scholarship Funds

The Eberly Foundation has established scholarship funds, primarily for the benefit of Fayette County students, at many colleges and universities. When you are admitted to a college/ university listed below, you must identify yourself as a Fayette County student and find the procedure to obtain an Eberly Scholarship.

The Eberly Foundation website has a current list of colleges/universities that award an Eberly Scholarship

http://www.eberlyfoundation.org/student-info/

  DEADLINE:

Individual deadlines & procedures apply – check at the college/ university at which you plan to attend or see Mrs. Angle in the counseling office for details.

10 Questions to Ask the Financial Aid Office

To Get the Right Answers, Ask the Right Questions

Each college has its own financial aid policies -- how outside scholarships are treated, whether aid awards can be appealed, etc. -- information that may or may not appear in materials they send you. Make the most of your next campus visit and schedule an interview with a member of the financial aid staff. He or she will be able to answer specific questions about costs, the financial aid process, and options for financing your education.

Here are 10 questions to get you started:

  1. What's the average total cost -- including tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, travel, and other personal expenses -- for the first year?
  2. By how much will total costs increase each year? How much has tuition, fees, room and board increased over the last three to five years?
  3. Does financial need have an impact on admission decisions? How is financial aid affected if I apply via an early decision or early action program?
  4. Does the school offer need-based and merit-based financial aid? Are there other scholarships available that aren't based on financial need? Do I need to complete a separate application for merit-based scholarships?
  5. What is the priority deadline to apply for financial aid?
  6. When will I be notified about financial aid award decisions?
  7. If the financial aid package isn't enough, under what conditions, if any, will the aid office reconsider the offer?
  8. How will the aid package change from year to year? What will happen if my family's financial situation changes? What will happen if my enrollment status (or that of a family member) changes?
  9. What are the terms and conditions of the aid programs included in the aid package
  10. What are the academic requirements or other conditions for the renewal of financial aid, including scholarships?
  11. When can I expect to receive bills from the college? Is there an option to spread the yearly payment over equal monthly installments?

FastWeb’s Top Scholarship Tips:

  • Apply only if you are eligible.
  • Complete the application in full.
  • Follow directions.
  • Neatness counts!
  • Make sure your essay makes an impression. Be personal & specific.
  • Watch out for deadlines.
  • Make copies before sending. (Name should appear on EACH page)
  • Give it a final “once-over”.
  • Ask for help if you need it.
  • Remember – your scholarship application represents you!!
 
 
 

Financial Aid On-Line Resources

Click on the Name to be directed to that page.                                              

Peterson's College Planning Guide                                          

FAFSA On-Line                                                        

Fastweb                                                                 

Find Aid                                                                     

PHEAA Homepage                                                     

Collegeboard Scholarship Search                                                  

CollegeNET

Scholarships.com

MyScholly.com

Mycollegeoptions.org

Imagine America Scholarships