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Connellsville Area High School


2018-2019 Scholarship Opportunities
Updated April 15, 2019
Jacobs Creek Watershed Association Scholarship
  • Must be entering into an Environmental Science, Engineering or a science related field of study
  • Must attend a high school within the Jacobs Creek Watershed or reside within the Jacobs Creek Watershed
  • Must have completed his/her junior year of high school and be accepted for enrollment at an educational institution of higher learning on at least a part-time basis
  • Must register for and be attending classes in the fall of 2019 semester.
*Application available in guidance.
Must be received at the address on the application before April 22, 2019
Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (Fayette County Chapter) Scholarship
  • Applicant must be a traditional graduating senior from a public high school in Fayette County.
  • Applicant must be majoring in the field of education
  • Applicant must have been accepted into an accredited post-secondary institution for the summer or fall term immediately following graduation.
  • Application form must be accompanied by:
    • 2 letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a teacher of the student)
    • One page letter from the student outlining his/her personal goals
    • Copy of the applicant's acceptance letter from the institution he/she plans to attend
*Application available in the guidance office or attachment below
Application and supporting materials due in the guidance office on or before May 1, 2019
Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship
  • Must be a high school senior
  • Must be planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college/university and major in an environmental area of study
*Application available online at
Applications must be postmarked on or before May 3, 2019
Three Rivers Desk and Derrick Club Scholarship
  • Must be accepted and enrolled in a College or University or a Trade or Vocational degree program, in an Educational Institution accredited and located in Western Pennsylvania, and must be scheduled to attend on either a full-time (12 cr. hours or more) or part-time (6 cr. hours or more and a full time job)
  • Must submit a 500 word essay: "How can schools help in preparing students to better understand and evaluate the many types of energy that are available today?"
  • Must provide a list of internships, leadership roles, and/or service activities in which they have been involved, and provide a short description of each activity
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope from someone other than a family member or friend
*Application available in the guidance office.
Please mail packet to address on application no later than May 31, 2019
   Pennsylvania American Legion Scholarships
  • Eligibility requirements vary.  See specific scholarship details on the website.
Dates vary, see specific scholarships
  Elks National Foundation Scholarships
  • Eligibility requirements vary.  See specific scholarship details on the website.
Applications available at
Dates vary, see specific scholarships
Mary and Stanley Gettys Scholarship (Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh)

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 3.0 high school GPA
  • Average or above average SAT/Act scores
Contact Cal U's office of financial aid
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.

Click on the college name to be taken to the school's financial aid page.

Allegheny College

Berea College

Bethany College

California Univ. of PA

Carnegie Mellon



Community Coll. Of Allegheny Co.



Indiana Univ. of PA

Penn State (University Park)

Penn State (Fayette)

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh (Greensburg)

Robert Morris

Rochester Institute of Technology

Saint Vincent

Salem University (WV)

Seton Hill University

Slippery Rock University

Thiel College

Washington and Jefferson


West Virginia University

Westminster College


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

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Peterson's College Planning Guide                                          

FAFSA On-Line                                                        


Find Aid                                                                     

PHEAA Homepage                                                     

Collegeboard Scholarship Search                                                  


Imagine America Scholarships

AMVETS Scholarships
Three scholarships are available:  Patrick W. Britt, California University of PA, and JROTC Scholarship
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS(for any of the three):
  • Is a dependent child or grandchild of a Veteran, who is a member of AMVETS Post 103 or any Veteran who lives in Fayette County
  • Is a 2019 graduate of a Fayette County High School
  • Carries a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • SAT score of at least 1000 by new scoring system
  • Has been accepted in an institution of higher learning or is in the process of being accepted
  • A copy of the student's parent or gandparent's military discharge or copy of DD214 must be included with the application.
*Applications available in guidance and MUST be mailed to the address given by the due date.
April 26, 2019
Fayette County Conservation District Scholarship
  • Must be entering into or enrolled in Agriculture, Environmental Science, or related field of study
  • Must be a resident of Fayette County
  • Must have completed his/her junior year of high school and accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled at an educational institution of higher learning on at least a part time basis
  • Must register for and be attending classes in the Fall of 2019 and/or Spring of 2020 semester
*Application available in guidance and MUST be mailed to address given.
May 1, 2019