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Connellsville Area High School


2019-2020 Scholarship Opportunities
Updated October 29, 2019
Grad CapNEED Scholarship
You must be nominated by your school to receive an application.
  • Must have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Demonstrate leadership and excellence as exemplified through academic achievement and extracurricular activities, including commitment to community service
  • Must be an African American student attending an accredited high school in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington, or Westmoreland County
  • Must be a resident of one of the counties listed above for 1 year prior to entering an accredited post-secondary institution
*Please see your guidance counselor if you meet the requirements to be nominated.
Deadline to be nominated:
November 1, 2019
Grad CapSchoolhouse Connection Youth Scholarship
This scholarship is provided for youths who have experienced homelessness to ensure their completion of a post-secondary education program.
  • Applicants must have been born on or after November 11, 1999
  • Applicants must be entering college for the first time during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Applicants who have experienced homelessness within the last six years are eligible to apply
  • Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible
  • Must be a resident of the United States
November 10, 2019
Grad CapCalifornia University of Pennsylvania's Rutledge Institute Scholarship
**This is a full scholarship for students planning to enter the field of education for Pre K-grade 4
  • Must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • SAT or ACT scores must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education's qualifying score requirements
  • Written essay (A specific prompt will be provided)
  • Letters of recommendation from three non-relatives (e.g. employer, teacher, guidance counselor, etc) who have professional interactions with the applicant
  • Successful interview.
*Application available online Rutledge Scholarship
November 15, 2019
Grad CapWestern Pennsylvania Golf Association Scholarship Fund
**This scholarship is renewable up to four years or until post-secondary school graduation (whichever comes first).
  • High School senior
  • Must be employed by a member club of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association for at least two seasons
  • Must maintain at least a 2.8 GPA per term to continue receiving the scholarship (once it is awarded)
*Application available below and in the guidance office.
November 30, 2019
Grad CapJim Borden Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a student who plans to major in Journalism, English Writing, or Communication
  • Must be enrolled in or planning to attend an accredited 4 year college/university with a major in Journalism, English Writing, or Communication and remain in the approved study through graduation
  • Primary residence must be in the Pittsburgh region including, but not limited to, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland, or Washington Counties
  • Must maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Must complete summer internship(s) at Trib Total Media
*Application available online Trib Total Media Scholarship
December 31, 2019
Grad CapBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Dream...Innovate...Grow Scholarship
  • Must be a senior
  • Must intend to be a full time student at a college, university, or trade school in the fall of 2020
  • Must reside within the 16 counties in western Pennsylvania
  • Must have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Must mirror some of the qualities of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices team in terms of leadership, volunteerism, character, and an overall positive attitude towards life
  • Immediate family members of Sponsor's employees and/or salespersons will not be eligible.
*Applications available in the guidance office.  All completed applications must be emailed to the address below.
Applications must be emailed to
January 3, 2020 at 5:00pm
Grad CapNCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
The National Center for Women & Information Technology is giving an award for hackers, coders, and technical 9th-12th grade students
  • All 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary
See scholarship application for details
   Pennsylvania American Legion Scholarships
  • 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"
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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