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Connellsville Area High School

Scholarships

grad capPSCA 2021 Scholarship Competition
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a high school senior planning to pursue a post-secondary education
  • Must submit a one page essay of no more than 500 words (single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs) on a School Counselor who has made a difference in your academic, career, and/or social-emotional development.
  • The school counselor you are writing about must be a certified school counselor employed as such in Pennsylvania
  • All essays must be a submitted with a PSCA Essay Competition entry form.
 
*Application available below
 
Deadline:
Application and essay must be postmarked by April 2, 2021 to the address listed on the application
grad capPennsylvania American Water Stream of Learning Scholarship Program
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a high school senior.
  • Must live in a household that is served by Pennsylvania American Water (family members and employees of PAWC are not eligible).
  • Must plan on attending a two or four year college or technical school.
  • Must plan to study environmental science, biology, engineering, or chemistry.
 
*Application available below
 
Deadline:
Completed applications must be mailed to the address below no later than April 2, 2021
Lorrie Page
Pennsylvania American Water
852 Wesley Dr.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
grad capBernie Matthews Opportunity Foundation Scholarship
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a high school senior and intending to enter college in the US no later than the fall following graduation.
  • Must demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income required)
  • Must be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Must display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity or other difficult life circumstances
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must be a US citizen.
 
Application available online at http://berniematthewsopportunityfoundation.org/
 
Deadline:
April 15, 2021
grad capJacobs Creek Watershed Association Scholarship
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a graduating senior entering into Environmental Science, Engineering, or a Science related field of study
  • Must be attending a high school within the Jacobs Creek Watershed or reside within the Jacobs Creek Watershed
  • Must have been accepted for enrollment at an educational institution of higher learning on at least a part-time basis and must be attending classes in the Fall 2021 semester
 
Application available below
 
Deadline:
Must be received at JCWA's office no later than April 22, 2021
grad capFVAA Scholarship Program
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a family member of an Armed Forces person (copy of current ID card, DD214 or Honorable Discharge or other proof of military service required)
  • Must be a US citizen and resident of Fayette County
  • Must NOT have been awarded a full scholarship
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
 
Application available below.
Deadline:
Must be postmarked by April 24, 2021
grad capPMHF Community Service Scholarship
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a graduating senior
  • Must be attending an accredited two year or four year post high school education program
 
Application available below.
 
Deadline:
Application must be submitted to the foundation no later than April 30, 2021
grad capFayette County Conservation District Scholarships
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Agriculture Scholarship:
  • Must be a resident of Fayette County
  • Must be enrolled or accepted into an Agriculture or related field of study for the 2021-2022 academic year. Determination of whether your major course of study qualifies will be at the discretion of the board of directors of the FCCD
Environmental Science Scholarship
  • Must be a resident of Fayette County
  • Must be enrolled or accepted into an Environmental Science or related field of study for the 2021-2022 academic year. Determination of whether your major course of study qualifies will be at the discretion of the board of directors of the FCCD
 
Applications available below.
 
Deadline:
Applications must be received at the Conservation District office no later than 4:00 pm on May 3, 2021
grad capPennsylvania American Legion Scholarships
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Eligibility requirements vary.  See specific scholarship details on the website.
  • Essay Contest
  • Oratorical Contest https://www.legion.org/oratorical/about
  • 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 "What does the 26th amendment mean to me"
 
 
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

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Peterson's College Planning Guide                                          

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PHEAA Homepage                                                     

Collegeboard Scholarship Search                                                  

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MyScholly.com

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