Scholarships Currently Available

 Scholarships Currently Available

All parents and students must remember that school deadlines for scholarships will differ from those on the application in order to ensure that scholarships are received by the guidance office in time to add necessary paperwork and be sent to the sponsors prior to the deadline.


UPDATED 10/16/17

     in Memory of Hugh Carcella

     The United Steelworkers Hugh Carcella Scholarship offers scholarships each year with a total value of $4,000.00 ($1,000 per year for four years).  Scholarships will be awarded in June 2018.   The scholarships will be available for use in an accredited college or university that the winner wishes to attend in the United States or Canada.   Winners may follow any course of study normally leading to a recognized bachelor's degree.   A two year Community College is acceptable when matriculating toward a four year Bachelor's Degree program.
     An applicant must be a member in good standing, or the son or daughter or legal ward of a member of a United Steelworkers, District 10 (Eastern) local union participating in the Scholarship Program; or the son or daughter or legal ward of a disabled or old age retiree or deceased member of an affiliated local union who was in good standing with the United at the time of their retirement or death.
     Applications may be obtained, upon request, from participating local unions.  Applicants will fill out the application form giving all required information.   No application will be accepted unless properly signed by the President and Recording Secretary of the respective local union.   When completed, the forms should be mailed to the Scholarship Fund Committee, United Steelworkers, 10 Canal Street, Suite 310, Bristol PA 19007
     Applications must be postmarked no later than midnight, March 15, 2018.  There are no exceptions to this rule and applications postmarked after the March 15 date will be returned ineligible.

UPDATED 10/10/17

Program Information

The Maguire Foundation has partnered with The Pennsylvania Society to create a scholarship to assist Pennsylvania high school seniors who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited, non-proprietary four-year college or university which must be located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entire 2018-2019 academic year. Awards are eligible for renewal for up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first (see awards section for full requirements).

The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nations largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.


Applicants to The Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program with the Maguire Foundation must:

  • Be current high school seniors at any Pennsylvania secondary school, including public, private and home schooled students.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited non-proprietary four-year college or university which must be located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Have been an active participant in community and/or extracurricular activities.
  • Have demonstrated financial needs (a family adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less).
  • Be able to submit a completed Applicant Appraisal from a school counselor, teacher, work supervisor or a community or religious leader.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an annual award of up to $8,000. Up to 25 awards will be granted in 2018. Awards can be used for tuition, fees, supplies, books, and room and board, but cannot exceed comprehensive school cost as reported by the College Board. Awards are renewable (at the same amount) up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent on the basis of maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent), continued involvement in the community and continued enrollment in an eligible postsecondary institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Eligibility for senior (fourth) year funding is dependent on meeting the criteria below:

Students attending four-year schools will be required to take a minimum of nine (9) credits in one or more of the following academic subjects by the completion of the junior year. You will not place out of these requirements through AP exams taken while you are in high school.

  • Government/Political Science
  • Civics
  • United States History

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

This requirement will be tracked and students will be ineligible for the final year of scholarship payment if the requirement is not met.

Application Process

  • Start by clicking Register to Apply at the bottom of this page. You will need to read and agree to a consent statement, supply a unique and valid email address, and create a username and password.
  • Correspondence throughout the application process will be by email. Email messages will be sent to the username and email address registered when you created your account. Students failing to use a valid active email account that will accommodate bulk mail may not receive consideration. Be sure to add to your contacts or address book and check your email regularly!
  • Complete the application by entering data in the format described. Proper punctuation and standard capitalization (Jill Smith, 10 Main Street, Harrisburg, PA) must be used.
  • During the application process, you may leave the site prior to submission by clicking on the Save and Log out link located on each application page. To return to the application, you must login using your username and password.
  • Applications are evaluated on the information supplied.  Therefore you should answer all questions as completely as possible.
  • Applications and all required documents must be submitted electronically by the deadline in order for your application to be processed.
  • Once all application requirements are satisfied, the Lock and Submit button will be available to you near the bottom of the Review Application page.
  • Carefully review your application before clicking the Lock and Submit button. Once submitted, you will no longer have access to your application.
  • It is recommended that you print a hard copy of your application for your records.
  • You will receive an email acknowledgment of your submitted application.

Required Documents

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents to Scholarship America by November 1, 2017.

  1. A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  2. A completed Applicant Appraisal Form (click to view and print the form).

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Program Deadline

Your application must be submitted by November 1, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time)

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of ongoing financial need (based on family adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less), academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, including volunteer work, work experience, a statement of career goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal.

Fifty (50) semifinalists will be identified based on the selection criteria.  When notified, semifinalists will be required to provide a copy of the their parents' or guardians' most recently filed IRS 1040 tax return.

Recipients must demonstrate financial need and have a family adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of The Pennsylvania Society or The Maguire Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified of the final decisions regarding scholarship selection in January. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Pennsylvania Society and the Maguire Foundation. Payments are made in equal installments on August 1 and December 30.


Recipients have no obligation to The Pennsylvania Society or The Maguire Foundation. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship America of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.


The Pennsylvania Society and The Maguire Foundation reserve the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

Questions? Contact us:


Call: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for The Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program with the Maguire Foundation.

UPDATED 10/6/17

Hagan Scholarship Foundation

Helping Rural Students Graduate College Debt Free

Purpose of the Scholarship

The Purpose of the Hagan Scholarship is to provide each recipient with the opportunity to obtain a four-year college education and graduate college debt free; and to provide a practical understanding of important life skills not typically taught as a part of the school curriculum. These life skills are taught via Workshops, Schwab Scholar Accounts, and Study Abroad.

Description of Scholarship

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide, need based, merit scholarship; each scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the recipient, up to $5,000 each semester.

  1. The dollar amount of each scholarship disbursement will be determined each semester by HSF by totaling the cost for Tuition and Fees, Room and Board, and Books and Supplies as published by the school; then, deducting one-half of the dollar amount of the parents FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the dollar amount of ALL grants, scholarships, awards and waivers obtained by or awarded to the recipient.
  2. Personal and transportation costs are the responsibility of the recipient.
  3. Parent’s must pay their EFC to the school, if necessary to pay educational costs. If payment of the EFC is necessary to pay educational costs, at least one-half of the EFC must be paid at the start of the fall semester, and the remainder must be paid at the start of the spring semester. To be eligible for funding of a Hagan Scholarship, there must be an unmet financial need after parents pay their EFC.
  4. The scholarship award amount can be increased subsequent semesters to offset the expiration of other scholarships, grants and awards received by recipient.
  5. During the fall semester of the second year of college recipients will be provided with a personal $10,000 Schwab Scholar Account. See Schwab Account.
  6. During the fall semester of the third year of college recipients who have achieved a 3.50 CGPA will receive a Study Abroad Award. See Study Abroad.
  7. During the fall semester of the fourth year of college recipients will receive $1,000 after establishing a personal Schwab Brokerage Account. See Schwab Account.
  8. Recipients must attend a mandatory workshop prior to the start of each academic year of college. See Workshops.
  9. Recipients must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college and provide proof of employment.
  10. Each scholarship is renewable for up to seven additional semesters if the recipient fulfills the renewal criteria, attends the mandatory workshops, and fulfills their Schwab Account responsibilities.
  11. There is no limit to the number of credit hours a recipient can earn during the term of their scholarship. Recipients graduating college in less than four years can use the remainder of their Hagan Scholarship to attend graduate school, or a professional school.

Recipients of a scholarship will be selected on an objective and non-discriminatory basis, regardless of applicant’s race, creed, color, sexual orientation, religion, disability or sex.

2017 Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  2. Must attend an Eligible Public High School; see List of Eligible Public High Schools.
  3. Must be a student in the 2018 high school graduating class.
  4. Must have achieved a high school CGPA of 3.50 or higher.
  5. Must have scored 23 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score); or 1,200 on the SAT.
  6. Must enroll in a four-year college the first semester following high school graduation.
  7. Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of college.
  8. Must complete the FAFSA in 2017 using 2016 tax return information.
    FAFSA EFC must be less than $6,500.
  9. Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
  10. Must not have been convicted of a felony.

The intended recipient of a Hagan Scholarship is a high achieving, self-motivated student, who aspires to obtain a four-year college education in order to realize his or her full potential.

2017 – 2018 Timeline

Current phase in red.
1. Application available September 1, 2017.
Application Deadline November 15, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS.
3. Applications reviewed for completeness and eligibility. 
4. Eligible applications evaluated.

5. Finalists provide supplemental information.
6. Selected finalists notified and interviewed in April, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri.
7. Scholarships awarded and notifications mailed “Return Service Requested.” 

Two-thirds of all finalists interviewed are awarded scholarships. Each finalist interviewed and not awarded a scholarship will receive One Thousand Dollars ($1,000). 

UPDATED 9/29/17

VFW Announces Kick-Off of Annual $30,000 Scholarship Competition--Voice of Democracy

      What is the Voice of Democracy Program?

      Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program.   Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for fore than $2 million in scholarships and incentives.   Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.   This year's theme is, American History:  Our Hope for the Future.

     Why should I enter?

     Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state an and national level.   Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 3-7, 2018, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

     Who can enter?

     The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Oct 31 deadline, who are enrolled in public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school.   For complete details and requirements stop in the Guidance Office. 
     Deadline:   October 31, 2017

UPDATED 9/27/17

2018 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

Contest Topic

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

Contest Policies

All entries must be postmarked or received by January 4, 2018, with the required registration form available on this web site. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible, or incomplete submissions.

Decisions of the Profile in Courage Award Committee are final. Winners will be notified by mail and via telephone by March 31. All participants will receive a letter notifying them of the winners along with a Certificate of Participation by the end of May.

By entering, you agree that your essay will become the property of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and will not be returned. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation reserves the right to print and display the essays and photographs of the contest winners.

Contact the Contest Coordinator

Important Note: Before contacting the Profile in Courage Essay Contest Coordinator, please be sure to read over the FAQ section of this web site.


UPDATED 9/20/17

WTS 2017-18 Scholarships:

This year, the WTS Central Pennsylvania Chapter will be awarding up to $4,000 in scholarship(s) for the 2017-2018 school year to encourage and support the exceptional women who are pursuing careers in a transportation related field. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicants' specific goals, academic achievements, and transportation-related activities.

Interested female students can apply with us for any of the national scholarships listed below. From this applicant pool, one or more students will be selected for a local scholarship from the WTS Central PA Chapter. In addition, one or more students will then also be recommended for the national scholarship competition for the specific national scholarships that they submitted applications for (awards range from $1,000 to $10,000). 



Applicants can apply for one or more of the following scholarships (click on scholarship name for application and instructions):

(Please review our "Guidance on how to spend the scholarship money," located at the bottom of this page.)

Submission Details

Application packages for all 2017-2018 scholarships must be received by Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at either the email address or mailing address listed below. Email submission is preferable. Only complete application packages typed in Microsoft Word or PDF format will be accepted.

Angela Watson, WTS Central PA Scholarship Chair

c/o PennDOT Multimodal Deputate Office

400 North Street, 8th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17105-3643


Important Dates

The application packages for all 2017-2018 scholarships must be received by Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

The Central PA Chapter Scholarship will be awarded in January 2018. 

The National Scholarship Winners will be notified in March 2018. 



For questions about any of the scholarships, please contact Angela Watson, our WTS Central PA Scholarship Chair, at:

"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

     Department winner Winner will receive a $7,500 scholarship, plaque and all-expense paid trip to the Pennsylvania American Legion State Convention to present his/her winning oration, plus the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania in the National and Regional Contests and receive an additional $1,500 scholarship from the National Organization.
     Department First Runner-up - $5,000.00 scholarship and plaque.

     Second Runner-up - $4,000 scholarship and plaque

All interested students should submit an application no later than December 8, 2017All entries are to be mailed to a local Post or District Oratorical Chairman. 
     The contest will consist of two parts. An 8-10 minute, memorized orations will be given on some phase of the United States Constitution.   A 3-5 minute oration on one of the four "assigned topics" selected by National Organization.  These four topics can be found at

       Stop in the Guidance Office to pick up application and contest topics.

DEADLINE:  December 8, 2017


     Prizes to be awarded:  State Essay First Place Winner $3,500
                                                                 Second Place Winner $3,000
                                                                 Third Place Winner $2,500

1.)  This year's Essay Contest topic/title is: "What Does Being a Patriot Mean to Me?"

2.)  Any student enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in a public, private or parochial school or who is home schooled in Pennsylvania is eligible to participate.
     All essays MUST be no less than 500 words and no more than 1,000 words.  Typewritten essays are preferred but not required.  For complete essay contest rules and regulations, please stop in the Guidance Office.

Deadline January 19, 2018

UPDATED 9/14/17

AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.

Scholarship Criteria

Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted.

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.

You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

How to Apply

Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?

Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2017

Submit essay to

There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time.

Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.

UPDATED 8/18/17

Wendy's High School Heisman



Tell your graduating seniors to get ready. It’s their chance to shine.

Once again, Wendy's® High School Heisman® is awarding a total of $150,000 in scholarships to the nation’s most accomplished scholar-athletes. With winners from every school, 100 State Winners, 10 National Finalists, and 2 National Winners, your graduating seniors have lots of ways to join the ranks of more than 600,000 past winners—including several of your school’s very own.

Refer your best-of-the-best.

This year’s winners from your school will compete for 100 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, along with recognition at the state and national levels. And their chance starts with you. Give your seniors a shot at winning the Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship by referring a student today. You can also encourage your Heisman-worthy students to apply at



UPDATED 8/10/17

Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

National Scholarship:


106 $25,000 Scholarships Awarded
Funded through the generosity of the Members of the Association

As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.

The National Scholarship Program is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

The application will be available August 1 – October 25.

Horatio Alger Association State Scholarship:

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

*applicants for the Louisiana and Montana state scholarships must meet additional eligibility criteria.

The application will be available August 1 – October 25.


Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program (1020 awards up to $2,500 each)

Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2017
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.  All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

To print a poster announcing this scholarship program please visit our School Officialpage.

The scholarship program is open until August 31st to fill its remaining slots.

UPDATED 8/9/17

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