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 1/17/18

Nursing Schools Almanac is proud to announce our fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. We will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018. The winner will best demonstrate:

  • A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics courses
  • A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
  • We encourage applicants to read the competition guidelines on this page in their entirety before completing the online application.

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Competition eligibility
This scholarship competition is open to all U.S. high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.

Applicants must be in good academic standing and on track to graduate from high school at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year. Only one application entry is accepted per student.

Important dates
August 31, 2018: Submission deadline for scholarship applications is 11:59pm PT.
September 2018: Scholarship committee will meet to review all applications received.
October 2018: Winner will be notified and $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Application form
Interested students may find the complete scholarship application form here. We recommend composing the 500-word essay in your favorite word processor and then pasting the finished product into this form.

Terms and conditions
One scholarship winner will be selected to receive a one-year, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship. Scholarship recipient will be chosen at the sole discretion of the Aspiring Nurse Scholarship committee.

Scholarship funds may be used to pay for tuition, books, supplies, or any other direct education expenses. Scholarship recipient must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited U.S. nursing program.

Once submitted, all essays are property of Nursing Schools Almanac and may be published at its discretion. Nursing Schools Almanac will announce the scholarship winner on its website and through its media outlets.

All personally identifiable information is collected solely to conduct the scholarship competition. Student information will never be used for marketing purposes or shared with any third party.



AWARD: Two  $1000 scholarships will be awarded to two 2018 graduating Lycoming County high school seniors to be used towards tuition, room and board, textbooks, or any other college expense.


ELIGIBILITY: Any 2018 graduating high school senior residing in Lycoming County, who in the fall of 2018 will be attending a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four year college or university or vocational-technical school.


APPLICATION PROCESS: The winners will be selected by the Scholarship Selection Committee based on an interview, essay and letter of recommendation.  


By April 6, 2018:


  • Register on-line via the “Scholarship” link on the Lycoming County Republican Committee web site at


  • Have a letter of recommendation sent directly from a teacher to the Lycoming County Republican Committee, 460 Market Street, Suite 125, Williamsport, PA 17701.


  • Submit to the Lycoming County Republican Committee at a 500-750 word essay on the following topic:Which of our 1st Amendment Rights do you feel is most at risk and why?


Top contenders will attend an interview/meet & greet with members of the Scholarship Selection Committee and one of our elected officials.


Winners will be notified by May 1, 2018.


Awards will be presented May 10, 2018.


GENERAL INFORMATION: Personal information obtained through this scholarship program is intended for the sole use of the sponsors and will not knowingly be shared with other entities. Top contenders must attend the interview/meet & greet. The monies will be awarded in the names of the student and the college. For questions contact Karen Gamble (570)506-3962 or

UPDATED 1/16/18

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 11th year.

We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

Scholarship Deadline   -  June 14, 2018.

Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:

The topic for this year is: 

Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Full details are available on our site.

UPDATED 1/10/18

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UPDATED 1/3/18

The Pennsylvania Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) welcomes all qualifying students to submit a scholarship application for the 2018 Hermine Solt Student Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship that was established in 1992 for the purpose of aiding students in Pennsylvania to pursue higher education in a business-related field.  This scholarship will be given to an eligible senior applicant graduating from a Pennsylvania High School or Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School to be used as either tuition assistance or as a school bookstore credit at any approved two or four-year post-secondary institution, college, or university majoring in the business field.  (Examples include but not limited to: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Communications, Business Management, Business Communications, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Computer/Technology, or Secretarial/Admin. Assistant)

 Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website: – under Award & Scholarships.   Applications can now be sent via email from your school guidance counselor ONLY or via regular mail to:  Applications must be complete to be considered.  Thank you.


Scholarship Committee Chairperson and contact is:

Lenore Filipovic

Phoenixville Area School District

386 City Line Avenue

Phoenixville, PA 19460

Email:  or

UPDATED 12/12/17

AES Scholarship Renewed  -  2018

 The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.  This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.


To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at


We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.


Amount of award:   $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2018


Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at:

UPDATED 12/5/17

Pen SPRA Student Scholarships

The Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association wants to encourage and promote the field of public relations to public high school students through an educational scholarship for those interested in studying the field or related subjects (i.e. journalism, English, public relations, advertising, graphic arts, etc.). The candidate should have maintained a 3.0 GPA, and have been accepted to or applied at a two or four-year college, vocational-technical school, or other institution of higher learning.
The award consists of three one-year scholarships worth $1000 each. Scholarships will be awarded to one public school student from each of PenSPRA's three regions (Eastern, Central and Western). We invite all interested candidates to complete and submit an application. 
Completed applications for the Class of 2018 must be postmarked by Friday, March 9, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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If you have any questions about the scholarship program, contact:
Shelly Belcher
Communications Coordinator
Peters Township School District
631 East McMurray Rd.
McMurray, PA 15317
Ph: 724-941-6251 x7205

UPDATED 11/29/17

First Heritage Federal Credit Union 2018 Scholarship Program

In an effort to help further the education of our local high-school seniors, First Heritage Federal Credit Union is participating in the New York Credit Union Association's statewide college scholarship program.   Last year, this program awarded $29,500 in scholarships to 34 students.

High -school seniors who are members of our credit union and other participating credit unions across the state are invited to apply for scholarships to be used at two or four year accredited educational institutions.

To be eligible, students must be college-bound high school seniors at the time of application, attending college for the first time in the fall of 2018.   They must also be a member of a participating credit union.  (Those who are not currently a member, please call First Heritage Federal Credit Union at 800.833.3338 to learn how to join.)

Applicants will be judged based upon their academic achievements, extracurricular and community activities and the quality of their written 300-500 word essay. 

To pick up an application stop in the Guidance Office.   Completed applications must be returned to the credit union no later than January 5, 2018.

UPDATED 11/28/17





Sayre, Pennsylvania




Guthrie Health Professions Scholarships (9 Awarded) - All area students included (exclusive of children of Guthrie physicians).  Students must be a member of the class of 2018 and plan to enroll at an accredited college/university or hospital-based nursing or allied health program in the summer or fall of 2018.  Applicants must plan to enter a health career such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health professions, health care administration, or medical research. The value of each Guthrie Health Professions scholarship is $650 per year or $2,600 over four years for undergraduate studies.


One scholarship will be awarded to each grouping as outlined below:


  1. Owego Free Academy, Spencer-VanEtten, Tioga Central, Newark Valley, Candor
  2. Towanda, Wyalusing Valley, North Rome Christian School, Northeast Bradford, Tunkhannock
  3. Troy, Canton, Sullivan County
  4. Wellsboro, Mansfield, Mansfield New Covenant Academy, Liberty, North Penn, Elkland, Cowanesque Valley, Williamson
  5. Athens, Sayre, Waverly
  6. Corning-Painted Post, Addison, Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, Bradford Central, Hammondsport, Corning Christian Academy
  7. Horseheads, Thomas Edison, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Elmira, Notre Dame, Elmira Christian Academy, Twin Tier Christian Academy
  8. Ithaca, Dryden, Newfield, Lansing, Groton, Charles O. Dickerson
  9. Maine-Endwell, Union Endicott, Vestal, Johnson City, Binghamton, Seton Catholic


Guthrie Employee Scholarships (4 Awarded) – Children of Guthrie employees only.  The applicant must be the son or daughter of a Guthrie employee* (exclusive of the physician staff).  The student must be a member of the class of 2018 and plan to enroll at an accredited junior college, college or university in the summer or fall of 2018.  The applicant may elect any major field of study.  These students can apply simultaneously for the Guthrie Health Professions Scholarship if the criteria for that scholarship are met.  The value of each Guthrie Employee scholarship is $650 per year or $2,600 over four years for undergraduate studies.


*Employee must be a .6 FTE or greater and have one or more years of employment with Guthrie. 





Sayre, Pennsylvania





  1. Please type, or print in ink, all information.Essays must be typed, using a separate sheet of paper if necessary.All applicants are required to complete both essays.


  2. Notify your guidance counselor as soon as possible of your intention to submit an application and ask that they complete the recommendation form and write a letter of support.


  3. Mail your complete scholarship packet (application, counselor’s recommendation form, high school transcript, and counselor’s letter of support) to:

                Krista Jones

                Scholarship Committee

                The Guthrie Clinic

                One Guthrie Square

                Sayre, Pennsylvania 18840


  4. Application deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018.Your complete application (including information from your guidance counselor) should be received by Guthrie Medical Group no later than January 19, 2018.
  5. A letter acknowledging receipt of your application will be mailed to your home address.If you have not received this acknowledgment by February 5, 2018, please contact Krista Jones at 570-887-4311.
  6. Scholarship winners will be announced in late February.

UPDATED 11/17/17

Pennsylvania Scholarships

Students residing in or attending school in Pennsylvania know the hardships associated with paying for a college education. By using state as one of the search criteria, can help these students find scholarships that can alleviate such hardships. The Pennsylvania scholarships listed below will give you an idea of the types of awards that may be found at For additional information about scholarship and grant opportunities, ones based on both state and additional criteria, you may conduct a free college scholarship search at

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UPDATED 11/14/17

BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official.


Deadline               -     June 19, 2018  

Amount of Award  -        $500.00


The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..


Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.

AXA Achievement Scholarship Deadline Approaching

AXA Achievementsm Scholarship winners demonstrate ambition and self-drive with outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. They share these qualities:
Ambition and drive
Determination to set and reach goals
Respect for self, family and community
Ability to succeed in college
Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2017 or until 10,000 applications are received. Apply today.

UPDATED:  11/8/2017


     The goals of the Twin Tiers youth for Christ Scholarship (TTYFCS) program include recognizing young adults for their development as committed Christians and motivating them to continue to develop as followers of Christ.  The program currently awards a male and a female annual scholarship of $4,000 each.   Each recipient is paid $500 per semester for up to 8 semesters.   The name of the program is in appreciation of the positive impact of YFC.  However, involvement with YFC is not part of the scholarship granting requirements.   There are four minimum requirements for each applicant. 
      If you meet these requirements, please complete an application and submit all parts prior to the established deadline of March 15, 2018.   Stop in the guidance office for application.

UPDATED 11/7/17

Imagine America Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships for High School Students

Are you a high school student trying to find money to pay for your career college education? Are you planning to attend one of the approximately 400 participating career school campuses  across the country? The Imagine America High School Scholarship Program can help.

The Imagine America Foundation created its Imagine America High School Scholarship Program in 1998 to provide scholarships for high school students. This annual scholarship program has helped thousands of high school seniors afford a career education at hundreds of career schools across the United States. Each year, every high school in the United States and Puerto Rico may nominate up to five graduating seniors to receive a $1,000 Imagine America scholarship!

The Foundation works with more than 20,000 high school guidance counselors across the country. Graduating high school seniors who meet the recommended guidelines are eligible to receive a $1,000 tuition discount that can be used at career colleges participating in the Imagine America Scholarship Program throughout the nation. The program runs annually and has a Dec. 31 deadline.

Find the information you're looking for — choose a link below!

What kinds of careers can you choose with a scholarship?

First of all, congratulations on looking into scholarships for trade schools and career colleges. We help students all over the country connect with the right vocational and technical colleges that focus on career skills. If you already have your mind (and heart) set on becoming independent and able to take care of yourself after high school, now's the time to take advantage of training opportunities that align with your goals.

Every student has their own dreams, but there are several growing fields that allow students to earn a living and enjoy their jobs. Here are a few promising areas of career training you may want to consider:

Health care and medical. This career path offers many entry-level careers for students. Whether you want to become a medical assistant and then work your way into nursing, or pursue other paths such as billing and coding or dental assisting, you have options.

Mechanical sciences. Like to work with your hands? Consider auto mechanics or working in renewable energy. The need for wind turbine technicians across the United States is growing dramatically. This type of career can be great for students who have the ability to travel. Working as an auto mechanic can also give you skills that are needed everywhere people have cars, which is pretty much everywhere!

Business and arts. The worlds of business and arts are not going away any time soon — or probably ever. High school students seeking scholarships to career and technical colleges can also take business- and arts-focused programs. If you are business-minded, consider an associate, diploma or certificate program in accounting, administrative skills or another business-related area. This will help get your foot in the door for entry-level jobs while you plan your next steps up.

Students with artistic talent also have a place in many areas of today's workforce. Whether you want to work in graphic design, marketing, film and television, or another industry, our scholarships for career college students may be able to help you, too!

Ready to plan your first "adult" steps?

You already know that life can be stressful. That's why we want to help make things a little bit easier for students who are getting ready for their first big life step: job training. Not only can we guide you through the scholarship process, but we can also help you understand the financial aid process and how to survive in school.

Let's get you started on the road to success. Become an Imagine America member — and apply for our career college scholarship for high school students today!

UPDATED 11/6/17

George Douglas/LPGA Corning Classic Scholarship

     Eligibility:   This scholarship is in memory of George Douglas, a founder and former general chairman of the LPGA corning classic Golf Tournament.   The student must be a resident of and will have graduated from a secondary school in a county that has charitable organizations participating in the LPGA/Corning Classic annual golf tournament.   This award is for $5,450.   Candidates need to meet the following criteria to be eligible:

     Be a diligent student and a good, responsible and concerned citizen of their high school.  Must be a student in one of the following counties:   Allegany, NY; Bradford, PA; Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, PA; & Tompkins.

     Students will apply online at   Click on the button "SCHOLARSHIPS" at the side of the home page and follow the instructions.  Please note that the deadline for the application is February 15, 2018.

Hope 4 Lyme Scholarship

     This scholarship shall be used to assist individuals to attain an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.   The applicant must be a resident of one of the following counties:   Chemung, Steuben, Tioga NY, Bradford PA, or Tioga PA.  Preference shall be given to those applicants who have been affected by Lyme disease or are pursuing a career in the medical field.   This is a $500 award.

       Students will apply online at   Click on the button "SCHOLARSHIPS" at the side of the home page and follow the instructions.  Please note that the deadline for the application is February 15, 2018. 

UPDATED 11/1/17

Additional PA American Legion Scholarships:

     Sebastianelli Drum Corps Scholarship* - Open to any senior who is a child or grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire living or deceased.   The student must be a member of a high school band and is going on to higher education with a major in music.   Winner receives $500.00

     Joseph P. Gavenonis Scholarship* - Open to any Pennsylvania high school senior who is a child/grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire.   The student needs to be seeking a four year degree in a Pennsylvania college or university.

     Robert W. Valimont Endowment* - Open to any Pennsylvania high school senior who is a child/grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire.   The student needs to 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 Pennsylvania Legionnaire living or deceased or child of Pennsylvania soldier killed as a result of war on terrorism.  A 300-500 word essay on the topic "Patriotism and Citizenship - What America means to me?"  The winner receives $500.00

     The next two are week long camps with the possibility to earn scholarship money.

     Keystone Boys State* - Open to any male student who has completed their junior year and resides in Pennsylvania.   KBS students practice and operate fictitious cities, four counties and one state, based on the statutes and codes of the State of Pennsylvania.   Held about the 3rd full week of June @ Shippensburg University.   Local legion posts will sponsor the students to attend.   There is a Keystone Girls State--contact an auxiliary unit.

     State Police Youth week* - Open to any male or female student who is 15-17 years old and resides in Pennsylvania.   The student should be in good health and physically fit.   This camp is run like a boot camp, to introduce students interested in law enforcement or a branch of the armed forces.   Cadets march in platoons, do physical training and have instructional time.   Held about the second full week of June @ York College of Pennsylvania.   Local legion posts will sponsor the student to attend.

*--please see individual applications/brochures for complete rules, instructions and more information.

UPDATED 10/24/2017

2018 Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania Scholarship
      This year the EFWCP will award eleven $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have epilepsy/seizure disorder and who are going on to post-secondary school.   Awards will be based on the quality of the student's application determined through a competitive scoring system that balances need with achievement.
       Stop in the guidance office to pick up application.
       Application deadline:  March 16, 2018

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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