Outside Scholarships and Fellowships

We've gathered an extensive list of outside scholarships and fellowships for you to consider. Look over these leads to find your best matches.

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Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Foundation Scholarships

The State System Foundation is pleased to offer nearly 500 scholarships to all students who are attending a state system university for the 2021-22 academic year:

Incoming Freshmen

  • Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Scholarship - Eighteen $1,000 scholarships; Universities select recipients and must match the award.
  • Wells Fargo Endowed Scholarship for Academic Excellence - Fourteen $1,000 scholarships

Rising Juniors and Seniors Who Have Earned 60 or More Credits

  • AT&T STEM Award: Improving PA's Future Workforce for the Computer Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Industries - Twenty-five $1,000 scholarships
  • Harry and Lorraine Ausprich Endowed Scholarship for the Arts - Five $500 scholarships
  • Dr. Peter Garland Endowed Scholarship - One $1,000 scholarship
  • Geisinger Scholarship for Rising Juniors and Seniors - Ten $1,000 (first-year award scholarships): Ten $1,000 (second-year award scholarships)
  • The Giant Company Student Success Scholarship - Ten $1,000 (first-year award scholarships); Ten $1,000 (second-year award scholarships)
  • William D. Greenlee Scholarship - Two $2,500 scholarships ($1,250 per semester)
  • Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Hospitality Scholarship - Five $1,000 scholarships
  • Highmark Healthcare for Rising Juniors - One hundred $1,000 scholarships (first-year awards); One Hundred $1,000 scholarships (second-year award)
  • PSECU Credit Union Industry Scholarship - Twenty $1,000 scholarships
  • PPL Community Scholarship - Twenty-one $1,000 scholarships to students with financial need of $1,000 or less
  • The Stephen and Sandy Sheller Scholarship -Five $1,000 scholarships (second-year award)
  • Support Students Success; A Scholarship to Improve Persistence and Degree
  • - Fifty-five $1,000 scholarships to students with financial need of $1,000 or less
  • Unisys Scholarship Award - Five $1,000 scholarships

Available to All State System Students Who Meet the Eligibility Requirements

  • Fitz Dixon Memorial Scholarship - Two $500 scholarships
  • Barbara Greenlee's “I Believe in You Scholarship” for Bishop McDevitt High School Graduates - Two scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester
  • M&T Bank Scholarships - Fifteen $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester)
  • M&T Bank Endowed Scholarships - Five $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester)
  • PA State System of Higher Education Scholarship Program (for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employees and their dependents)
  • PSECU International Education Scholarships - Seven $2,000 scholarships
  • PSECU Endowed International Education Scholarships - Two $2,000 scholarships
  • PSECU Scholarship for Preparing State System Students for Lives of Achievement and Civic Engagement (Washington Center Internships) - Three $1,000 scholarships for the summer intern program. Recipients are selected by the Washington Center.
  • PA State System Board of Governors Chair, Guido M. Pichini, Endowed Scholarship
  • The Quido and Anna Pichini Merit Scholarship - One $1,000 scholarship

Graduate Students at State System Universities

  • Dr. Lou Bohl-Fabian Memorial Fund - Awards of up to $1,000 may be requested for projects, special research, and travel expenses to present a paper.

To apply for any of the scholarships listed above, please visit the PA Foundation

Links to Regional Scholarship Opportunities

For scholarship opportunities in your county (PA) or area, please visit the following:

Adams County Community Foundation
Berks County Community Foundation

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Fayette County

Community Foundation of Greene County

Community Foundation of for the Alleghenies

Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains

Community Foundation of Warren County

Community Foundation of Western PA

Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Crawford Heritage Foundation

Elk County Community Foundation

Erie Community Foundation

First Community Foundation Partnership of PA

Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars
Kids Chance of PA

Lancaster County Community Foundation

Maguire Foundation
Philadelphia Academies
Schuylkill Area Community Foundation

Scranton Area Foundation

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

The Philadelphia Education Fund

York County Community Foundation


Adult Woman's Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes a woman's desire and commitment to improve her life and the lives of her loved ones as well as her community. To be considered for scholarship, applicants must be women who are Blair county residents and who have had at least a two-year lapse in time between graduation from high school or obtainment of a GED and enrollment in a college, university, or vocational school.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

The application to complete.

Alure Home Improvements Scholarship

Every year, Alure Home Improvements offers a scholarship to a promising undergraduate student in financial need. Undergraduate freshman students who have a cumulative 3.0 GPA are welcome to apply.

Deadline: December 1, annually
For additional information and to apply, please visit: Alure Home Improvement

Anthony Castelli Attorney's Veteran's College Scholarship

In order to honor Anthony's father, Lt. Jr. Grade Joseph A. Castelli, a World War II Navy hero, Anthony Castelli is awarding a scholarship to veterans. This is an annual scholarship awarded to a current military veteran, or honorably discharged veteran, or parent, sibling, child, or grandchild of a current or honorably discharged veteran.

B. Davis Scholarship

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution. For more information about this scholarship and to learn about other scholarship opportunities available, please visit: Student Award Search

Deadline for submission: May 22, 2021

Boster Scholarship Fund

The Boster Bio Scholarships are for university students who have been accepted into a research position in biology or a medical-related lab with a minimum of nine credit hours’ worth of research work for the next two semesters. Incoming university students can apply, as well, and must provide proof of significant interest in biomedical research, which can include a history of volunteering or an internship in an area related to biology or medicine. Candidates must submit a letter of recommendation and obtain a minimum cumulative 3.60 GPA. Two scholarships worth $1,000 each will be awarded annually, and the deadline to submit an application is May 31, 2023. Winners will be announced on June 30, 2023. More information about the application.

Community Foundation

For more than 30 years, we have helped donors in both Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio build lasting legacies and helped to shape responses to community needs through philanthropic leadership, commitment, and compassion. The Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern Ohio includes the assets of six component regional foundations: Shenango Valley, Northern Mercer County, Lawrence County, Trumbull County, Grove City, and Northern Trumbull County. By awarding scholarships, the foundation and our donors hope to help individuals from all over the community obtain the education that will help them prepare for their dreams.

Custody X Change Scholarship

The Custody X Change Scholarship program awards three scholarships to single parents each year. If you're a parent that has primary physical custody of one or more minor children, and your student is enrolled full-time at an accredited college and has a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you can apply for this scholarship.

For additional eligibility information and to apply, please visit: Custody X Change

ExtremeTerrain Student Scholarship Program

ExtremeTerrain is comprised of Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts who value the Jeep culture as well as the preservation of public lands. By investing in students and communities that share our sentiments on land preservation, ExtremeTerrain is investing in the future of not just Jeep culture, but also the future of our sacred public lands. Two $3,000 scholarships are being offered, one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester. Students who are pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems are eligible to apply.

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: ExtremeTerrain

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the ethnic and racial diversity of the nation's college and university faculties. The fellowships aim to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Future Counselors of America Scholarship

This annual scholarship awards $1,000 to US undergraduates and graduates majoring in psychology who seek a career in relationship counseling or a related field. Applicants will be judged based on academic achievement (minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA) and a minimum 500- to maximum 900-word essay titled "The Psychology of Online Dating." The essay should address the psychological issues and challenges facing singles given the growing popularity of online dating, and how relationship professionals can help online daters navigate these challenges. Deadline for submission: June 30 Annually; July 31 Annually

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: Future Counselors of America

George F. Wheeling Scholarship

The George F.  Wheeling Scholarship is available to incoming freshman students who plan to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown or St. Francis University for the Fall 22 term and is available to current students at all three Universities who are freshmen, sophomore or junior grade levels.  Eligible students must have at minimum 500 SAT score for Math and a minimum 500 SAT score for Verbal and be in the top 20% of their graduating high school class. Deadline for submission: July 31, 2022

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Graduate Programs Scholarship

Graduate Programs will award $1,000 scholarships to current graduate students and $1,000 toward student loan payments for recent grads within the last five years. To apply, rate and review your graduate school program on our website and enter our quarterly scholarship drawing. Deadline for submission: consideration made on a rolling basis

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: Graduate Programs.com

Healthcare Leaders Scholarship

The Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is offered to qualified applicants who are entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or other medical fields at an accredited institution. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For additional information, please visit: Nurse.org

Indiana County Business & Professional Women's Club Scholarship 

 The Indiana County Business & Professional Women's Club Scholarship ($500) application is open to all Indiana County high school seniors who plan to attend a college, university, trade, or vocational school in the Fall of 2022. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must clearly print or type the application, complete all information, Finish the 2022-23 FAFSA by placing the Estimated family contribution on this application and attach a copy of their current transcript.

 Deadline for application: All applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 14, 2022, or emailed by 5 pm, Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Contact Information: Email completed application to whatsoeverlovelydesigns@gmail.com

or Mail completed application to Indiana Business and Professional Women’s Club, c/o Alisa DeStefano, Scholarship Chair 890 Rose Street, Indiana, PA  15701

The Application to complete.

Indiana Garden Club (IGC) Scholarship

The Indiana Garden Club (IGC) Scholarship is an annual award for a minimum of one $500 scholarship for undergraduate students who are currently pursuing a degree in Agriculture Education, Agronomy, Floriculture, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Botany, Biology (excluding Medical), Conservation, Environmental Concerns, Forestry, Plant Pathology, City Planning, Wildlife Science, Land Management, and/or allied subjects, as well as being a resident of Indiana County. This scholarship requires the completion of an application, a copy of the student’s official transcript, and a letter of recommendation. The application can be found at https://indianagardenclub.org/scholarships, and the application and supporting documents must be completed and mailed to the Indiana Garden Club, Attention: Scholarship, P.O. Box 1447, Indiana, PA 15701 by July 15. Recipients will be notified by mail by August 1.

Jack Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship

In honor of Dr. Jack G Shaheen, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is offering scholarships of $2500 for Arab American undergraduate juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students, majoring in Journalism, Radio, Television, and/or Film. Students must submit a one-page statement explaining why you merit the scholarship, your goals, how Jack Shaheen’s work influences your career, and a declaration that you are a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage. Other material needed to be submitted include two original, signed letters of recommendation from Mass Communications professors, copies of your articles, DVDs, films, and so forth (these items will not be returned to the applicant), official academic transcripts with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and your permanent home address, phone number, e-mail address, and your phone number during the school year, if different. All materials can be submitted to the ADC Research Institute at nmohamad@adc.org. If you have any questions, call (202) 244-2990 or e-mail adc@adc.org. Submission deadline is set for April 12, 2023, and awards will be presented at the ADC National Convention in Washington, D.C. in June 2023.

James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Students are welcome to apply for this scholarship honoring James "Rhio" O'Connor, a man who fought cancer. His path led to his creation of treatment protocols, which consisted of vitamins, minerals, vegetables, fruits, and other dietary elements. He also came up with personalized approaches to health and wellness. Deadline: Monthly

For more information and to apply, please visit: Surviving Mesothelioma

Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh

This scholarship is awarded to students who reside in the Greater Pittsburgh area (Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties).  Any Jewish high school senior, college, or graduate student with demonstrated financial need is eligible to apply.

Deadline for application is February 24, 2022.

For complete eligibility information and to apply, see the Jewish Scholarship Service website.

John Family Health Careers Scholarship

The John Family Health Careers Scholarship at Evangelical Community Hospital provides 4 annual awards of $5,000 to students entering college for the purpose of pursuing a career as a respiratory therapist, medical technologist, medical imaging technologist, clinical laboratory scientist, or cytotechnologist. Applicants must have a diploma or equivalent from high schools in Union, Snyder, or Northumberland counties, Pennsylvania. Deadline for submission: April 1 annually

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: Evangelical Community Hospital

JPMorgan Chase/UNCF Corporate Scholars Programs

The JPMorgan Chase/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program has been established to increase minority student interest in JPMorgan Chase and expand the company's pool of minority employees. Scholars participate in eight- to ten-week paid internships and receive financial need-based scholarships up to $10,000. Eligible students are sophomore and junior students seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting, business, computer information systems, economics, engineering, finance, marketing, mathematics, operations management, or software engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Deadline for submission: various dates

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: UNCF

Katherine M. McKenna Scholarship

The Greensburg Garden Center is offering the Katherine M. McKenna scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to residents of Westmoreland and surrounding counties. Applicants must have completed one year at an accredited college or university pursuing a two- or four-year degree in botany, horticulture, forestry, landscape architecture, or related fields. Graduate students may also apply. For additional eligibility information and to apply, please visit Greensburg Garden Center.

Deadline for submission: May 31 annually

McKee Scholars

The Estate of John McKee, through the McKee Scholarship Committee, offers scholarships for college or vocational training to high school seniors or graduates (not over age 19 years at the time of the application) who meet all of the following criteria: (a) fatherless boys (i.e., whose biological or lost adoptive father is actually dead or has been declared missing by a competent authority) of any race—"missing" may also include permanently absent, dysfunctional, and not functioning as a father to the applicant; (b) in need of financial assistance; and (c) native to the five-county Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia). Deadline for submission: March 1 annually

See website for complete eligibility information and application to apply: McKee Scholars

National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania

The National Federation of the Blind is offering two scholarships of $1,000 each. PA residents are eligible for both the national and state scholarships.

To apply for the national scholarship awarded in July (application deadline: August 30, 2021) or the state scholarship awarded in November, visit the National Federation of the Blind's website.


Nursing.org offers information about Nursing degrees and scholarship opportunities. For additional information and how to apply, please visit Nursing.org.

PACAC Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling is offering the PACAC scholarship to high school seniors who are graduating from PACAC member schools, with the goal of supporting students in their post-secondary educational goals. High school seniors will be selected based on academic performance, financial need, commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of the first semester of the students senior year.

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: PACAC Scholarship

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association

The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Educational Foundation offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors furthering their education in the hospitality industry and to students currently enrolled in an accredited Hospitality Culinary Arts program in an accredited post-secondary institution. Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: PRLA

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic chamber of Commerce Foundation

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic chamber of Commerce Foundation scholarship will be awarded to residents of Allegany, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Westmoreland, or Washington county who attends, enrolls or is accepted into an accredited post-high school educational institution. 

Deadline: April 30th  annually

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: https://www.pmahcc.org/ApplyNow

Gold Scholarship by Quota of Indiana, PA

 The Quota of Indiana, PA is offering the Gold scholarship for any non-traditional female student who has gained acceptance to a program that furthers her education to accomplish both her professional and career goals.  The scholarship is for a minimum of $500 to be used for educational and/or professional development.

 Deadline for submission: April 29, 2022. 

 For any questions regarding the scholarship or application, please contact the Gold Scholarship Co-Chairpersons:

Jennifer Bush, 724-762-4531, jbush@pahousegop.com

Carol Jean Fry, 724-801-0204 carolfry7@gmail.com


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation — Wildlife Leadership Awards

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Wildlife Leadership Awards Program was established to recognize, encourage, and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals. Each year, the Elk foundation awards up to ten $2,000 scholarships to outstanding college juniors and seniors studying in a wildlife-related natural resource program.

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Scholarships for Women

Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Harrisburg Branch

The American Association of University Women, Harrisburg branch, announces four college scholarships available to women from Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties who are pursuing degrees in the 2021-22 academic year.

The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship ($2,500) will be awarded to a woman resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry county who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. Requirements include completion of 60 credits, a minimum 3.40 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment as a full-time student for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Branch Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) will be awarded to a woman resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry county who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of an associate or bachelor's degree. Requirements include completion of 15 credits, minimum 3.00 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment on at least a half-time basis (6 credits per term) for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Ronald D. and Kathleen A. Krausse STEM Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a woman resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry county who attends an accredited college or university in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in a STEM major. Requirements include completion of 30 credits, minimum 3.00 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment as a full-time student in the 2021-22 academic year.

The Sally C. Chamberlain Scholarship ($1,500) will be awarded to a woman resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry county who is seeking to resume or renew academic work. Requirements include completion of 15 credits toward an associate or bachelor's degree, a minimum 2.9 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment on at least a half-time credit (six credits per term) at a college or university in Pennsylvania for the 2021-22 academic year.

Deadline for application is July 15, 2021

Details and application forms
Contact Information: AAUW Scholarship Committee at HbgAAUWScholarship@gmail.com

Shafer Greaves Family Scholarship

The Shafer Greaves Family Scholarships will be awarded to two non-traditional students who have been accepted or are enrolled at an accredited four year college or university located in Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, or Centre County.  The applicant must be determined by the Financial Aid Office to have financial need and must have a commitment to community service as described in a brief (300 word maximum) summary of the students prior history of service to the community and future plans for service to the community.  To be considered, please reach out to efritz@iup.edu to determine your financial need status.  If the applicant displays financial need, we will provide you with the scholarship application.

Deadline: March. 10 2023

Suzanne M. Lynch Memorial Scholarship

The Suzanne M. Lynch memorial scholarship was created to assist interior design majors who are completing their junior year at one of the following colleges: IUP, LaRoche College, Mercyhurst College, or Carlow College. Applicants must be US citizens and demonstrate financial need. Deadline for submission: March 31 annually

See website for complete eligibility information and to apply: Suzanne M. Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund — The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Ralph and Mary Lou McAllister Scholarship Trust Fund

The Armstrong Center for Community Learning is awarding scholarships to students who are planning or who are currently pursuing a four-year college education. The applicant must be or will be enrolled in an approved institution of higher learning leading to a bachelor's degree and must live in the Borough of Ford City or at a residence with a Ford City Post Office address.

For more information, please visit Armstrong Center Scholarships

The Pittsburgh Foundation — Scholarship Opportunities

The Pittsburgh Foundation is the seventeenth largest community foundation in the country. Since 1945, it has worked to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting charitable giving, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community. Numerous scholarship opportunities are available for students enrolled at IUP.

 United Methodist Church Western PA Conference Scholarships

United Methodist Church Western PA Conference Scholarships is offering three different scholarships for students who attend an accredited two- or four-year degree program. Requirements include being a member of the United Methodist Church in Western PA for one-year, a minimum 2.50 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and having a B average or higher either as a high school or college student.


Christopher Smith Memorial Scholarship: Preference will be given to a student who is Pursuing a career in any of the graphic arts.

Ruth Zitzman Schall Memorial Scholarship: Preference will be given to a first-year female student who's a member of Tionesta UMC.

Dorsey Educational Scholarship Fund: Preference will be given to student who's planning to attend IUP and is a member of Grace UMC in Indiana, PA.


Deadline for application is April 30, 2022

For additional information and how to apply, please visit https://wpa-reg.brtapp.com/ScholarshipforUndergraduateEd