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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.

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

NEED Scholarship

Philadelphia Academies

Schuylkill Area Community Foundation

Scranton Area Foundation

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

The Philadelphia Education Fund

York County Community Foundation

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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. For additional information and to apply, please visit Alure Home Improvement.

Deadline: December 1, annually 

American Home Design Scholarship Contest

American Home Design is proud to be the home renovation leader in the Tennessee area. After being committed to providing families with quality home improvement products and establishing strong relationships with those families, American Home Design wants to give back to the community. The company is going to offer a scholarship to a US undergraduate student who is working toward a degree in business, management, marketing, or a related field. For additional information and to apply, please visit American Home Design.

Deadline: July 1, annually 

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.

AT&T STEM Scholarship (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education)

AT&T is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students attending a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) university who are pursuing a degree in a STEM related major with the intention of working in the Computer Technology, Advanced Manufacturing or Energy Related Industries and have earned at least 60 college credits with a 3.0 GPA or better at the time of the receipt of the scholarship. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need based on the need analysis from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a one-time scholarship to a full-time junior or senior who is a resident of Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit the PA Foundation. Deadline for submission: July 13, 2019

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, 2020

BrickHouse Security Scholarship

BrickHouse Security has come to understand and appreciate the service of law enforcement and how the personal sacrifice of men and women in uniform affects their entire family. As a way of giving back, BrickHouse is offering a scholarship for those who have served in law enforcement, or for families of men and women in uniform.

For more information and to apply, please visit: BrickHouse Security.

Bud Lutty Scholarship Competition

Preliminary applications are now being accepted for the Bud Lutty Scholarship Competition for the fall 2020 through spring 2021 school year. Students who are employees or dependents of employees of the contributing employers that are listed on the application are eligible to apply. For more information, please visit the UFCW website.

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2020

Colin U. Miller and Mary Hay Miller Charitable Trust for the Advancement of Education

The Collin U. and Mary Hay Miller Charitable Trust for the Advancement of Education is offering a limited number of scholarships for students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement and dedication to excellence and who are attending a college or university. This scholarship program was established by Elizabeth Ann Norris in memory of her parents. For more information and how to apply, please visit Ameriserv.

Deadline for submission: May 15, annually

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 ExtremeTerrain website for complete eligibility information and to apply.

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. 

See the Future Counselors of America website for complete eligibility information and to apply. Deadline for submission: June 30 Annually; July 31 Annually

George F. Wheeling Scholarship

The George F. Wheeling Scholarship is offered to senior high school students with an above average academic record who plan to attend a accredited four-year institution in the fall. The scholarship is also available to collegiate freshmen, sophomore and junior students attending an accredited four-year institution.

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

G.H. Miller and Jean Wolford McKevley Scholarship

1st Summit Bank is offering a scholarship to students in their area. Full-time students who are high school graduates of and reside in Cambria, Somerset, Indiana, Blair, or Westmoreland County are welcome to apply.

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

Deadline for submission: consideration made on a rolling basis

Harold E. Smith Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program

The Harold E. Smith Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program is a veteran’s organization of the US Armed Forces and is offering scholarships to nursing students in Bradford, Sullivan, and Wyoming counties. For more information, please visit: Nursing Scholarships

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.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers various scholarship programs for Hispanic American undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full time in degree-seeking programs. During its thirty-two-year history, HSF has awarded more than 82,000 scholarships in excess of $221 million to Latino students. Scholarship awards generally range from $1,000 to $3,000.

See the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website for complete eligibility information and to apply online.

HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship

Students who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education and are working toward a career in online marketing are invited to apply for the HubShout Scholarship. A scholarship will be awarded to two students ($1,000 each) who have at least a 3.0 GPA and can best demonstrate a passion for online marketing.

See the HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship website for additional information and to apply.

Indiana Garden Club Scholarship

The Indiana Garden Club is offering $500 minimum scholarships to residents of Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Applicant must be majoring in ecology, horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture, conservation, botany, forestry, agriculture or earth sciences, agriculture, arboriculture, food science, forest ecosystems, plant pathology, plant sciences, or agroecology.

For additional eligibility information and to apply, please visit the Indiana Garden Club website. Deadline for submission: July 15

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 the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh

The Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh is offering scholarships to local Jewish students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and must have need of financial assistance.

For more information, please visit the Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh. Deadline to apply: February 12, 2020

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. 

See the Evangelical Community Hospital website for complete eligibility information and to apply. Deadline for submission: April 1 annually

Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Scholarship

The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association endeavors to promote health and safety within the mining industry. This scholarship shall be open to persons currently employed or who are pursuing careers in the mining industry, safety, and health fields. High school graduates, undergraduates, and graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university are all eligible to apply.

See the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Scholarship Program website for complete eligibility information and to apply.

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. 

See the UNCF website for complete eligibility information and to apply. Deadline for submission: various dates

Katherine Mabis McKenna Scholarship

The Greensburg Garden Center is offering a $2,000 scholarships to residents of Westmoreland and surrounding counties. Applicants must have completed one year in an accredited college or university pursing 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 the Greensburg Garden Center website.

Deadline for submission: May 31 annually

Kids Chance Scholarship

The mission of Kids’ Chance of Pennsylvania, Inc. is to provide scholarship grants for college and vocational education to children who demonstrate financial need due to a parent’s work-related injury or fatality.

For additional eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit Kids’ Chance.

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). 

For complete eligibility information and to apply, please see the McKee Scholars website. Deadline for submission: March 1 annually

Mobility Scooters Direct Scholarship

Mobility Scooters offers a scholarship to students who apply to their program. To apply, you must currently be enrolled at a college or university. You must provide a blog post or article about a mobility or accessibility issue you have faced in your life.

For additional information and to apply, please visit Mobility Scooter. Deadline: December 10 annually

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 or the state scholarship awarded in November, visit the National Federation of the Blind’s website.

Nursing.org

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

Orchid Care Scholarship by Orchids Made Easy

OrchidsMadeEasy.com offers an annual orchid care scholarship to qualified undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a program in Botany, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Conservation, or related field.

See OrchidsMadeEasy.com for complete eligibility information and to apply. Deadline for submission: May 1 annually

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.

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2020

See Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling website for complete eligibility information and to apply.

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.

See the PRLA website for complete eligibility information and to apply.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Philanthropy News Digest

Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFP’s and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits. It recognizes a number of different areas, topics, organizations, and majors.

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The PMAHCC Foundation Scholarship Program is accepting applications for the annual scholarship program. Applicants must be attending a university and currently reside or have plans to reside in one of the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Westmoreland, or Washington. The student must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0. For more information and to apply, please visit PMAHCC.

Deadline: April 30, 2019

PNC Education Loan Center Achiever Scholarships

The PNC Education Loan Center launched this scholarship program in 2015 to further support students by giving them a chance to win $2,000 to spend on their educational expenses. There is no cost to enter, but students must be registered for a Financial Literacy Account, managed by Decision Partners.

For additional application information and to enter, please visit the PNC Loan Center Scholarship.

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 the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation website for complete eligibility information and to apply.

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. 

See the Suzanne M. Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund—The Pittsburgh Foundation website for complete eligibility information and to apply. Deadline for submission: March 31 annually

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.

The Press Club Scholarship

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania is offering two scholarships to current sophomore or junior journalism students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university. The awards are designed to encourage outstanding undergraduate journalism students in print, broadcasting and multimedia. For more information and how to apply, please visit: www.westernpapressclub.org.

Deadline to apply: February 29, 2020

Trib Total Media

Trib Total Media is offering a scholarship opportunity for students in the media, communications, and/or journalism fields. The Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship is focused on the development of young reporters, helping them grow as journalists and as people. The scholarship will award up to $30,000 in financial assistance, a paid summer internship, and, ultimately, an offer for full-time employment to Western Pennsylvania students.

For more information and how to apply, please visit Trib Total Media.

University Tutor

University Tutor helps students find the right tutor to achieve academic results. The program will conduct a scholarship essay contest by posting a monthly essay prompt located at the University Tutor website. To enter, eligible participants must log on to the Website and submit a 300 word essay in response to the monthly prompt. Winners of the contest will be awarded up to $100.

Walmart Foundation Scholarships

Walmart sponsors various scholarship programs. Eligible students may or may not be an employee of Walmart and must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5. Other requirements may need to be met depending on the scholarship. See information on how Walmart Helps Students Pay for College for complete eligibility information and to apply.

Deadline for submission: various dates