Independent Scholarships

October

Oct 15 Outstanding Students of America offers numerous grants of $1000 to students maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA and demonstrating outstanding participation in community and school activities.

Oct. 31 — The Coca-Cola Scholars Program offers approximately 250 scholarships nationwide.  Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA and school and community activities.

 

November

Nov. 1 — The Target All-Around Scholarship, sponsored by Target Department Stores, is available to students who apply on-line at www.target.com.   Or students may receive applications at a Target store or by calling 1-800-316-6142.

Nov. 14 — The Chapel of the Four Chaplains, based in Valley Forge, PA, offers two opportunities for scholarship money.  Ten awards ranging from $100 to $1000 are offered for 450 word essays relating to community service. Also available are $750 and $1000 awards for five team member projects.  $750 and $1000 awards also given to winners of the CFC Art Contest.

Nov. 14 — PENCON Foundation offers 7 four- year scholarships to students in the Central Pennsylvania region who submit a research/service project related to science or environmental issues.  Four-year awards range from $2000 to $6000.

Nov. 21 — WVIA Public Television accepts essay submissions describing the teacher who has had the most positive impact on the life of the student.  Three $500 prizes are distributed for winning essays of 500 words or less.

 

December

Dec. 1 — SAE Engineering Scholarships are available to students pursuing a major in Engineering at numerous major universities including Penn State University, The University of Pittsburgh, Bucknell University, Lehigh University, and Lafayette College.

Dec. 15 — The AXA Achievers Scholarship commends students who are well rounded, committed to making a difference, and demonstrated achievement at a job, sport, or extra-curricular activity.  One winner from each state receives $10,000.  Ten national winners receive an additional $15,000 plus a computer.

Dec 31  –PHEAA New Economy Technology Scholarship (NETS) Program provides scholarships for Pennsylvania students who are pursuing two or four year college degrees in science and technology fields.  Two-year degree students may be eligible for $1000 per year and four-year degree candidates can qualify for $3000 per year.  Applications can be obtained from your guidance counselor or from PHEAA by calling 323-7001.  (***Note: This deadline is December of the student first year in college.)

 

January

Jan. 9 — The Pennsylvania Elks State Association “Most Valuable Student” Contest — State and national awards of up to $7500, some renewable each year.  A 90% average is recommended for application but not required.  These awards are scholastic, leadership, and financial need based. 

Jan. 17 — The American Legion Essay and Oratorical Contests  Students are invited to submit essays on various topics relating to patriotism.  Essays must be between 600 and 1000 words.  The top three state place winners receive $3500, $3000 and $2500 scholarships to be used toward college tuition.  

Jan. 21 — ScholarshipTree.com awards $150,000 in scholarships to students recognized in competitions in music, art, drama, writing, journalism, computers, dance, and public speaking.  Also featured are online academic bowls worth $3000 each.  Visit the website for more information.

 

February

Feb. 1  — The Sam Walton Community Leader Awards  — The Montoursville Wal-Mart offers a $1000 scholarship to an area student who has demonstrated high academic and scholastic achievements, active extra-curricular involvement, and financial need.

Feb 1 –The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Pennsylvania State Society offers two $1000 scholarships to college bound seniors.  Application is open to any college bound senior planning to attend a two or four year college.  Students must complete an application and submit a 350-word essay, as well as a counselor recommendation and two personal references.  ***DAR also offers several other individual national based scholarships specific to a particular field of study or institution.  Also available are DAR scholarships for nursing students and for students of American Indian heritage.  Visit www.dar.org for more information.

Feb. 1 — The National Wild Turkey Federation Conservation awards prizes ranging from $250 to $10,000.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate outstanding school/community participation, and support and actively participate in the hunting tradition.

Feb. 6  — The Big 33 Scholarship Foundation offers awards ranging from $250 to $2500 to college bound seniors residing in Ohio or Pennsylvania.  Student must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 and demonstrate in essay form a special talent, leadership, an obstacle overcome, academic achievement, community service, unique endeavors, goals, and/or financial need.

Feb. 8 — The Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers – Children of Jersey Shore State Bank and/or Woodlands Bank employees residing in Lycoming County are eligible to apply.

Feb. 15  — The Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship Program offers 100 scholarships to students throughout the U.S.  Applicants must reside on a farm and be planning to major in Agricultural areas in college.  More details are available from the guidance office or from the websites www.FARMSOURCE.com or www.agfoundation.org.

Feb. 15 — The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania offers several $1000 scholarships, which are locally administered by the Duboistown Garden Club.  Students applying must plan college majors related to Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Forestry, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Control, City Planning, or Land Management. 

Feb. 15 — The Best Buy Childrens Foundation awards over $2 million in scholarships to more than 1300 students.  Three college bound seniors in each US Congressional District receive $1000 to $2000.  Recipients are selected based on community service and academic achievement.  To apply, visit www.bestbuy.com.

Feb. 27  –Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union members children are eligible to apply for one of six, four-year $1000 awards.  Members of the credit union are typically employees of a state university, Pa. public schools, Pa. government offices or other commonwealth agencies.  Information is available from the guidance office or by calling 1-800-237-7328.

 

March

Mar. 1 — The Susquehanna Human Resource Management Association has established a scholarship for college sophomores or juniors from Lycoming County who have a declared major in Human Resource Management.  Applications are available at www.workplus.com/shrma.

Mar. 1  — The Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association awards several monetary prizes to the sons/daughters of active duty police, fire personnel, and volunteer fire fighters.  To obtain an application, call 800-458-8512 and visit www.pbfaa.com for more information.

Mar. 1 — The Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarships sponsor students pursuing careers in acting, musical theatre and voice.  Application forms are available at www.donnareed.org.

Mar. 4  –The National Alliance for School Achievement is an organization whose mission is to gather private sources to fund scholarships for seniors with a record of outstanding academic achievement.  Applicants must have a minimum h.s. GPA of 2.75, be accepted to a four-year college, and complete an application and essay.  Awards range from $2000 to $15,000.  Website address: www.eee.org/bus/nasa

Mar 5 — The USA Today Got Milk?  Program recognizes outstanding scholar athletes.  Twenty-five nationwide winners each receive a $7500 scholarship and the opportunity to be photographed with a milk mustache for national advertising.  Applications are accepted only online at www.whymilk.com.

Mar 6 — Big 33 Nursing scholarships are awarded to successful applicants with a 2.0 minimum high school GPA attending an accredited institution for nursing.  An essay is required.  Applications are available in the guidance office or online at www.big33.org.

Mar. 10 — The Pennsylvania Daughters of the American Revolution and DAR Nursing scholarships are available to all students planning to attend a four-year college.  Prizes are typically $500.  www.dar.org.

Mar. 15 — The Grand Lodge of Masons of Pennsylvania offers numerous scholarships with varying criteria throughout the state.  Complete info is available at www.pagrandlodge.org/pyf

Mar. 15 Sons and daughters of United Steelworkers of American, District 10 Union are eligible to apply for the Hugh Carcella Scholarships. Eight, four-year scholarships of $3000 total value are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, SAT scores, and interviews. 

Mar. 18 — The Ayn Rand Institute solicits essays based on Rands novel, The Fountainhead.  A nationwide competition, the awards range from $1000 to $10,000.

Mar. 20  — The Lycoming County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees offers a scholarship to a Lycoming County senior planning career in teaching.  Applicants must possess a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Applications are available from the guidance office.

Mar. 22 Little League Baseball, Inc. has established theCarl E. Stotz Little League Scholarship Fund to award two $2000 and eight $500 scholarships to Lycoming County seniors.  To qualify, students need NOT be involved in LLBaseball.  Applicants should rank in the top 25% of their senior class; exemplify good citizenship, effort, and determination.

Mar. 31 — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recognizes students demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit/initiative.  One hundred students nationwide will receive $1000 awards.  Applicants must obtain a nomination of support from a local business member of NFIB.  www.nfib.com/education.

 

April

April 1st-
Pennsylvania State Foster Parent Association continues its dedication and commitment to foster care through a scholarship fund for continued education. This fund was established in 1988 by PSFPA for Pennsylvanias foster children. In 2001 the program grew to also include biological/adopted/kinship children of PSFPA members.
The program is open to high school seniors who are presently in care through a private or public agency in Pennsylvania or whose parents are active members of PSFPA and whom will be continuing their education through a higher learning institution, college, technical, or trade school.
The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, not solely academic. The scholarships are a one-time grant and are awarded towards the first year of continued education. In 1999 PHEAA began offering matching funds to qualified PSFPA scholarship recipients.
You will find scholarship applications in our quarterly newsletter Families Helping Families, on our website at http://psfpa.com/ScholarshipApp.pdf, or by calling our office at (717) 671-0102 or 1-800-951-5151. Please direct all inquiries and send all completed application packages to PSFPA, PO Box 60216, Harrisburg, PA 17106, Attention Susie Wilson.

Apr. 1 — The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania sponsors the Jessica Orlosky Memorial Scholarships and the Dennis Ebright Scholarships.  Up to eight renewable scholarships of $2000 each are available to a dependant or family member of a renal disease patient (active in treatment, transplant or deceased.  Applications require a personal statement and letters of reference.  More information is available by calling 717-652-8123.

Apr. 2 — The Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers awards a $1000 scholarship to a student who has been successful in his/her educational pursuits while overcoming a physical challenge with the help of home medical equipment.  (717-795-9684)

Apr. 13 — The Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities holds an annual high school senior essay contest.  First place award is $2000; second place award is $1000.

Apr. 15 — Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters & Waffenschmidt Law Firm offers a $250 award to a Lycoming County student submitting the winning essay discussing a legal topic.  Essays are a recommended length of 250 �500 words.  A Lycoming College professor selects winners.

Apr. 15 — The Lycoming Law Association sponsors an annual Law Day essay and art contest.  Fifty- dollar awards are made to multiple winning entries.

Apr. 15 USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships offers renewable scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need.  Both full and part time students are eligible to apply.

Apr. 15 — Kids Chance of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, provides scholarship grants to the children of Pennsylvania workers who have been killed of seriously injured in a work related accident, and the accident has resulted in financial need.  Grants range from $500 to $1500.  More information as well as scholarship applications are available by calling 484-945-2104 or at www.kidschanceofpa.org.

Apr. 19 The Lehigh Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers offers five $1000 scholarships to senior female students of local area high schools who are accepted to accredited engineering programs.

 

Apr. 24 — ThePhillips-Cochran Elementary School and the Miller and Smink/Curtin Middle School Awards are given annually to a college bound senior having graduated from Cochran Elementary School and Curtin Middle School.  One former Cochran student will receive a $250 cash prize and two Curtin students will also receive $250 each.  Students are required to submit an essay.

Apr. 30  — Lycoming County students are invited to apply for TheAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers Award.  The Central Pennsylvania Section of ASME presents $200 and a one-year membership in the college student chapter of ASME to students planning to major in Mechanical Engineering.  Applicants must submit a transcript, SAT scores, a college acceptance letter, and a resume of activities, awards, and honors.

May

May 1 — TheWilliamsport Lycoming Foundation announces the Albert and Alice Nacinovich Music Scholarshipfor Lycoming County seniors.  One $1000 scholarship is awarded after the successful completion of one year in a post-secondary program in music and the commitment to continue in a music degree program.  Applicants are required to submit a tape or cd of a performance.

May 1 — The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) administers the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.  Each Pennsylvania County will have at least one recipient.  Selection is done on a random basis.  To qualify for application, a student must have a 3.5 GPA, be ranked in the top 5% of the senior class and have a minimum SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 27.

May 14  — The Samuel D. Long Scholarship is offered by the Lock Haven University Alumni Association of Lycoming County.  The local organization awards $500 to two deserving Lycoming County high school seniors who have been accepted at Lock Haven University. 

May 15  — The Penn Laurel Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association awards several scholarships of varying amounts to residents of Lycoming County.  Students must be accepted at a two or four year college or a technical school.  Students may reapply for this scholarship while in college.  A 2.5 GPA is recommended for consideration.

May 15 The local chapter ofKiwanis Club offers two to three $1000 scholarships each year.  Applications are evaluated on the basis of scholarship, leadership and financial need.  Applicants must be planning to attend Lycoming College or The Pennsylvania College of Technology.

May 15  — The Educational Communications Scholarship Foundation awards 200 scholarships of $1000 each to students of US citizenship.  These awards are largely based on academic achievement and SAT or ACT scores, and may be used for any intended field of study at any accredited post-secondary institution.

May 28 — The Williamsport Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will award one $2000 scholarship to a female student residing in Lycoming County.  Candidates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be accepted into a four-year baccalaureate program at a college or university.