8 Scholarships for Students in Pennsylvania

One of the original 13 founding states, Pennsylvania’s state motto is “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence.” These ideals run deep in the Quaker State as well as in its universities. If you attend–or desire to attend–college in Pennsylvania, read on to learn about some Pennsylvania scholarships available to you.

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Pennsylvania Engineering Foundation Scholarships

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Penn State’s College of Engineering has two scholarships available to undergraduate students: the PEF Grant and the Harrisburg Chapter PSPE Grant. For graduate students, there is also the Pennsylvania Engineering Foundation Grant.

To be applicable for the undergrad scholarships, applicants must have a 3.6 GPA minimum and also a 1300 or higher SAT Reading/Math score. Graduate students must also send in their most recent college transcript to apply.

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Road to Safety Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 15, 2020

This unique scholarship opportunity asks applicants to create and also submit a project about the dangers of drunk and/or distracted driving, and how teenagers can avoid those risks. Projects can be anything from songs to posters to paintings to t-shirts or more.

There are no GPA or class rank requirements. However, the projects will be judged on three criteria: 1) The project demonstrates the theme of the scholarship, 2) The creativity of message delivery, 3) Does the project motivate teenage drivers to be safe while driving?

The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship

Amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: May 1

Built on the idea of commitment, this scholarship is for students who attend Pittsburgh public schools continuously from 9th grade until graduation. It is not need-based nor test score-based (though applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5).

Requirements include: living in the city of Pittsburgh uninterrupted for at least four years of high school, attend Pittsburgh public schools from the beginning of 9th grade until graduating 12th, maintain an attendance record of at least 90%, utilize this scholarship at an accredited college, university, or technical/trade school within Pennsylvania, and also file the FAFSA.

Alliance Medical Education Scholarship Fund (AMES)

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: September 2020

These awards are given out by the spouses of Pennsylvanian physicians, who hope to award deserving medical students. Gathered through fundraising, donations, and memorial contributions, the scholarship can go to medical students enrolled in Pennsylvania medical schools.

Applicants must be 2nd or 3rd-year medical students enrolled full time in a Pennsylvania medical school and are also residents of the state.

Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: May 4, 2020

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania awards this scholarship to any graduating high school senior applying to a 2- to 4-year colleges to study in environmentally-related fields.

To be eligible, students must be from the Allegheny, Armstrong, South Butler, Beaver, North Fayette, Northeast Washington, or Westmoreland counties.

M. Verna Butterer Educational Trust

Amount: Up to $14,000 (renewable)

Deadline: March 15

This unique opportunity is part scholarship, part interest-free loan offered to residents of Bucks County, PA who are pursuing a higher education.

Requirements for eligibility include: being a 2-year resident of Bucks County, PA, have a financial need for educational purposes, and also be a graduating senior or current undergraduate student or returning non-traditional student.

Myrtle Siegfried, MD and Michael Vigilante, MD Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 2020 (Opens July 2020)

This scholarship awards qualified first-year medical students. To be eligible, a student must be from either Lehigh, Berks, or Northampton counties, entering their first year of medical school, and also enrolled full-time at an accredited US medical school.

Applicants have a few things to submit including: a completed application, two letters of recommendation, an official school letter verifying enrollment, and also a one-page essay detailing why the student chose to be a physician and what they hope to do within the health profession.

Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP)

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Students majoring in a field relating to energy, health, advanced materials and diversified manufacturing, or agriculture and food production can apply for this scholarship founded by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assitance Agency.

To be eligible, students must be: a Pennsylvania resident, attending a Pennsylvania college or university, and also file the FAFSA.

Want to find more Pennsylvania scholarships? In that case, look online and through scholarship databases. Otherwise, talk to your high school counselor or college’s financial aid office. There’s also no such thing as applying for too many scholarships, as long as you meet all the qualifications.


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