Scholarship Opportunities 2020-21

     Updated April 15, 2021
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     General Scholarships
    Scholarship Applications must be submitted to the Counseling Office at least one week prior to the due date.  If you submit your application packet closer to the due date there is no guarantee it will reach the scholarship committee by the deadline. Please also account for mailing time.
    Thank you! 


    2021 Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship Program

    The scholarship program was established for students interested in a career in Sports Medicine.  To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be entering his/her senior year of high school (i.e., the applicant must be a senior in September 2021). All applicants must also complete and send in the four (4) required documents, which include:

    • The 2021 Freddie Fu Scholarship application
    • A Guidance Counselor Form, which indicates the applicant’s Quality/Grade Point Average, Class Rank, and Class Size (completed by Guidance Counselor or appropriate school representative.)
    • And two (2) letters of recommendation

    The scholarship application and Guidance Counselor forms are attached in this email or can be found on the front page of the UPMC Sports Medicine website.  The website address is www.upmc.com/sportsmedicine.  All four (4) documents must be mailed together and postmarked to the above address by Saturday, May 1, 2021.  




    **StudentScholarship.org Scholarship Newsletter
    Below you will find a list of 15 Scholarship Programs that will give out more than 615 Individual Scholarship Awards during the 2021 school year.

    Spring 2021 Scholarship Newsletter

    The deadlines range from March 15 - May 15, 2021.




    The Pittsburgh Foundation scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year are now open for application. 

    Students, please apply online where appropriate or download the PDF where appropriate.  Some scholarships must be submitted electronically while others are only available on paper.  

    See “How to Apply” for more details: https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarships-how-to-apply


    Keep in mind that we have many other funds on the site which are not specific to a school.  They are for different geographic areas, specific colleges, intended majors, etc. Students should use the search function to find funds for which they meet the eligibility criteria:  http://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarshipsearch


    **Mon Valley Nurses Association

    $600.00 to one student in the graduating class of 2021 to aid in the cost of a nursing education.

    Download application here.

    Deadline:  April 1, 2021 (Deadline extended to May 1, 2021)

    ** Belle Vernon Area Rotary Scholarship

    Eligibility Requirements

    Any graduating senior who resides in the Belle Vernon Area or Frazier School District and has demonstrated leadership potential in the following areas:  Academic Achievement, Extracurricular Activities, Community Service, and Special Honors.

    General Guidelines

    The student must complete the required application provided to them by the graduating school Guidance Office and attend an interview with the Scholarship Committee, if requested.  Application shall be made available to all students who plan to attend a two-year or four-year accredited institution, including vocational/technical schools.

    The scholarships will be in the amount of One Thousand Five Hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($1,500.00) for a four-year program and Seven Hundred Fifty and 00/100 Dollars ($750.00) for a two-year program. 

    The students chosen to receive the Belle Vernon Area Rotary Scholarship shall be required to attend, as a guest, a regularly scheduled Belle Vernon Area Rotary meeting, along with his/her parents or guardian. The individual chosen should be prepared at that time to share in brief detail his or her plans for further education.

    Pick up an application in the counseling office, or download here.

    Competed applications must be turned in to Mrs. Wilson in the High School Counseling Office by Friday, April 9, 2021.


    The Bernie Matthews Opportunity Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 academic year. This award of $4,000 ($1,000 per academic year for four years) will be made to a local high school senior who will be an incoming freshman for the 2021-22 academic year. The annual $1,000 scholarship is renewable for four years (total value $4,000).

    Bernie Matthews was a beloved coach and mentor to hundreds of young student-athletes. The Bernie Matthews Opportunity Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that was created by Coach Matthews’ family to honor his memory.

    Additional information and applications can be found at their website, http://www.berniematthewsopportunityfoundation.org/.

    Deadline:  April 15, 2021



    All high school seniors having a residence in Westmoreland County who have been admitted or accepted to an accredited college or university offering a four (4) year course of study are eligible for scholarships toward a bachelor degree.

    PLEASE FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS ON THE APPLICATION.  Download the application here.

    Applications are due by April 16, 2021.



    $1500 scholarship to a student in the study of Horticulture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology, Forestry, Agronomy, Environmental Concerns, City Planning, Allied Sciences.

    Download the application here.

    Application deadline is April 16, 2021.

    **Keytex Energy Scholarship

    KEYTEX Energy is a full-service energy and consulting company that has provided energy procurement services and technical support to numerous school districts within Westmoreland County. These services have resulted in the school districts being able to control and optimize their energy costs as they manage the risks and complexities associated with energy markets. As a way to give back, KEYTEX Energy has established a scholarship award for students that attend the schools we proudly serve. KEYTEX Energy greatly values academic excellence and wishes to recognize outstanding students that have a desire to further their education through this monetary award.


    The KEYTEX Energy Scholar award is for a senior student that plans to further their education. The student should exhibit: dedication to hard work, self-motivation, and involvement in school/athletic/community activities. A qualifying student must be enrolled within a public-school district that is served by KEYTEX Energy and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

    Scholarship award $500.00

    Download application here.

    Deadline:  Completed applications are due to Mrs. Wilson in the high school counseling office by Monday, April 26, 2021.


    The Rostraver Township Lions Club is currently accepting applications for the Jared Giarrusso Memorial Fund Scholarship. Up to two $500 scholarships will be awarded this year. Requirements:

    • Applicant must be a current year graduating senior from Belle Vernon Area High School who is a member of the BVA Marching Band, Concert Band, AV Club or Rostraver Leo Club.

    • Applicant must be accepted at a post secondary school of education for the fall after graduation. A copy of the student’s letter of acceptance to the school must accompany the application.

    • Applicant must provide high school transcript.

    • Applicant must have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since ninth grade.

    • Applicantmustdemonstratefinancialneed.PleaseattachacopyoftheFASFA(FreeApplication for Federal Student Aid) application. If possible, submit the print summary of the SAR-PDF form.

    • Applicantmustsubmittwolettersofrecommendation(norelativesplease).

    • Applicant must submit an essay on “What Community Service Means to Me”. There is no

      limit as to the length of the essay; however, all essays must be type written.

    You can download the application HERE

    Deadline:  April 30, 2021

    Please return completed applications to Mrs. Wilson in the counseling office by April 29, 2021.  Collected applications will then be given to the Lions Club for evaluation.



    Scholarship for Belle Vernon Area High School Seniors who will attend a higher education instituion in the State of Pennsylvania.

    Download the Application HERE, or stop into Counseling.

    Deadline:  April 30, 2021.  Completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Wilson in Counseling by the deadline.


    **Bernadette Sokol Memorial Scholarship

    Two scholarships are available, each for $500, for a one-time, non-renewable award.

    Senior must

    • Be a former student at Marion Elementary

    • Be a member in good-standing of MIC/SADD and/or Interact Club

    • Have earned a Proficient or Advanced seal on his/her Senior Graduation Project

    • Have a cumulative QPA of 2.5 or higher

    Applications are available in the counseling office or may be downloaded here.

    Completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Wilson by Friday, April 30, 2021.

    **Carol Frow Scholarship

    $500 in a one-time only award

    Student must intend to major in English Education at California U of PA.

    Applications are available in the counseling office or download here.

    Deadline:          Return completed applications to Mrs. Wilson by April 30, 2021

    ** Scot Frow Memorial Scholarship

    $500 in a one-time only award

    Student must intend to major in Engineering at Penn State.

    Applications are available in the counseling office or download here.

    Deadline:  Return completed applications to Mrs. Wilson by April 30, 2021


    Fox Educational Fund Scholarship

    The Fox Educational Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to graduating high school students from the Ringgold, Monessen, Charleroi Area and Belle Vernon High Schools.

    The following criteria will apply:

    1. Attend high school at/in: Belle Vernon High School

    2. Demonstrate financial need.

    3. Applicant must provide letter of acceptance from a four-year college or university.

    4. Complete an application.

    5. Have a High School GPA of at least: 3.00

    6. Maintain a GPA of: 3.00

    7. Write and submit an essay: A brief statement on "How do you plan to use your higher education in the future."

    Download the application here.

    Applications due to the high school counseling office no later than April 30, 2021.

    **Passavant Memorial Homes Foundation Community Service Scholarship

    Passavant Memorial Homes Foundation (PMHF) was established to support Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services (PMHFOS) and its commitment to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, and behavioral health needs.  PMHF creates awareness of and provides additional financial resources for the quality programs of PMHFOS, which care for the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of individuals while promoting choice and independence.  PMHF upholds the contention that all people have the right to lead full, productive, and independent lives.

    Through our scholarship program, we hope to encourage local students to pursue a post-secondary education as well as take a renewed look into their community and to find unique opportunities to become a part of its furtherance.  We want our youth to recognize that community service can provide opportunities to acquire valuable life skills and knowledge as well as provide a service to those who need it most.  We want to show students that their actions can have a lasting and a positive impact on our society at large.  Community service can teach compassion and acceptance; it can foster cultures of inclusion and advocacy; it can build positive, lifelong relationships that can ultimately strengthen our communities.  We want our next generation of leaders to experience that.

    For more information on PMHFOS and to access this information online, please visit our website at www.pmhfos.org.

    You can access the application HERE.

    Deadline:  April 30, 2021


    The 2021 Faith Hope And Love Jesus, Inc. College Scholarship is now accepting applications from graduating high school seniors and incoming college students this year.
    This scholarship, offered annually by Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc., is open to childhood cancer and blood disorder survivors, who are pursuing post-secondary education at a college or university within the United States.
    All applicants will need to submit the following: 
    1. A 500-word essay on the topic of their choice.
    2. An acceptance letter from the college or university they will be (or are currently) attending this year.
    3. A letter from their doctor documenting a history of a blood disorder or cancer diagnosed before the age of 18.
    Award amount: $500 each
    Deadline for applications is on Saturday, May 1, 2021.




    We ask that you consider applying for the scholar-athlete award presented annually by the Westmoreland County Coaches Association.

    Our nonprofit organization is comprised of individuals, coaches/athletic directors/others, who are currently or have had past involvement with high school athletics in Westmoreland County.  The goal of the organization is to promote and recognize the achievements of athletes representing schools in our county.  We currently conduct County Championships in eleven sports, male or female, with plans to continue expanding to other sports.  In addition to sponsorship of these events, we also feel it is important to recognize outstanding scholastic achievement of our scholar-athletes.  Any monies that exceed our basic operating expenses are place in escrow to provide scholarships for deserving individuals.  In the past the W.C.C.A. has been able to provide at least one, and at most nine awards depending on the organization’s financial situation.

    The award is open to both male and female athletes with an emphasis on need, scholastic achievement, student participation in school activities, and to a degree, community involvement.  The only restriction is that the student/athlete must attend a county school that does participate in at least one of our sponsored events or whose coaches are active members of the W.C.C.A. for the current year.  Please note that a space is provided on the application for the signature of the W.C.C.A. member/sponsor from your school.

    Download the application here.

    The due date for submission is May 1 of the current school year. 

    **Monessen-Rostraver Rotary Scholarship


    To assist an individual in their pursuit of higher education by providing financial assistance to deserving, motivated, capable students who show promise of becoming individuals who will be a credit to the community, the nation, and the world.


    Applicant must:

    1. Be a senior at Belle Vernon Area High School.
    2. Provide proof of acceptance to a post-secondary academic or vocational program.
    3. Submit a completed application no later than May 3, 2021.
    4. Application must be accompanied by S.A.T. scores, official transcripts including grades 9,10,11,12, essay, and two letters of recommendation from teachers, civic leaders, religious leaders, or employer.

    Awards will be based on the quality of applications through a competitive scoring system that balances need with achievement.  The Monessen-Rostraver Rotary reserves the right to determine each year the number of scholarships to be awarded on the quality of the applications, and awards are not renewed.

    Download the Application here, or stop into the counseling office.

    Applications for the scholarship must be submitted to the high school counseling office no later than May 3, 2021.

    ** Ruth Viriginia Frost Memorial Scholarsip

    $2,000 for a BVA Senior who plans to continue his/her education at a four-year academic institution, giving first preference to Chatham College.  Preference will also be given to students who will be earning a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a major in English, Communications or Foreighn Languages.  If these preferences do not exist, the scholarship will be awarded to a senior who will be earning a degree in any teaching field.

    Download the application here, or stop into the counseling office.

    Deadline:  Return applications to Mrs. Wilson in the Counseling office by Friday, May 7, 2021.



    Belle Vernon Area High School graduating seniors who will attend West Virginia University in the fall of 2021.

    Downloand the application HERE, or stop into the counseling office to pick up.

    Deadline:  May 12, 2021 (Completed applications should be turned in to Mrs. Wilson by the deadline. They will then be reviewed by the Murt family.)


    for the Performing or Techical Arts

    Additional information and application can be downloaded here.

    Deadline:  May 14, 2021


    The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.

    Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to:

    • medical issues
    • peer issues: bullying, change of school, minority status, etc.
    • family issues: divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc.

    When in doubt, students are encouraged to apply; this scholarship is meant to be inclusive.

    The priority deadline is December 31, 2020.

    Evaluation & Process

    Applicants will be evaluated based on their essay and letters of recommendation; there is no GPA requirement. Please note: letters of recommendation must directly reference the student’s challenges. If the applicant does not wish to share their challenges with their recommender, then the recommendation must reference the student’s personal character.

    More than 10 scholarships will be awarded in 2020, based on financing. Winners will be notified in August.

    The PB&J Scholarship is distributed by Scholar Sponsor, a non-profit 501c3.

    Additional information is available in the counseling office or visit their website https://scholarsapp.com/scholarship/pbj-scholarship.

    Deadline:  May 31, 2021



    Student Insights were awarded the following prizes:

    • One (1) individual prize of a $5,000 scholarship.
    • Three (3) individual prizes of a $1,000 scholarship.
    • Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each
    scholarships for seniors
    It is exceptionally easy to apply:

    * NO minimum SAT or ACT score
    * NO minimum grade point average
    * NO lengthy, time-consuming paperwork
    * NO essays
    * NO application fees

    Simply complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.

    VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT http://student-view.com.

    Scholarship deadline is April 22, 2021.


    Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship

    To be eligible to apply to the scholarship program, applicants must:

    • Currently attend, enrolled in or accepted into in an accredited post-high school educational institution** including 2 or 4 year college or university or vocational, technical or trade school in the United States or its territories
    • Currently reside or have established plans to reside in one of the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Westmoreland or Washington County
    • Demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after the financial aid award package has been determined
    • Have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry (at least one of applicant’s grandparents must be Hispanic)
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
    • Enroll as a full-time student
    • Community involvement is required

    Please visit their website at https://www.pmahcc.org/ApplyNow to download the scholarship application.

    Deadline:  April 30, 2021


    **Northwestern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Scholarships

    Scholarship applications are available at their website https://unionhall.aflcio.org/nwpaalf, or download their brochures here.

    Deadline:  May 7, 2021

    **AUDUBON SOCIETY OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA - Beulah Frey Evironmental Scholarship

    ASWP awards one $2,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior from our service area of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Students who are applying to two or four-year colleges to further their studies in an environmentally-related field are eligible to apply. Applications are available to download. Download the application.

    Deadline:  June 1, 2021



    Students planning to pursue a four-year degree in an energy-related program, at an accredited Western Pennsylvania College or University, or to enroll in a Western Pennsylvania accredited Trade or Vocational degree program to learn an industry-related skill or trade, may apply to receive one (1) of two (2) available $500.00 scholarships.

    Download application here.

    Deadline:  June 20, 2021


    Scholarship for Those Struggling with Mental Health Issues

    In our work with defendants suffering from mental health issues, we at DRK Attorneys have seen enough examples of individuals that, because of the burden and the stigma that come with mental illness, feel that their choices in life are severely limited. As a result, they turn to crime in order to get their needs met. We are offering this scholarship with the goals of:

    • Showing those with mental health issues that they have options.
    • Supporting someone who has struggled with mental health issues but has found a way to manage it and overcome those struggles.
    • Shining some light on mental health and the difficulties that its victims manage on a daily basis.

    ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must meet the following criteria

    • Applicant is currently enrolled at or accepted to a college in Pennsylvania (community, technical, undergraduate or postgraduate).
    • Applicant demonstrates academic achievement as reflected by a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA in either high school or undergraduate transcripts.
    • Applicant is willing to share his or her story with the general public. If applicant wishes to remain anonymous, all effort will be made to withhold the applicant’s identity and protect his or her anonymity.

    REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must submit by July 16, 2021

    • A completed Scholarship Application Form
    • A 1-3 page typed essay about your life with mental illness, the struggles you’ve encountered and how you’ve overcome them.
    • An official copy of high school or undergrad college transcripts for all schools attended.
    • Proof of Legal Residency in U.S. (i.e. birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc.)

    Full Scholarship Requirements


    The award recipient will be notified of selection on or about August 15, 2021. This scholarship is to be used exclusively for higher education tuition and related expenses. A check for $1,000 will be made payable to the award recipient’s education institution to cover these expenses and he or she is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.


    Completed applications must be submitted no later than July 16, 2021. Application materials should be emailed to: drkattorneys[at]gmail[dot]com

    If you have questions email drkattorneys[at]gmail[dot]com. Please do not call the office with questions regarding the scholarship.





     College-Specific Scholarships

    Scholarship Applications must be submitted to the Counseling Office at least one week prior to the due date.  If you submit your application packet closer to the due date there is no guarantee it will reach the scholarship committee by the deadline. Please also account for mailing time.
    Thank you! 

     Allegheny College Top 10% Admission Program
    Univesity of Akron 

    Automatic $500 scholarship

    UA will award an automatic $500 “Early App Scholarship” to every new undergraduate student who applies for admission and completes the FAFSA by Dec. 1, 2020.

    Students who apply to UA will also be automatically considered for the Akron Guarantee Scholarship, which ranges from $8,000 to $34,000 over four years.

    As a reminder, we’ve also waived the $50 application fee for high school seniors. 

    We are also test optional for the fall 2021 class.  Students are eligible to  receive University of Akron Scholarships as test optional too.


    California University of PA - PK-4 Education Majors

    The Department of Education at California University of Pennsylvania has a full scholarship opportunity for your students.  We are seeking highly talented students with a drive to excel and a desire to enter the field of education.  Applications for the scholarship are now being accepted for the fall 2021 semester, and we would like for you to share the enclosed information with seniors, their families, and school staff.   

    Rutledge Institute Scholars will benefit from… 

    Exceptional Educational Opportunities  

    • Work alongside professional educators in various settings, including the on-campus early childhood education center and local elementary schools. 

    • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Grades PreK-4 Education, plus Pennsylvania teaching certification and the Integrative STEM Education Endorsement. 

    • Be a part of a living-learning community to develop collaboration and leadership skills. 

    • Explore innovations in teaching and learning through enrichment, including research and a three-week summer program. 

     A Full Scholarship 

    • Annual scholarship covers the cost of academic tuition and on-campus housing 


    Criteria for applying to become a Rutledge Institute Scholar can be found in the materials included in this email as well as the Cal U website at: www.calu.edu/rutledge.  Application forms are also available via the website. 

    Applications submitted to the program coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Maddas, by December 152020, will receive first consideration for the Fall 2021 semester.   

    Duquesne University

    Here is information about several scholarship opportunities, including full-tuition:

    Students can apply to Duquesne University via CommonApp and or an institutional application. As a reminder, Duquesne is:

    University of Dayton
    Your students are invited to apply for an Arts scholarship at the University of Dayton. These scholarships are competitive and worth up to $10,000 over four years. Incoming first-year, full-time students who enroll in a four-year program in Art and Design, Music or Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology are eligible to apply.

    The deadline to apply for an Arts scholarship is Sunday, November 1, 2020. We invite you to share this information with the creative and performing arts faculty at your school.

    Learn more about the scholarship application process for Art and Design.

    Learn more about the scholarship application process for Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology.

    Students who are interested in Music will receive an email from UD with instructions on how to request a nomination for a Leadership in Music scholarship.

    If you have any questions, please give us a call at 800 UD-PRIDE (800-837-7433). Our early action deadline for admission is also November 1; students can apply for free at udayton.edu/apply.

    Gannon University

    Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania currently has an additional $3,000 Cyber Award available to any student who applies to the BS Cybersecurity or BS Cyber Engineering programs for Fall 2021 entry.  In addition to the merit scholarship every student is awarded, this brings the total scholarship for each student to minimum $18,000-23,000 per year.  You can find out more about our programs here:  https://www.gannon.edu/academic-offerings/engineering-and-business/undergraduate/cybersecurity/


    University of Virginia
    The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia is now accepting nominations for the Jefferson Scholars Class of 2025.

    Jefferson Scholarships provide the entire cost of attendance at the University of Virginia and many supplemental enrichment experiences. The total value of the Scholarship exceeds $293,000 for non-Virginian students and $157,000 for Virginia students. I encourage you to learn more about the scholarship, the selection criteria, and the selection process by visiting the Foundation's website.

    If you would like to be nominated, please see Mrs. Nese or Mrs. Wilson in the Counseling Office.

    PTC - Pittsburgh Technical College

    Scholarship $ for Your Students

    Deadline March 1, 2021

    Your high school clubs may or may not be meeting much this year, but PTC wants to remind you and your students that we offer several scholarships to high school seniors based on their involvement in any of the following:





















    Plus a special scholarship available for Cyber School Students



    $3,000   $6,000   $9,000

    scholarships available


    Details and application are available on our website under Financial Aid >

    Grants and Scholarships > High School Club and Organization Scholarship.



    << Apply Now >>






    Washington & Jefferson College

    Washington & Jefferson College is looking for academic leaders who venture beyond the classroom to make change in their communities for the common good. Given the challenges the COVID-19 Pandemic has presented to high school students around the globe, these students should be commended for their hard work and perseverance during this unprecedented time in our world’s history.

    We need your assistance in inviting your students to be considered for the W&J Thrive ScholarshipW&J is ranked by LendEDU for best financial aid, and we are committed to making their education affordable. On average, incoming students receive $30,000 in merit scholarships and institutional aid from W&J. Simply put, we will invest in your students.

    What is W&J Thrive?

    • Our highest merit scholarship, which is reserved for students with a 3.6 unweighted GPA or higher who demonstrate leadership.
    • We define leadership in many ways, including being a team captain, club president, a community volunteer, a member of a civic organization, a tutor, or a National Honor Society member.
    • Thrive awards top students $33,000-$34,000 per year, which is over half the total cost for a residential student.

    Encourage your students to visit washjeff.edu/apply today to start their free W&J Leadership Application. In their application, students must list their positions and demonstrate how they display leadership to be eligible for W&J Thrive. The application takes just 10 minutes to complete.

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