Scholarship Opportunities 2020-21

     Updated May 6, 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! 



    **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

     ** 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

    **Dollar Bank Scholarship Contest

    Win a $10,000 Scholarship!

    NO PURCHASE OR TRANSACTION NECESSARY. Open to full-time 12th grade students who: (a) currently attend an accredited high school in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington or Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania (the “Pittsburgh Area”); Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Summit or Medina County, Ohio (the “Cleveland Area”); or the City of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk or Portsmouth (the “Hampton Roads  Area”); and expect to graduate in June, 20211; (b) attend one (1) financial literacy virtual presentation (the “Presentation”) conducted by Dollar Bank (the “Bank”); and (c) plan to attend an accredited post-secondary school or college/university (hereinafter any such institution of higher learning is referred to as a “College”).  There is one contest for students from the Pittsburgh Area, one for students from the Cleveland Area, and one for students from the Hampton Roads Area.
    To enter the contest, a student must: (a) access the registration by visiting https://dollar.bank/scholarshipcontest, complete all fields in the registration, and submit the registration online on or before 5:00 pm EST May 16; (b) access four Scholarship Series newsletters by visiting https://dollar.bank/scholarshipcontest, read the four (4) newsletters, answer the questions at the end of each newsletter, and submit the answers to all four sets of questions (the “Answers”); and (c) in accordance with the submission requirements described below, develop a personal annual budget and write an essay in response to a question that will be provided to Seminar attendees, and send the personal budget,  essay, and Answers via email to EducationalBankingProgram@dollarbank.com.  If a budget and essay are sent via email, they must be attached as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or as a pdf file; any essay or budget sent in the body of the email will automatically be disqualified. Budget, essay and Answers must be received by 5:00 pm EST June 13, 2021 for the Pittsburgh Contest, the Cleveland Contest, and the Hampton Roads Contest. Essays will be judged based on content and grammar.  The decision of the judge(s) is final. Winners will be selected and notified via phone or mail. on or before 6/30/21. If a winner cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts or fails to claim the prize on or before 7/9/21, the Bank may select another winner in his/her place at a later date. For more details about the submission requirements and other contest terms and conditions, see the complete scholarship contest rules, which are available at https://dollar.bank/scholarshipcontest.

    To enter, register by May 16, 2021 at their website https://dollar.bank/scholarshipcontest.

    Dollar Bank Scholarsip Flyer.pdf



    **Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

    2021 Michael J. & Aimee Rusinko Kakos Scholarships
    & Olga Gera Scholarship

    Applications now being accepted.

    Click the links below to download an application:

    2021 Michael J. & Aimee Rusinko Kakos Visual Arts Scholarship Application

    2021 Michael J. & Aimee Rusinko Kakos Literary Arts Scholarship Application

    2021 Gera Visual Arts Scholarship Application

    If you are typing directly onto the entry form, you must save the application to your computer before adding the requested information. Close the application and reopen the application from your computer. Once you add the information re-save the document before printing or attaching it to an email.

    The postmark deadline to apply for the 2021 scholarship HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO May 17, 2021.

    Since 2012, the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival has awarded a scholarship to a high school senior who resides in Westmoreland County with intentions to enroll full-time in a visual arts program at an accredited college or university.

    Scholarships are awarded annually and winners are announced in May. The winners will be presented with a scholarship award of $1,000 on stage during the Festival’s Opening Ceremony on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Twin Lakes Park. 


    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



    **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.


    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is now accepting submissions for its annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Contest, awarding a $2,500 scholarship to one student in the Greater Pittsburgh Area who submits an inspiring personal essay on increasing distracted driving awareness.

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment, is pleased to announce that it is accepting submissions for its annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship. The 2021 scholarship will award a local student in the Greater Pittsburgh area helping in the fight against distracted driving with a $2,500 scholarship to be applied toward further education.

    Recognizing the dangers associated with distracted driving – while at the same time committed to educating and acting upon it – the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s annual campaign invites students to submit an inspiring essay about distracted driving. These essays can be about a personal experience, a proposed awareness campaign, or technology and its impact on distracted driving.

    “Our goal is to encourage students to take a critical look at the ways in which they commonly become distracted while driving,” says Eric Chaffin, Managing Partner of Chaffin Luhana LLP, and a Trustee of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation.

    “Distracted driving is a leading factor in crashes nationwide, and is especially deadly among young drivers. While we’ve been unable to present directly to students due to Covid-related school-closings, our annual campaign continues to allow us to connect, inform, and educate.”

    High school and college undergraduate students in the Greater Pittsburgh Area are invited to submit a 500-700-word essay about one of the following topics:

    1. Personal Experience. Have you had a personal experience with distracted driving? If so, how has it impacted your life?
    2. Plan for Action. Create a realistic distracted driving awareness campaign to effectively reduce the number of distracted driving-related auto accidents in the U.S. Please include: ways to better educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving; steps that can be taken to prevent new, young drivers from distracted driving; and actionable steps that can be taken to put an end to distracted driving.
    3. Technology’s Impact. How do you think technology and recent technology advancements have impacted the rise of distracted driving in the United States? Also, how big of a role do you believe that technology can have in putting an end to distracted driving?

    Students are also required to post on social media tagging The Chaffin Luhana Foundation (@chaffinluhanafoundation) to explain why they believe this cause is important.

    The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”

    For more information on our scholarship contest, rules, and criteria, visit our website: https://www.chaffinluhana.com/scholarship.

    The application deadline is July 31st, 2021.





     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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