Guidance Department - Scholarships
Scholarship Web Searches

This list contains local, national and scholarship web search sites in which you may be interested. If the Guidance Office has copies and/or information on these, it will be stated with the general information given below. It is our intention to update this list periodically as new scholarship possibilities are made available.

  • - Please visit where you will find a list of scholarships that students from Pennsylvania school districts are eligible for. Since 2003, we have been providing scholarship management services for companies, as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for students. This website will give you a list of scholarships, criteria and deadlines.
  • FastWeb - Find college financial aid, search for scholarships and get money for college.
  • - Free college scholarship search, financial aid & scholarship info.
  • SchoolSoup - Providing students with the most scholarships and other financial aid options on the Internet - over $32 billion in scholarship awards.
  • SunTrust Education Loans - Student Loans from SunTrust Education Loans. (Students register on this site and are eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship for their first year college expenses by applying online to the SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes. One drawing will be done every two weeks.)
  • Weekly Scholarship Alert Service - is the free service that delivers a manageable 1 to 5 college scholarship announcements to your inbox each week.
  • - provides a free private college information service as well as a $2,500 private college scholarship drawing. Students log onto the site to request information and are automatically entered into the drawing.
  • - provides resources that help make college possible through access to more than 1.3 million a year in scholarships on the national and local levels. The site also is a comprehensive resource for information to help students and parents plan for college.
  • - TFS is a private program available only to students at schools selected by Pepsi-Cola, of which Deer Lakes is one. New scholarships are added daily to this site. On average more than 5,000 new awards are added every month. The website also contains college and career information including athletic scholarships, personality tests and career aptitude tests.
  • NextStepU - Scholarships, a college match search, community postings and much more, also an online magazine.

Login Instructions are as follows:

  1. Go to and click on Login and then the “First Time User?” link.
  2. Select the state where you live and school you attend.
  3. Enter your email address as your username and then create a password.
  4. Students wanting to use the automatic letter writing feature in the website will also need to enter their name and address. This information is secure and will never be shared with anyone.
  5. Registration is now complete. You can access the website with your username (email address) and password from any computer that is connected to the internet.
Specialty Scholarships

Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship Program
Deadline: 04/26/2014

This scholarship was established for students interested in a career in Sports Medicine. One scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to a selected individual in return for a six week summer internship (40 hours) at UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

To qualify, the applicant must be entering his/her senior year of high school. Applicants must be a senior in September 2014. All applicants must also complete and send in (4) required documents:

  • The 2014 Freddie Fu Scholarship application
  • A Guidance Counselor Form, which indicates the applicant's QPA/GPA, class rank, and class size.
  • (2) letters of recommendation

Applications and information regarding this scholarship may be downloaded @ They can also be picked up in the Guidance Office. Please submit all completed applications to:

Kathleen Nachazel, LAT, ATC
UPMC Sports Medicine
Center for Sports Medicine
3200 South Water Street
Pgh., PA 15203

If you have any questions - you may contact Kathleen @ 412/432-3770 or email

Deadline: 04/28/2014

Northern Area Multi-Service Center of Allegheny County (NAMSC) provides grants for tuition and books for a graduating senior in northern Allegheny County high schools. There are (2) grant funds established:

  • $5,000 for the first year tuition from the Angelo A. Ali and Alice Ali Memorial Tuition Grant Fund.
  • $500 from the Marie Franciscus Donatelli Memorial Book Grant Fund

Applications may be picked up in the guidance office.

Applications are to be completed & mailed no later than April 28, 2014 to the following address:

Northern Area Multi-Service Center
ATTN: Cheryl Rosewell
Scholarship Committee
209 13th St.
Pgh., PA 15215

For further information, please contact Cheryl Rosewell, Administrative Assistant @ 412/781-1176 x 2087

Your Favorite Car Scholarship
Deadline: 04/30/2014

$500 Award

Student Eligibility:

  • Must be attending an accredited post-secondary institution by the fall of 2014.
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program that is at least two years in length.

Applications can be found @

Deadline: 04/30/2014

These scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who are interested in furthering their studies in an environmentally-related field. Eligible seniors are those applying to two or four-year colleges and universities who are majoring in an environmental area of study. Over the past 15 years, ASWP has provided over $28,000.00 to help students defray the costs of college tuition.

Scholarship applications, along, with policy & procedure, can be accessed directly from ASWP's website: by following the ”education“ link.

Deadline: 05/01/2014

Eligibility: The applicant must be a student currently in the Deer Lakes senior class or child or grandchild of a West Deer American Legion Member. (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded and will be chosen at random by the West Deer American Legion Officers at its May meeting.

Applications may be picked up in the guidance office.

Deadline: 05/14/2014

Family and friends of Walter W. Lewetag, III former DLHS History teacher and Boys Soccer Coach have established a monetary award for a graduating senior who embodies a commitment to education, athletics, and community.

An applicant for this award must meet the following requirements:

  • 2014 DLHS Graduate
  • Accepted into a college as a full-time student during the fall term following high school graduation.
  • Have an earned grade point average of 3.0 or better in grades 9 - 12.
  • Respond to the following
    TOPIC: In a well-developed and coherent essay of 500 words or less, demonstrate your commitment to education, participation in athletics, and dedication to community.

    CRITERIA: Focus
    Content & Development>

    NOTES: *typed in 12 point font, double spaced, 1” margins
    *attach essay to this application
    *do not put your name on essay

Please return the completed essay to the Guidance Office no later than Thursday, May 15, 2014. One student will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500.

Irene S. and Harry Louik College Scholarship Fund (through the Pittsburgh Foundation)
Deadline: 05/15/2014

This scholarship was created to help build future audiences for the performing arts by supporting students who plan to become involved in some way with the performing arts.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must:

  • Demonstrate special aptitude, ability or achievement in one or more of the performing arts and/or be committed to furthering appreciation of the performing arts.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the world outside the performing arts.
  • Be a resident of Allegheny County
  • Be a graduating senior at a public or private high school in Allegheny County
  • Plan to attend a two or four year accredited college or university
  • Be a good high school student who demonstrates pride in educational accomplishments.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Complete an application and include a one-page essay on "How you anticipate that your future involvement with the performing arts will contribute to building audiences for the performing arts".

Recipients may reapply if they maintain a grade point average of 3.0 while attending college.

Applications are available in the guidance office.

Completed applications may be mailed to the following addresss:

Irene S. and Harry Louik College Scholarship Fund
ATTN: Deborah Turner
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Five PPG Place, Suite 250
Pgh., PA 15222-5414

Deadline: 05/15/2014

$500 Award


  • Be attending college or university no later than December of 2014
  • Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by December of 2014
  • Submit an answer to the essay question not later than 11:59 on May 15, 2014
  • Be currently in your last year of high school.

Applications can be found @

Deadline: 05/15/2014

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest @

Deadline: 05/22/2014


  • The applicant must be a graduating senior in the class of 2014 currently residing in the Deer Lakes area, and must indicate enrollment in a post-high school institution of higher learning.
  • The senior student must name a family member, relative, or friend who was enrolled in West Deer schools between the years of 1942-69, and who would serve as a recommendation that the student is deserving of scholarship recognition. (any student who may have difficulty locating a person for this referral is encouraged to contact the guidance counselor at Deer Lakes High School, or call the West Deer Alumni Group at 724/265-2969 for names of former West Deer students who would be pleased to serve as a recommendation person).
  • The application must be completed and returned to the Guidance Office, or mailed to “West Deer Alumni” c/o 11 Ideal Dr.; Cheswick, PA 15024.

Applications may be picked up in the Guidance Office & will also be sent home.

Deadline: 06/10/2014

Gladys Hess memorial Scholarship was established in accordance with the wishes specified by the provisions of the Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Gladys M. Hess, who passed away on October 31, 1990. A long time distinguished resident of West Deer Township, Mrs. Hess is remembered for her many humanitarian and caring services which were directed to the families of this area. Her particular admiration and concerns were most often focused on the education and well-being of the young people in the schools of the Deer Lakes School District. With this in mind, she had specified that, after her death, a grant of money from her remaining estate be made available to establish a Trust Fund for the exclusive use of providing higher education scholarship assistance for a limited number of graduates of Deer Lakes High School evaluated to be “most in need” of financial help.


  • Applicant must be a member of the current graduating class of 2014.
  • Financial Aid, Authorization and Personal Statement Forms are available in the Guidance Office. All applications are to be completed in full.
  • It will be the responsibility of each student to forward the Financial Aid Authorization Form to his/her appropriate institution of higher education.
  • Personal Statement Form must be completed and returned to the Guidance Office on or before the deadline of May 22, 2014.
  • The Financial Aid Authorization Form must be forwarded to the institution of higher education, which must then complete the form and return it to the Deer Lakes High School Guidance Office (fax # 724/265-5303).
  • Only senior students who have turned in completed forms by the deadline dates will be considered eligible for scholarship consideration.

Deadline: 06/23/2014

LEAP is a seven week non-residential program that runs from June 23 – August 8, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Through special classes and guest faculty presentations, students can discover the exciting and vast possibilities of computer science. High school students may apply. Cost for this program is $1995.

For more information or to apply, please visit their website @ . For questions, please contact their office @ or call 412/268-9497.

Deadline: 06/30/2014

The award levels for this scholarship are (1) $1000 and (1) $750 scholarship. Qualifications for this scholarship are:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior planning to attend college or accredited higher institution of learning or currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a college or higher institution of learning as recognized by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
  • Scholarship applicant MUST be a member in good standing of PPG & Associates Federal Credit Union and must have their membership opened by May 31, 2014.
  • Scholarship application and essay must be completed and returned to the Credit Union office by June 30, 2014. If mailed, the application must be post-marked no later than June 30, 2014.
  • Two scholarships will be awarded to the two best essays submitted as judged by the Board of Directors or their designated Scholarship Committee. First prize will be $1000 and the second prize will be $750. The essay is judged on content, creativity, and clarity.
  • All applications are the sole property of the Credit Union.
  • Winner must present proof of acceptance to a college or accredited post-graduate institution of higher learning.

Applications may be picked up in the Guidance Office.

Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship
Deadline: 08/31/2014

$500 Scholarship

Student Eligibility:

  • Be attending college or university no later than January of 2015
  • Be attending college or university on a full-time or part-time basis by January of 2015
  • Have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or greater during their last academic year

Applications can be found @