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.

  • StudentScholarships.org - Please visit StudentScholarships.org 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.
  • Scholarships.com - 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 - WeeklyScholarshipAlert.com is the free service that delivers a manageable 1 to 5 college scholarship announcements to your inbox each week.
  • www.discovercolleges.com - 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.
  • www.axa-achievement.com - 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.
  • www.TuitionFundingSources.com - 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 www.TuitionFundingSources.com 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 TuitionFundingSources.com website with your username (email address) and password from any computer that is connected to the internet.

Specialty Scholarships


TEVAS SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: 04/30/2016

The Tetons Scholarship was created at the Pittsburgh Foundation to provide students who are graduating or have graduated from Deer Lakes High School and are pursuing study in the medical field. This is one time scholarship in the amount of $1000. The following criteria apply:

  • Plan to attend an accredited institute of further education located in the USA that is classified as an institution of higher education under IRS guidelines.
  • Demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities, including school sponsored activities, volunteer work, after-school jobs, or family care.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Complete an online application form and include an essay about your long-term goals and one person who?s made a significant impact on your life and why.
  • Submit one reference source.

For more information, contact Deborah Turner at turnerd@pghfd.org

Visit www.pittsburghfoundation.org for an application.

PITTSBURGH METROPOLITAN AREA HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION
Deadline: 04/30/2016

The PMAHCC Foundation Scholarship Program accepts applications from February 1 until April 30, 2016 for the scholastic year beginning in the fall, 2016. Awards range from $1000 to $2000.

Criteria:

  • Be attending or accepted in an accredited post high school educational institution including 2 or 4 year programs
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1000 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

Interested students must complete the application form and mail it along with an official transcript along with a typed essay of not more than 300 words discussing a significant public speech, legislative act, a book or a recent event in the community and why you decided to write about it. All must be received at PMAHCCF by April 30, 2016. Application and documents are to be mailed to:

PMAHCCF Scholarship Program

One Oxford Center

301 Grant St.; Ste 4300

Pgh., PA 15219

TETONS SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: 04/30/2016

The Tetons Scholarship was created at the Pittsburgh Foundation to provide students who are graduating or have graduated from Deer Lakes High School and are pursuing study at a trade or vocational school. This is one time scholarship in the amount of $1000. The following criteria apply:

  • Plan to attend an accredited career/technical school located in the USA that is classified as an institution of higher education under IRS guidelines.
  • Demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities, including school sponsored activities, volunteer work, after-school jobs, or family care.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Complete an online application form and include an essay about your long-term goals, a tough situation you experienced and how you overcame it, and one person who's made a significant impact on your life and why.
  • Submit one reference source.

For more information, contact Deborah Turner at turnerd@pghfd.org

Visit www.pittsburghfoundation.org for an application.

PRFSD ANNUAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: 04/30/2016

The Pittsburgh Regional Food Service Directors is an organization of professionals committed to School Food Service. In recognition of the importance of well-educated professionals as part of the Food Service Industry, the Pittsburgh Food Service Directors Association will be awarding two $2500 scholarships: (1) The PRFSD Veronica Keener Memorial Scholarship; (2) The PRFSD Deborah Morrone Memorial Scholarship. Awardees will be chose from applicants meeting the following criteria:

  • Be a high school senior who will graduate in 2016.
  • Attend one of the PRFSD member’s school districts that are listed in the application packet.
  • Plan to attend, upon high school graduation, an institute of higher education majoring in a food service related field.
  • Submit an official transcript of high school grades.
  • The applicant must have at least a 3.0 grade average.
  • Submit a typed essay, 650 words or less, in a paragraph form explaining your interest in the Food Service profession and your primary educational and lifetime goals.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and a person of the student’s choice.

Failure to complete all of the above requirements will result in a disqualification. The Scholarship recipient will be announced in May, 2016.

Application packets can be picked up in the Guidance Office and are to be returned along with your essay, proof of a 3.0 grade point average or better, and letters of recommendation postmarked no later than April 30, 2015 to:

Mrs. Deb Kendra, Food Service Director

Brentwood Borough School District

3601 Brownsville Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15227

or

Mr. Monte Maugle, Food Service Director

Belle Vernon Area School District

270 Crest Ave.

Belle Vernon, PA 15012

 
MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Deadline: 05/01/2016

This scholarship program is for students entering Plumbing, HVAC, Welding, Engineering, Architecture and Construction related fields of study. The MCA of Western Pennsylvania will recognize (5) students. The program winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and (4) others will receive a $500 scholarship. These scholarships are available to students attending a two or four year program at accredited colleges, universities, and technical schools.

The recipient of this scholarship will be a well rounded individual with a deep interest and involvement in their communities. This students spends time volunteering, have outstanding academic performance, and are leaders in their schools through involvement in athletics, clubs, and student government.

Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office.

KAREN BIZYAK WEST DEER AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: 05/01/2016

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.

BEULAH FREY ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: 05/06/2016

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 17 years, ASWP has provided over $30,000.00 to help students defray the costs of college tuition.

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

Guidelines for the Irene S. and Harry Louik College Scholarship Fund Of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Deadline: 05/15/2016

The Irene S. and Harry Louik College Scholarship Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation was established in honor of the 90th birthday of Irene S. Louik on July 25, 2001 as well as the 65th wedding anniversary of Irene S. and Harry Louik on December 20, 2001. This fund 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the world outside the performing arts.
  3. Be a resident of Allegheny County.
  4. Be a graduating senior at a public or private high school in Allegheny County.
  5. Plan to attend a two or four year accredited college or university.
  6. Be a good high school student who demonstrates pride in educational accomplishments.
  7. Demonstrate financial need.
  8. Complete an application and include a one-page essay on the following subject:

    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.

Final selection of the scholarship winners will be decided (subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Foundation) by a Scholarship Advisory Committee. No member of the Advisory Committee, or his or her immediate family, is eligible for scholarship assistance during his or her tenure on the Advisory Committee.

The Pittsburgh Foundation shall notify the chosen scholarship recipient(s) of its decision. The scholarship payment will be made after The Pittsburgh Foundation's June Board Meeting, and after the student verifies the school he or she will be attending. Payment will be made to the school for the student.

Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office.

CONTINENTAL BUILDING SYSTEMS CHARITIES SCHOLARSHIOP
Deadline: 05/18/2016

Continental Building Systems is a full service general contractor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio with an office in Pittsburgh. They focus mainly on the commercial construction of office, retail, medical, industrial, warehouse, manufacturing, and education projects.

CRITERIA:

  • Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Candidates must enroll in a four year, post-secondary educational institution.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • 33% Academics
  • 33% Charcacter
  • 34% Financial Need

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

For an application and more information, visit the website @ www.tinyurl.com/tcfgenapp2016

HOPE THROUGH LEARNING AWARD
Deadline: 05/31/2016

The missions of the Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County by providing educational programs and services. HCEF will grant post-secondary awards to selected applicants in the amount of $2,500 each. This is a non-renewable award that can be used for tuition, books/equipment, fees, or living expenses.

CRITERIA:

  • Experiencing or has experienced homelessness during a school attendance years.Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence and includes students living in a shelter, car, motel, doubled-up situation or places not meant for human habitation, or lacking permanent housing.
  • Currently residing in Allegheny County
  • 24 years of age or younger
  • Accepted into a a post-secondary education or career program (e.g. college, university, community college, business school, technical school, vocational school, career training, internship, apprenticeship) for the first time, and are scheduled to begin classes/training before the end of 2016.
  • High school graduate or GED recipient, or due to complete secondary education at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume – including any work, volunteering, honors, awards, etc.
  • High School Transcript
  • Essay – one to two pages describing your experience with homelessness and how it has affected your education. Describe how you have overcome the challenges of housing instability to succeed in school and what you think should be done to increase awareness or address the issue of student homelessness.
  • Copy of post-secondary program acceptance letter.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be on letterhead and include the author's title, address, phone number, email address, and signature. This should come from teacher, mentor, clergy, community leader, case manager or homeless housing staff – excluding family.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS (NO STAPLES) SHOULD BE MAILED TO:

Carrie Pavlik

Homeless Children's Education

202 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

THE SPRINGBOARD FOUNDATION, INC.
Deadline: 06/15/2016

The Springboard Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to full time college students who have a documented disability of any type deemed to be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Springboard Foundation is pleased to provide this opportunity to several promising students each year.

For more information and an application, visit the website @ www.thespringboardfoundation.org

ASPIRING NURSE SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: 06/30/2016

This scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 to an aspiring nurse who demonstrates academic excellence, particularly in science and math and a passion for the nursing professions and the overall field of healthcare. It is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing including LPN, LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.

For an application or to find out more information, visit their website at www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com