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

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Carrie Pavlik

Homeless Children's Education

202 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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 @

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