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: 10/25/2015

The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. The criteria also includes high school graduation in spring/summer 2016, commitment to pursue a bachelor's degree, and United States citizenship or permanent residency. Students are to submit applications online @

Deadline: 11/03/2015

If you have volunteered over the past year, you could win $1000 by applying for this scholarship. Any student in grades 5 - 12 are eligible to apply.

To apply, you will need to visit the website, Click on the “Apply Now” link and follow the on-screen instructions. Once you have completed your online application, go to the “Certification” page to either email certification instruction to your certifier or to print them out. Your certifier may be your principal, counselor, girl scout leader or head of a local organization. You and your parents must also complete the student/parent agreement page.

For further information, please call (877) 525-8491.

10th Annual NEED Historical Black College Tour
Deadline: 12/01/2015

The 10th Annual NEED Historical Black College Tour is scheduled for March 18 - March 26, 2018. The NEED HBCT is an invaluable learning experience outside the classroom for 10th and 11th grade students. The Educational Tough allows students to gain firsthand knowledge about their anticipated major or field of interest. Students have the opportunity to visit 15 HBCU?s in the Eastern and Southeastern United States.

To qualify for HBCT, the student must complete the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in 10th or 11th grade during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • A high school transcript must be submitted with the application.
  • Student must be in good standing academically, and behaviorally, including satisfactory school attendance.
  • A letter of recommendation from your principal or guidance counselor must be submitted.
  • A 200 word typed essay on “Why I want to go on the Historically Black College Tour” must be submitted.
  • The student/parent must complete the mandatory orientations held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood Branch.

Cost for tour is $700 (includes NEED insignia jacket)

Applications can be picked up in the Guidance Office. Completed packets are to be mailed to:

Nicki Creasman
The Law & Finance Bldg.
429 Fourth Avenue; 20th Floor
Pgh., PA 15219

Deadline: 12/31/2015

The Pearce Law Firm is offering this scholarship which is an opportunity for high school students in the state of Pennsylvania who have been accepted to a college or university and have aspirations of attending law school after college. This scholarship is intended to encourage and support outstanding achievement and leadership from future attorneys in the state of Pennsylvania.

For an application and more information, please visit the website at

Deadline: 12/31/2015

The Pearce Law Firm if offering this scholarship as an opportunity to high school students in the State of Pennsylvania who have been accepted to a college or university and have aspirations of attending law school after college. This scholarship is intended to encourage and support outstanding achievement and leadership from future attorneys in the state of Pennsylvania.

For an application and more information, please visit the website at

Deadline: 12/31/2015

Students who are either employees or dependents of employees of these contributing employers are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applications are available at the website, For further information, please call the Fund office @ 724/743-4260.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Deadline: 01/06/2016

Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible for this scholarship. Students are to write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrate the understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

For complete guidelines and application, please visit the Profile in Courage Essay contest @

Deadline: 02/11/2016

CSLRS is a non-profit scholarship agency providing need-based grants to local students who are residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington & Westmoreland County for at least two years. CSLRS funds are available to any Jewish high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student.

All awards are based on demonstrated financial need. Other factors such as academic achievement, personal characteristics, and individual circumstances may also be considered.

Please visit for the on-line application which will be available in late November as well as more detailed information.

Deadline: 03/31/2016

The 2016 scholarship are awareded on both academic achievements and financial need to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in a healthcare related field. One (possibly two) awards in the amount of $2,500 will be given out.