Scholarships for Students from Pennsylvania

Scholarships for Students from Pennsylvania

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Scholarships and grants are the best way to pay for college. Unlike loans, these funds don’t have to be repaid. In the state of Pennsylvania, medical students have a particularly large number of scholarship options, but there are options for students who aren’t interested in medicine too. Read on to learn more about scholarships for students from the Keystone State that may reduce your cost of college attendance. You can thank us later!

State-funded scholarships for Pennsylvania residents:

Pennsylvania State Grant Program

Award Amount: Up to $4,200
Application Deadline: May 1 or August 1, 2018

Applicants must be high school graduates who are Pennsylvania residents, enrolled in at least six credit hours, and taking at least half of their credit hours through classroom instruction (as opposed to online instruction). Programs must be at least two academic years in length. Awards range from about $1,500 to $4,200 depending on your parents’ total income and the type of school and program you plan to attend. Check with your school’s financial aid office to confirm the deadline for your situation.

Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

This award is available to students who are studying energy, advanced materials and diversified manufacturing, or agriculture and food production. Students who already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree are still eligible, provided they meet the other requirements. These include Pennsylvania residency, a high school diploma or the equivalent, and enrollment in a program that lasts at least 10 weeks but fewer than two academic years. Students attending a nonprofit institution must be enrolled at least half time, and all other students must be enrolled full time to be eligible. The award amount is the lesser of $4,378 or 75% of educational costs. Click here for a list of approved programs.

Privately-funded scholarships for Pennsylvania residents:

Allegheny Mountain Section of the Air & Waste Management Association Undergraduate Scholarship Award

Award Amount: $5,000
Application Deadline: March 31, 2018
Essay: Yes

This award is given to a student pursuing a career related to the environment. Students must submit a one-page essay discussing their interest in environmental science, environmental engineering, or another environmentally-related field. Visit the provider’s website for a list of eligible institutions.

Alliance Medical Education Scholarship Fund

Award Amount: $2,500
Application Deadline: February 28, 2018
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

This award is available to second- and third-year medical students who are Pennsylvania residents and enrolled full-time in a medical school in their home state. Applicants must have resided in Pennsylvania for at least one year before college (even undergraduate). A one-page essay “describing your vision for the future of Pennsylvania medicine” is also required. Additionally, applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and county medical society; you can choose to apply for membership when you submit your scholarship application.

Clarkston Scholars Program

Award Amount: $10,000
Minimum GPA Required: 3.0
Essay: Yes

The Clarkston Scholars Program provides a sophomore attending a four-year college or university undergraduate program in Pennsylvania and majoring in a life sciences-related field of study a $10,000 scholarship award ($5,000 for both junior and senior year). Students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants must be available for an in-person interview and to attend an award ceremony should they win. Applicants must submit two 500-word essays, one on each of the following topics:

  1. “In 500 words or less, write an essay stating your opinion of an issue impacting the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in the state of Pennsylvania.”
  2. “In 500 words or less, describe your career goals and how receiving this scholarship will support those goals.”

Keep an eye on the provider’s website for the application!

M. Verna Butterer Educational Trust

Award Amount: Up to $14,000
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Essay: Yes

Available to Bucks County residents who have lived in the county for at least two years, this award is renewable for up to four years. Half of the award is given as a scholarship, while half is given as an interest-free loan. The loan must be repaid within five years. Students must submit information from their FAFSA showing financial need in order to receive an award. A two-page essay is required, and students may choose between two topics:

  1. "What was the most difficult obstacle you have had to overcome in your life, how did you deal with this obstacle, and what did you learn from it?"
  2. “Which is more important for life success: luck or hard work?"

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) – Philadelphia Scholarship Program

Award Amount: $1,000
Minimum GPA Required: 3.0
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

The NAAAP is seeking students of Asian descent who display strong leadership potential. Applicants must be U.S. residents of Asian-American or Asian descent, and currently attending a high school or college in or around Philadelphia. If students are currently attending college, they must have at least one year remaining before graduation. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, a résumé, and a transcript. Watch for the 2018 application on the provider’s website!

Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) Future Nurse Leader Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Minimum GPA Required: 3.0
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

Applicants must be full-time students attending an accredited Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Pennsylvania. While the award is not renewable, award recipients must regularly update the NFP on their academic progress and contribute to the NFP through volunteer work. Students must submit their official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, two essay responses, and a headshot with their application. Other scholarships provided by the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania can be found here.

Pennsylvania Engineering Foundation Scholarships

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: April 16, 2018
Minimum GPA Required: 3.6
Essay: Yes

Scholarships are available to Pennsylvania residents who will be freshmen attending their first semester in the fall at an ABET-accredited engineering school in their home state. Students must achieve minimum scores on the SAT (700 in math and 600 in evidence-based reading and writing). Note that these scores use the old SAT guidelines; click here to convert your scores. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.6 GPA. The application includes a 300-word essay on why you are pursuing engineering as a career. Additionally, you must submit a letter of recommendation. Award amounts are $1,000 for freshmen and $2,000 for upperclassmen.

County-specific scholarships for medical students:

Pennsylvania has a significant number of scholarships available to third- and fourth-year medical students. Most of them are available from county medical societies and given to students who reside in those counties. So, if you’re a medical student and you live in one of the counties listed below, today is your lucky day!

Although this list of scholarships for students from Pennsylvania covers a range of potential career paths, it’s always a great idea to do your own scholarship search! There’s a good chance that there is a scholarship available out there for your specific situation. Now that you’ve got some ideas, do a little digging of your own!

About Hannah Holley

Hannah earned a BS in Psychology from the College of Charleston, and an MA in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and worked as a therapist for children with special needs for more than five years, but now spends most of her time keeping up with her own toddler. In between playing cars and picking up after her tiny human tornado, she loves to try new recipes, take photographs, and re-watch episodes of "Parks and Recreation" for the 10th time. Hannah lives in Charleston, SC.

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