College scholarships for State College, PA; US residents

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With the cost of tuition continuing to skyrocket, we’re rounded up some scholarship opportunities for Pennsylvania students.

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The cost of college is rising in the US, and the average annual rate has reached $ 9,400 for public institutions and $ 36,700 for private, nonprofit colleges.

Whether you’re a high school senior or a current college student, there are scholarships available to help cover college costs for those who reside in Pennsylvania, as well as out-of-state students.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is due in Pennsylvania Aug. 1 for first-time applicants enrolled in a community college, business, trade or technical school, hospital school of nursing, designated Pennsylvania open-admission institution, or nontransferable two-year program. The FAFSA is due May 1 for all other applicants.

Institutions of higher education may have their own deadlines for financial aid.

An online assessment is available to estimate what federal aid may be available to you.

Here’s a list of scholarships with applications still open as of April 18.

Pennsylvania and Center County scholarships

Pennsylvania State Grant

Pennsylvania State Grants are awarded based on financial need, and award amounts vary. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to:

Application deadline: Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed by May 1.

Arize Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Amount: $ 3,000

Application deadline: April 22

Who qualifies:

  • Current high school seniors in one of the following districts: Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Huntingdon, Juniata Valley, Mount Union, Penns Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola, Southern Huntingdon, State College, Tussey Mountain, Tyrone

  • Intend to enroll in a trade or technical school

What’s required:

Here’s where to apply.

Stream of Learning Scholarship Program

Amount: $ 5,000

Application deadline: April 30

Who qualifies:

  • Attend or pursue attendance at a two- or four-year college, university or technical school degree or certificate

  • Eligible fields of study: environmental science, biology, engineering, chemistry or Department of Environmental Protection-certified water / wastewater operations programs

  • Attend a Pennsylvania college, university or technical school in the 2022-23 academic year and maintain a permanent residence in Pennsylvania

What’s required:

  • Letter of recommendation

  • One-page essay describing your career interests and how they benefit the water / wastewater industry

  • Official high school transcript

  • Proof of residence in Pennsylvania

Here’s where to apply.

John Lepping Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Up to $ 5,000

Application deadline: May 1

Who qualifies:

  • Permanent resident of Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey

  • Physical or psychological disability

What’s required:

  • Demonstration of academic achievement

  • Proof of disability with letter of confirmation from physician (This is required after award notification and is not to be submitted with the application.)

  • Acceptance to institution of higher education

Here’s where to apply.

Pennsylvania Engineering Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $ 1,000

Application deadline: May 31

Who qualifies:

  • High school seniors entering college fall 2022

  • Attending a Pennsylvania Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology-accredited engineering program

  • Resident of Pennsylvania

What’s required:

  • Description of extracurricular activities, awards, employment, summer activities, etc.

  • A half- to one-page essay explaining what or who inspired you to pursue engineering

  • Certification of application by guidance counselor or principal

Here’s where to apply.

Scholarships open across the US

North American Network Operators’ Group Scholarship Program

Amount: $ 10,000

Application deadline: 3 pm CDT May 18 (The sponsor reserves the right to close the program early when 50 applications have been received. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.)

Who qualifies:

  • Current post-secondary undergraduate or graduate student

  • Pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, network engineering or telecommunications (for graduate students only)

  • Plan to enroll in at least six credits at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

What’s required:

  • Current, complete transcript of grades

  • 500-word statement describing how the scholarship money would impact your college career

  • One online recommendation form, which must be submitted on your behalf by 3 pm CDT May 21

Here’s where to apply.

Naviste’s Next Steminist Scholarship Program

Amount: $ 10,000

Application deadline: 3 pm CDT May 17

Who qualifies:

  • Identify as female

  • A US citizen or permanent resident

  • 25 years old or younger as of May 17

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 / 4.00

  • High school senior / graduate or current undergraduate student enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in the 2022-23 academic year

  • Eligible majors: computer science, computer engineering, computer hardware engineering, computer software engineering, electrical engineering, game and interactive media design, information systems, information technology, management information systems, systems engineering

What’s required:

  • Current, complete transcript of grades

  • 60-second unlisted YouTube video describing your dream career in science, engineering, technology or mathematics field.

  • One online recommendation form, which must be submitted on your behalf by 3 pm CDT May 20

Here’s where to apply.

The Ralph Center Art Scholarship: Promoting Diversity in the Arts

Amount: $ 5,000

Application deadline: May 1

Who qualifies:

  • Applicants who are at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, Native American, Hispanic, Latino or Asian and Pacific Islander

  • US citizen or permanent resident

  • Current high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student

  • Intends to be registered as a full-time student in the fall

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00

What’s required:

  • Current or most recent GPA

  • ACT or SAT score

  • Description of extracurricular activities, awards, sports, work-related efforts, etc.

  • Answers to scholarship questions, including top three core values, defining life moment, obstacles

  • Two- to three-minute video

Here’s where to apply.

Against The Grain Production Artistic Scholarship

Amount: $ 1,000

Application deadline: May 31

Who qualifies:

  • High school senior, undergraduate or graduate student

  • Ethnicity must be at least 25% Asian American and / or Pacific Islander

  • Eligible majors: film, theater, fashion, photography, graphic design, dance, music, journalism, mass communications, etc.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 / 4.0

What’s required:

  • Demonstration of leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities

  • Transcript

  • Artistic portfolio

  • Resume

  • Letter of recommendation

  • Essay with 500 or fewer words

Here’s where to apply.

Lead with Languages ​​Teacher Scholarship Program

Amount: $ 1,500 per academic year, renewable for three years after initial award

Application deadline: 5 pm EST May 27

Who qualifies:

  • High school seniors

  • Accepted and planning to attend an accredited US postsecondary institution, leading to credentialing as a language educator

  • Have taken at least two years of the same language in high school, or present documentation of proficient results

  • GPA of 3.0 / 4.0

What’s required:

  • High school transcript

  • College acceptance letter

  • Personal essay of 200 or fewer words

  • Letter of recommendation from your language teacher in high school

Here’s where to apply.

A note: Scholarship requirements are not all-inclusive. Visit each scholarship’s website for full application information.

Meredith Howard is a service journalist with the Belleville News-Democrat. She is a Baylor University graduate and has previously freelanced with the Illinois Times and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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