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SCHOLARSHIPS We know that investing in your college education is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Education is the foundation for success and an affordable, quality education from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your goals both personally and professionally.

Our goals are to make sure you incur as little debt as possible while attending Pennsylvania Highlands and that you can enter the workforce with minimal financial obligations. Our Financial Aid staff will work closely with you to make sure you are aware of every option to help finance your education.

One of these options is scholarships. Pennsylvania Highlands offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities for both first time and returning students. Please keep in mind that we are continually working to add new scholarship opportunities. To see newly added scholarships, please refer to the College website.

To be eligible to receive any of these scholarships, you must complete the Scholarship Application and submit it to Financial Aid by April 1, 2015. All scholarships are based upon availability of funds. Good luck and welcome to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW), JOHNSTOWN BRANCH SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established through the generosity of the Johnstown Branch of the American Association of University Women. A maximum of $500 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: •

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Be a full-time matriculated student in a degree program who has earned at least 30 credits. Have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Demonstrate financial need. Reside in either Cambria or Somerset County. Preference will be given to female students, 25 years of age or older.

AMERICAN LEGION HOME ASSOCIATION OF EBENSBURG SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the American Legion Home Association of Ebensburg. A maximum of $5,000 is awarded annually ($2,500 per semester). To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: •

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Be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any past war eras. For a complete list of eras, contact Financial Aid. Be a full-time student seeking an associate degree. Be a resident of Cambria County. However, the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Cambria County. Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

DR. WALTER AND KIM ASONEVICH SCHOLARSHIP

This is an endowed scholarship awarded to a first year student who is a single parent enrolled full-time in an associate degree program. This scholarship is awarded for two semesters. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • • • • •

Be a single parent, first semester student enrolled full-time in a degree program. Demonstrate financial need. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for second semester renewal of the scholarship. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Scholarship Application. Scholarships are awarded for the first semester ($500) and may be extended to the second semester based on availability of funds.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Up to twenty full-tuition scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding students throughout the six-county Southern Alleghenies Region (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset). The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and must be used beginning with the fall semester following high school graduation. The Pennsylvania Highlands Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and recommends recipients for selection to the President’s Office. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must: •

Be eligible for graduation during the senior year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in core academic subjects. Be recognized as a good citizen of the high school community by being involved and demonstrating leadership in at least three extra-curricular activities. Complete and submit a Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Write an essay of at least 200 words explaining why the committee should nominate him or her as a scholarship recipient. Complete the College’s placement testing and score college-ready in all sections or submit SAT scores of at least 500 in both verbal and math.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition only and fees are the responsibility of the student. Students will be monitored each semester to track academic progress, credit load, and to confirm eligibility. The scholarship is renewed each academic semester, for a single program of study over a maximum of five semesters, provided the following criteria are met: •

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The recipient must be enrolled full-time during all scholarship semesters and must successfully complete at least 25 college credits during the first academic year at Pennsylvania Highlands. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 at Pennsylvania Highlands. The recipient must complete at least ten hours of College service during their first academic year, under the direction of the Admissions Office. The recipient must work with an assigned scholarship mentor in the Student Success Center throughout their award period.

GRIFFITH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Ellis and Gladys Griffith. A total of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 each semester). To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • • •

Be either a full-time or part-time student. Demonstrate financial need. Be a graduate of Tussey Mountain School District. Maintain at least of 2.5 GPA for second semester eligibility.

JOHN B. GUNTER LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

This Scholarship was established by members of the John B. Gunter Leadership program Break Barriers, Invent Your Future conference. A maximum of $1,000 per year will be awarded in the Fall 2014, 2015, and 2016 semesters, to be distributed to a maximum of two eligible students per semester. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • •

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Be a full-time student. Demonstrate financial need. Have attended the 2014 Break Barriers, Inventing Your Future conference at Pennsylvania Highlands or any similar leadership event developed by a group participating in subsequent John B. Gunter Leadership programs. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete an essay explaining his/her educational goals.

DR. EDWARD HALUSKA SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is sponsored by the Foundation and is open to any continuing Pennsylvania Highlands student. A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • • •

Have completed at least three credits at Pennsylvania Highlands. Demonstrate financial need. Be matriculated into a degree program. Have at least a 2.0 GPA.

HUNTINGDON HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Mr. Jim Foster. A maximum of $2,000 is awarded annually ($1,000 per semester). To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • •

Demonstrate financial need. Must be a Huntingdon County resident. (Priority consideration given to graduates of Juniata Valley School District.) Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA for second semester eligibility.

JOHNSTOWN REGIONAL INDIAN SUBCONTINENT ASSOCIATION (JRISA) SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is sponsored by Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA) and is awarded to a first year student from Cambria County. A total of $500 will be awarded annually ($250 each semester). To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • • • •

Be a first year student enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester. Demonstrate financial need. Live in Cambria County. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for second semester renewal of the scholarship. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

KESSLAK BENEFITS GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Kesslak Benefits Group. A maximum of $1,000 may be awarded for the first year, it may be extended for two consecutive semesters at $500. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • • • • •

Be a full-time student. Demonstrate financial need. Be a resident of Cambria County. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for second semester eligibility. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete an essay explaining his/her educational goals.

KRISHAN BHATIA SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Suresh Kumar. A maximum of $2,000 is awarded annually ($1,000 per semester). To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • •

Be a first year student enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester. Demonstrate financial need. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

JOSEPH AND JOAN MANGARELLA SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Joseph Mangarella, a long time member of both the College's Board of Trustees and the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife Joan. A maximum of $2,500 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • •

Be enrolled full-time at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Preference given to students considered to be challenged and/or with special needs who reside in the Northern Cambria area.

DALE W. MILLER SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by Huntingdon Business leader Dale W. Miller, a longtime supporter of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Huntingdon Center. This scholarship is available for one full year and is distributed over two semesters. To be eligible for this scholarship a student must: • • •

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Be a full-time student. Demonstrate financial need. Attend the Pennsylvania Highlands Huntingdon Center. (Online students are eligible to receive the scholarship provided they have enrolled via Huntingdon.) Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA for second semester eligibility. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete an essay explaining his/her educational goals.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL ADVISORS (NAIFA) SCHOLARSHIP

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) established a scholarship fund in 1995 to benefit Pennsylvania Highlands’ students. This scholarship was created with proceeds from its annual golf outing through 2005. The NAIFA scholarship is offered through the Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation. A maximum of $2,500 will be available annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • •

Have already completed at least three credits at Pennsylvania Highlands. Maintain a 2.0 GPA. Demonstrate financial need.

URSULA PAWLOWSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is given in memory of Ursula Pawlowski, a lifelong educator and former member of the College’s Board of Trustees. A maximum of $500 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: •

Be matriculated in the Early Childhood Education program or in another academic program with the expressed goal of a career in education. Maintain a 2.0 GPA.

PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUPPORTING SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is comprised of general scholarship funds to assist current Pennsylvania Highlands students, qualified high school seniors preparing to graduate, and adult learners who meet the criteria listed below. The award may be applied to the costs of tuition, fees, and books. A maximum of $4,000 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: •

Be pursuing an associate degree, diploma, or certificate at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and be enrolled for a minimum of six credits; or Be a High School Senior eligible for graduation during the senior year with a cumulative GPA of 2.0; or Be an adult learner not grant eligible or employee reimbursed with a high school diploma or its equivalency; or Have a need not met by PELL or PHEAA grants.

NOTE: Supporting Success Scholarship Funds may be awarded in conjunction with other matching scholarships and/or other special circumstances as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

JOHN J. POLACEK, SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Pennsylvania Highlands works closely with JWF Industries to help students pursuing a career in welding and metal fabrication. As a result, the John J. Polacek, Sr. Memorial Scholarship has been created to provide financial support to any accepted or currently enrolled Welding Technology degree student at Pennsylvania Highlands. A total amount of four full-time semesters is awarded to the student. Eligible applicants interested in this scholarship should contact JWF Industries for additional information at scholarship@jwfi.com prior to contacting the College’s Financial Aid Office. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • •

Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) in Welding Technology. Maintain a 3.0 GPA. Be willing to work as a part-time employee of JWF Industries.

VALENTY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Sam Valenty, a member of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife Sara. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • • •

Be matriculated in Business Management or business-related program. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Demonstrate financial need. A maximum of $1,250 is awarded annually.

ANNA D. WEITZ SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship honors the dedicated service of Dr. Anna D. Weitz, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College from 2002 - 2007. It was established in recognition of her visionary leadership as a lasting tribute to her many achievements at the College and impact on the community at large. A maximum of $500 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • •

Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits). Have earned at least fifteen credits at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Have demonstrated service to the College through involvement in a recognized student club/organization or some other officially recognized College service activity.

STAN AND HELEN WESTBROOK SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Stan and Helen Westbrook. A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually ($500 per semester). To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: • • •

Demonstrate financial need. Be a graduate of Mount Union School District located in Huntingdon County. Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA for second semester eligibility.

Applying for any of these scholarships is easy. All you need to do is visit the College’s website (www.pennhighlands.edu) and go to the Scholarships section. From there, click on the Scholarship Application link to download the application. Two ways to access the Scholarships section of the website: 1 2

Click on Prospective Students, then select Scholarships. Under Admissions & Registration, choose Financial Aid; then select Scholarships.

If you would like to receive a hard copy, stop by the Financial Aid Office or call them at 814.262.6454 to obtain your application today. Once you have completed the form, simply return it to Financial Aid either electronically or in hard copy. If dropping off the form, the Financial Aid Office is located on the College’s Richland Campus at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown, PA. Questions? Financial Aid can be reached at 814.262.6454 or via email at financialaid@pennhighlands.edu. You can also visit us online at your convenience.

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