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SCHOLARSHIPS

a financial option

Since its inception, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has been committed to offering excellence in education and affordable educational opportunities. While the College adheres to the principle that students and their families have the primary responsibility to pay for college costs as their means permit, financial assistance programs represent a bridge between a family's ability to pay and the cost of higher education. The Financial Aid Office administers many types of financial assistance including federal, state, and institution financial aid programs to help students meet their educational costs. Scholarships are one type of gift aid available to our students. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the College Foundation offer more than 25 scholarship opportunities annually to qualified students. Scholarship criteria vary, but are available for a wide range of individuals based on their financial need, academic merit, location, major, or other eligibility criteria.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation solicits and receives gifts on behalf of the College from staff and faculty, alumni, members of the community, and local businesses and organizations to provide funds for student scholarships. Applicant and deadline information is located at the end of this brochure and on the College’s website at www.pennhighlands.edu.


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. To be eligible, 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 grade point average 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.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually.

AMERICAN LEGION HOME ASSOCIATION OF EBENSBURG SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the American Legion Home Association of Ebensburg. To be eligible, the student must: •

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Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras: • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I) Be a full-time student seeking an associate’s 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 grade point average.

A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded annually ($2,500 per semester).

This is an endowed scholarship awarded to a first year student who is a single parent enrolled full-time in an associate’s degree program. Scholarships are awarded for two semesters. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dr. Walter and Kim Asonevich. Dr. Asonevich is the current President of Penn Highlands Community College. To be eligible, the student must:

DR. WALTER AND KIM ASONEVICH SCHOLARSHIP

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Be a single parent, first semester student enrolled full-time in an associate's degree program. Demonstrate financial need. Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded for the first semester ($500) and may be extended to the second semester based on availability of funds. This scholarship is funded by Suresh Kumar. To be eligible, the student must:

KRISHAN BHATIA SCHOLARSHIP •

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

A maximum of $2,000 will be awarded annually ($1,000 per semester).

THE BREAK BARRIERS, INVENT YOUR FUTURE CONFERENCE GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by members of the John B. Gunter Leadership program, Invent Your Future Conference. To be eligible, the student must: • • •

Be a full-time student. Demonstrate financial need. Have attended the 2014 Break Barriers, Inventing Your Future Conference at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College or any similar leadership event developed by a group participating in subsequent John B. Gunter leadership programs.

A total of $1,000 will be awarded.

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This scholarship is funded by Ellis and Gladys Griffith. To be eligible, the student must:

GRIFFITH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP • • • •

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

A total of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 each semester).

This scholarship is open to any continuing Pennsylvania Highlands student. To be eligible, the student must:

DR. EDWARD HALUSKA SCHOLARSHIP •

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

A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually.

This scholarship is funded by Daniel and Diane Holtzman. To be eligible, the student must:

DANIEL AND DIANE HOLTZMAN SCHOLARSHIP •

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Be a first year student enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester. Demonstrate financial need. Reside in Cambria County. Demonstrate involvement in your community through volunteer service. Complete eight hours of volunteer service in a Cambria County non-profit organization during the semester for second semester renewal of the scholarship. Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually.

This scholarship is funded by Mr. Jim Foster. To be eligible, the student must:

HUNTINGDON HOPE SCHOLARSHIP • •

Demonstrate financial need. Must be a Huntingdon County resident. However, priority consideration will be given to graduates of Juniata Valley School District. Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 per semester).

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. To be eligible, the student must: •

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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 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

A total of $500 will be awarded annually ($250 each semester).

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Joseph Mangarella, a long time member of both the College's Board of Trustees and the Penn Highlands Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife Joan. To be eligible, the student must:

JOSEPH AND JOAN MANGARELLA SCHOLARSHIP

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.

A maximum of $2,500 is awarded annually.


This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dale W. Miller of Huntingdon County. To be eligible, the student must:

DALE W. MILLER SCHOLARSHIP

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Be a full-time student. Demonstrate financial need. Must attend the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Huntingdon Center. Online students are eligible to receive the scholarship provided they have enrolled via the Huntingdon Center location. Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility. Complete an essay explaining his/her educational goals.

A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually.

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 Penn Highlands’ students. This has been funded by the proceeds from its annual golf outing through 2005. The NAIFA scholarship is offered through the Penn Highlands Foundation. To be eligible, the student must: •

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

A maximum of $2,500 will be awarded annually.

This scholarship is given in memory of Ursula Pawlowski, a lifelong educator and former member of the College's Board of Trustees. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

URSULA PAWLOWSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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 grade point average.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually.

This scholarship is funded by the Walter Scott Foundation. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

WALTER SCOTT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP • •

Be registered as a part-time student. Be enrolled in the Conemaugh School of Nursing Program.

A maximum of $2,000 will be awarded for up to five (5) students.

SOMERSET RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. for an amount of $200 per student for multiple awards. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: •

Be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits per semester. Live in a household that is currently being served by Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Verification of Eligibility: Applicants for this scholarship must provide a copy of the bill from the home in which they reside in order to verify eligibility. This bill must show the account number and service address. Final verification of eligibility with regard to residence will be done by Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS


SOMERSET VFW POST 554 SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the Somerset VFW Post 554. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must: •

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Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras: • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I) Be a full-time student in a valid (degree producing) program of study. Be a resident of Somerset County, however the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Somerset County. Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Special circumstances apply to this scholarship: •

The recipient may use the scholarship to defer using GI Bill benefits or to enable transfer of those benefits to a spouse or child.

This scholarship is funded by the Stoystown American Legion. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

STOYSTOWN AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP •

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Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras: • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I) Be a full-time student in a valid (degree producing) program of study. Be a resident of Somerset County, however the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Somerset County. Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Special circumstances apply to this scholarship: •

The recipient may use the scholarship to defer using GI Bill benefits or to enable transfer of those benefits to a spouse or child.

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PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUPPORTING SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is comprised of general scholarship funds to assist current Penn 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. To be eligible, the student must: •

Be pursuing an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester, 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. A maximum of $4,000 will be awarded annually.

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

VALENTY SCHOLARSHIP

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Be matriculated in Business Management or business-related program. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Demonstrate financial need.

A maximum of $1,250 will be awarded annually.

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. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

ANNA D. WEITZ SCHOLARSHIP

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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 or organization or some other officially recognized College service activity.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually.

This scholarship is funded by Stan and Helen Westbrook. To be eligible, the student must:

STAN AND HELEN WESTBROOK SCHOLARSHIP • •

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

A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 per semester). This scholarship is funded by the Windber Moose. To be eligible, the student must:

WINDBER MOOSE SCHOLARSHIP • • • •

Be either a full or part-time student. Demonstrate financial need. Reside in Cambria or Somerset County. Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 per semester).

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

A total of nine scholarships will be offered annually. Six scholarships will be offered to Cambria County students. Three scholarships will be offered to students from outside Cambria County. The value of these scholarships will be full tuition for both in-county (sponsored) and out-of-county (non-sponsored). These scholarships are valid for one associate's degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) and are renewed each academic semester, for a maximum of five semesters, but no more than 66 credits, pursuant to all renewal criteria.

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, the student must: •

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Be a high school senior eligible for graduation with a cumulative overall grade point average of at least 3.5. Be recognized as a good citizen of the high school community by being involved and demonstrating leadership in at least three extracurricular activities. Complete the admissions process and be admitted to Pennsylvania Highlands. Complete and submit a Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Compose an essay of at least 200 words explaining why he or she should be chosen as a scholarship recipient. Qualify for college-ready status in writing, reading, and math through the College’s Placement Testing Policy and Waiver Guidelines.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition only; College fees, books, and materials are the responsibility of the student. Students will be monitored each semester to track academic progress, credit load, and eligibility. The scholarship will be renewed each academic semester provided the following criteria are met: •

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The scholarship commences at the beginning of the fall semester following high school graduation. The student maintains a 3.25 grade point average and is enrolled fulltime. The student must successfully complete at least 27 college credits and 10 hours of College service for each of the first two academic years. Should a student need an additional fifth semester, the College would expect the student to continue the service component. The service hours in the second year will be used in the student services area and assume leadership roles in student activities. The recipient must work with an assigned scholarship mentor throughout the award period.

*To apply for the Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship, please contact our Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or admissions@pennhighlands.edu.

KYLIE GARRETT 2014 Board Scholar


To apply for the Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship or a Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation Scholarship, visit the Scholarships section of the College’s website (www.pennhighlands.edu) to access the Scholarship Application. You must be admitted into Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply. Admitted students will use their myPEAK username and password to access the application.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship application is available October 1st through January 31st. The Board of Trustees approve the recommended candidates at their April meeting.

PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarship application is available in the spring semester beginning on the first day of priority registration (mid-March) and will close on May 15. Because many scholarships are based on a student’s registration status, students are advised to first register for the fall semester prior to completing the scholarship application. Once the application process is closed, essays are reviewed and scholarships will be awarded and applied to a student’s financial aid package. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid office at 814.262.6454 or via email at financialaid@pennhighlands.edu. Visit the scholarship page for additional information.

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Guide to Scholarships  

This booklet provides information on all of the scholarships that Pennsylvania Highlands Community College can help you with.

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