Scholarships


Scholarship Opportunities2023 - 2024

NOTE:  PLEASE CHECK WITH THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE AT ALL SCHOOLS WHERE YOU ARE APPLYING.  ASK FOR THEIR POLICY/PROCEDURE REGARDING HOW FINANCIAL AID IS AFFECTED BY PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS.
The LVHS Guidance Office receives scholarship information throughout the school year.  As information is received it is posted on this site and emailed to all seniors.

The P.E.O. Philanthropic Educational Organization offers a scholarship award of $2500 to exceptional graduating high school senior women.  Applicants must demonstrate excellence in leadership, academics, extra-curricular activities and community service.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  Application was also emailed to seniors. The deadline for submission to the local chapter is October 2, 2023.


The Western PA Golf Association provides tuition assistance to students employed at WPGA Member Clubs for two golf seasons.  Additional criteria includes financial need, academic performance, and extra-curricular activities.  Applications are available in the guidance office and were emailed to the seniors.  Deadline for submission to WPGA is November 30, 2023.


The Brandon J. Boyd Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduate of LVHS who plans to continue their education at an accredited technical school, college or university.  Applicants must also have participated in at least one varsity sport during their senior year and must complete all requirements of the application.  Applications were emailed to the seniors and are available in the high school guidance office.  The award is paid directly to the school/college upon successful completion of the first academic term. The deadline for application submission to the guidance office is by 8:00 a.m. on March 27, 2024.

The St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church Education Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in public education.  Applications were emailed to the seniors and are available at the high school.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is April 5, 2024.

The Ralph Kurtz Scholarship is awarded based on the student's character, citizenship, academic and extra-curricular achievements. Student's eligible to apply are pursuing post-secondary education in English, Library Science, Secondary Education, Music or Theatre Arts. Applications were emailed to the seniors and are available at the high school.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than March 30, 2024.

The MLCSO Eleanor G. Morris Community Service Scholarship is open to graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.75.  Applicants must also be a resident of Cook, Donegal, Saltlick or Springfield Townships or in Donegal Borough, and be accepted to an institution of higher learning.  Applications were emailed to seniors.  Hard copies are also available at the high school. Completed applications must be emailed to the scholarship organization by April 1, 2024. 

TribLIVE Scholarship Program provides multiple scholarship opportunities.  Information was emailed to seniors.  Please click on the link for additional information:  TribLIVE scholarship program.

Bailey Family Football Matters Scholarship supports one senior student annually who is currently enrolled in a Southern Alleghenies Football Coaches Association school and is a member of their high school football team. Applicants must also plan to be enrolled in college or trade school for the upcoming academic year and have minimum GPA of 3.0 (B).  Information was emailed to seniors. Apply online at cfalleghenies.org/scholarships.  Deadline for online submission is March 8, 2024.

Elmer C. Laslo Memorial Scholarship provides support for students pursuing a business-related field at a post-secondary educational institution. Eligible applicants must attend a high school located within the 1st Summit Bank market area.  Information was emailed to seniors.  Apply online at cfalleghenies.org/scholarships.  Deadline for online submission is March 8, 2024.

Indiana County Fire Chiefs Association Student Scholarship Award was created to recognize and support students for community service. It is open to high school seniors or graduates pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited college or university, business, or trade school. Collegiate freshman, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply, as well as non-traditional students who will be re-entering school in the upcoming semester. Students must live within the service area of an Indiana County Fire Department.  Information was emailed to seniors.  Apply online at cfalleghenies.org/scholarships.  Deadline for online submission is March 8, 2024.

Staff Sergeant Alvin P. Carey and Private John C. Ewing Medal of Honor Scholarship provides scholarship support for Ligonier Valley High School seniors who either have made a commitment to serve in the military or have a family member who is serving or has honorably served in the military. This award was created to honor Sgt. Carey, a Ligonier graduate and Medal of Honor winner who was killed in action during World War II.  Information was emailed to seniors.  Apply online at cfalleghenies.org/scholarships.  Deadline for online submission is March 8, 2024.


The Dr. J.D. and Marianne Plummer & William Fennell Scholarship is offered to an LVHS senior who will be attending Seton Hill University.  Students to be considered should exhibit good values, strong community service, and display a caring and compassionate nature.  Applications are available at the high school and were emailed to the seniors.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2024.  


The Gloria Madorma Quigley Memorial Math Scholarship is awarded to a senior from LVHS.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and completed and excelled in upper level math classes.  The recipient  of this award should be planning to pursue a college degree in a major related to math, science, technology, engineering or math education.  Applications were emailed to seniors and are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2024.


The Thoburn Foundation for Education Scholarship is open to students entering a 4-year college/university and those entering a trade/technical/business school.  APPLICATIONS MUST BE TYPED.  Seniors were emailed this application in a word document. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is February 28, 2024.

The Westmoreland Columbus 500 Merit Scholarship is available to encourage and assist youth to pursue higher education.  Students must be a resident of Westmoreland County and at least one parent must be of Italian descent.  Applications are available in the guidance office and were emailed to the seniors.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is January 26, 2024.


The American Legion Byers-Tosh Post #267 Scholarship is for students enrolled in a four-year academic post-secondary school or enrolled in a Trade, Business or two-year post-secondary school.  Applications are available in the guidance office and were emailed to seniors.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than 8:00 a.m. on March 30, 2024.


The LHTC Broadband Scholarship is awarded annually to a senior.  Only students residing in Cook Township are eligible to apply.  Applications were emailed to seniors and are available in the guidance office.   The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than April 1, 2024. 


The Lt. Eric Eslary Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Ligonier Valley High School who plans to continue their education at an accredited technical school, college or university.  Applications were emailed to seniors and are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than March 30, 2024.


The Berkshire Hathaway Dream Innovate Grow Scholarship offers financial assistance to high school seniors who exemplify leadership, volunteerism, character, and an overall positive attitude towards life. Candidates must intend to become a full-time student at a college, university, or trade school.  Applications are available at the high school and were emailed to seniors.  The deadline for email submission to the scholarship organization is March 1, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.


The Keith W. Boring Sr. Firefighter/EMT Award will be offered to a senior who is a junior firefighter or in the training process to be an EMT.  The candidate must continue with their volunteer status in the fire department/EMT after graduation.  Award is to be used to further these training efforts.  Information was emailed to seniors.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is April 2, 2024.  


The Concordia at Bethlen Scholarship is offered annually to assist and encourage students who have chosen to pursue a career in the medical field.  Careers, which qualify a student for scholarship consideration include:  Certified Nursing Assistant, Therapy Specialists, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, and Physician. Information was emailed to seniors.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2024.

The Kritchbaum-Bossart Endowment Scholarship is available to students with a 3.5 GPA or better, service to the school and community, with plans to pursue a post-secondary education.  Applications were emailed to the seniors and are available at the high school.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2024.


The Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who have epilepsy/seizure disorder and who plan on attending a post-secondary academic or vocational program.  Applications were emailed to seniors are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the organization is April 1, 2024.

The Ligonier Valley Business & Professional Women's Club provides scholarship opportunities to young women who exemplify traits of service, leadership, scholarship, integrity and compassion.  Applications were emailed to seniors and are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 31, 2024.

The PHN Charitable Foundation Scholarship is available to graduating seniors who have a 3.0 minimum GPA, live in a PHN area, and must be pursuing a degree in a healthcare field or allied healthcare field.  Scholarship information was emailed to seniors and applications must be submitted online at primary-health.net/our-foundation.  The deadline for online submission of application is March 31, 2024.

The Weeders and Seeders Garden Club of Ligonier Scholarship is open to students entering the following majors: Agronomy, Agriculture, Floriculture, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Botany, Forestry, Wildlife Science, Plant Pathology, City Planning, Habitat or Forest Ecology, Environmental Sciece, Conservation, Land Management or a related field.  Applications were emailed to seniors and are also available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the organization is March 15, 2024.


The Ray of Hope Scholarship will be awarded to a senior who has a passion for the Human Services field and demonstrates their long-term professional goals align with that passion.  Applications were emailed to the seniors and are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission is March 30, 2024.


The Jeff Koppel Memorial Head Start Scholarship Competition is a merit-based, competitive scholarship program for former head start students who are graduating seniors who intend to continue their education.  Applications were emailed to seniors and are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 29, 2024 by 4:00 p.m. 

 

The CBC Charities Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who plan to major in a construction industry field (i.e., construction management, architecture, engineering, HVAC, etc.) either in a two or four-year post-secondary institution or an accredited trade or apprenticeship program.  Information and QR Code was emailed to seniors and is also available in the guidance office. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2024.


The Abigail Noble Scholarship is open to an LVHS senior who demonstrates financial need, plan to study nursing, and those who plan to attend an accredited church related college and who display leadership and character.  Information was emailed to seniors.  The link to apply online is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/1253.  The deadline for online submission is April 1, 2024.


Dorothy & Richard Barr Scholarship is open to Westmorland County High School students who have demonstrated community leadership and strong academic performance. The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.  Information was emailed to seniors   The link to apply is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4115.  The deadline for online submission is April 1, 2024.


Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical trade school OR 2-or 4-year college or university. Preference will be given to students who seek to enter the Christian Ministry, and/or who have exhibited a strong interest in community service and humanitarian service.  The link to apply is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4381.  The deadline to submit online application is March 15, 2024.

 

Nathan A. Pescatore Memorial Scholarship is for seniors who wish to pursue a degree or studies in science, technology, engineering/manufacturing, fire or health care, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical trade school OR a 2- or 4-year college or university.  Information was emailed to seniors.  The link to apply is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4280 with a deadline of online submission of March 15, 2024.


The Patricia A. Urban Memorial Scholarship is for an LVHS senior who demonstrates financial need. Senior must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical trade school OR 2-or 4-year college or university. Information was emailed to seniors.  The link to apply is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4438 with a deadline of online submission as March 15, 2024.


Sandra L. Neiderhiser/Ligonier Valley BPW Scholarship is for female high school seniors who reside in the Ligonier area of Pennsylvania who plan to go on to higher education in the form of college or vocational/technical school.  Information was emailed to seniors. The link to apply is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4215 with a deadline for online submission of March 15, 2024.


Terry R. Marolt Memorial Scholarship Fund is for a graduating LVHS senior who resides in Westmoreland County plans to attend an accredited vocational or technical trade school OR 2-or 4-year college or university.  Information was emailed to seniors. The link to apply with an online deadline submission of March 15, 2024 is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4224


Westmoreland Walks Pink Ribbon Scholarship Fund is open to graduating seniors of a Westmoreland County high school whose life and/or family has been impacted by breast cancer.  Information was emailed to seniors.  The link to apply with an deadline submission of March 15, 2024, is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4480.  


The 14th Quartermaster/Operation Desert Storm Scholarship is open for Westmoreland County High School students considering a military career or whose parent is a veteran or serving in the US Army. Information was sent to seniors. The link to apply with a deadline of April 1, 2024, is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4638


Thomas & Nancy Donchez Scholarship is open for graduating seniors from Ligonier Valley High School planning to attend a four-year college and major in education.   Information was emailed to seniors.  The link to apply by the deadline date of March 15, 2024, is

https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10536 


R.K. Mellon Family Scholarship is for graduating seniors residing in the geographic area comprising the Ligonier Valley School District who are planning to attend a 2-or 4-year college or university OR an accredited vocational or technical trade school.  Information was emailed to seniors.  The link to apply by the deadline date of March 15, 2024, is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4656.


Ligonier Valley Endowment (LVE) Scholarship is for graduating seniors residing in the Ligonier Valley School District planning to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school.  Information was emailed to seniors.  The link with a deadline to apply of March 15, 2024, is  https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10029.  


Marvin & Mary L. Gantz Scholarship is for graduating seniors from Ligonier Valley High School planning to attend a two of four year college, or a vocational or technical school.  Information was emailed to seniors. The link to apply with a deadline date of March 15, 2024, is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10863 


McMullen Family Scholarship is open to graduating seniors from the Ligonier Valley School District who have demonstrated a commitment to community service, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan on attending an accredited vocational or technical trade school or 2 – 4 year college or university.  Information was emailed to seniors. The link with a deadline to apply of March 30, 2024, is https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/11044


The Westmoreland Area Nurses Association will award a scholarship to an applicant pursuing a nursing education leading to an R.N.  The award will be granted on the basis of  merit, regardless of race, color, creed, gender or national origin.  Applications were emailed to the seniors and are available at the high school.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship committee is April 15, 2024.


Tzu Chi Scholars Award  is for an applicant pursuing post-secondary education, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrates financial need. Applications are available at the high school.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship committee is March 16, 2024 


The Ligonier Valley Education Association Scholarship will be awarded to an LVHS senior who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and is pursuing a 4-year degree at an accredited post-secondary educational institution.  Preference will be given to education majors.  Applications are available at the high school.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 31, 2024.


The First Commonwealth Bank Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  An essay is also required.  Information was emailed to the seniors and can be accessed at http://www.fcbanking.com/scholarship.  The deadline for submission via online application is March 1, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.


The Audubon Society of Western PA Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who is interested in furthering their studies in an environmentally-related field.  Additional information and application can be found at www.aswp.org/pages/awards.  Information was emailed to seniors.  The deadline for submission is April 12, 2024.


The Fire Chiefs Association James H. Caldwell Inspirational Scholarship is open to candidates enrolled in a post-secondary education institution and have a relation to a Westmoreland County firefighter or themselves be a Westmoreland County firefighter.  Applications were emailed to seniors and are also available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 31, 2024.


Malcolm M. Prine Western PA Football Officials Association Scholarship will be awarded to varsity football players based on financial need, academic scholarship and citizenship.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the organization is March 15, 2024.


The West Point Society of Western PA Per Madsen Scholarship for Patriotism is available to seniors in Westmoreland and other designated counties.  Information was emailed to seniors. An essay is required in order to be considered for this scholarship.  The deadline for submission to the organization is March 1, 2024.  


The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) Foundation Scholarship offers financial assistance to students with at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry.  Additional eligibility requirements are outlined in the application and are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to PMAHCC is April 30, 2024.

 

The Melvin Guerrieri Memorial Golf Scholarship is open to both male and female senior golfers who played on the team as a senior.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the organization is April 26, 2024.

 

The Deno Castelli Charitable Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to those eligible seniors who have been admitted or accepted to an accredited college or university offering a four year course of study toward a bachelors degree.  Emphasis is placed on financial need and/or unique circumstances which would warrant special financial consideration.  Applications are available in the guidance office with accompanying white folder and instruction envelope.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is April 5, 2024.

 

American Legion Unity 267 Auxiliary Scholarship is open to seniors pursuing higher education.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is April 1, 2024. 


The Rotary Club of Ligonier provides scholarship opportunities to students pursuing post-secondary education.  A PDF fillable application was emailed to seniors.  Applications must be typed.  Completed applications are due to the high school guidance office by March 29, 2024.


The Three Rivers Desk and Derrick Club plans to award scholarships to students seeking to further their education by either enrolling in a College or University in an energy-related discipline or enrolling in an accredited Trade or Vocational Institution which offers industry-related training and skills.  Applications are available in the high school guidance office.  Deadline for submission to the club is June 30, 2024.


The Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund provides students of Italian heritage, who demonstrate the financial need to pursue higher education, with monetary assistance.  The application and additional information can be accessed at www.pisf.us. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2024.


The Westmoreland County Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award is open to male and female athletes with an emphasis on need, scholastic achievement, student participation in school activities, and community involvement.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to WCCA is May 1, 2024.


ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES:Fastweb.comCollegeboard.orgScholarshipamerica.orgGoingMerry.combigfuture.collegeboard.orgstudentscholarships.org
*Check your college/university for additional scholarship opportunities*

HELPFUL SCHOLARSHIP HINTS:1.  Follow directions carefully and provide all required documentation.2.  Adhere to essay guidelines if an essay is required.  For example, if the application is asking for a 250 word essay, don't write 500.3.  Never use pencil to submit an application.  If your handwriting isn't neat, please type, unless otherwise specified.4.  Don't procrastinate.  Deadlines are strictly followed.5.  If a scholarship requires an interview, please dress nicely.  You want to make a good impression.6.  Proofread entire application before submission.  

PLEASE VIEW THE PRESENTATION BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS AT LVHS
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