Scholarships

2020 - 2021


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 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, 2020.

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, 2020.

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 at the high school and were emailed to the seniors. The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is January 22, 2021.

The Abigail Noble Scholarship is open to students who plan on attending an accredited 4-year church-related college OR school of nursing. Applications can be downloaded at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/1253. Applications must be submitted to the high school guidance office no later than 8:00 a.m. on March 30, 2021.

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 at the high school and were emailed to seniors. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than 8:00 a.m. on March 30, 2021.

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. Applications are available at the high school and were emailed to seniors. The deadline for email submission to the scholarship organization is February 12, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

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 at the high school. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than 8:00 a.m. on March 30, 2021.

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 at the high school. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than 8:00 a.m. on March 30, 2021.

The Laurel Valley Class of 1966 in Honor of Elnora Chisnell/Gerald Page Scholarship is given to a LVHS senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution. The application must be completed at LVHS66.com. The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 22, 2021.

The Ligonier Valley Business & Professional Women's Club provides scholarship opportunities to young women who exemplify traits of service, leadership, scholarship, integrity and compassion. Paper applications were emailed to seniors and are available at the high school. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than 8:00 a.m. on March 31, 2021.

The Sandra L. Neiderhiser Memorial Scholarship/LV BPW provides scholarship opportunities to young women from the Ligonier area. This scholarship must be applied for online only at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4215. Additional information can be found at this site. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

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 8:00 a.m. on March 30, 2021.

The PA Association of Educational Office Professionals/Hermine Solt Student Scholarship is open to a graduating senior pursuing higher education in a business-related field (office technology, accounting, secretarial, business mgmt, etc.). Additional information and application can be found at www.paeop.com under Awards & Scholarships. The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 1, 2021.

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 no later than 8:00 a.m. on March 30, 2021.

The Dorothy & Richard Barr Westmoreland County Scholarship supports 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. The applicant must also show community leadership in the form of volunteer activities inside and outside of school. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4115, The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The Kenneth P. Rutter Scholarship Fund was established at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to award a scholarship to a traditional or non-traditional applicant residing in Westmoreland County, who has achieved a high school diploma or equivalent including a GED or Home School certificate. 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. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4381. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The Nathan A. Pescatore Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, a component of The Pittsburgh Foundation, by Nathan’s mother and sisters to celebrate Nathan’s love of life and his community. This scholarship serves to honor Nathan’s life by providing scholarship assistance to graduating seniors from a Westmoreland County High School wishing to further their education and pursuing a degree or studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering/manufacturing, fire or health care. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4280. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The Patricia A. Urban Memorial Scholarship was established at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County as a lasting tribute to both Patricia Urban and her son, Philip, who selflessly provided the means to establish this scholarship. Candidates of this scholarship must plan to attend a two-year or four-year college, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be involved with volunteer and community activities. Seniors must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4438. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The Terry R. Marolt Memorial Scholarship was established at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to provide scholarships for graduating seniors of Ligonier Valley High School. He was a dedicated and caring public servant; thus, this scholarship will continue his legacy of service to the people and the valley he loved. Students receiving this award will be aware of their social responsibility for their community and school, have the highest integrity and character and have a love and concern for all people. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4224. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The Westmoreland Walks, Inc. Pink Ribbon Scholarship Fund was established at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to provide financial support to a graduating senior of a Westmoreland County high school whose life and/or family has been impacted by breast cancer. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4480. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The 14th Quartermaster/Operation Desert Storm Scholarship Fund was established at The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to provide scholarship support to Westmoreland County High School students who are considering a career within a military branch or who has a parent who is a veteran or currently serving in the United States Army (to include Army Reserves who have seen active duty). The scholarship is not based on financial need; however, financial information will be requested. The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of a B or above. The applicant must effectively communicate how military service has played a part in their family dynamic, how the service or continuing service of a parent has shaped their character and future plans. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4638. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The LVE/Thomas & Nancy Donchez Scholarship Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Ligonier Valley High School planning to attend a four-year college and majoring in education. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10536. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The LVE/Marvin and Mary L. Gantz Scholarship Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to students in the Ligonier Valley School District planning to attend a two of four year college, or a vocational or technical school. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10863. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The R.K. Mellon Family Scholarship/Ligonier Valley Endowment Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from the Ligonier Valley School District planning to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/4656. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The Ligonier Valley Endowment Scholarship Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from the Ligonier Valley School District planning to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10029. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

The LVE/Carmen Joseph Marotta Scholarship Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to students from the Ligonier Valley School District who are pursuing studies in veterinary medicine or pre-veterinary coursework. Candidates must apply online at https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10568. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2021.

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 were emailed to the seniors and are available at the high school. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than 8:00 a.m. on April 6, 2021.

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 9, 2021.

Trib Total Media offers two scholarships for students interested in Journalism, Communication or English Writing. Qualified applicants can apply online at https://tribtotalmedia.com/ under the Career & Scholarship Opportunities tab. The deadline to apply online is January 31, 2021.

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 at the high school. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is no later than 9:00 a.m. on April 9, 2021.

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. Applications were emailed to the seniors and are available at the high school. The deadline for email submission to the DC Scholarship Committee is April 16, 2021.

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (PMAHCC) offers financial assistance to students with at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry. Additional eligibility requirements are outlined in the application which is available at the high school. The deadline for submission to PMAHC is April 30, 2021.

The Katz-Soler Scholarship is open to an outstanding high school senior who wishes to pursue a career in the metals or materials field and enrolls in a related college program. Applications are available at the high school. The deadline for submission to the scholarship committee is February 26, 2021.

The Gloria Madorma Quigley Memorial Math Scholarship is awarded to a senior from LVHS. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 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 the seniors and are available at the high school. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2021.

The Rotary Club of Ligonier provides scholarship to graduating seniors based on achievement, service, leadership, self-sufficiency, and financial need. APPLICATIONS MUST BE TYPED. All seniors were emailed the application in a word document in order to submit typed. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 9, 2021.

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, 2021.


The following labor councils provide scholarship opportunities to eligible seniors - Brochures were emailed to seniors:

NWPA Area Labor Federation

Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council

Mercer County PA Central Labor Council

Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council


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, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


The 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. Completed applications must be emailed to the scholarship organization by March 31, 2021.


The Penn State Club of Westmoreland County awards scholarships to qualifying seniors attending Penn State and who are in the top 20% of their class. Applications are available at the high school. The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 31, 2021.


The TZU Chi Scholars Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to students based on financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Applications are available at the high school or can be accessed at www.us.tzuchi.org. The deadline for submission to the scholarship committee is March 13, 2021.


The LV Football Boosters - Brandon Boyd Memorial Scholarship opportunity is open to graduating seniors that are members of the LVHS Football Team during their senior year. Also, the senior must plan to attend a post-secondary education program, have high academic achievement, financial need and athletic ability at the varsity level. The application was emailed to the seniors. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2021.


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. If additional assistance is needed please contact Mrs. Giron. The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 31, 2021.


The Westmoreland County Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award is open to male & female athletes with an emphasis on need, scholastic achievement, student participation in school activities, and community involvement. Applications are available at the high school. The deadline for submission to WCCA is May 1, 2021.


The Bernie Matthews Opportunity Foundation provides awards to eligible seniors. Applicants must be enrolled full-time as a high school senior, plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution, demonstrate financial need, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, etc. Additional information can be found at www.berniematthewsopportunityfoundation.org. Applications are also available at the high school. The deadline for submission to the organization is April 15, 2021.


The Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund provides students of Italian heritage, who demonstrate the financial need to pursue higher education, with monetary assistance. The application can be accessed at www.pititalsf.org. The password is p0614Isf (the character after the 4 is a capital I). The deadline for submission to the organization is April 10, 2021.


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, 2021.


The Indiana County Fire Chiefs Association Student Scholarship Award was created to recognize and support students for community service. Candidates must be pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited college/university, business or trade school. Applications must be completed online at cfalleghenies.org/scholarships. The deadline for submission to the organization is April 15, 2021.


The Passavant Memorial Homes Foundation Community Service Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior with an emphasis on community service. The information was emailed to the seniors. Criteria and application are also available at the high school. The deadline for submission to the scholarship committee is April 30, 2021.


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.