Scholarships

LIGONIER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS 
2019 - 2020 School Year

 *An email was sent to all seniors on March 24 regarding new deadline dates and scholarship application submission directions.  Contact Mrs. Giron at dgiron@lvsd.k12.pa.us with any questions or concerns.

*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.

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.  

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.  The deadline for submission to the local chapter is October 7, 2019.

The Horatio Alger Association provides scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Students must apply online at scholars.horatioalger.org.  Additional information regarding eligibility criteria is available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to Horatio Alger is October 25, 2019.

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.  Deadline for submission to WPGA is November 30, 2019.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards provides scholarship opportunities to students who contribute to their communities through volunteer service. Interested students should apply at spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit.  Complete the application and the student/parent agreement; then, on the "certification"page, email or print and deliver instructions to your certifier (principal/counselor).  The deadline is November 5, 2019.

The WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarship Program awards scholarships on an annual basis to PA women who are pursuing careers in transportation related fields.  Additional information and applications are available online at www.wtsinternational.org/Pittsburgh/documents.  The deadline for submission is November 8, 2019.

Berkshire Hathaway is offering a trade school & college scholarship opportunity to 3 deserving high school seniors who embody one or more of the following traits: Dream, Innovate, Grow.  Applications and additional information are available in the guidance office.  All completed applications must be emailed to Scholarships@TPRSold.com by Friday, January 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


The Pennsylvania American Legion offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for seniors who are children/grandchildren of a PA Legionnaire.  Please visit http://pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/ for additional information.

The AXA Achievement Scholarship is available to seniors who are active in their community, have led a project that benefited others, and who has overcome personal challenges.  Learn more and apply by visiting us.axa.com/achievers.  The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019.

The Trib Total Media Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship is open to a senior enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Journalism, English Writing or Communication and complete a summer internship at Trib Total Media.  Additional criteria apply.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to Trib Total Media is December 31, 2019.

The Ligonier Valley Education Association Scholarship will award a $1,000 scholarship to a LVHS senior who has a minimum GPA of a 3.0 and is pursuing a bachelor's degree.  Preference will be given to education majors.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is April 6, 2020.

The Westmoreland Columbus 500 Merit Scholarship is available to encourage and assist youths 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.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Westmoreland Columbus 500 scholarship committee by January 17, 2020

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 with additional information are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to WCCA is May 1, 2020.

The Pittsburgh Foundation & Community Foundation of Westmoreland County offer numerous scholarship opportunities for high school seniors.  For general scholarship search information go to https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarshipsFor school specific scholarships, go to

The Abigail Noble Scholarship Fund provides an award to a graduating senior who plans on attending an accredited church related college or a school of nursing.  Additional criteria applies.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 31, 2019.

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship is a one-time award for graduating seniors of an accredited secondary school and be admitted to an accredited post-secondary school or trade/business school.  Additional selection criteria is considered.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 20, 2020.

The American Legion Byers-Tosh Post #267 Scholarship is for graduating seniors of an accredited secondary school and be admitted to an accredited post-secondary school or trade/business school.  Additional selection criteria is considered.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2020.

The Bethlen Homes/Ligonier Gardens Scholarship is given annually to assist students who have chosen to pursue a career in the medical field.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2020.

The Kritchbaum-Bossart Endowment Scholarship is available to seniors planning to pursue post-secondary education, has a minimum 3.5 GPA, and service to the school and community.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  Deadline for submission to the guidance office is April 1, 2020.

The Terry R. Marolt Memorial Scholarship Fund is open to graduating seniors from Ligonier Valley High School.  Applications must be done electronically at the following link:  https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarships_db?f%5B0%5D=currentstatusinschool%3AHigh%20School%20Senior&f%5B1%5D=highschoolattended%3ALigonier%20Valley%20High%20School&node=43872The deadline for submission is February 29, 2020.

The Sandra L. Neiderhiser Scholarship is offered to female high school graduates from Ligonier Valley.  Applications must be done electronically at the following link:  

The Dr. Joseph Donald & Marianne Plummer Scholarship will be distributed to a senior who will be attending Seton Hill University and exhibits good values, strong community service and a caring and compassionate nature.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  Deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2020.

The Brandon J. Boyd Memorial Scholarship provides assistance to a graduate of Ligonier Valley High School.  Applicants must have plans to continue their education at an accredited technical school, college or university, and must have participated in at least one varsity sport during their senior year.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is April 10, 2020.

The Patricia A. Urban Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to Ligonier Valley High School graduates.  Applications must be done electronically at the following link: https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarships_db?f%5B0%5D=currentstatusinschool%3AHigh%20School%20Senior&f%5B1%5D=highschoolattended%3ALigonier%20Valley%20High%20School&node=43872The deadline for submission is February 29, 2020.

The Rotary Club of Ligonier provides scholarships to graduating seniors based on achievement, service, leadership, self-sufficiency, and financial need.  APPLICATIONS MUST BE TYPED.  All seniors were emailed the applications in order to type the document.  If needed again please contact Mrs. Giron.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 9, 2020.  

The Laurel Valley Class of 1966 in Honor of Elnora Chisnell & Gerald Page is open to graduating seniors from Ligonier Valley High School with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plans to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.  Applications must be submitted online at
LVHS66.com.  The deadline for submission is March 20, 2020.

The Owen M. Katz Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior who wishes to pursue a career in the metals or materials field and enrolls in a related college program.  Applications are available in the guidance office and must be postmarked or emailed to the scholarship committee by February 20, 2020.

The Fire Chiefs Association of Westmoreland County is offering scholarship opportunities to one female and one male student.  Candidates must be enrolled in a post-secondary education institution and have a relation to a Westmoreland County firefighter or themselves be a Westmoreland firefighter.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the Fire Chiefs Association is March 31, 2020.

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 in the guidance office.  Deadline for submission to PMAHCC is April 30, 2020.

The Business & Professional Women's Club of Ligonier Valley offers scholarships to young women based on the traits of service, leadership, scholarship, integrity and compassion.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 31, 2020.

The Lt. Eric Eslary Memorial Scholarship is open to students planning on pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited technical school, college or university.  Students must also display community outreach and involvement.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2020.

The College Board Opportunity Scholarship Program guides students through the college planning process and offers a chance to earn money for college for each action completed.  This program is primarily for JUNIORS but seniors can still apply for some of the scholarships until February.  Learn more and get started at cb.org/opportunity.  

The Gloria (Madorma) Quigley Memorial Math Scholarship is awarded to a senior from LVHS.  Applicants must have minimum GPA of 3.5 and have 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 are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 30, 2020.

The TZU Chi Scholars Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to students based on financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement.  Applications are available in the guidance office or can be accessed at http://www.us.tzuchi.org.  The deadline for submission to the TZU Chi office is March 14, 2020.

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 is March 13, 2020.

The American Legion Byers-Tosh Unit 267 Scholarship is available to students graduating from an accredited high school and attending an accredited post-secondary institution.  An essay and completed application is required.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the American Legion organization or the guidance office is March 20, 2020.  

The First Commonwealth Bank Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  An essay is also required.  Applications are available in the guidance office or can be submitted online at http://www.fcbanking.com/scholarship.  The deadline for submission is March 2, 2020.

The Penn State Club of Westmoreland County awards two scholarships to qualifying seniors attending Penn State beginning the 2020 school year.  Selection will be based on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, community service and financial need.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the PSC is March 31, 2020.

The St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church Education Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of a public high school who plans to pursue a career in public education.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is April 7, 2020.

The Westmoreland Area Nurses Association Scholarship aids youth pursuing a nursing education leading to an R.N.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the nurse association is April 15, 2020.

The Continental Building Company (CBC) Charities Scholarship is available to youth with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5 with the intention of attending a two or four-year post secondary institution or an accredited trade or apprenticeship program.  Students must apply online at 
https://tcf-apply.fluidreview.com.  The deadline for submission is March 1, 2020.

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.pitalsf.org. The password to access the application is 
p0614Isf (the character after the 4 is a capital I).  All applications must be postmarked by April 6, 2020, to the scholarship fund.

The Clearview FCU Ralph B. Canterbury Scholarship offers scholarships to eligible seniors.  Complete details can be found at
clearviewfcu.org/scholarships.  The deadline for submission is March 1, 2020.

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 are available in the guidance office.  The deadline to submit the application to the guidance office is March 27, 2020.

The R.K. Mellon Family Scholarship is offered to eligible students with a minimum GPA of 3.5, involvement in community/volunteer activities within the Ligonier Valley, and planning to attend a two or four-year college or technical school.  Applications are available in the guidance office or can be accessed online at www.ligoniervalleyendowment.org.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 30, 2020. 

The Ligonier Valley Endowment Scholarship is offered to eligible students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, involvement in community/volunteer activities within the Ligonier Valley, and planning to attend a two or four-year college or technical school.  Applications are available in the guidance office or can be accessed online at www.ligoniervalleyendowment.org.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 30, 2020. 

The Donchez Family Scholarship is offered to eligible students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 with a plan to attend a four-year college majoring in education  Applications are available in the guidance office or can be accessed online at www.ligoniervalleyendowment.org.  The deadline for submission to the scholarship organization is March 30, 2020. 

The Eleanor G. Morris Community Service Scholarship is open to graduating students with a minimum GPA of 2.75, must be a resident of Cook, Donegal, Saltlick or Springfield Townships or Donegal Borough, and be accepted to an institution of higher learning.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission to the guidance office is March 31, 2020. 

The Ralph F. Kurtz Scholarship is available to seniors who plan to further their education in the following fields of study:  English, Library Science, Secondary Education, Music or Theatre Arts.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission is March 30, 2020.

The LHTC Broadband Scholarship is open to seniors that live in Stahlstown.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission is March 30, 2020.

The Ligonier Valley Football Boosters-Brandon Boyd Memorial Scholarship opportunity is open to graduating seniors that are members of the LVHS Varsity 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.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  The deadline for submission is March 30, 2020.

The WestCoFire Regional SAFER Grant is available to volunteer fire department or emergency service agency members.  Visit the following link for additional information https://volunteerfirefighter.org/district/WestCo.

The Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program is open to seniors enrolled in a 2-year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in fall that would lead to employment.  Applications are available online at application.horatioalger.org.  The deadline for submission is April 15, 2020.

The Bernie Matthews Opportunity Foundation provides scholarship 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 and application can be found at berniematthewsopportunityfoundation.org.  The deadline for submission is April 15, 2020.


The following website links can also assist you in locating scholarship opportunities:
 
bigfuture.collegeboard.org
collegetreasure.com/scholarengine.html
finaid.org
financialaidfinder.com