Researching and completing scholarship forms can be overwhelming. Plan on setting aside 1-2 hours per week for research, questions, and filling out forms. Our Counseling Staff are available to help you along this journey to offer support and assist with forms and questions.

Institutional Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships are based off of academic merit or unique characteristics and skill sets. Scholarships do not need to be repaid. Usually the larger merit-based scholarships that a student can receive are offered through the college institution to which the student is applying. Sometimes students are automatically considered for institutional scholarships, other times the students must apply separately. Pay attention to deadlines, as sometimes student will only qualify if they have submitted their application for admission by a particular deadline. Merit-based scholarships often have a GPA and Standardized test score associated with them, however, there can by other unique qualifiers to thee scholarships as well.

Outside Scholarships: As you will discover in your scholarship search, there are numerous organization both local and nationwide that offer scholarships that will help a student pay for their college expenses. It is important to note that these scholarships vary in amounts; the larger the amount offered, the more competitive a scholarship can be. Students are encouraged to apply to multiple outside scholarships including small, local scholarships and larger national scholarships. Scholarship search engines can help match your unique characteristics and academic profile to scholarships. It is important to ask your college(s) what their policy is on outside scholarships. Many colleges will accept outside scholarships and add them on top of the aid the student may already be receiving from the school, however, some colleges will replace the institutional aid with outside scholarships, thus, decreasing the amount of aid they will offer the student.

Need-Based Grant Aid: Some colleges do not offer merit-based scholarships, rather, they offer need-based grants. Like scholarships, need-based grants do not need to be repaid. Unlike scholarships, need-based grants are dependent upon the family's financial need rather than merit. Need-based aid is recalculated each year based on the finances of the prior year. Schools that meet full financial need can offer significant grant aid, up to the entire cost of attendance, if the family demonstrates need. Often, schools that meet full financial need are quite selective, and inherently require a competitive academic profile for admission to the university.

Please NOTE: Scholarship information below will be updated as updates are received. Thank you for your patience and best of luck applying for a scholarship.

2019 - 2020 Scholarships
  • This Catholic College/University site lists not just traditional Catholic colleges, but also Catholic colleges offering online degree programs. read more
  • PHEAA Financial Aid Guide read more. This guidebook shows students and their families that although the cost of higher education is constantly rising, there are ways to attend college without borrowing money. From work study programs to crowd funding platforms, there are options other than traditional student loans.
  • The Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program

Scholarship and leadership development opportunity available to current Pennsylvania high school seniors who plan on enrolling as Pitt freshman in the fall 2020. The Scholarship will provide the following: Full tuition scholarship for 4 years or 8 semesters of undergraduate study valued in excess of $67,000 over the life of the award, paid internships following the sophomore and junior years, participation in exceptional leadership training and experiences, one-on-one mentoring, and career coaching, financial assistance in a study abroad experience. Prospective candidates for the program must be admitted to the Univ of Pitt, main campus, and demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to service. read more

  • The Garden Club of Forest Hills Scholarship

Students planning on studying: Agriculture Education, Landscape Architecture, Biolgy (excluding medicine), Plant Pathology, Wildlife Science, Horticulture, Conservation, City(Rural/Urban Planning), Environmental Control, Land Management, Floriculture, Forestry, Agronomy, and/or Botany. Seniors and college and graduate students who are residents of Pennsylvania are eligible from the GCEF. read more

  • 2016 Healthcare Scholarship
  • Applicants must submit a 750-1000 word essay on why they wish to pursue a career in the healthcare field. One lucky applicant will be awarded a $500. read more

  • Medical Assistant Degrees Scholarship

Students interested in a career in healthcare. read more

  • ACLS Medical Training Scholarship/Program

Open to college-bound seniors entering the healthcare or related fields, providing emergency medical care. One winner will receive a $1,000 unrestricted scholarship. read more

  • 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Created to honor both middle level and high school students for outstanding acts of community service.Complete the application and the student/parent agreement. read more

  • The Bob O'Connor Foundation Community Service Scholarship

Honors the commitment to community service that exemplified the life and legacy of the late Mayor Bob O'Connor. It is open to all seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service through volunteerism and the responsibility for others, who reside in the City of Pittsburgh and will be continuing their education in a vocational, technical, or 4 year, or non 4 year college degree program. read more

  • Saint Joseph's University

This unique scholarship and mentorship program provides professional networking and development opportunities through various research projects and internships related to students interests. Admission into the University as a full-time undergraduate student at Saint Joseph's University by November 15th for early action or February 1st for regular decision. Check out the requirements and eligibility read more

  • Serbian Background Scholarship

This scholarship benefits students of Serbian background majoring, or planning to major, in the field of science (Engineering and/or Health Sciences). read more

  • Owen M. Katz High School Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding high school senior who wishes to pursue a career in the metals or meterials field and enrolls in a relatedcollege program. read more

  • The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh Scholarship

Seniors attending college in the fall of 2020 and planning to major in mathematics, physics, or astronomy. read more

  • The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Applicants may be high school seniors planning to enroll fulltime at a 4 year college or university in 2016/2017. And who plan to major in a field of study focusing on engineering, technology, design, or business, with an interest in the automotive industry. read more

  • The Irene S. and Harry Louik College Scholarship Fund

Created to help build future audiences for the performing arts by supporting students who plan to become involved in some way with the performing arts. Some of the requirements to qualify are: Demonstrate an appreciation of the performing arts, resident of Allegheny County, demonstrate financial need, a graduating senior planning to attend a college or university. read more

  • NEED Leadership Scholarship

Awards $5,000 to deserving, qualified African American graduating high school seniors. Applicants must meet the following criteria: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and obtain a SAT score of 1,200. Combined math, critical reading and writing score. (ACT composite score equivalent is 21), and African American resident for at least 1 year prior to entering an accredited post-secondary institution. read more

  • Iota Phi Foundations of Pittsburgh Scholarship

Designed to provide financial assistance to male and female high school seniors that want to further their education beyond high school. Scholarships for 2019/2020 school year will be given to deserving African-Americans high school graduating seniors who demontrate academic excellence. read more

  • Good Orthodontics $500 Smile Scholarship

Awarded by Drs. Bob & Ron Good for the best essay entitled: "How My GOOD Smile Has Influenced My Life". Eligibility Requirements: Past or present patient of Good Orthodontics, High school senior (graduating in 2016), essay submitted in 500 words or less. read more

  • QuitDay Scholarship

Awarded to students each year who share their vision for a smoke-free world. Help make higher education smoke-free and submit your application online. read more

  • Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards

Rewards schools, school groups, and individuals who go the extra mile to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit. read more

  • The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Scholarship Award

If you can talk about a place in Allegheny County that is important to you, briefly explain the significance of the history, architecture, and/or landscape design of that place, then focus on how that place has affected you personally. read more

  • The Union Aid Society Scholarship

Supports highly motivated high school seniors in their quest to pursue a college education. Three (3) scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic performance, community service, and college/life goals. read more

  • SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) Distinguished Scholars Award

To be considered students must be recommended by a teacher, professor, or counselor. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0. read more

  • National Co-op Scholarship Program

Proud to award 175 merit scholarships, totaling $4.5million. Students who are admitted to one of the ten institutions listed below can apply for one of these scholarships: Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson & Wales University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Stae University of New York Oswego, The University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. read more

  • The National Federation of the Blind

Any blind or visually impaired person who will be a full time student during the 2016-2017 school year. read more

  • The Jamie Ellenberger Scholarship

Established in honor of a young man who clearly demonstrated the achievements that are possible for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This award remembers him as a unigue individual who lived a fulfilling and productive life with the advocacy and support of his community. read more

  • 2019 Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW)

A unique and challenging program that provides hands-on opportunity to learn about our free enterprise system. For sophomores and Juniors to learn what it takes to succeed in our fast paced world filled with endless changes and challenges. A week on a college campus you'll connect with students from across Pennsylvania and create friendships. Compete for scholarships and grants, participate in a group dynamic setting, interact with PA Business Leaders, and explore career interest, make independent decisions, and boost self-confidence through participation. Read more

  • The BigSun Organization

An annual $500 scholarship is offered to a deserving athletic student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. read more

  • Kiwanis Club of Sheraden

Offering $1,000 to graduating seniors with the following criteria: High academic standards, exhibit exemplary citizenship, receive teacher, counselor, or administrator recommendation, show proof of college acceptance, submit an essay describing a service to the community, and be a resident of Sheraden. read more

  • The Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund

provides students of Italian Heritage, who demonstrate the financial need to pursueu higher education, with annual scholarship funds. read more

  • The Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (WPTLA) Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded based upon the submission of a competing essay. WPTLA Scholarship Essay Committee will select 3 winning essays and each will receive $1,000 award. read more