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Redfin Scholarship

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This $2,500 scholarship is a way for Redfin to help one student on his or her journey through higher education.

Ready to Succeed Scholarship

For the first time this school year, a Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program will be available for college students attending private and public schools in Pennsylvania. The state has allocated $5 million in the budget for the merit-based scholarship, and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be administering the program.

To qualify, students must have completed at least one academic year - defined as having earned at least 24 semester credits - have at least a 3.25 GPA and family income cannot exceed $110,000. Students who receive needs-based scholarships are eligible as well. A full-time student can receive up to $2,000 and part-time students can get up to $1,000. The minimum award is $500. The scholarship can be used toward tuition, books, living expenses, fees or supplies.

PHEAA will forward the colleges and universities a roster of students who qualify for the grants based on income, and it will be up to the schools to certify a student’s academic eligibility. Colleges are able to start nominating students now and applications will need to be submitted by September 15th. The state will notify students between mid-October and November if they have received an award.

There is no limit for how many students a school can nominate and awards will be given out on a first come, first served basis. In Pennsylvania, with nearly 700,000 college students, PHEAA estimates tens of thousands of students will qualify for these grants, but expects about 3,600 students will actually receive an award based on the low state allocation for this program.

Students should be doing everything possible to lower their college debt and I am pleased the Commonwealth has introduced another resource for those looking to continue their education after high school. Oftentimes, middle income students do not qualify for state grants because there are other students in more financially desperate situations. The Ready to Succeed Scholarships offer these middle income students a new opportunity for financial freedom.

To learn more about if you are eligible for one of these scholarships or how to apply, please contact your college or university’s Financial Aid Office.

Pittsburgh Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation has a tremendous website that serves as a portal for a large number of scholarships offered to Allegheny county residents. This site is HIGHLY recommended. Create an account and see which scholarships are available to you and apply right through the website.
When you create an account you will see a list of scholarships available to you.

ROTC Scholarships

ROTC Scholarships are awarded to students through either the Army, Air Force, or Navy.  Students receive full-tuition scholarships in exchange for an 8 year committment (4 of which during college) to a specific branch. Certain schools and programs are eligible for ROTC scholarships.
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

College Board Opportunity Scholarship

CollegeBoard is offering opportunity scholarships. Learn more here: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/ The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action
  1. 1. Build Your College List: $500

    Get started by exploring colleges you're interested in. 

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  2. 2. Practice for the SAT: $1,000

    Use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to get ready for test day. 

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  3. 3. Improve Your Score: $2,000

    Show how practice pays off by improving your SAT score. 

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  4. 4. Strengthen Your College List: $500

    Make sure your college list has a mix of academic safety, fit, and reach schools. 

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  5. 5. Complete the FAFSA: $1,000

    Fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid. 

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  6. 6. Apply to Colleges: $1,000

    Apply to the schools you want to attend. 

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    7. Complete Your Journey: $40,000

    Complete all six scholarship steps to be eligible for a $40,000 scholarship. 

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Firevest Scholarships

The Allegheny County Fire Volunteer Education, Service and Training Scholarship Program (FireVest) will again be accepting applications for 200 full scholarships for an associates degree or certificate program at CCAC.   Applicants must be a current member in good standing of an eligible volunteer fire company.  Application  is available atfirevest-application.pdf Annual application deadlines are November 15 (spring) term and May 15 (fall term).

Big Sun Scholarship

The Big Sun Scholarship is offering a scholarship to help young athletes in their academic pursuits.  The successful candidate must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport.   The individual award is $500. A 500 -1000 word short essay is required answering the following questions," How did your participation in sports  during your high school years influence you?" and " Has  your participation influenced your career goals?" Click on the link http://www.bigsunathletics.com/ .   The deadline is June 19, 2021.

The Pearce Law Firm - Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship

The Pearce Law Firm - Aspiring Pennsylvania Attorneys Scholarship is open to high school students in the State of PA who have been accepted to a college or university and have aspirations of attending law school after college.   The Scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,500 .  Applications  must be submitted, in full, by May 31, 2021, online.   A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.   Information is available in the Scholarship Binder in the Guidance Office or at http://thepearcelawfirm.com/aspiring-scholarship

B. Davis Scholarship

Information has been received for the B. Davis Scholarship.   This is a $1,000 scholarship for high school juniors and seniors as well as students currently registered in any post secondary institution.   Applicants must write an essay of less than 1,000 words on this topic. "Describe the three characteristics of leadership that you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how  y ou feel that they are developed in an individual."   For more information, click on a link  at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm    The deadline for application is May 22, 2021.

PA Burglar and Fire Alarm Association Scholarship-ESA Youth scholarship program

The PBFAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program is designed to recognize the achievement of worthwhile students who are children of active duty law enforcement and fire service personnel.   The State award is $1,000 and the National Award is $7,500 for first place.   Applications are available in the Scholarship Binder in the Guidance Department or at http://esaweb.org/ysapplyPA  The deadline for applications is May 14, 2021.

The Robert F. Brown Memorial Baseball/Softball Scholarship Award

This scholarship is available to a senior baseball or senior softball student currently attending Thomas Jefferson High School who plans on continuing their education at a two or four year college, trade or technical school.   The recipient will receive a one-time $500 award.   All applicants must submit an essay along with a copy of their letter of acceptance to the school of choice.   A copy of their high school transcript and senior grades, extra-curricular activities and community involvement will be considered in the selection process.  Completed applications are due to Mr. Kilcoyne by Wednesday, May 12.  See Robert F. Brown Scholarship Application

The Three Rivers Desk and Derrick Scholarship Program

The Three Rivers Desk and Derrick Scholarship Program is awarding two $500 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.   Application information is available on the Scholarship Website or at  3 Rivers Desk and Derrick Club Scholarship Program.pdf   The deadline for application is June 30, 2021.

Beulah Frey Audobon Society

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is announcing the Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship  for 2021.  This $2,500 scholarship is  available to a high school senior applying to a two or four year colleges/universities for the 2021     academic year to further their studies in environmentally-related fields.   Payment is contingent upon entrance into a qualifying program of study.   The deadline for application is June 1, 2021  Information is available in the Scholarship Binder in the Guidance Office or at http://www.aswp.org/pages/awards

NROTC Scholarship

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) offers a $180,000 Scholarship opportunity.   For more information, see the scholarship binder in the Guidance Office or at http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarships.aspx

Eric Holzworth Memorial Scholarship

The Eric Holzworth Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship. The winner of this scholarship will be a TJ student athlete.   Applicants will be asked to submit 1 letter of recommendation from a coach and 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher.   Applications are available on the scholarship website.   The deadline to apply is Friday, May 7th, 2021.   https://sites.google.com/a/wjhsd.net/eric-holzworth-memorial-scholarship/

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants are offering a $1,000 Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors on the following topic:   Describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.   Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.  The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words and be sent by email at scholarships at abbotandfenner.com.  Visit the scholarship  website for the direct link.  Deadline is June 12, 2021.  .http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

Patti & Walter Blenko Scholarship Fund

The Patti & Walter Blenko Scholarship Fund for the Performing or Technical Arts will award a $4,000 Scholarship to an area senior pursuing an education in performing arts. Check out the complete information packet and application here: Blenko Scholarship.pdf

Prior to submitting a scholarship application, the student must have applied to an accredited college, university, or conservatory that offers a four-year program in music or performing arts. Selected semi-finalists will be interviewed, and finalists will audition at the end of June.

Please allow enough time to make sure you have all required components of the application:
  1. High School Transcript
  2. Financial Need Statement
  3. Resume
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Narrative Sketch
  6. Two headshots or full-length photos
Completed Applications must be postmarked by May 14, 2021 and mailed to:
Patti Matty Blenko
779 Broughton Road
Bethel Park, PA 15101

Army Minuteman Scholarship

The U.S. Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship was introduced in 2015 to enhance the Army Reserve's ability to recruit highly qualified cadets every year. All qualified applicants for ROTC scholarships may apply for consideration for the 4-year Minuteman Scholarship. Each Army Reserve major subordinate command (MSC) had the ability to award four Minuteman Scholarships per year. 

The Minuteman Scholarship covers full tuition and fees (uncapped) or $10,000 per year toward room and board at any college or university served by an Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program. Scholarship recipients also receive a yearly book allowance of $1,200 and a monthly stipend from $300 to $500 while attending the school depending on their year inn the ROTC Program. 

For more information on the Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship, visit usar.army.mil/MinutemanScholarship or contact 
SFC Soto, Carlos
Station Commander
South Hills U.S. Army Career Center
[email protected] 


Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application. Submit an online written response to the question: "Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand.   In fact, July is National Ice Cream Month, and that's the inspiration behind this award.  We think people are vey similar to ice cream; some are nutty, others a little exotic, while some are very comforting.  If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?"  (250 words or less)Deadline is July 31, 2021
Click on link for more informationFlavor of the month award

The Brian Bayich Memorial Scholarship

The Brian Bayich Memorial Scholarship, established by his family, honors the life of Thomas Jefferson graduate Brian Bayich (TJHS Class of 1997). Brian used his skills as a chef to bring joy and happiness to the lives of all who gathered together. Brian was a wonderful son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend and is dearly missed by all. The $500 financial award will be given to a TJ senior who plans to attend either a two-year or four-year college or university and intends to major in hospitality or culinary arts. The application deadline has been extended! Anyone who qualifies should apply.


Perryman Family Foundation Scholarship

The Perryman Family Foundation is a local scholarship! The deadline is March 30th. You could be eligible for up to $25,000. They're looking to award 8-10 scholarships this spring!

Quick Facts:
Applications Dates: February 1st - March 30th
How to Apply: Online through our website
Website: https://perrymanfoundation.org
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 724-503-5060
College Majors: Engineering, Math, Metals, Technology
Trade School Programs: Welding, Machine Shop, Mechatronics (or similar), Networking, Automation, or a technology based program.
Award Range: $5,000 - $25,000, renewable up to 5 years
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, within 150 miles of Houston, PA, video, essay

Full list of requirements:

We are a scholarship foundation, based south of Pittsburgh, that is dedicated to rewarding hard-working students pursuing post-secondary education and who hope to apply their education to make a difference in the world.  In our 6th year of operation we currently support 31 scholarship students and are hoping to add an additional 8-10 scholars in 2021.  Our GPA requirement is a 3.0 and we strive look beyond grade point averages and traditional activities to reward motivation. 

Scholarship Information for Black Students

The team at Study.com believes that everyone should be able to afford to pursue a college education. In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to reaffirm our goal of making education accessible for everyone by highlighting our recently updated Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Black Students which offers in-depth information in several areas, including:

  • Changes to FAFSA and financial aid as well as financial relief for HBCUs resulting from the new COVID-19 stimulus bill
  • Information on finding and applying for scholarships with a list of scholarships for black students
  • Information on HBCUs and why they're important, and scholarships for those looking to attend an HBCU
  • Organizations and resources that are helpful for Black students and students of color
  • Information on Apple’s new $25 million investment in resources and scholarships for students at HBCUs
the PT& J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.  Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to:

*medical issues
*Peer issues:  bullying, change of school, minority status, etc.
*family issues" divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc.
When in doubt, students are encouraged to apply; this scholarship is meant to be inclusive
Deadline:  5/31/2021
Amount:  $500-$1,000


$10000 scholarship offered to high school seniors   register online dollar bank scholarship guidelines.pdf  for guidelines and application rules.  Deadline for applications is June 13, 2021

Tuition Funding Sources

Tuition Funding Sourcesis a national website that allows you to enter criteria and learn about different scholarships for which you might be eligible.Tuition Funding Sources

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Tip - Don’t be afraid to apply for scholarships that require essays!  Too often students don’t want to write essays, so there ends up being a ton of money left on the table for those scholarships that require essays!