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Berkshire Hathaway College and Trade School Scholarships

 Berkshire Hathaway Home  Services The Preferred Realty-Dream. . . Innovate. . .Grow are three attributes that the company embraces and are looking for 3 students who embrace these 3 attributes personally and academically.  Seniors planning to attend college, university or trade schools in the fall of 2022 may be eligible for this renewable scholarship.  All completed applications must be emailed to [email protected] by March 1, 2022 to be eligible for the renewable scholarship  Scholarship Application 2021 2022 Fillable - PA.pdf

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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Good Orthodontics Smile Scholarship

Good Orthodontics is offering an in house scholarship program for high school seniors open to their past and current patients.   The winner of the Smile Scholarship will be determined by the content of an essay describing "How My GOOD Smile Has Influenced My Life".     Essays should be submitted directly to one of their offices.   Essays should be no more than 500 words or less.  $1,000.00 will be awarded to the winner. 
Essays may be submitted at the following offices:
 22 Old Clairton Road, Pittsburgh 15236,  412-655-4660
677 Washington Road 15228 412-344-4663
or 111 Washington Street, Washington 15301  724-225-1114
The deadline for the essay is February 15, 2022. 

Horatio Alger Scholarship for Juniors

As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.

106 $25,000 Scholarships will be awarded to juniors selected. 

The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

The undergraduate application will be available from December 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022.

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, 2022.

The Pittsburgh ASM Chapter - Katz-Soler Engineer Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding high school senior who wishes to pursue a career in eingineering. This is an academic scholarship and the most important part of the application is the essay, but grades, test scores, and activities are also considered.  The scholarship is $1,500.  Information is available at:

Katz-Soler High School Engineering Scholarship.pdf  The deadline for application is February 25, 2022. Completed applications must be sent to Joe Muha - ASM Scholarship Coordinator at: [email protected]   

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

National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship

 The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will be awarding scholarships of $4,000 to four very deserving 2022 high school seniors.   Senior athletes who have high academic achievement, financial need, athletic ability at the varsity level and an anticipated June 2022 graduation date are encouraged to apply.   Students may apply online at: https://www.niashf.org/pittsburgh-scholarships/ or use this National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship 21-22.pdf and edit your .PDF in Kami:
The deadline for entries is February 15, 2022.

AFSA National High School Essay Contest

The American Foreign Service Association's National High School Essay Contest is now open.  This essay contest open to 9th through 12th grade students.   

The current multipolar era poses challenges for U.S. foreign policy but also provides new opportunities for partnership across world powers – including emerging great powers like China and Russia – to build peace in conflict-affected countries. Describe a current situation where American diplomats and peacebuilders are working with other world powers, as well as local and/or regional actors, in a conflict-affected country to champion democracy, promote human rights, and/or resolve violent conflict.

Successful essays will identify, in no more than 1,250 words, the strategies and tactics U.S. Foreign Service Officers and American peacebuilders are employing to build successful partnerships with other world and regional powers and with local actors in the chosen current situation. The essay will also describe specific ways that these partnerships are helping to promote stability and build peace.

The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, along with his/her parents an all expense paid two-day trip to Washington, D.C., and a full tuition paid voyage with Semester at Sea.   The deadline is April 4, 2022.   See http://www.afsa.org/essay-contest for more information.

PSECU Scholarships

Seniors have the opportunity to receive scholarship funds from the PA State Employees Credit Union (PSECU).  Immediate family members which include teachers, recreation and park employees, PA National Guard, etc., may be eligible for one of six $8,000 PSECU Scholarships.   Seniors must be planning on attending a 2 or 4 year community college, college or univerity.  Applications deadline is Friday, February 28, 2022 at Noon.  PSECU Scholarship Application

Elks Legacy Award

Information is available to seniors regarding The Legacy Awards offered by the Elks National Foundation.  Legacy awards are $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years).   Any child or grandchild, step-child or step-grandchild, or legal ward of a living Elk may be eligible.   Check out the scholarship website by clicking on the link or at Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards 
The online application is due by February 7, 2022.   

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, 2022.  http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

The Irene S. and Harry Louik College Scholarship Fund

Seniors who are involved in some way with the performing arts and are planning on attending two or four years at an accredited school and have a GPA of 3.0  are invited to view the information on the Irene S. and Harry Louik College Scholarship Fund of the The Pittsburgh Foundation online at
http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/2189   The deadline for application is March 31, 2022.Whatever the amount it will be renewable .

Oliver L. Johnson and William A. Lester Families Fund

A new offering for African American students who plan to attend a two or four year college or university has arrived from The Pittsburgh Foundation.   Students must have a 2.5 GPA .  Students must apply for this $4,500 award at https://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/2231   The deadline for application is March 31, 2022.

Imagine America Foundation Scholarship

The Imagine America Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing post-secondary education at career colleges across the United States.   Each year, every high school may select five graduating seniors to receive the $1,000 scholarship.   If interested please apply online at Imagine America Scholarships
Current Seniors have until December 31st to apply.   High school graduates of the next year can start applying on January 1st.

AES Engineering

AES Engineering offers a number of $500 scholarships in a national scholarship competition. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?   Essays my be submitted to [email protected]..  for more information open the following link:  http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.php  Deadline is October 8, 2022.

Georges Lieber Essay Contest on Resistance - Gettysburg College

George Lieber, at the age of 16, prided himself on beingpart of the French resistance. Perhaps because of that involvement, he and his family  were identified and taken by the Nazis, and on July 3, 1944, Georges was deported to Auschwitz, where he was murdered. To make a blessing of Georges Liber's memory, please articulate an issue on or of resistance that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about resistance and yourself. Note that the most engaging essays often reflect deply on a particularly meaningful experience or episode in one's life. 
Essay contest is available to any high school student grade 9-12. Top prize is $1,000. For more information check out this website:  The deadline is for submissions is March 25, 2022.Third Annual Georges Lieber Essay Contest on Resistance

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] 

TJ Class of '75 Scholarship

sThe Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1975 is sponsoring a $2,000 scholarship for a current TJ senior. Applications are available through the Pittsburgh Foundation at: https://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarship/10841

The deadline for this scholarship is March 15th. 


  • Attend Thomas Jefferson High School as a graduating senior.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • All seniors with plans to further their education after high school are encouraged to apply - trade schools, vocational programs, or college students should all apply
  • Plan to attend a 2-or 4-year college or university OR an accredited vocational or technical trade school as a full-time student.


  • Complete the application here: TJ Class of '75 Scholarship Page.
  • Complete the essay section of the application.
  • Submit your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have not already received your SAR, you can do so by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Submit one letter of reference from an employer, supervisor from a volunteer experience, a local faith community or a teacher or guidance counselor.
  • Submit your unofficial transcripts.

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). While attending TJ, Brian was a trumpet player in the marching band and jazz band. His love of music carried into his adult life. Brian graduated from IUP with a degree in Culinary Arts. He was employed as an Executive Chef and 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 hospitalityculinary arts, or musicApplications will remain open for the academic year.


Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh

Applications for need-based college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year are available from the Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh (JSS) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.  This program is administered by Jewish Family and Community Services. The funds are made available through the generosity of families who have established endowments through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Community Center, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Women International of Pittsburgh (formerly B'nai B'rith Women), The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Rodef Shalom Congregation.
All awards are distributed on the basis of demonstrated financial need.   Depending on the scholarship fund, other factors such as academic achievement, field of study, school attending, and Jewish and general community involvement will also be considered. In addition, the applicant must be Jewish, reside in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years, and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education.
We would appreciate your assistance in aiding local students by publishing an announcement about the work of the Jewish Scholarship Service committee. The 2021-2022 JSS online application is available at jfcspgh.org/scholarships.  All applications are due February 24, 2022
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (412) 422-5627 or email me at [email protected] 

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

Horatio Alger State Scholarship

Scholarships valued at $10,000 each

State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. For a full listing of Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs and their funders, please click here.

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

The undergraduate application is available from December 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022.

Rise and Shine and PA DAR Scholarships

The Daughters of the American Revolution offers multiple scholarship opportunities. The deadline for most scholarships is January 31st.

Here's information about their scholarships: https://dar.academicworks.com/

PA American Legion - Allegheny County Awards

Each year the American Legion of Allegheny County presents awards to young people for outstanding performance and excellence in academics, athletics, and music. The awardees are recognized at the annual Youth Achievement Dinner. This year's event will be held Sunday, April 3, 2022 at Soldiers and Sailers Memorial Hall in Oakland.

For the Academic Excellence Awards, the Legion is seeking only 12th grade studnets with a GPA of 4.0 or above. 

Al students applying must complete the appropriate Youth Achievement Candidate Form. Seniors applying for any of the awards my also be considered for scholarships, if they are including their resume detailing academic performance, extracurricular activities (including sports, clubs, employment, any offices held) and community service, post-graduation plans (including major) as well as any awards the student has received during high school.

The deadline for consideration for awards and scholarship applications is February 25, 2022.

Please email the applications to: [email protected] or mail to YAD 2022, c/o P.O. Box 848, CArnegie, PA 15106.

Find more information and access the application forms here: American Legion Allegeny Count Student Awards 22.pdf

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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