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Scholarship/Award Opportunities

The following are current scholarship/award opportunities open to students at Mars Area High School:

17th Annual National Co-Op Scholarship Program

Eligibility: High school seniors/transfer students with a GPA of 3.5 or better (4.0 scale) who are interested in studying science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) at Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson & Whales University,  Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, University of Cincinnati, The University of Toledo or Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Deadline02/15/19
Information: Submit an essay of 200-words describing "why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperate education program." General questions may be directed to Michelle Hansford at michellehansford@waceinc.org
WebsiteApplications available online at https://www.waceinc.org/

 

Owen M. Katz High School Scholarship
EligibilityHigh school seniors
Deadline02/15/19
InformationFor an application, click on the following:


2019 Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Scholarship Essay Contest
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who are family members of PA AFL-CIO-affiliated union members.
Deadline02/15/19
Information: Three awards — $2,000, $1,000 and $500

PSECU Scholarship 

Eligibility: Graduating high school students who were a PSECU member by Dec. 31, 2018.
Deadline02/28/19 by noon
Information: Six scholarships awarded for up to $8,000 (up to $2,000 per year, up to four years). Questions may be directed to Sara Weiser at sweiser@psecu.com.
Websitehttps://www.psecu.com/benefits/scholarships

Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicant must be Jewish, be a resident of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two (2) years and need financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education as either an undergraduate or graduate student.
Deadline: 02/28/19
Information: Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh coordinates the efforts of a group of organizations, agencies and scholarship endowment funds that provide scholarships to local Jewish students.

Women's Club of Mars Scholarship 

Eligibility: Class of 2019 graduating seniors
Deadline02/28/19 by 8 a.m.
Information: Three (3) $500.00 scholarships to a graduating senior Class of 2019. This scholarship is available for any form of higher education, including two-year public colleges, junior colleges, hospital schools for nursing, four-year colleges or universities, trade, vocational, or business school. For an application, contact the Guidance Office.

First National Bank Scholarship Fund 

Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors.  
Deadline03/01/19
Information: $35,000 scholarship fund available.
Websitehttps://www.fcbanking.com/why-us/community-commitment/scholarship/

2019 PAEOP 
Hermine Solt Student Scholarship. 

EligibilityEligible senior applicants graduating from a Pennsylvania High School or Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School to be used as either tuition assistance or as a school bookstore credit at any approved two or four-year post-secondary institution, college, or university majoring in the business field. (e.g. Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Communications, Business Management, Business Communications, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Computer/Technology,  Secretarial/Administrative Assistant)
Deadline03/01/19
Information$500 scholarship established for the purpose of aiding students in Pennsylvania to pursue higher education in a business-related field.
Websitehttps://www.paeop.com/

Alexis Summers Scholarship
EligibilityStudents in good standing who are pursuing their first year of post-high school education at an accredited four-year college or university; an accredited community college; or an accredited vocational institution.
Deadline03/01/19
InformationThe number of awards per year will be determined by the Alexis “Alex” Summers Scholarship Foundation Team. The monies will be distributed to one  student chosen from a school within the Butler, Armstrong, and Allegheny counties. The selected student may receive up to $1,500.00, but no less than $500.00.
Websitehttp://alexsummers.org/

Berkshire Hathaway — Dream… Innovate… Grow Scholarship

EligibilitySeniors with a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA who embody one or more of Berkshire Hathaway Realty Services' dream, innovate, and grow traits and who will attend a full-time college, university, or trade school in Fall 2019.  Must reside in one of Western Pennsylvania's 15 counties. (Immediate family and sponsor employees and/or salespersons are not eligible.)
Deadline03/01/19 (5 p.m.)
Information: Three (3) $1,000/year scholarship for up to four (4) years available. Completed applications may be e-mailed to scholarships@tprsold.com.
Websitehttps://www.prweb.com/releases/berkshire_hathaway

Seton Hall Sustainable Development Challenge

Eligibility: High school students
Deadline03/03/19
InformationSubmit a 300-500 word essay that describes an innovative approach or idea for addressing one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality, injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Ten (10) finalists will be selected — first place: $2,500 cash and a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University.
Websitehttp://www.shu.edu/un-sustainable-development-challenge.cfm


Paul Mitchell Schools Scholarship

Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to Bella Capelli Academy.

Deadline03/04/19

Information: Ten (10) $1,000 scholarships awarded. For an application, click on the link below 

Websitehttps://bellabeautyacademy.com/

 
Mars Area High School Chemistry, Engineering & Mathematics Scholarship
Eligibility: Mars Area High School senior.
Deadline03/15/19
Information$2,500 scholarship will be awarded for the first semester of post-secondary education. This scholarship is renewable for subsequent semesters (renewable for 4 years) if the recipient continues to major in chemistry, engineering or mathematics and maintains an acceptable GPA and grades. Other considerations for renewal include GPA, difficulty of classes taken, grades earned in major classes, difficulty of college/university attending. Mail required documents to: Ellis and Joyce Hatch; 10410 South Ocean Drive, Apt. 301; Jensen Beach, FL 34957. For more information, contact the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.
 
Pittsburgh Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship
EligibilityHigh school seniors with 3.2 or higher GPA who are applying to colleges
Deadline03/15/19
Information: Six (6) $1,500 one-time scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must submit a completed application, two (2) letters of recommendation and a 400-to-600-word typewritten essay.
Websitehttps://portal.clubrunner.ca/5013/stories/pittsburgh-rotary-club-foundation-scholarship-program

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation — Tzu Chi Scholars Program
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA planning to enroll full time at a U.S. college. Financial need required 
Deadline03/16/19
Information: $1,000 award.
Website: https://tzuchi.us/scholarships

Epilepsy Association of Western & Central Pennsylvania (EAWCP) Scholarship
EligibilityHigh school seniors (Class of 2019) with a physician-confirmed diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder who have been accepted to attend a post-secondary school or vocational program. Applicant must be a legal resident of Western or Central Pennsylvania and must attend an EAWCP Run/Walk in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Altoona, or Erie.
Deadline03/16/19
Information: Nine (9) $1,500 or $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Completed application should be mail without staples in a large mailing envelope to: Epilepsy Association of Western/Central PA; Attn: Francine Eden; 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 3002; Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233
Websitehttps://www.eawcp.org/

Viola M. Zimmerman Memorial Revitalization Scholarship

Eligibility: High school senior with financial need.
Deadline: Submit essay to Guidance Office by 03/22/19
Information: Must complete a double-spaced, typed 750- to 1,000-word essay on the importance of local artisans and craftsman to a community. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded. Annual scholarship established in honor of Viola M. Zimmerman’s legacy of kindness, generosity, and dedication to her community.

Clearview Federal Credit Union - Ralph B. Canterbury Scholarship
EligibilityGraduating high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary institution
Deadline03/31/19
Information: Ten (10) $1,500 scholarships awarded

WholeRen Education Award for Multiculturalism

Eligibility: High school seniors heading to a four-year American college. 
Deadline03/31/19
Information: $1,000 scholarship
Websitehttps://www.wholeren.com/multicultural-scholarship/

Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital Scholarship

Eligibility: Mars Area High School juniors and seniors who have a GPA of 3.5 or better in biology and chemistry and are pursuing careers in the veterinary, agricultural, or other animal-related fields.
Deadline04/01/19
Information: $1,000 to be applied to their student account upon admission to their college of choice, and will receive a summer internship at the hospital where the awardee will spend ten to forty hours a week (depending on their schedule) learning about all aspects of the veterinary industry and volunteering their time around the hospital. Applicants must submit a 750-word essay reflecting on the effect that owning a pet can have on a person. In this essay, applicants may draw on personal experience, and they can and are encouraged to also look to outside resources. For details, e-mail gsvhsm@gmail.com.
Websitehttp://gsveterinaryhospital.com/ 
 
Floyd L. Johnston Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who intends to pursue studies in any field related to business administration. Applicants must have been involved in school activities, community activities and/or have been employed; have attained an overall minimum cumulative QPA of 2.75; and have been accepted by a non-profit, 501(c)(3)-accredited institution of higher education.
Deadline04/01/19
InformationTo apply, the candidate must complete the required application and write an essay of approximately 300 words about their career goals and their preparation for these goals. For details, contact the Guidance Office. 

Belinda A. Terzich Memorial Education Scholarship
Eligibility: Female Mars Area High School senior with a 3.0 or higher QPA who is pursuing a bachelor's degree at a four-year accredited college in accounting/finance, science, technology, engineering or math. Must show school spirit by participation and attendance at school events or in sports or other school-related activities. Student must have attended Mars Area High School for (at least) her full junior and senior years.
Deadline04/05/19
Information: $3,000 non-renewable scholarship to help defray costs of the first year post-secondary education. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a math, science or business teacher; a copy of her transcript and letter(s) of acceptance to a four-year college; and a short essay answering the question: "Why would you be a good recipient for the scholarship?"
Websitehttps://www.bc3.edu/paying/financial-aid/scholarships.html


2018-2019 Mars Area Education Association (MAEA) Scholarship Application

Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to Bella Capelli Academy.

Deadline04/05/19

Information: Applications available in the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.

 
Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: High school students of Italian heritage, who plan to pursue higher education and demonstrate financial need
Deadline04/05/19
Information: $16,000 scholarships to be paid at $4,000 per year, renewable at $2,000 per semester provided the student maintains a 3.0 QPA. For an application, click on the following link:

Butler County Community College (BC3) Pioneer Education Scholarship
Eligibility: Mars Area High School senior with a 3.0 or above QPA who has accepted to Butler County Community College bound.
Deadline04/11/19
Information: $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to help defray costs of the first year post-secondary education. Applicants must submit a cover page with name, address, telephone number and e-mail; a one-to-two-page essay discussing your career goals, your personal mission statement as you move forward into adult life, and why you are a deserving recipient for this scholarship; submit a transcript and a letter of acceptance from Butler County Community College; and (optional) a statement of special circumstances or explain any financial need
Websitehttps://www.bc3.edu/paying/financial-aid/scholarships.html
 
Mars Area High School Swimming & Diving Education Scholarship
Eligibility: A college-bound member of Mars Area High School Swimming/Diving Team who is accepted and/or enrolled for the upcoming school year in an accredited technical school, community college, or four-year college or university.
Deadline04/11/19
Information: A $250 non-renewable scholarship to help defray costs of the first-year post-secondary education. Applicants must complete a one- to two-page essay. For more information, contact the Mars Area High School Guidance Office. Applications are to be submitted to the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.
Websitewww.marsplanetfoundation.org


Ross McConnell Memorial Scholarship

Eligibilitytwo Mars Area High School seniors currently enrolled in the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School

Deadline04/11/19

Information: Two $500 non-renewable scholarships toward first year of post-secondary education. 

Websitewww.marsplanetfoundation.org


Mars Planet Foundation Education Scholarship

Eligibility: To provide a college bound Mars Area High School Senior with a 3.0 or above QPA who has been accepted or enrolled for the upcoming school year in a technical school, community college, or four-year college or university; and who has participated in community service.
Deadline04/11/19
Information$2,500 non-renewable scholarship to help defray costs of the first year post-secondary education. For more information, contact the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.
Websitewww.marsplanetfoundation.org

Ed & Bethel Kean Foundation STEM Scholarship
Eligibility: Mars Area High School senior with a 2.5 QPA or above; who has been accepted or enrolled for the upcoming school year in a technical school, community college, or four-year college or university; and who plans on pursuing a future career in one of the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics.
Deadline04/11/19
Information: $2,000 non-renewable scholarship to help defray costs of the first year post-secondary education. Applicants must submit a cover page with name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; an essay discussing your future career goals, when you first knew that STEM was the career path for you, and how your choice of study or major in one of the STEM fields will help you achieve your goal(s); and must submit a transcript and a letter of acceptance from a post-secondary school. Applications are to be submitted to the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.
Websitewww.marsplanetfoundation.org

LEFCON Technology Scholarship
Eligibility: Mars Area High School senior.
Deadline04/11/19
Information: $2,500 scholarship. Applicants should submit a typed, five-paragraph essay addressing, in detail, what three experiences or classes have ignited your passion to pursue a future in technology? Applicants must include a cover page with name, address, telephone number, and e-mail; three teacher letters of recommendation; and proof of acceptance to an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school. Applications are to be submitted to the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.
Websitewww.marsplanetfoundation.org

Edward R. Choura Vocational-Technical Automotive Technology Scholarship
Eligibility: Mars Area High School senior currently enrolled in a Vocational-Technical Program who will be continuing their education in automotive technology at an automotive trade school or similar institution/program. Student must be accepted or enrolled for the upcoming school year in an automotive trade school or other such institution. Recipient must provide written proof of enrollment for funds to be disbursed.
Deadline04/11/19
Information: $1,000 non-renewable scholarship. Applications available in the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.
Websitewww.marsplanetfoundation.org

Ed & Bethel Kean Foundation Scholarship for the Arts
Eligibility: Mars Area High School senior with a 2.5 QPA or above; who has participated in the arts while in high school (e.g. orchestra, band, chorus, art classes, graphic arts, photography, drama productions, etc); and accepted or enrolled for the upcoming school year in a technical school, community college, or four-year college or university.
Deadline04/11/19
Information: $2,000 non-renewable scholarship to help defray costs of the first year post-secondary education. Applicants must submit a cover page with name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; an essay discussing how  participation in the arts has influenced your growth as a student and a person during your high school years and how you anticipate the arts will continue to be a significant and influential part of your life throughout college and beyond; and must submit a transcript and a letter of acceptance from a post-secondary school. Applications are to be submitted to the Mars Area High School Guidance Office.
Websitewww.marsplanetfoundation.org

Pittsburgh CLO Guild - 2019 Constance T. Rockwell Scholarship Program for Musical Theater 

Eligibility: High school seniors with an interest in the performing arts. 
Deadline04/12/19
Information: $1,000 scholarships are issued based on student's talent, financial need, scholastic merit, and school and community involvement. For an application, click on the application below:

2018-2019 General Federation of Women's Clubs - Junior Women's Club of Butler County Scholarship Application 

EligibilityHigh school seniors who are active in service organizations and have a 3.75 GPA or higher.
Deadline04/12/19
Information: For an application, contact the Guidance Office or click on the link below:

NWPA Area Labor Federation Education Fund Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who is enrolled in an accredited degree program at a system of higher education for the 2019-2020 School Year. Applicants must be a union member, or a dependent child of a union member or grandchild of a union member in good standing of a local union affiliated with NWPA ALF
Deadline04/15/19
Information: Three (3) scholarships awarded. Click on the following to access an application:
 
Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship
Eligibility: Applicant must be entering his/her senior year of high school (e.g. the applicant must be a senior in September 2019)
Deadline04/20/19
Information: Applicants must submit a completed application; a guidance counselor form; and two (2) letters of recommendation

Student Insights - 2019 Student-View Scholarship Program

Eligibility: High school seniors planning to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. 
Deadline04/22/19
Information: One (1) $4,000 scholarship; two (2) $1,000 scholarships; and 10 $500 scholarships 
Websitehttp://www.student-view.com/

Beaver-Lawrence County Central Labor Council Scholarship & Donald E. McNutt Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted as a full-time student in a post-secondary program. Applicant must be a union member, or a dependent child of a union member or grandchild residing in the home of a union member in good standing of a local union affiliated with the Beaver-Lawrence County Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
Deadline04/26/19
Information: $1,000 award. Click on the following to access an application:

Edgar Snyder & Associates - Words to be Heard Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college, university, or trade school in Fall 2019.
Deadline04/26/19
Information: One $10,000 scholarship and two (2) $5,000 scholarships awarded. For an application, click on the link below:

Tom Wagner & Theo Sabin Meyer Memorial Scholarships
EligibilityGraduating high school seniors who have been accepted as a full-time student in a post-secondary program. Applicant must be a union member, or a dependent child of a union member or grandchild residing in the home of a union member in good standing of a local union affiliated with the Erie-Crawford County Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
Deadline04/26/19
Information: $500 and $750 scholarship. Click on the following to access an application:
 
2018-2019 Passavant Memorial Homes Foundation - Community Service Scholarship
Eligibility: Candidate must be a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary education program.
Deadline: 04/26/19
Information: One (1) $10,000 award annually, granted to one (1) recipient. For an application, click on the following:
 

Mercer County Central Labor Council (MCCLC) — 2019 Anna J. Rickert Memorial Scholarship
EligibilityHigh school seniors planning to continue his/her education at a college, university or other accredited post-secondary school. Applicant must be a child or step child of a union member in good standing from one of the Mercer County, PA Central Labor Council's participating unions in good standing with the MCCLC. 
Deadline04/30/19
Information: $1,000 award. Click on the following to access an application:

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) Foundation
Eligibility:Applicants must attend, be enrolled full-time or accepted in an accredited post-high school educational institution, including two- or four-year college or university or vocational, technical or trade school in the U.S.; demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after the financial aid award package has been determined; have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Deadline04/30/19
InformationRecipients will be awarded one (1) grant ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, payable directly to the school to which the recipient has been accepted.
Website: http://pmahcc.org

Pointe Pest Control ROFL Scholarship

Eligibility: High school senior from Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware.  
Deadline04/30/19
Information: One-time $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on May 30, 2019. All applications must be submitted electronically at the provided link.
Websitehttps://pointe-pest.com/scholarships/

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania - Beulah Frey Environmental Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors interested in furthering their studies in an environmentally-related field. Applicants must be applying to a two- or four-year college or university, majoring in an environmental area of study.
Deadline: 05/03/19
Information: One (1) $2,500 scholarship
 
 
 
 
TransCanada Scholarship
Eligibility: High school students enrolled in a post-secondary institution
Deadline05/17/19
Information: Scholarships available in five (5) categories.

B. Davis Scholarship
Eligibility: All high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution
Deadline05/24/19
Information: $1,000 scholarship
Websitehttp://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

Pureland Supply Scholarship

Eligibility: High school students who have been accepted at an accredited community college, vocational college, technical school, or trade school. 
Deadline06/01/19
Information: Annual $1,000.00 scholarship. Recipients are chosen on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and how the student expects to play a part in the future of their trade or field.  
Websitehttps://www.purelandsupply.com/t-scholarship.aspx

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Eligibility: High school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. 
Deadline06/14/19
Information: Annual $1,000 scholarship.  
Websitehttp://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.php

2019 Miracle League of Southwestern PA Scholarships:

Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors.
DeadlineN/A
Information: One (1) $500 scholarship for a female senior and one $500 scholarship for a male senior. Applications are available in the Guidance Office.
Websitehttp://mlswpa.org/

 

College Sports Scholarships — Get Recruited to Play College Sports  

Websitehttp://www.collegesportsscholarships.com


University of Dayton - Leadership in Service Scholarship 

Eligibility: Students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. 
DeadlineN/A
Information$10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year for 4 years). Recipient will be considered for a merit scholarship worth $98,000 over four (4) years. For more information, call (800) 837-7433 or e-mail admission@udayton.edu.
Websitehttps://www.udayton.edu/m/lis.php

 

C. Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards and Scholarships

Websitehttp://pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org/scholarships/

 
H&R Block Budget Challenge
Eligibility: Budget Challenge is limited to those students playing in a classroom registered by their teacher. Students and parents, be sure to tell teachers to enroll your class for the chance to win some big bucks to put towards your future.
Information: Challenge helps teens get real-world ready from the safety of a classroom. Students pay bills, manage expenses, save money, invest in retirement, and pay taxes as if they were recent college graduates.

 

Ted & Betty Rice Memorial Fund

Eligibility:  Grade 12

Deadline:  Open

Information:  For anyone pursuing vocational training after high school who is in need of financial assistance.  Grants of $1,000 or more may be available for students with demonstrated financial need.  For more information, click on the following:  

 

Jack Stephan Mind’s Eye Scholarship

Eligibility: All High School Graduates
Deadline: Open
Information: Students who demonstrate financial need and are planning to pursue an art or art-related program of study after High School. For more information, click on the following:

 

*Deadlines are often dates by which all materials should be received by the sponsoring organization. Be sure to leave time for the processing of all materials by the Guidance Office.

 



PLAN AHEAD
 — Applications, transcripts, and letters of recommendation take time. Please allow a minimum of five (5) school days for these to be processed and mailed.

 

For more information regarding any of the above scholarship opportunities, contact the Mars Area High School Guidance Office at (724) 625-1581. Forms and further details are available in the Guidance Office.

 

 
 
 



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