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Scholarship/Award Opportunities

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

Berkshire Hathaway Dream... Innovate... Grow Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors who are permanent Pennsylvania residents; have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have been accepted to college, university, high school or trade school.
Deadline: 01/03/20 (by 5 p.m.) 
Information: Renewable $1,000 scholarship. For an application, click on the following:

Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh (JSS)
Eligibility: Applicants must be Jewish; live in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler or Washington County for at least two years; and have need of financial assistance to attend an accredited institution of higher education.
Deadline: 02/12/20
Information: Program is administered by Jewish Family and Community Services. 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.


Owen M. Katz High School Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors pursuing a career in engineering and metallurgy/materials science
Deadline: 02/20/20
Information: $1,500 scholarship. For an application, click on the following:

Womens Club of Mars Scholarship

Eligibility: High school seniors graduating in Spring 2020 and planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning.
Deadline: 02/28/20
Information: Three (3) $500.00 scholarships to be awarded. For an application, see below:

PSECU Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors graduating in Spring 2020 and planning on attending a two- or four-year community college, college or university.
Deadline: 02/28/20
Information: Six (6) $2,000 scholarships renewal up to four years.

Alexis “Alex” Summers Scholarship Foundation
Eligibility: Graduating high schools students in good standing and pursuing their first year of post high school education at an accredited 4 year college or university; an accredited community college; or an accredited vocational institution.
Deadline: 03/01/20
Information:$500 to $1,500 scholarship. 

Viola Zimmerman Memorial Revitalization Scholarship

Eligibility: Mars Area High school seniors. Financial need considered.
Deadline: 03/20/20
Information: Two (2) $500 scholarships. Applicants must submit two (2) recent volunteer letters from the local community as well as a typed, double-spaced 1,000-1,500-word essay on the importance of local artisans and craftsman to a community. For an application, see below.

Butler County Coordinating Council Scholarship

Eligibility: High school seniors planning to attend a four-year college/university as an education major.

Deadline: 03/25/19
Information: One (1) $500 scholarship. Applicants must submit a completed application, letters of reference, high school transcript, and essay. For an application, see below

Epilepsy Association of Western & Central PA Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors (Class of 2020) who have been diagnosed with epilepsy/seizure disorder and who are enrolling full-time in an accredited post-secondary academic or vocational program. Applicants must be residents of Western or Central Pennsylvania and must attend at least one association Run/Walk event. 
Deadline: 04/01/20
Information: $1,000 to $1,500 scholarship. 

Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors and junior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in biology and chemistry and who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary, agricultural or other animal-related fields.
Deadline: 04/01/20
Information: Applicants must submit a 750-word essay. Recipients of the $1,000 Scholarship will receive a summer internship at the hospital. 
Carl A Bongiovanni Vo-Tech Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors seeking to further their education in one of the following trades: carpentry, construction management, construction trades (or similar program), drywall/lathing, electrician, horticulture, HVAC, ironworking, masonry, plumbing or welding.
Deadline: 04/17/20
Information: Renewable $2,000 scholarship for up to three years. For an application, click on the following:

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship Program
Eligibility: High school seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0accepted to a post-high school education institution, including a two- or four-year college or university or vocational, technical or trade school in the United States. Applicants must have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry and must demonstrate unmet financial need.
Deadline: 04/30/20
Information: Up to $2,000 scholarship.

Peter N. Davis Rise Above Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors accepted to an accredited two-year college or four-year university in New Jersey or Pennsylvania during 2020.
Deadline: 05/15/20
Information: One $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships awarded.

2020 B. Davis Scholarship

Eligibility: High school students  
Deadline: 05/22/20
Information: $1,000 scholarship 

Console and Associates Legal Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors pursuing any type of law, pre-law, paralegal studies, or other law-related degree may apply. Applicants must meet minimum GPA and citizenship requirements to be considered.  
Deadline: 07/15/20
Information: $1,000 scholarship. Application requirements include an original essay, an unofficial transcript, and proof of college enrollment or acceptance. (A paid, official transcript is not required to apply.) 

AES Engineers Scholarship
Eligibility: High school students, regardless of their field of study.
Deadline: 10/05/20
Information: Students must submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay answering the 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?" The $500 scholarship to be awarded based on character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.


College Sports Scholarships — Get Recruited to Play College Sports  


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. 
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


C. Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards and 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.


 — 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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