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Scholarship/Award Opportunities

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

Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils — U.S. Youth Scholarship Program
Eligibility: High school juniors and seniors demonstrating leadership by serving as an elected officer or representative in class government, student council, or as an elected representative of a district, regional or state-level civic or education organization.
Deadline: 10/09/19
Information: Applications must be sent to Mr. Jeff Kusniez, USSYP Program Coordinator; Boyerstown Area Senior High School; 120 N. Monroe St.; Boyerstown, Pa. 19512. Questions may be submitted to

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Scholarships

Eligibility: High school seniors graduating in Spring 2020 and planning to obtain a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution. Financial need considered.
Deadline: 10/25/19
Information: Scholarships range from $10,000 to $25,000.

VFW Voice of Democracy - Patriotic Audio Essay Competition

Eligibility: High school students in Grades 9-12.
Deadline: 10/31/19
Information: First Place, $30,000; Second Place, $16,000; Third Place - $10,000; Fourth-37th Place - $7,000-$1,500; 37th-54th Place - $1,000. Entries may be dropped off at the Mars VFW Post 7505 (331 Mars Valencia Road) or mailed to Ellen Green; 117 Robinson Run Road; Butler, Pa. 16002.

Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: High school students who have been employed at member clubs of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association for at least two seasons.
Deadline: 11/30/19
Information: Scholarship renewable up to four years (total value = $16,000)

U.S. Senate Youth Program Scholarship
Eligibility: High school juniors and seniors demonstrating leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service.
Deadline: 12/01/19
Information: $10,000 scholarship


PhentermineClinics Health Scholarship

Eligibility: Students enrolled in a college, university, high school or trade school.
Deadline: 12/31/19
Information: $1,000 scholarship. Application must be unique and must offer value to the reader. Creative, high-quality submissions have a higher chance of winning. Winner will be selected by Jan. 15, 2020,.

2019 Miracle League of Southwestern PA Scholarships:

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


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.



Any organizations and/or links listed on this page are offered for informational purposes only and do not constitute any endorsement or warranty of services by Mars Area School District. Any individual choosing to contact any of the above organizations does so at their own risk and Mars Area School District, it agents and employees assume no liability that may be attributed to use of these providers/agencies.