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Scholarship/Award Opportunities

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast Committee — Essay Contest
Eligibility: High School seniors and juniors, who exemplify some of the characteristics and qualities of Dr. King. 
Deadline: 12/07/23
Information: Submit essay focusing on Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The winners will be announced at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast on January 15, 2024, at La Roche University in the Zappala Campus Center. For details, click on the following:
Whittel & Melton Magna Carta College Scholarship
Eligibility: Students enrolled in and or attending an accredited college or university in the following academic semester.
Deadline: 12/15/23
Information: $1,215 college scholarship. Applicants must submit an essay on a given topic.

Pennsylvania American Leagion - High School Oratorical Scholarship
Eligibiity: African-American high school students with a minimum 3.5 GPA who have demonstrated leadership and excellence through academic and extracurricular achievement as well as commitment  to community service.
Deadline: 12/15/23 (nomination required)
Information: $1,250/year for four years.

UFCW1776 Keysone State — Bud Lutty Scholarship Competition
Eligibility: High School students, who ate either employees or dependents of employees of contributing emplyers
Deadline: 12/31/23
Information: For an application, click on the following:
American Legion - 89th Annual Essay Contest
Eligibiity: High School students.
Deadline: 01/09/24
Information: $3,500, $3,000 and $2,500 scholarships.

National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarship
Eligibiity: Graduating high school seniors demonstrating high academic achievement and athletic ability at the varsity level. Financial need considered
Deadline: 03/01/24
Information: $4,000 scholarships. For an application, click on the following:
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services — Trade School & College Scholarship

Eligibility: High School students, who intend to enroll full-time at a college, university, or trade school in Fall 2024.

Deadline: 03/01/24

Information: Four-year, renewable $1,000 scholarship. For an application, click on the following:

The Epilepsy Association of Western & Central PA (EAWCP) Scholarship
Eligibility: High school seniors, who are living with epilepsy/seizure disorder, accepted to a post-secondary academic or vocational program for the 2024-2025 School Year
Deadline: 04/01/24
Information: $1,000 to 1,500 scholarship.

Point Park University — Myron Cope High School Athletic Communication Award

Eligibility: High School students
Deadline: 04/15/23
Information: $1,000 scholarship. 
Keystones Music Scholarship Competition
Eligibility: High school music students, who are Pennsylvania residents and have been accepted to a Pennsylvania college, university or music school as a music major in Fall 2024. 
Deadline: 04/30/24
Information: Auditions to be held on Saturday, May 11, at Mt. Lebanon High School.

Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber — Trade School Scholarship
Eligibility: High School students.
Deadline: N/A
Information: $500 scholarship: — Scholarships for Future Nurses

Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors with an interest in studying nursing.
Deadline: Deadlines vary per scholarship
Information: Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000

Duke Kunshan University Scholarship

Eligibility: High school students (Grades 9-12)
Deadline: N/A
Information: Full-tuition scholarship for the duration of the four-year program

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 [email protected].

Ted & Betty Rice Memorial Fund
Eligibility: High school seniors
Deadline: N/A
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:


College Sports Scholarships — Get Recruited to Play College Sports  



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.