External Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are not only available through Clarion University. Our students find scholarships dollars through organizations, non-profits, businesses and philanthropies on the local, state and national levels. Below are some external scholarship opportunities that may lead to more financial help in achieving your academic goals.

PASSHE Foundation Scholarships

The PASSHE Foundation contributes to the success of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and its 14 universities and students with its various scholarship opportunities.

Military Scholarships

Many scholarships exist for members of the military. Clarion University offers a four-year Army ROTC program. Any students interested in the ROTC program can apply for Army ROTC scholarships.

Pennsylvania National Guard members also can get full tuition and additional benefits.

Other scholarships that benefit the military or veterans include:

  • African American Scholarships and Grants - EduBirdie is a writing platform that features scholarships and grants for African American students. A variety of requirements apply, dependent upon the particular scholarship or grant.
  • Ankin Law Office Scholarship for Military Veterans - The Ankin Law Office is offering a $1,000 scholarship to those who have served in the military. Among other criteria, students must describe what you learned during your military career that will help you achieve great things in your civilian life in 500 words or less. Discuss how this applies to your chosen educational field.
  • Ankin Law Office Scholarship for Disabled Veterans - Ankin Law Office is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a veteran with disabilities. Among other criteria, students must discuss what Americans can do to help meet those specific needs of disabled veterans that you feel aren't currently being met in 500 words or less.
  • Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services - ABOS sponsors three scholarships for students in the field of library and information sciences and who are particularly interested in bookmobile services.
  • Bernard Vavrek Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Bernard Vavrek, retired professor of Library Science and former chair of the Library Science Department at Clarion University. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who is currently enrolled and has completed at least one semester in a library and/or information science graduate degree program, and who is interested in this particular field within the library profession.
  • Bonsai Finance Veteran's Scholarship - The Bonsai Finance Veteran’s Scholarship provides a one-time $1,000 scholarship to a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. Military service, or a direct dependent. To apply, submit a short essay responding to the prompted questions. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response.
  • Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick's Child of Disable Veteran Scholarship - The law firm of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD will award a $1,000 scholarship to one deserving applicant whose parent has a service-connected disability.
  • eLearners Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship is available for veterans, active duty, and, uniquely, spouses of veterans. The only other requirements include a brief essay.
  • Graduate Technology Scholarship for Military Veterans - This scholarship is awarded to 10 recipients, two times per year at $1,000 each (veterans or veteran's spouses/partner and children) to students seeking a graduate education in an accredited degree program related to technology. Applicants also are required to write a 500-word or less essay using provided essay prompts.
  • Jewish War Veterans National Achievement Program Scholarships - The 2016 Jewish War Veterans National Achievement Program Scholarships are available for U.S. current service members and veterans who plan to attend or are currently attending an accredited associate's, bachelor's, nursing or graduate-degree program.
  • MilitaryBases.com Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best answers in 500 words or less what serving your country means to you, and how this little extra help from MilitaryBases.com would help you achieve your education goals and dreams.
  • OurMilitary.com annual Veteran Recognition Scholarship - This $1,000 annual scholarship is  for one undergraduate student who is either an active service member or veteran, a military spouse, or the child of an active service member or veteran. Applicants must write write a 500-1,000-word essay answering the following question: How has your affiliation with the military community impacted your education and/or learning?
  • Personal Money Service Scholarship for Veterans - This one-time $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the veteran who successfully explains why they should be awarded this scholarship and also completes a small list of tasks.
  • Study.com Scholarship for Military Veterans - This scholarship will provide a $500 academic award to a military veteran pursuing a bachelor's degree. Students from any branch of the military and all areas of study will be considered and selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities. 
  • U.S. Veteran Scholarship - Las Vegas Real Estate is offering a scholarship for the veteran (from any branch) who has at least been enrolled three semesters, may be failing, but has at least passed English 101 and pre-algebra. The award for this scholarship is $1,000, plus a $500 bonus to be paid directly to student at end of semester if they get a passing grade in classes.
  • Veterans Benefits ScholarshipThree $2,000 scholarships available to students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university.
  • Veterans and Military Family Scholarship - The team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a hard-working U.S. college student who is an active duty service member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service member. Applicants must also submit a 500-1,000-word essay on one of the available essay prompts.

External Foundations and Corporate Scholarships

Even if you don't qualify for PASSHE or military awards, there are other avenues you can investigate in order to fund your education. The following is a list of non-profits, organizations and philanthropies that award scholarship money:

  • ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition College Scholarship - To receive this $2,500 scholarship, students must write an 800-1000-word essay reflecting on your volunteer and fundraising experience.
  • Academic Hero Scholarship - Course Hero, an education technology company, is offering a $10,000 merit-based scholarship. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay for consideration.
  • Altec Design Web Scholarship - This $750 scholarship will go the applicant who successfully writes no more than 1,000 words on the topic is "How do you foresee the internet changing your chosen career in the next 20 years?"
  • Alluvia STEM in Business Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship aims to promote the education of students with a passion for STEM by offering a financial award toward their studies. In order to apply, applicants must write a 1,000-word minimum essay answering a series of provided questions.
  • A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship - A-1 Auto Transport is offering a $1,000 scholarship to current, full time or part-time students of an accredited institute and have a GPA of 3.0 and complete an essay.
  • Abbott and Fenner - The A&F $1,000 scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.
  • Adept Golf Scholarship - This $500 scholarship was created for all college and university students with an interest in golf. Students are to write a 500-word essay on any topic concerning golf that you choose.
  • Alaska Library Association Scholarship - To receive this $4,000 scholarship, applicants must be an Alaskan resident who is eligible for acceptance, is currently enrolled, or will be a student in a graduate school library media specialist certificate program during the academic year, semester, or academic quarter for which the scholarship is received. The applicant also must make a commitment to work in an Alaska library for a minimum of one year after graduation as a paid employee or a volunteer, or for two semesters for one semester's financial assistance.
  • Alcohol.org Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship - This scholarship will have three winners with the first place being awarded $5,000 and second and third places each receiving $2,500. Applicants must write a 500-word essay based on the writing prompt: "If you woke up tomorrow and you were president of the United States, what is the first thing you would do to help with the current opioid crisis?"
  • Allied Van Lines Scholarship - Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students whose area of study focuses on logistics and moving-related fields. Students should submit a brief essay of between 400 and 800 words, detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice.
  • Alumni Association Scholarship - The Alumni Association, through the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., has available Scholarship and Leadership Awards for undergraduate students. Special consideration will be given to children and grandchildren of Clarion University alumni, as well as members of the Eagle Ambassador student alumni group. Scholarships are awarded up to $1,000 in the form of a tuition credit, with half the amount applied in the fall and the other half in the spring.
  • APSCUF Scholarship - Six $500 scholarships will be awarded to Clarion University students currently enrolled for the Spring 2019 semester. The application process includes a one-page narrative outlining goals and objectives for the future.
  • ASDSO Scholarship - Scholarship in the amount of between $5,000 and $10,000 are available to students enrolled full-time at the senior level (during the 2016/2017 school year) in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams.
  • AUA Physician Diversification Award - This $50,000 scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 per semester for the entire college of medicine program. All applicants must successfully write essay of no more than 500 words as well as meet other requirements.
  • AvaCare Medical Scholarship - The AvaCare Medical Scholarship recognizes students who are pursuing a degree in the medical field, with a prize of $1,000 toward college tuition. Submissions for entry can either be an essay, image or video clip.
  • Beacon Scholarship for Rural America - The Beacon® Scholarship for Rural America will award $1,000 scholarships to one winner in the spring and two winners in the fall semester, to graduating high school seniors, current college students, or adult learners planning to enroll in an accredited college program during the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Applicants should write a 750-word essay responding to the prompt: "What does patriotism mean to you, and how do you believe patriotism can help communities across America?"
  • Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship - This scholarship is for students enrolling in overseas programs. Essays are part of the application process.
  • BestReviewsList Internet and Technology Scholarship - This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes an original 1,500-word best reviews essay with a topic of their choice.
  • Bridge Builders Bridge Builders is a community foundation encompassing Clarion, Venango, Forest and parts of Jefferson Counties and has many scholarships.
  • Big Moods Scholarship - With the goal of raising public awareness of mental health, Big Moods is annually offering a $500 scholarship presented to college students who have experienced mental illness. To apply, applicants must write a 800-1,500 blog post on mental health, whether that's about your personal experiences, tips for coping, or general awareness for mental illness in college.
  • Biology Dictionary Scholarship - Biology Dictionary wants to award a scholarship of $1,000 to a student of any major who successfully writes on one of three biology-based topics.
  • BrightStar Systems Future Technologies Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate student who can display how technology has changed their life by writing a 1,000-1,500-word essay answering a series of questions.
  • Bud Lutty Scholarship - Five people will receive this $2,000 scholarship.
  • BuildFire Scholarship - This scholarship provides $1,000 to two students attending or planning to attend a university in the upcoming semester to recipients who have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Caitlan Wallace Memorial Scholarship - In order to receive this $1,000 scholarship, students must successfully write a 500-2,000-word essay based on topic: "The advent of safe phones, texting, and social media has led to an increase of traffic accidents due to distracted driving."
  • Calkain Real Estate Scholarship - The goal of this $1,000 scholarship is to encourage a career path in commercial real estate. The scholarship will be awarded to one full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in real estate or a related field. Selection is based on academic excellence and understanding of the field; preference is given to students with an interest in a career path working within the single tenant net lease market.
  • Cameron Impact Scholarship - This four-year, merit-based scholarship (intended to cover the full tuition and qualified educational expenses — as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) at the recipient's chosen collegiate institution (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum). The recipients will be 10-15 high school students and must meet necessary criteria and fill out an application.
  • Caregiver Connection Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship is open to any student in any major, although this scholarship is ideal for students enrolled in any health care major including but not limited to: nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene, health care administration, health sciences, pre-med, speech language pathology, etc. Applicants must write an 800-word essay about how your major affects senior care and how you can improve senior living through your area of study. 
  • Career Enjoyment Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the person who successfully writes an 800-word essay on specific career planning strategies.
  • Caring.com Scholarship - Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Interested students can submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video addressing three provided questions. In addition to the essay or video, applicants must complete an online application.
  • CDPAP Department of Edison Home Health Care - To apply for this $1,000 annual scholarship, write a 500– 1,000-word essay outlining what you would do to improve healthcare.
  • CellWaves Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be given to the student who successfully writes an essay of no more than 1,000 words about their ideas on how wireless innovations may evolve 10 years in the future to change the way we live, play, communicate, socialize, or advance our thinking. 
  • Center for Scholarship Administration - The Center for Scholarship Administration administers 36 different scholarships with various deadlines.
  • Central Infusion Alliance Scholarship - Central Infusion Alliance is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the successful applicant who writes the best essay of how a healthcare worker has made a difference in your life or the life of someone close to you.
  • Central Scholarship & Loan Referral Service - The Central Scholarship and Loan Referral Service of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh coordinates the efforts of a group of organizations, agencies and scholarship endowment funds that provide scholarships to local Jewish students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education. Please note: Deadline extended.
  • CGTrader Scholarship - CGTrader's goal is to challenge students to dig into the field of technology by writing different essays on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. This year's topic is "using games for social good and playful learning." The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each.
  • Chameleon John College Scholarships - This website offers college scholarships to their users.
  • Charlie Batch Foundation -  Several scholarships will be awarded to students who have permanent residence status in western Pennsylvania. 
  • Clarion APSCUF Fall 2019 Scholarship - Every fall semester, the local APSCUF chapter awards six $500 scholarships to currently enrolled CU students. 
  • Clean Athletic Performance Scholarship - This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the entrant that best expresses their thoughts on the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport (this refers to the use of both illegal and non-prescription pharmaceuticals).
  • Clearfield County Conservation District Scholarship - Students from Clearfield County in an environmental field relating to conservation, forestry or agriculture are invited to apply for this scholarship. 
  • Clinical Guard Scholarship - Clinical Guard is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the student who in 500-1,000-words writes about one three proposed topics and meets other requirements.
  • CNA Scholarship Program - This scholarship aims to fill a need that is in high demand as well as educate America's growing work force.
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Program - One hundred and fifty Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year.  Students must be a current high school (or home-schooled) senior attending schools in the United States (of DOD Schools); be U.S.citizens, U.S. nationals; U.S. permanent residents; refugees; asylees; Cuban-Haitian entrants or humanitarian parolees anticipating high school completion at the time of application; planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and carry a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year in high school.
  • Colonial Ghosts Scholarship - This sponsorship offers an annual $1,000 education scholarship for students majoring in Marketing.  
  • Communications for Research - Communications for Research is offering an annual market research scholarship where the winner of an essay contest will receive $1,000 toward their tuition.
  • Community Foundation For The Alleghenies - This organization helps students from Bedford, Cambria, Franklin, Fulton, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland Counties find scholarships.
  • Community Foundation of Warren County - This foundation awards scholarships from a number of funds for talented students from Warren County, Pennsylvania pursuing post-secondary education.
  • Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio - This foundation has a listing of scholarships available to students attending Mercer County, Pennsylvania, high schools who want to pursue post-secondary education.
  • Comprehensive Guide to Healthcare Scholarships - This free guide is offered by medicalfieldcareers.com and offers a variety of scholarships for students in the healthcare field. Students must fill out an online application.
  • Coupons Plus Deals Scholarship - Coupons Plus Deals is offering one $3,000 scholarship to the successful student who writes an essay about how to save money in their daily life.
  • Course Hero Merit-Based Scholarship - Course Hero offers two scholarships valued at $10,000 and $5,000 to the students who successfully complete and essay from a provided prompt.
  • Create and Go Scholarship - This $2,000 scholarship will be given to the student who successfully writes a 1,000-word essay answering the provided questions about blogging.
  • Credit Soup Scholarship - Credit Soup is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the applicant who successfully writes a 400-to-800-word essay detailing why you chose your major or the importance of your field of study.
  • Dealhack Community Volunteer Scholarship - Every year we award a $1,500 scholarship to the student who best demonstrates exceptional volunteer involvement in their community.
  • Dell Scholars Program - The Dell Scholars Program is offering scholarships for students who show grit, potential and ambition.
  • Developintelligence.com - A new $1,000 annual scholarship is being offered for any student majoring in a computer science field.  Awardees will be announced every summer. 
  • Discover Student Loans Scholarship Awards -  Eligible undergraduate students can enter to win one of the $2,500 scholarships from Discover Student Loans.
  • Diversity Career Group Scholarship - This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes an essay of 750-1,500 words on the following subject: What are the most effective methods to market yourself to employers and how can employers better appeal to prospective candidates?
  • DocuTAP ScholarshipDocuTAP is offering five annual scholarships to college students. These scholarships require a 500-800 word essay submission, and the winning applicants will receive $1,000 dollars toward their costs of education.
  • Drug, Alcohol and Mental Behavioral Treatment Scholarship - The Addiction Recovery Centers Humanitarian Scholarship Program will provide up to $1,500 to a student, who wants to use their education to better lives of others. All scholarship applicants must compose a 500-word, double-spaced essay revealing how these funds will help in your personal quest for higher learning.
  • Education.com Scholarship Program - This scholarship program is for aspiring teachers. There are three scholarship programs with one valued at $10,000, and two others each valued at $5,000. Each scholarship has its own application requirements and parameters.
  • Erie Community Foundation ScholarshipThe Erie Community Foundation is home to 90 donor named scholarships, and each has its own eligibility and criteria requirements. Many scholarships target students graduating from specific high schools, some for specific areas of study and others for financial need. Each scholarship is unique according to its donor's wishes, and each offers the opportunity to earn a scholarship for your education.
  • EveryNurse Nursing Scholarhips - EveryNurse offers five scholarships for nursing students including one $2,000 award each for an RN student, a man in nursing and a nurse practitioner, and $2,500 each for a minority nurse and a graduate nurse. Applicants must be eligible and comply with all official rules.
  • Exam Monk's Scholarship for Medical and Nursing Students - This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is preparing for admission in medical colleges, nursing colleges or pursuing a degree in schools, colleges or universities. A successfully written essay of at least 1,500 words and no more than 2,500 words is required.
  • ExtremeTerrain Student Scholarship - ExtremeTerrain is offering two $3,000 scholarships, one for the fall semester and one for the spring Semester, to eligible students pursuing a degree in environmental studies, environmental research, land use, earth and atmosphere studies, sustainable land management, parks and recreation, or sustainable agriculture systems. Students should submit a 700–1,500 word essay to scholarships@extremeterrain.com that describes who you are, why you feel it is important to maintain access to public lands for recreational use and how you plan to use your degree to advocate for the recreational use of public lands.
  • FamilyAssets Scholarship - One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student that has shown their own passion for providing care for an elderly person in need. The student should also have ideas on how long-term care can be adapted to better suit the needs of seniors and be prepared to write a 1,500-word essay addressing specific questions on the topic.
  • Feldco Windows, Siding and Doors Scholarship - Feldco Windows, Siding and Doors is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a current or prospective college student who submits a winning essay on the topic, "How has your family contributed to who you are today?"
  • Fisher Investments Invest in Your Future Scholarship - Twice per year, the Fisher Investments "Invest in Your Future" College Scholarship Program will award $5,000 to one college student who is demonstrating financial literacy skills and a commitment to achieving their financial goals. In addition to meeting application requirements, students also must complete a 500-word essay on the topic of financial planning.
  • Food Stamps Now Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes an essay 1,000-plus words on the topic of "how the United States can win the battle against hunger."
  • Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship - The Frank L. Greathouse Government Scholarship is available for award to two graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in full-time study preparing for a career in state and local government finance.  The scholarship is for $8,000.
  • Frugal for Less Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the person who can show frugal creativity by writing in 800 words or less the most creative, strange or interesting way that you've made or saved money in the past year.
  • Future Innovators Scholarship Program - Equal access to education is one of the main pillars of StudySoup's values. To further propagate access to education for all, StudySoup recently announced a $2,000 scholarship for outstanding students enrolling in or continuing to pursue education opportunities. 
  • Future Female Leaders Scholarship - StudySoup is offering a $2,000 scholarship to one outstanding female student who's exhibited extraordinary leadership skills and an ability to empower others.
  • Gaame Over Scholarship - This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the individual who successfully writes about aggressive games leading to violence. Marketing, IT, business, communications and health science students are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Garage Door NationThe Garage Door Nation scholarship rewards students who have shown a "DIY" attitude by helping out their communities and being involved in school programs to better their environment. Students planning to become a full-time student at an accredited university are invited to apply for a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Gatekeeper Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who successfully writes a 1,000-1,500-word essay which explores the topic: How are AI and automation software changing students' expectations about their future employment?
  • George M. Pullman Foundation Educational Scholarship - This $10,000 scholarship is given each year for up to four years to successful applicants who also reside in Cook County, Illinois. Applicants also must complete and submit an online application which includes three essays and questions related to your cumulative unweighted GPA, family income, high school activities, classes taken in high school, etc.
  • Good Deed Seats Scholarship - A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes a 1000-plus-word essay on one of these two topics: "Good deeds athletes can do to make a difference," or "good deeds musicians can do to make a difference."
  • HandyGenerators.com Scholarship - Handy Generators is offering a $2,000 scholarship to the student who writes a successful 1,500–2,000-word essay describing their view on the benefits of solar power.
  • Healthcare Leaders Scholarship - The $1,000 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship is offered to students entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to nursing or medicine.
  • Healthline and NAMI Stronger Scholarship - Heathline is teaming up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to assist and empower college students to make a positive impact on mental health. The program will award four students each with a $5,000 scholarship after successfully completing an application which involves answering three essay questions.
  • HealthWholeness Scholarship - The $1,000 scholarship can be used to supplement a student's education funds such as tuition, accommodation and travel costs. Applicants must write a 1,000–1,500-word essay which explores the topic: "Discuss the Advantages and Disadvantages of Getting Health Advice and Self-Diagnosis Online."
  • HelpTeaching.com - To apply for this $1,000 scholarship, applicants should submit a short story or informational article for children (400-800 words).
  • Hired Scholarship - Hired offers a $5,000 first prize award for both spring and fall semesters, plus personalized training and promotion from a talent advocate to help promising computer science prodigies into the professional ranks. The top 10 finalists will also receive career coaching from a dedicated talent advocate, plus promotion to position them as top-rated software engineers. Application includes an essay and practical demonstration of coding.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund / General College Scholarship -  The HSF General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfers, undergraduate and graduate students.
  • HostGator Small Business Scholarship - This program offers a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Information Technology Scholarship - To receive this $1,000 scholarship each participant must create a prototype of a fully-functional mobile application aimed at booking a wide range of services including classes, courses, medical appointments, tours, transportation, hotel and restaurant reservation, etc. and write a technical specification for this application.
  • Investment Zen $1K Scholarship - This scholarship is for $1,000 and is open to any full-time student enrolled at an accredited university.
  • IvyPanda Video Contest Scholarship - In order to receive a $1,000 scholarship (or $500 for the runner-up) students in high school, college, or university students from any country may submit a video submission answering one of three topic prompts. The two videos that receive the most likes on YouTube will be determined as the winners.
  • Karman Healthcare - Scholarships for students with a mobility disability who excel academically and those who have a regard for disability awareness in America.
  • Kelleher International College - One student will be selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship based on the best answer to the question, "How can philanthropy change the world?" This should be a short essay under 500 words.
  • Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania Scholarship - Kids' Chance offers scholarships to students who need assistance for college or vocational education because a parent was killed or injured in a work-related accident.
  • Landmark Students of Recovery Scholarship - To apply for this $1,000 scholarship, students must write a 1000-word minimum essay on the following prompt: "What does substance abuse look like on your campus, and what steps do you think your administration (or any college administration) could take to address this issue in a meaningful way?"
  • Leap Clixx Scholarship - Leap Clixx's annual Marketing Scholarship is for students currently enrolled in college or headed there in 2018 who would like to receive $2,500 to go towards their tuition costs. Applicants must submit an essay addressing the marketing-related prompt.
  • Leesa Social Impact Scholarship - The Leesa Social Impact Scholarship will provide $10,000 to support four exceptional students as they embark on their own journey toward social action. To receive this $10,000 scholarship, students must demonstrate their commitment to social action. In addition to the $10,000 award, each scholar will be offered a mentorship program with the Leesa Social Impact department.
  • Live Bearded Scholarship - This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the student (any gender) who successfully records at minimum, a 90-second video telling Live Bearded a little about themselves, the school they're attending, their major, and why they deserve the Live Bearded Scholarship more than any of the other students applying for it. Students must also fill out an application.
  • Looking Beyond College Scholarship - The advertising company, MDG, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the student who successfully writes a five-paragraph essay (700-1,000 words), on what you want to do for a living after college (it does not have to be a career in advertising) and why you think this path will be a good use of your time, what skills you will bring to the table.
  • Luigi Wewege Foundation Scholarship - To apply for this $1,500 scholarship, applicants must write a short essay (under 500 words) answering the question “How will retail banking change in the next 25 years?”
  • Maptive Creative Minds Scholarship - This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes an 800-to-1,000-word essay answering the following questions: 1.) Why do you think it's important to present data creatively? 2.) How do you think creative data presentation will change in the future? 3.) In relation to your infographic, describe what you are displaying and why you chose that particular style of data presentation. Applicants must also create an infographic to display how data can be displayed creatively. The data displayed can be related to any topic of your choosing.
  • MarketResearch.com Scholarship - MarketResearch.com is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one outstanding student who displays an interest in the field of market research. Applicants will be required to participate in an essay contest as well as submit other materials.
  • MDG Advertising Scholarship - In order to win this $1,000 scholarship, candidates must describe, in a five-paragraph essay, what you want to do for a living after college (it does not have to be about a career in advertising), why you think this path will be a good use of your time, and what skills you will bring to the table.
  • Mettl's Scholarship for Emerging Leaders - This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who meets the necessary requirements and takes part in the application process.
  • Michelle A. Campbell Memorial Nursing Scholarship - To qualify for this scholarship, students must be a graduate of St. Marys Area, Elk County Catholic, Johnsonburg Area or Ridgway Area high schools and enrolled as a second-year student or higher in an accredited nursing program. An essay also is a requirement.
  • MindSumo.com Scholarship - Each month MindSumo offers at least $25,000 in total scholarship funds. Individual challenges have a $1,600 scholarship prize pool and top ideas can earn up to $200 each. Sign up and then select a challenge.
  • Mobile Application Development Scholarship - AIS Technolabs is offering a $500 scholarship to any student majoring in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or IT, who develops an app (Android or IOS) that serves to resolve an issue in the society or the community at large.
  • MusicAuthority annual Music Lovers Scholarship - MusicAuthority will offer a $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student who successfully writes a 1,200-1,500-word essay which answers a couple of prompted music-related questions as well as writing a brief biography totaling 300-400 words about themselves. The biography will be published if the student is the recipient of the scholarship.
  • MyBioSource Scholarship - Apply to win one of five $1,000 awards for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics majors, or one of five $1,000 awards for all other majors.
  • Nicholas A. Pennipede Memorial Scholarship - Eye Associates is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the student who successfully writes a 500-800 word essay about how you have and/or plan to use your undergraduate education to serve a community. Other requirements also factor into this scholarship.
  • North American Van Lines Logistics Scholarship - Five qualified entrants will each win a $1,000 scholarship toward their degree in logistics or supply chain management at the college or university of their choice. An essay is part of the application.
  • Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania - This foundation provides scholarships for students pursuing nursing degrees in Pennsylvania.
  • One Mile at a Time Scholarship - This $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who either successfully writes a 1,000-word essay or creates a video answering provided prompts.
  • Outdoor Gear Only Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who successfully writes a 600-1,000-word essay on one of two provided outdoors-related topics.
  • OutdoorNinjas Outdoor Enthusiast Scholarship - OutdoorNinjas is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the students who successfully writes a 500-to-,1000-word essay about an outdoor activity of your choice that emphasizes the power of outdoor life and should be valuable enough to help other people.
  • OutdoorStack Scholarship - To encourage students and families throughout America to spend more time outdoors, this annual financial aid program was created for students enrolled in full-time or online education courses. One passionate individual will receive a $500 award, for applying and expressing their interest in the subject.
  • Paintball Globe Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will go to the student who successfully writes a 600-1,000-word essay on their favorite hobby, as well as what new technology they'd like to see incorporated into their hobby, and a memorable time they've had practicing their hobby.
  • Pay Stub Makr - Pay Stub Makr is offering a $2,500 per year scholarship to the students of finance, accounting and business management. Applicants are required to write a 750-1,000 word essay about how you or your family manages your personal finances.
  • Pet Adoption Scholarship - This $2,000 scholarship will go to the successful applicant who writes an essay on pet adoption and their experience growing up with pets. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • PHN Charitable Foundation Healthcare Scholarships - To apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay, a minimum of 600 words, describing how your pursuit in a chosen field of study in an education program or college aligns with the mission, values, programs, and care the Primary Health Network/Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation provides for the communities they serve.
  • Photography Talk Scholarship - Photograpy Talk is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the applicants who successfully writes and essay of 1,000 words or creates a three-to-five-minute video on three chosen topics.
  • Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarships - The Pittsburgh Foundation has a variety of scholarships for which students can apply. There are special instructions for applying to these scholarships.
  • Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship - Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 are available for students who are Hispanic/Latino or of Hispanic/Latino descent, and who reside in one of the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Westmoreland or Washington County.
  • PNC Financial Literacy Scholarship - The PNC Education Loan Center supports students by giving them a chance to win $2,000 to spend on their education expenses. A total of $24,000 is awarded annually to eligible undergraduate students who have entered the sweepstakes through their Financial Literacy account at PNC.
  • Poise Foundation - Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the Poise Foundation provides scholarships to students from Pittsburgh.
  • PoolXperts Scholarship - PoolXperts would love to give away scholarship to one student, who shows extraordinary passion for continuing their education and future learning. Students who are willing to apply for scholarship need to submit a 500-700-word essay on "how can swimming be best exercise to keep yourself healthy and fit."
  • Prime Scholarship - This scholarship is open to students who are studying to become an RN or an LPN. Up to five students will be selected with a reward of $1,000 each. The number of awards vary depending upon the total number of applicants.
  • Pro Bike Ninja Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes a 1,200-word essay on the topic "why fewer children are riding bikes."
  • Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program - The Ready to Succeed Scholarship (RTSS) Program is administered by PHEAA in close cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, provides awards to high-achieving students whose annual family income does not exceed $110,000.
  • Refractique Photography & Excellence Scholarship - This $2,000 scholarship (given in $1,000 increments over two semesters) will be awarded to a student studying an arts degree (or relevant photography course). To apply students must submit 25 quality refraction-related photos, with a maximum of 50 photos. You are also required to write a minimum of 750 words to describe the photos, what they mean to you and what kind of photographic techniques you used to obtain the results/outcome in the photos. 
  • Responsify Empowering Others Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the person who successfully writes a 1,000-1,500-word essay answering three questions regarding the topic of empowering others.
  • Reveka Rose Scholarship - Reveka Rose is inviting all female students to submit an original and interesting 1,500-2,500 essay on Woman and Entrepreneurship. The winning essay will win a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Robert T. Zaleski Memorial Scholarship - The Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals will be awarding one $2,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships to accounting majors. 
  • Ronald Reagan Foundation - Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.   Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. 
  • Rover Scholarship - This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the student who best answers (in 400-500 words): "Has technology caused you to feel more included in your community, or excluded?"
  • Ruby's Rainbow - Scholarships are awarded to individuals with Down Syndrome seeking higher education, post-secondary or enrichment classes. Ruby's Rainbow scholarships are up to $5,000 per individual, subject to available funds.
  • Save a Life Scholarship - The "Save a Life" Scholarship of, $1,500, is awarded twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. Applicants should include a 750-1,000-word essay between explaining your career aspirations, how you plan to advance healthcare and/or education through your work, and what inspired you to commit yourself to this field.
  • Scooters 'N Chairs Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes an essay about an experience within the past semester that required their use of strength and perseverance.
  • Senior Caregiver Scholarship - SeniorAdvice.com is offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative. The applicant needs to submit answers to questions, transcripts and a video essay.
  • Serving the Heart Scholarship - The Community Foundation Serving the Heart of Western Pennsylvania (formerly the Armstrong County Community Foundation), offers a variety of scholarships for high school students, returning adults and current students.
  • Shawn Carter Foundation - The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. The SCSF provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. 
  • SolutionInn Scholarship - This scholarships program is a monthly, merit-based contest that is interested in students at colleges, universities, undergraduates and non-conventional students for a chance of winning a monthly reward. An essay is one of the requirements.
  • Start Sleeping Scholarships - In order to apply for this $1,000 scholarship, you must submit an essay between 1,000 and 2,000 words that answers the following questions: 1.) What is the impact of poor sleeping habits on students and their ability to learn? 2.) How can technology affect our sleep for better or worse? and 3.) What can students do to improve their sleeping quality?
  • STEM Scholarship - RevPart is offering at $1,000 scholarship to the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math students who demonstrate excellent promise in their area of study.
  • Straight North STEM Scholarship - Straight North will award a student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree and $250 book scholarships to the two runners-up.
  • Taco Bell Foundation - Taco Bell awards $1 million dollars in scholarships annually.
  • Talk of the Villages Scholarship - To be eligible for this $1,000 scholarship, you or someone you know must have experience being cyberbullied. As part of the application process, applicants must successfully write a 500-1,000 word essay on about an experience you or someone you know had with cyberbullying and what you did, and what advice you would give someone also dealing with cyberbullying.
  • TEACH Scholarship - The Pennsylvania Child Care Association offers a variety of T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships to meet the needs of the early care and education workforce. Eligible applicants must work a minimum of 25-30 hours per week directly with children in a DHS-certified child care or PreK Counts Program that participates in Keystone STARS; make $19 or less an hour ($25 or less per hour for directors) and be interested in pursuing coursework at a participating college (at least 9 credits per year) toward a degree or credential in early childhood education.
  • Teacher.org - A $2,500 scholarship is available for students studying early childhood education. 
  • The Future of Freelance Scholarship - A $1,000 scholarship is available to high school, college and university students. 
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation - The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education. 
  • The Philadelphia FoundationThis foundation provides more than 50 scholarships annually. 
  • Think Einstein HR Knowledge Scholarship - To apply for this $500 scholarship, an eligible applicant must submit a persuasive essay describing why they deserve to be awarded the scholarship.
  • Top Best Reviews Consumerism & Internet Scholarship - Top Best Reviews is offering a $1,000 financial scholarship to the student who writes a successful 1,000-word original essay on how the internet has impacted consumerism.
  • Toptal - Toptal supports aspiring female computer scientists, developers, and software engineers to achieve their goals via financial support and mentorship by top professional technologists. 
  • Uni Baggage International Scholarship - Uni Baggage wants to make one international student's life easier by offering a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be made up of $500 cash and $500 in shipping credit to ship the student's belongings to and from college.
  • VarsityTutors College Essay Contest - A $1,000 monthly scholarship is awarded to a student following submission of an essay successfully addressing the academic-related question of the month.  Deadline for submission for each month, along with the question, is listed on the website.
  • VIP Puppies Scholarship - This $500 scholarship will go to one hardworking student who has demonstrated a love for dogs and the ability to promote responsible breeding. To apply, students must write an essay of 1,000 words on "How can dog breeders encourage responsible pet ownership?"
  • Washington County Community Foundation - The Washington County Community Foundation awards scholarships to students throughout the Washington County area. 
  • Win-Win-Win Scholarship - This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes a short essay describing how they create win-win-win scenarios in the world around us.
  • Worthy Women's Professional Scholarship - Applicants may win one of three scholarships ($2,500, $1,500 and $1,000) based on their 300-500-word essay submission from a list of approved topics.
  • Young Entrepreneur Scholarship - The Economic Secretariat is offering a $500 scholarship which will be awarded to the applicant who successfully writes a 1,000-1,500-word essay answering some essay prompts.
  • Your Best Deals Community Involvement Scholarship - To encourage and promote community and campus involvement among students at post secondary institutions, YourBestDeals is proud to announce a $10,000 scholarship award to eligible students who are actively involved in their communities, demonstrate academic competency and can explain the impact that their community involvement has had on the lives of others through a 1,000-word essay.
  • Youth Forward Scholarship - National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce its 2019 scholarship opportunity, titled "In the Driver's Seat." The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships- for students enrolled as a high school sophomore, junior, or senior or as a college freshman – on the topic of being a safer driver.
  • ZipHearing Health Awareness Scholarship - A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who successfully writes a 1,000-1,500-word essay answering a variety of questions hearing health.
  • ZipRecruiter Scholarship - ZipRecruiter is offering a $3,000 scholarship to the college or university student with the most creative entry about their home or college town.

Scholarships for Students with learning and attention issues

Many private scholarships are available for students who have learning and attention issues. Understood.org is a good place to look for information about financial aid and specific scholarships.

Here are a few of the scholarships available to kids with learning and attention issues:

  • Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships - These scholarships, offered by a founding partner of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, range from $2,500 to $10,000. They’re for high school seniors with learning disabilities who are pursuing higher education or career training.
  • BMO Capital Markets Lime Connect Equity Through Education Scholarship - Applicants for this $10,000 scholarship must be living with a disability, attending a four-year university or a graduate program, pursuing a degree in business/commerce, engineering, math, physics, statistics or a related discipline, and interested in a career in financial services.
  • Disability Care Center Scholarships - This organization offers two $500 scholarships to qualifying college students. Students with a documented learning or attention issue are eligible for the Disabled Student Scholarship. Students majoring in special education are eligible for the Special Education Scholarship.
  • Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award - This $1,000 award from Smart Kids with Disabilities recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. It will be given to a student age 19 or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field—including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service.
  • Google Lime Scholarship - Applicants for this $10,000 scholarship must be living with a disability and pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field.
  • Injury Lawyer News Scholarship - To apply for this $1,000 pre-law and law school scholarship, students must have a documented disability, which can either be a physical disability or a learning disability.
  • Joseph James Morelli Scholarship - This $1,000–$2,000 scholarship supports high school and college students with learning challenges who wish to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarships - The Dyslexic Advantage offers these $2,500 scholarships to students with dyslexia who are currently enrolled in college, university or vocational school. A total of 16 awards will be given.
  • Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship - A $5,000 scholarship for high school seniors planning to attend a two-year or four-year university or college program. Applicants must be living with a disability, have financial need and plan to major in engineering, computer science, or a legal or business-related major.  
  • Rise Scholarship Foundation -  Five $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to current high school seniors planning to attend college in the next year. Applicants must have a documented learning disability.
  • Through the Looking Glass Scholarship - Available to students who have parents with disabilities and who may have a disability themselves. A total of 15 awards of $1,000 will be given to high school and college students.
  • Transtutors Scholarship - Three $1,000 winners will be selected upon writing a successful essay on the topic of stress and mental health on campus and how colleges and universities can better handle it.

Study Abroad scholarships

Are you planning to study abroad? Consider applying for a scholarship to alleviate the costs of the experience.

Boren Awards - The Boren Awards feature scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

Graduate scholarships

While many of the previous scholarships are only open to high school or current undergraduate students, there are other private scholarships that are only available for graduate students.

  • Brightest Minds Contest - The Economist is sponsoring a $25,000 scholarship and entry involves taking a full-length GMAT practice test.
  • Minority Nursing Scholarship - GradSchools.com is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a student of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) who successfully writes an essay of 250 words or less that answers the following question: What personal or professional goals do you hope to achieve through a Nursing program?

If you wish to have your scholarship posted on this page, please contact and forward all information to dmcfarland@clarion.edu.

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Other Grants and Awards

You can also look for additional scholarships through PHEAA.

  • JobApplicationsOnline.com Scholarship - JobApplicationsOnline.com, of Canton, Ohio, is providing a bi-yearly scholarship of $1,000 toward college tuition costs for working students. To apply, students must simply write an essay on a chosen topic.
  • John K. Zaid Essay Writing Scholarship - John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC, is offering a $1,000 scholarship for the student who successfully writes an essay of 1,500 words on road traffic safety. The essay should represent your opinion, backed up with facts, on how to enhance the road traffic safety and prevent accidents.
  • Junk Car Medics Scholarship - Junk Car Medics is offering a $1,000 annual scholarship to all prospective and current students. This scholarship is merit-based and requires an essay submission.
  • Just Rent to Own Scholarship - Just Rent to Own Scholarship is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the student who successfully writes a 500-1,000-word essay on how to find an affordable accommodation.
Last Updated 9/18/19