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Private foundations, civic organizations, and other groups

provide additional scholarships. In our experience, most students receive these outside scholarships from organizations within their home communities. For this reason, we encourage you to check with your high school, local civic organizations and religious institutions to see what scholarships are available.

You may also want to perform a Scholarship Search using Fastweb, a free scholarship search database. Scholarships identified through Fastweb are more competitive since many of these scholarships are available on a state or national level.

To follow is a partial list of scholarships for which you may qualify:

The community service office is pleased to announce that we have, once again, been chosen as a Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania (SISPA) host school. SISPA is a quarter time (450 hours) or minimum time (300 hour) AmeriCorps federally funded program. We have available 3 quarter-time and 7 minimum-time positions open for this program year. SISPA students can choose to become student leaders in non-profit agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, Victims Resource Center, Domestic Violence Service Center, Commission for Economic Opportunity, REACH of St. Stephen’s, Interfaith programming, or have the ability to tailor their own experience in volunteerism. In order to be eligible for this program you must complete all federal paperwork by June 30th.


Applications are available by contacting Megan Boone at megan.boone@wilkes.edu or stopping into the community service office 203 of the Henry Student Center.

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Please check out the links below for scholarship opportunities to study abroad. For assistance with applying contact Dr. Godlove Fonjweng at godlove.fonjweng@wilkes.edu or call 570-408-2065


Scholarships for Students of Polish Descent



  • The Polish Room Committee Scholarship ($3,000)
  • The Judianne Stanitski Scholarship ($1,000)


The Polish Room Committee Scholarship and The Judianne Stanitski Scholarship welcome applications from Luzerne County residents. To be considered, applicants must write a brief description of their Polish heritage (family immigration description) and what that heritage means to them. This must be submitted, along with applicant’s name, WIN and contact information, to Evelyne Topfer. Applications can be e-mailed to Evelyne.Topfer@wilkes.edu. Please include “Polish Heritage Scholarships” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Deadline for consideration is October 3, 2014

Arthur J. and Helen M. Horvat Foundation Scholarship Fund

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be High School seniors, current college students, graduate or professional students.
  • Applicants must have resided within the boundary limits of Duryea, Avoca, Dupont, Pittson City, Pittston Twp., Jenkins Twp., Yatesville, Hughestown, Suscon, Old Forge, Taylor, Moosic or Ransom Twp. for at least 1 year prior to graduating high school and/o completing a Horvat Foundation Scholarship.
  • Applicants must be science students (chemistry, biology, life sciences or some other related major).
  • High School senior applicants must maintain grades that fall within the to 10% of their class. College applicants must maintaina cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Family income of qualifying students cannot exheed ammounts set by trustees.

Apply Online
Download Scholarship Flyer

Deadline must submit the requested information via the website and by mail with a postmark no later than April 15, 2013.

American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania

The ACEC/PA is offering at least one $4,000 scholarship, with the possibility of more. To qualify you must:
1. be a U.S. Citizen
2. be a full-time student working toward a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited engineering program
3. meet one or more of the following criteria
    * attend a college in PA
    * be a PA resident
    * serve /have served as an intern with ta PA office of an ACEC/PA member firm

Please complete the application and mail it with your transcripts to:

2040 Linglestown Road
Suite 200
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Contact Laurie at laurie@acecpa.org or 717-540-6811

Scholarships from Sallie Mae

Since 2001, The Sallie Mae Fund has awarded $14.3 million in scholarships to help more than 5,700 students enroll in college.

For more information on Sallie Mae Scholarships, click here.            

The World Nomads Podcast Documentary Scholarship

The World Nomads Podcast Documentary Scholarship will send a student on assignment to a remote part of Cambodia to visit a Fred Hollows eye camp with unique access to interview the doctors, staff  and local villagers. Under the mentorship of ABC radio journalist Tim Latham, the student will have the opportunity to create their own 15 minute podcast documentary.

World Nomads is passionate about travel and this is the third in our series of educational travel scholarships. To date, we have sent students on a Film Documentary Scholarship to build a primary school in Laipikia region of Kenya and on a Travel Photography Scholarship to Arnhem Land in Australia to attend the indigenous Garma Festival with stunning results.

We are working with key industry partners such as Lonely Planet and National Geographic to make these scholarship opportunities the best in their field. We would appreciate you forwarding this information on to your students (communications/ journalism/media/arts/radio) and lecturers, and also ask that you upload the opportunity onto the relevant section of your website which promotes external opportunities, and of course any other internal marketing platforms you have available.

World Nomads will be offering 4 travel related Scholarships annually and we warmly welcome any feedback or thoughts you might have about our program.

Please don't hesitate to contact me should you require further information.

Kind regards,
Amanda Byrne
Global Programs Manager
The World Nomads Group Limited
Email: amanda@worldnomads.com
Web: www.worldnomads.com

The Michael Baker Corporation Scholarship Program for Diversity in Engineering

Established in Partnership with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, this Scholarship is designed to promote the engineering profession to individuals from groups historically under-represented in Engineering.

Click here for more information.  

The McLean Scholarship for Nursing and Physician Assistant Majors

The McLean Scholarship for Nursing or Physician Assistant Majors is provided through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP). The McLean Contributionship established a generous endowment in 1998 to help full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled in a Nursing or Physician’s Assistant program. Click here for more information.

The Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Scholarship for Diversity in Engineering & Information Technology

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. The company is the largest global supplier of electronic materials, hydrogen, helium and select performance chemicals. Founded in 1940, Air Products is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $10 billion and operations in over 40 countries, the company's 20,000 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. Click here for more information.

The Commonwealth “Good Citizen” Scholarship

The Good Citizen Scholarship is made possible by two endowments established at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. These scholarships are reserved for students who have shown an extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities. The selection committee takes great pleasure in choosing scholarship recipients from among the wonderfully talented, caring students attending our member institutions. Each year the choices are difficult, but the results – empowering students to serve their communities – are well worth the effort. Click here for more information.

iModule Scholarship Program

The iModules Scholarship Program was established in March 2008 to support education. The goal of this program is to reward students with a financial scholarship to assist them in their education pursuit. This program is for prospective and current students in both the secondary (high school) and higher education (college or post graduate) field of study. Application deadline is April 30th. Winning students will be notified by May 1st of each year to assist in upcoming semester planning. Click here for more information.

The Rose Brader Scholarship Fund

Allied Services has announced the Rose Brader Scholarship Fund. There are three scholarships: one $1,000 and two $500.00 to Luzerne county residents who are pursuing an education in Physical Therapy, Ocupational Therapy, Recreation Therapy, or Speech Therapy at an undergraduate or graduate level and to nurses seeking advanced education and certification in rehabilitation medicine. The scholarships can be used towards tuition or course-related expenses. Applicants must be residents of Luzerne County, a senior in high school and a candidate for a bachelor, master's degree or post graduate studies in the areas mentioned above. Contact the community service office for more information at community.service@wilkes.edu.

Undergraduate Academic Computer Science/Computer Engineering Scholarship

$1,000 awarded to a student pursuing a degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Areas of study that will be considered include computer science, computer engineering, computer information systems, software engineering, database management, computer networking, computer programming and information technology management.
Applicants should be pursuing a degree in a Computer Science/Computer Engineering related program including:
    * Computer Science (Associate Degree Level or Higher)
    * Computer Engineering (Associate Degree Level or Higher)
    * Computer Information Systems (Associate Degree Level or Higher)
    * Software Engineering (Associate Degree Level or Higher)
    * Information Technology Management (Associate Degree Level or Higher)
    * Networking Technology (Associate Degree Level or Higher)
    * Database Management (Associate Degree Level or Higher)
    * Computer Programming (Associate Degree Level or Higher)

Selection Criteria:  Selection will be based on academic history and extracurricular activities. Degree level and financial need will not be considered.

    * Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
    * Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year
    * Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed

How to Apply:
   1. Download the PDF application. (You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the application)
   2. Complete all the required information in the PDF (You do not need to print the application)
   3. Click File -> Save As... and name your file Lastname-Firstname-scholarship.pdf Ex: John Doe, Doe-John-scholarship.pdf
   4. Submit the application via email to scholarship@education-portal.com scholarship@education-portal.com

Thelma K. and Samuel Bosch Scholarship Award

The scholarship was established by Thelma K. and Samuel Bosch. It is awarded annually to a currently graduating Senior(s) from Wilkes University.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Current graduating senior of Wilkes University
  • Major in English through the Division of Humanities AND/OR Major in Political Science through the Division of Social Sciences
  • #1 Priority: Merit in Academic Achievement (must provide a 4 year transcript)
  • #2 Priority: Financial need (must provide copy of your student aid report or FAFSA Form)
  • Applicant may be from anywhere in the world
  • Award may be used to pay off prior educational expenses or to go to graduate school
  • Applicant must include a 250 - 500 word essay on why they should get this award. The essay should concisely include information about applicant's future goals.
    • If going to graduate school, why?
    • If NOT going to graduate school, why not?

To download application, click here. Deadline for Application is April 15th. 

The Alumni Association Scholarship

Did one of your parents or grandparents graduate from Wilkes? If so, you are eligible to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a legacy student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The deadline to apply is in early March each year. Students may apply during their sophomore or junior year. A committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors selects each year’s recipient. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations with questions or for more information about this scholarship at alumni@wilkes.edu.

 The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania - Audubon Scholarship

The $500.00 Audubon Scholarshipis available to a Federated Garden Club Member, a Teacher, or a College Student for the Audubon Camp of his or her choice. A Garden Club Member mat receive this scholarship once every five years, The winner is responsible for their own transportation and any increase in fees. The sponsoring Garden Club may pay additional fees if desired. The State Chairman must receive all applications by March 15.

** NOTE:
Scholarships are only awarded to students who plan to further their education in: Agriculture Education, Horticulture, Florticulture, Landscape Design, Conservation, Forestry, Biology, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Control, City (Rural & Urban) Planning, Wildlife Science, Habitat or Forest Systems Ecology, Land Management and/or allied subjects.

Current State Chairman:

Mrs. Gladys Dapp
2359 Hillside Avenue
Williamsport, Pa 17701-4268
Phone: 570-323-2180
Email: gdapp@verizon.net

The following is to be included with all applications:
1. Official transcript of academic records including the latest grading period
2. Completed financial need form
3. A letter from the applicant stating special interests, background, goals, financial need, and personal commitment (not to exceed two pages typed)
4. Three reference letters (not to exceed one page typed)
5. The spponsoring Federated Garden Club President must sign the applicatio

Pennsylvania Nursing ScholarshipApply for the CampusRN - Pennsylvania Nursing Scholarship
Visit CampusRN to apply for the $2500.00 regional scholarship.



AES Engineers Scholarships

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.

To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm

We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.

Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 6, 2014

Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm 



PASFAA Scholarship

DEADLINE DATE: May 1, 2014

Student Eligibility:

  • All students applying for the PASFAA Scholarship must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Pennsylvania resident
  • Enrolled at least half-time, in a degree-seeking program in a post-secondary institution of higher education OR a diploma/certificate program in the Nursing or BT&T Sector only
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 from a post-secondary institution of higher education
  • Scholarships are non-renewable, but students are welcome to reapply
  • Preference will be given to applicants attending schools that are part of the PASFAA membership
  • No more than one scholarship per year will be given to each of the following sectors: Business Trade & Technical, Nursing, Private Four Year, Public Two Year, PASSHE, State- Related and Graduate Schools.

General Information:
The PASFAA Scholarship is made possible by the association and generous donations from members, The minimum amount cannot fall below $500.

Selection Panel and Process:

  • The panel consists of representatives from several sectors. A member of the scholarship panel will remove him/herself from the process when a student from their institution is being considered.
  • Scholarship winners will be selected based on their academic achievement and the content of their written statements.
  • Each member of the panel will individually rank each applicant's material.


  • May 1: Deadline for returning applications to Committee Chair
  • May 1 - 31: Review and selection of scholarship recipients
  • July 1: Send letters of congratulations to recipients
  • Fall: Announcement and presentation of awards at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee
  • Post names of winners (and school) on the PASFAA Website

Distribution of Funds
PASFAA will distribute checks at the Fall Conference, if the winner or school representative is present. If not, check will be mailed. Student must supply social security number for year-end tax information.
The Financial Aid Office must verify that the student is enrolled and in good academic standing. This scholarship is designed to reduce debt - it is not to be used by the institution to replace or reduce grant or other scholarship funds
If the student withdraws from the school prior to the scholarship funds being applied to their account, all scholarship money must be returned to the PASFAA Scholarship fund.

Application must be received by midnight of the deadline date to:

Brandi Darr, Director of Financial Aid and PASFAA Scholarship Chair


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