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Scholarships

Keystone College offers a variety of scholarships to our new and returning students in a traditional program to help meet with the cost of tuition. These scholarship awards may be based on academic merit, financial need or both and are exclusively applied to tuition and fees. These awards are considered “gift aid” and do not need to be repaid by the student.

Most of our scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admission or the Financial Assistance and Planning Office, so there is no need for application. However, some of the Outside Scholarship sources have application deadlines and requirements.

Merit Scholarships

There are a variety of merit scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions. Each student who applies to Keystone College and is accepted into a traditional program may be eligible for one of these merit scholarships. A student can only receive one and the scholarship is not need-based.

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Award recipients will automatically be a part of the Presidential Fellows program.

Amount:  Full tuition
Note: These scholarships may not exceed the sum of the cost for tuition when the financial aid package is inclusive of a federal Pell grant, a state grant, and/or additional institutional awards. Room and/or board charges and any additional fees are not included in the full academic excellence award.

Eligibility:

  • Full time, first year students who reside on campus.
  • Based on high school academic record.
  • Students must submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered.

Renewal Criteria: 3.5 GPA and full-time, continuous enrollment AND continuing to live on campus for a minimum of 3 years.  In addition, students will attend an annual reception with the President of the College, participate as a Keystone Admissions Ambassador at least 3 times per semester, participate in at least one community service project per year of their choice or as part of a class or club, and special projects representing Keystone College

Academic Distinction Scholarship

Amount:  $15,000 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full time, first year students
  • Based on high school academic record

Renewal Criteria: 3.0 GPA and full-time, continuous enrollment.

Presidential Scholarship

Amount:  $13,000 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full time, first year students
  • Based on high school academic record

Renewal Criteria: 2.75 GPA and full-time, continuous enrollment.

Trustee Scholarship

Amount:  $9,500 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full time, first year students
  • Based on high school academic record

Renewal Criteria: 2.50 GPA AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

Promise Scholarship

Amount:  $6,500 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full time, first year students
  • Based on high school academic record
  • Extracurricular involvement, leadership activities, or active in their community

Renewal Criteria: 2.0 GPA and full-time, continuous enrollment.

Merit Transfer Scholarships

 

Transfer Academic Distinction Award

Amount:  $10,000 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full-time, degree-seeking students transferring from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 12 credits of non-developmental college level course work with a minimum GPA of 3.50

Renewal Criteria: 3.0 GPA and full-time continuous enrollment.

Transfer Presidential Scholarship

Amount:  $8,500 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full-time, degree-seeking students transferring from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 12 credits of non-developmental college level course work with a minimum GPA of 3.00-3.49

Renewal Criteria: 3.0 GPA and full-time continuous enrollment.

Transfer Trustee Scholarship

Amount:  $6,500 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full-time, degree-seeking students transferring from another accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 12 credits of non-developmental college level course work with a minimum GPA of 2.5-2.9

Renewal Criteria: 2.50 GPA and full-time, continuous enrollment.

Transfer Promise Scholarship

Amount:  $4,000 per year
Eligibility:

  • Full-time, degree-seeking students transferring an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 12 credits of non-developmental college level course work with a minimum GPA of 2.00-2.49
  • Extracurricular involvement, leadership activities, or active in their community

Renewal Criteria: 2.00 GPA and full-time, continuous enrollment.

Local College Scholarship

Amount:  $500 per year
Eligibility:

  • Incoming full-time, degree-seeking transfer students who have earned an associate degree from Johnson College, Lackawanna College or Luzerne County Community College with a minimum 2.0 GPA

Renewal Criteria: 2.00 GPA  AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Amount:  $500 per year
Eligibility:

  • Incoming full-time, degree-seeking transfer students who have earned an associate degree at an accredited college or university and/or have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.50
  • Must be a documented member of Phi Theta Kappa

Renewal Criteria: 3.50 GPA AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

International Merit Scholarships

 

International Student Scholarship

Amount:  $6,500 – $15,000 per year
Eligibility: 

  • Full-time, first-year international students
  • Academic achievement in secondary school
  • Non-English speaking students must have a minimum 80 iBT TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS band score

Renewal Criteria: 2.50 GPA AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

Program Awards

Keystone College offers a variety of scholarships that are both need-based and program specific. This means that the Program Award scholarships are awarded to students in a particular major that have demonstrated a need for tuition assistance.

Drinko Criminal Justice Scholarship

This award honors Dr. John Deaver Drinko, the prominent Cleveland attorney and philanthropist.

Amount:  $1,000-$4,000 per year
Eligibility: 

  • Student enrolled on a full-time basis in either the associate or bachelor’s degree criminal justice program

Renewal Criteria: 2.00 GPA AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

Information Technology Scholarship

Amount:  $1,000-$4,000 per year
Eligibility: 

  • First-year students enrolled on a full-time basis in the information technology bachelor’s degree program
  • Note: This scholarship does not apply to students pursuing the MCSE certificate.

Renewal Criteria: 2.00 GPA AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

Sport & Rec Management Scholarship

Amount:  $1,000-$4,000 per year
Eligibility: 

  • Students enrolled on a full-time basis in the sport and recreation management program

Renewal Criteria: 2.00 GPA AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

Professional Accounting Scholarship

Amount:  $1,000-$4,000 per year
Eligibility: 

  • Students enrolled on a full-time basis in either the associate or bachelor’s degree accounting program

Renewal Criteria: 2.00 GPA AND Full-time, continuous enrollment

Other Scholarships

Donor Supported Scholarships

Amount:  Varies by award

Approximately 200 students receive $375,000 in donor scholarship awards.

Keystone College Referral Scholarship

Keystone College faculty, staff, current students, alumni, and members of the Board, can refer a new full-time student for this one-time $250 scholarship (awarded in the student’s first semester). Those who want to refer someone can submit this referral scholarship form or email a short letter to the Office of Admissions at admissions@keystone.edu.

Keystone Visit Award

A one-time $500 award (awarded in the student’s first year) for high school seniors and transfer students who visit campus. Students must visit within a year of enrollment and must commit to enroll, as a full-time student, by May 1. This applies to regular daily campus visits, overnight visits, and Admissions events.

Outside Scholarships

There are millions of dollars in public and private scholarship funds available to qualified students. The funds received from outside scholarships could directly reduce the cost of your Keystone College education.

Learn more about outside scholarships.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Many organizations offer financial aid or scholarships to students of Keystone College that are interested in studying abroad. If you would like to spend a semester abroad, we want to ensure that you have the ability to afford the adventure. We encourage you to search scholarship resources when planning funding for your study abroad trip.

Learn more about study abroad scholarships and funding.