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Outside Scholarships

Did you know that millions of dollars in public and private outside scholarship funds are available to qualified students? The funds you receive from outside scholarships could directly reduce the cost of your Keystone College education.

When Searching Outside Scholarships

We recommend when searching for other available outside scholarships, that you use trusted sites such as Education Planner, College Board, Scholarships or FastWeb. Any website or financial aid consultant asking for a fee to find college scholarships for you is only going to do what you can do yourself. Please take the time to research private and outside scholarships yourself or contact our office before you pay someone else to do it.

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation Scholarship - Due April 1

The scholarship program is administered by PRLA’s charitable foundation, PRLA Educational Foundation (PRLAEF). It annually provides Pennsylvania students with the opportunity to further their education in the hospitality industry. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the PRLAEF has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarship monies.

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements.

Horticulture/Botany: Kathryn Giarratani Scholarship Fund of the Western PA Herb Society - Due April 3

The Horticulture/Botany Scholarship: Kathryn Giarratani Scholarship Fund of the Western PA Unite of The Herb Society of America was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to college and graduate students following a career path in horticulture/botany or related field. A one-year $1,000 award will be granted to the recipient.

The following criteria will apply:

  1. Preference will be given to students who are residents of Western Pennsylvania.
  2. Student is a full-time Junior or Senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree or a Post-Graduate degree in horticulture/botany/sustainability or related field.
  3. Student has a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0/B.
  4. Student is enrolled in one of the following schools: Arcadia University, Chatham University, Delaware Valley College, Elizabethtown College, Keystone College, Messiah College, Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia University, Temple University-Ambler College, Villanova University, or Wilson College.
  5. Student writes a minimum one page essay outlining career goals and objectives, expected coursework and why the field of study is important to them.

Awardee is encouraged to attend a meeting of the Western PA Unit and/or visit the herb gardens maintained by the Unit in Mellon Park and Old Economy Village.

Final selection of the scholarship winners will be decided (subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Foundation) by a Scholarship Fund Committee. No member of the Fund Committee, or his or her immediate family, is eligible for scholarship assistance during his or her tenure on the Fund Committee.

The Pittsburgh Foundation shall notify the chosen scholarship recipient(s) of the decision. The scholarship payment will be made after The Pittsburgh Foundation’s June Board Meeting, and after the student verifies the school he or she will be attending. Payment will be made to the school for the student.

Deadline: 3/31/2019

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Edward C. Snyder Memorial Scholarship Fund - Due April 5

Edward C. Snyder Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Scranton Area Foundation

Edward C. Snyder, had a lifelong interest in the performing arts, especially dance. In his memory, family and friends established a scholarship fund for area students who wish to be educated and trained for a career in the performing arts.

Scholarship purpose
A scholarship may be presented annually for educational expenses to a second year student enrolled at a local college or university who is matriculating in a performing arts program to prepare for a career in the performing arts.

Scholarship guidelines

  1. The scholarship committee of the Scranton Area Foundation will meet annually to select the recipient of the scholarship from among nominations received from local colleges and universities.
  2. The Scholarship will be given to a student whose qualifications shall be reviewed by the scholarship committee using the following guidelines:

    a. Second year student enrolled at a local college or university who is matriculating in a performing arts program to prepare for a career in the performing arts
    b. Demonstrated commitment to his/her art
    c. Evidence of community involvement and service to others

Deadline for accepting nominations: April 5, 2019

Click here for to download a nomination form.

Commonwealth "Good Citizen" Scholarship - Due April 21

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.

Application Deadline: Mid-April

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PPL Electric Utilities Environmental Leaders Scholarship - Due April 30

The PPL Electric Utilities Environmental Leaders Scholarship was established to give a helping hand to the next generation of students pursuing careers in the engineering and science fields that will benefit the natural world that surrounds and sustains us. High school seniors who live in homes served by PPL in central and eastern Pennsylvania are invited to apply for this $2,000 scholarship. Deadline: April 30, 2019. Click here to apply.

Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship - Due August 1

The Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship was established in 2007 by the non-profit community organizations that knew and experienced Msgr. McGowan’s unselfish support of his community. Monsignor McGowan believed in God, family and community. In his memory, the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship is awarded annually to students pursuing education at one of the regional academic institutions to which Monsignor devoted his time and service.

The Msgr. McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship Committee encourages students to live and practice their chosen profession within Northeastern Pennsylvania so as to make a lasting contribution for the improvement of their home community in much the same spirit as Monsignor McGowan. Please see attached biographical information.

Recipient must have their legal residence within the nine (9) county territory of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

  • Bradford
  • Columbia
  • Lackawanna
  • Luzerne
  • Pike
  • Sullivan
  • Susquehanna
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming

The Recipient must attend one of the following educational institutions.

  • Allied Services dePaul School For Children With Dyslexia
  • Keystone College
  • Kings College
  • Marywood University
  • Misericordia University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s College
  • University of Scranton

More about the recipient:

  • The Recipient must be a full-time incoming or current undergraduate student fully committed to attending Keystone College.
  • The Recipient must have a long-term commitment to serving others in his/her community.
  • The Recipient must have shown successful leadership experience.
  • The Recipient must have a proven moral and high ethical character.
  • The Recipient must be a hard-working student, producing to the best of his/her academic ability.
  • The Recipient must show a demonstrated financial need.

Application Deadline: August 1

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National Founder's Undergraduate Business Student Scholarship - Due August 5

Brown, PC is now accepting applications for the firm’s National Founder’s Scholarship, a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a current full-time U.S. undergraduate student earning their bachelor’s degree in business, with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to undergraduate education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, or commuting expenses. Click here for application details.

Discover Accounting Scholarships is a free educational resource for students looking to learn about careers and education in Accounting. Check out their website for several options for accounting scholarships. Student-Caregiver Scholarship

The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Two scholarships of $1,500 are awarded each year to student-caregivers to help cover costs of tuition and books. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.  For deadlines, other opportunities, and to apply, click here