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    Top 79 Pennsylvania Scholarships in June 2024

    Written by Sawyer Hiton

    Sawyer Hiton is a former scholarship and financial aid writer with Scholarships360. Previously, Sawyer worked with the nonprofit College Possible, supporting high school juniors in beginning their college plans and applications. Sawyer graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Philosophy.

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    Updated: June 3rd, 2024

    The state of Pennsylvania is a great place to go to school, and with the help of these Pennsylvania scholarships, you’ll be able to pay for it. With the help of private Pennsylvania scholarships, state grants, and institutional scholarships at Pennsylvania schools, you’ll be well on your way to attending school in the state of the Liberty Bell, Hershey Chocolate, and Taylor Swift!

    In addition to the private scholarships listed below, Pennsylvania students should be sure to apply for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program or the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program. Be sure also to inquire about institutional aid at the colleges you apply to. Schools like Carnegie Mellon and Bucknell have very strong financial aid programs, and you’ll want to make sure you are putting your name in for every possible opportunity.

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    * There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
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    ***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by American Association of University Women - Harrisburg (PA) Branch

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by American Association of University Women - Harrisburg (PA) Branch

    The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship is open to female residents of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County (Pennsylvania) who attend accredited colleges or universities in…Show More

    The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship is open to female residents of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County (Pennsylvania) who attend accredited colleges or universities in…Show More

    The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship is open to female residents of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County (Pennsylvania) who attend accredited colleges or universities in Pennsylvania in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Requirements include completion of at least 60 credits, a minimum 3.40 GPA, demonstration of financial need, and enrollment as a full-time student for the upcoming academic year. If you're an undergraduate student and female resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County, Pennsylvania, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,500
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Oct 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Ohio Department of Higher Education

    The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible…Show More

    The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible…Show More

    The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is open to Ohio residents in an associate degree, first bachelor’s degree, or nurse diploma program at an eligible Ohio or Pennsylvania institution with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $3,750 or less and a maximum household income of $96,000. To apply, interested students must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by October 1st of the application year. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply, and wish you good luck! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Oct 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Apply

    Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program

    Offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

    The Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students who are aging out of foster care. This federally funded…Show More

    The Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students who are aging out of foster care. This federally funded…Show More

    The Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students who are aging out of foster care. This federally funded program offers grants to eligible students who are attending an eligible postsecondary institution. To qualify, applicants must be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth discharged or adopted from foster care at age 16, have not reached the age of 26 by July 1 of the upcoming academic year, and have graduated from high school or have received a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. Don't miss out on this amazing chance to further your education and secure your future! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    John M. Haniak Scholarship

    Offered by ASM Materials Education Foundation

    1 award worth $1,500
    Deadline Feb 28, 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by ASM Materials Education Foundation

    Are you a member of ASM International or a Material Advantage student member with an intended or declared major in metallurgy or materials science engineering?…Show More

    Are you a member of ASM International or a Material Advantage student member with an intended or declared major in metallurgy or materials science engineering?…Show More

    Are you a member of ASM International or a Material Advantage student member with an intended or declared major in metallurgy or materials science engineering? Further, have you finished at least one year of college and are either (a) from Pennsylvania or (b) attending a university in Pennsylvania? If so, the John M. Haniak Scholarship may be a good opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,500 to one (1) ASM or Material Advantage student member who is either from or attending school in Pennsylvania, beyond their first year of college, and pursuing studies in metallurgy or materials science engineering. This scholarship was established in 2003 by the family of John Myron Haniak, who was a lifelong dedicated member of ASM International. To apply, interested students must submit a personal statement, transcript, and two letters of recommendation. If you’re an ASM or Material Advantage student member, who is either from or attending school in Pennsylvania, and pursuing a metallurgy or materials science engineering degree, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,500
    Deadline Feb 28, 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Meland Foundation Nursing Scholarship

    Offered by Meland Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $5,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Meland Foundation

    The Meland Foundation Nursing Scholarship is open to nurses in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees wishing…Show More

    The Meland Foundation Nursing Scholarship is open to nurses in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees wishing…Show More

    The Meland Foundation Nursing Scholarship is open to nurses in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees wishing to pursue Nurse Practitioner degrees with a pediatric specialty. Applicants should share the vision of the Foundation and submit a transcript, resume, and essay describing their vision of how to provide excellent care and how they hope to fulfill that dream. Recipients may earn anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000 to go toward their post-secondary education. If you're from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania and have a passion for helping others through nursing, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $5,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Pennsylvania State Grant

    Offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

    The Pennsylvania State Grant is open to high school graduates and current postsecondary students enrolled at least half-time. Applicants must also be Pennsylvania residents, not…Show More

    The Pennsylvania State Grant is open to high school graduates and current postsecondary students enrolled at least half-time. Applicants must also be Pennsylvania residents, not…Show More

    The Pennsylvania State Grant is open to high school graduates and current postsecondary students enrolled at least half-time. Applicants must also be Pennsylvania residents, not have already received their bachelor's degree, and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Pennsylvania State Grant Form. If you're a Pennsylvanian anticipating you'll need some help paying for your undergraduate education, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Unmet NEED Grant Program

    Offered by NEED

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $3,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by NEED

    The NEED Scholarship Fund is pleased to offer the Unmet NEED Grant Program, providing funding to low-income African American students from select Pennsylvania counties. Eligible…Show More

    The NEED Scholarship Fund is pleased to offer the Unmet NEED Grant Program, providing funding to low-income African American students from select Pennsylvania counties. Eligible…Show More

    The NEED Scholarship Fund is pleased to offer the Unmet NEED Grant Program, providing funding to low-income African American students from select Pennsylvania counties. Eligible counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland. All applicants must be United States citizens and demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after their financial aid award has been determined. Lastly, applicants must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $5,000. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $3,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship Fund

    Offered by Gift of Life Donor Program

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Gift of Life Donor Program

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student and organ transplant recipient under 25 years of age who resides in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey,…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student and organ transplant recipient under 25 years of age who resides in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey,…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student and organ transplant recipient under 25 years of age who resides in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, or Delaware? If so, you may be eligible for the Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship Fund! Each year, the scholarship annually awards $2,500 to one to four organ transplant recipients under the age of 25 who reside in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, or Delaware. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    NAAAP Philadelphia Future Leaders Scholarship

    Offered by National Association of Asian American Professionals - Philadelphia Chapter

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by National Association of Asian American Professionals - Philadelphia Chapter

    The NAAAP Philadelphia Future Leaders Scholarship is open to Asian, college-bound high school seniors and current college students attending school in the Greater Philadelphia area.…Show More

    The NAAAP Philadelphia Future Leaders Scholarship is open to Asian, college-bound high school seniors and current college students attending school in the Greater Philadelphia area.…Show More

    The NAAAP Philadelphia Future Leaders Scholarship is open to Asian, college-bound high school seniors and current college students attending school in the Greater Philadelphia area. "Greater Philadelphia" includes the following counties: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks (Pennsylvania), Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington (New Jersey), and New Castle County (Delaware). If you're a current or incoming Asian undergraduate student in Greater Philadelphia, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    5 awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Are you a college-bound high school senior or current post-secondary student from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania? Further, do you have a passion…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior or current post-secondary student from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania? Further, do you have a passion…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior or current post-secondary student from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania? Further, do you have a passion for (and prior experiences with) either community service or playing sports? If so, consider applying for the Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 each to five current or incoming post-secondary students with a history of either playing sports or volunteering in their local community. To apply, interested students must submit an essay detailing how earning this scholarship will help them fulfill their future goals. If you're from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania and love either community service or sports, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    5 awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    John Lepping Memorial Scholarship: Education Assistance for Disabled Youth

    Offered by The Lep Foundation for Youth Education

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by The Lep Foundation for Youth Education

    The John Lepping Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to provide education assistance for disabled youth. Students living with spinal cord injuries, rare skin conditions,…Show More

    The John Lepping Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to provide education assistance for disabled youth. Students living with spinal cord injuries, rare skin conditions,…Show More

    The John Lepping Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to provide education assistance for disabled youth. Students living with spinal cord injuries, rare skin conditions, debilitating Lyme disease, cerebral palsy, Fraser’s Syndrome, and Cress Syndrome have been the recipients of this college financial support, although the scholarship is available to students with a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. The scholarship is awarded by the Lep Foundation to help families struggling to both support the financing of college education while also dealing with the medical and rehabilitation costs that accompany disability. Each year, one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Inc. Annual Scholarship Awards

    Offered by Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Inc.

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Inc.

    The Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Inc. Annual Scholarship Awards are open to Pennsylvania women in the sophomore or junior class of an accredited four-year…Show More

    The Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Inc. Annual Scholarship Awards are open to Pennsylvania women in the sophomore or junior class of an accredited four-year…Show More

    The Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Inc. Annual Scholarship Awards are open to Pennsylvania women in the sophomore or junior class of an accredited four-year undergraduate degree program. Eligible applicants must maintain academic excellence and be registered Democratic voters. The Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women Inc. is looking for applicants with a family history of supporting the Democratic Party or those who actively participate in its activities. Don't miss out on this opportunity to further your education and support your political beliefs!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started
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    How to win Pennsylvania scholarships

    Pennsylvania is a unique state due to its rich historical prominence. The iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia stand as powerful patriotic symbols of American independence. So it’s no surprise that you are a proactive student looking to win Pennsylvania scholarships! 

    In order to win Pennsylvania scholarships, you should connect the unique aspects of Pennsylvania to your own personal passions. For example, if you want to become a history teacher, you have so much to talk about!  Start by sharing about how being surrounded by the rich history of Philadelphia has inspired you to want to teach the youth of America about how America came to be. Or perhaps you enjoy hiking the Appalachian Mountains and now want to become a park ranger in order to protect nature’s beauty. Ultimately, whatever your interests or goals are, you should connect them back to your Pennsylvania experience in order to prove that you deserve to win Pennsylvania scholarships. 

    Writing resources for Pennsylvania scholarship essays

    Pennsylvania scholarships may have you write an essay about yourself that can be a 250 word essay or even a 500 word essay. Therefore, make a point to read over our Scholarships360 ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships to ensure you are well prepared to win Pennsylvania scholarships. With the right approach and some luck, you can receive generous financial assistance to help you achieve success.  

    Pennsylvania student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, Pennsylvania residents owe $64.5 billion in federal student loan debt, with student borrowers owing an average of $35,385 each (this does not include private loans). In Pennsylvania, 58.2% of student loan borrowers are under the age of 35. 

    As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take less loans. Make sure that you apply to as many as you qualify for. 

    Also see: Top Bucks County scholarships

    Merit scholarships at Pennsylvania colleges and universities

    Bucknell University

    • Eligibility: Incoming first-year students who meet the requirements of each program and demonstrate institutional need 
    • Amount: $2,500 up to $30,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Bucknell University

    Carnegie Mellon University

    • Eligibility: Qualified incoming-first year students who are academically and artistically talented 
    • Amount: Up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission to Carnegie Mellon University

    DeSales University

    • Eligibility: Competitive with awards going to top-ranking applicants based upon GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores
    • Amount: $18,000 up to $25,000

    Drexel University

    • Eligibility: First year students entering Drexel University who have superior academic performance
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to Drexel University

    Gettysburg College

    • Eligibility: The top ranking applicants based on scholarly achievement and GPA to Gettysburg College
    • Amount: $5,000 up to $43,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Gettysburg College

    Lafayette College

    • Eligibility: Outstanding applicants to Lafayette College who demonstrate intellectual energy, empathy, idealism and action-orientation in a fashion that honors Le Marquis de Lafayette
    • Amount: $2,500 up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission to Lafayette College

    Lehigh University

    • Eligibility: Undergraduate students who demonstrate academic talent as well as a strong personal essays and recommendations 
    • Amount: $1,000 up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission to Lehigh University 

    Penn State University

    • Eligibility: Incoming first-year students who submit their FAFSA and demonstrate academic achievement
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to Penn State

    Seton Hill University

    • Eligibility: All accepted applicants are evaluated based on several criteria
    • Amount: $17,000 up to $24,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Seton Hill University

    Swarthmore College

    • Eligibility: Swarthmore College students who demonstrate high academic performance
    • Amount: $1,500 up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission to Swarthmore College

    Temple University

    • Eligibility: Varies based on scholarship but typically based on GPA 
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission to Temple University 
    • Deadline: Admission to DeSales University

    University of Pittsburgh

    • Eligibility: Based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, holistic factors and potential for scholarly contributions to the Pitt community
    • Amount: $2,000 up to full tuition
    • Deadline: December 1

    Villanova University

    • Eligibility: High academic achievement, proven leadership and participation in extracurricular activities in school and the community
    • Amount: $500 up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission to Villanova University

    York College of Pennsylvania

    • Eligibility: First-time students who demonstrate high academic achievement 
    • Amount: $4,000 up to $13,000
    • Deadline: Admission to York College of Pennsylvania

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

    In-state tuition is an opportunity for residents to receive a lower cost of tuition compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Here are a few well-known Pennsylvania universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs: 

    Penn State University

    • In-state tuition: $19,286
    • Out-of-state tuition: $38,651

    University of Pittsburgh

    • In-state tuition: $22,072
    • Out-of-state tuition: $40,560

    Temple University

    • In-state tuition: $20,976
    • Out-of-state tuition: $36,384

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    It is clear to see that being a Pennsylvania resident cuts tuition almost in half. So, I bet you’re wondering how you can become a Pennsylvania resident for in-state tuition? You will have to physically reside in the state of Pennsylvania for at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment at any institution of higher education in Pennsylvania. During these 12 months you will need to establish a domicile in Pennsylvania which means proving you want to make Pennsylvania your permanent residence. This includes registering your vehicle in Pennsylvania and obtaining a Pennsylvania driver’s license. 

    You should visit your intended Pennsylvania’s institution’s website for more information about their specific requirements for becoming a resident for tuition purposes. 

    Does Pennsylvania have tuition reciprocity? 

    No, Pennsylvania does not participate in any tuition reciprocity programs. 

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    Additional Pennsylvania resources

    FAFSA Guide

    The FAFSA opens nationwide on October 1st of each year. For PA, students enrolled in community colleges, business, trade, or technical schools, hospital schools of nursing, designated Pennsylvania Open-Admission institutions, or nontransferable two-year programs, the application due date is Aug. 1st by midnight CT. All other applicants: May 1st by midnight CT. Make sure you apply for the FAFSA as soon as possible, as additional forms may be required.

    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

    The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers loan guarantee, loan servicing, financial aid processing, and various other student aid programs to Pennsylvania students. The PHEAA manages a number of scholarships, including the state sponsored Pennsylvania State Grant Program and their own Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program. 

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    Frequently asked questions about Pennsylvania scholarships

    Do I need to be a Pennsylvania resident to qualify for Pennsylvania scholarships?

    Many Pennsylvania scholarships require that applicants be Pennsylvania residents or attend a Pennsylvania public university or college. However, there are some scholarships that are open to non-Pennsylvania residents as well. Ultimately, make sure you are researching your scholarships and ensuring you fit the eligibility criteria for them.

    What type of scholarships does Pennsylvania offer?

    Pennsylvania offers a variety of different types of scholarships both for Pennsylvania residents and out-of-state students. These scholarships may include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

    Does Pennsylvania offer free college?

    Pennsylvania offers an abundance of different types of scholarships that can cover the cost of tuition. Additionally, many Pennsylvania institutions have merit scholarships that cover the cost of tuition. However, it is important to note that it may be difficult to receive these opportunities so therefore do your research and ensure your application is perfect!

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