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Scholarships can help students and their families offset the cost of attending college.  The amount a student receives in scholarship money is directly related to the amount of effort they put into researching and applying for scholarships.  Franklin Towne students are eligible to receive multiple types of scholarships (listed below). Throughout the year, the FTCHS Guidance Office receives numerous scholarship opportunities from community organizations, corporations, foundations, and academic institutions. All scholarships are listed below. Students should also create profiles on scholarship search engine websites (listed under RESOURCES below).  These search engines match student information to scholarships all over the web and will email students when matching scholarships are available.  

There are many different types of scholarships available to students pursing all types of post-secondary education.  

The most common scholarships may be classified as:

Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships, awarded by either private organizations or directly by a student's intended college, recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests. Most merit-based scholarships are paid directly by the institution the student attends, rather than issued directly to the student.
Need-based: In the United States, these awards are based on the student and family's financial record and require applicants to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award. Private need-based scholarships also often require the results of a FAFSA, which calculates a student's financial need through a formula that looks at the expected family contribution and cost of attendance at the intended college.

Student-specific: These are scholarships for which applicants must initially qualify based upon gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category. For example,The Gates Millennium Scholars program is minority scholarship funded by Bill and Melinda Gates for excellent African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American and Latino students who enroll in college.
Career-specific: These are scholarships a college or university awards to students who plan to pursue a specific field of study. Often, the most generous awards to students who pursue careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing. Many schools in the United States give future nurses full scholarships to enter the field, especially if the student intends to work in a high-need community.
College-specific: College-specific scholarships are offered by individual colleges and universities to highly qualified applicants. These scholarships, given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, usually result in either a full-ride to the college, or for a reduced rate of tuition.

Helpful Scholarship Tips
  • Start the process early and search for scholarships every year of high school
  • Create a resume to help organize academic achievements and document important activities you have done (volunteer work, part time jobs, leadership opportunities)
  • Reach out to family and friends and let them know that you are looking for scholarship opportunities
  • Respect scholarship deadlines and the application requirements
  • Use free sites to access scholarship information (see search engines and resources below)
  • Highlight your individuality!

Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) scholarship website has millions of scholarships and grants just a click away. Wells Fargo Bank is sponsoring the scholarship matching website that also includes a career personality test along with college and career planning tips and tools.
Please visit to view scholarship opportunities and to apply.  

The Ivy Legacy Foundation has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to exceptional high school seniors as well as non-traditional students from the greater Philadelphia Area.  Many different scholarships are available.   
Visit to see the current offerings.

More than 50 scholarships are awarded annually by The Philadelphia Foundation from scholarship funds the foundation manages.
Consult the searchable directory at to discover what each scholarship funds, its requirements, application materials needed and deadlines. Important Note: Each scholarship has individual criteria, deadline and requirements. Before applying, carefully review the information provided to make sure the scholarship is an appropriate one for you.


 Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Their website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

  • A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
  • A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

 This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Interested students can visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


State Farm Companies Foundation

State Farm Companies Foundation was established in 1963 as an independent private foundation funded by the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. The Foundation provides support for key initiatives and scholarships, as well as associate-directed programs, including grants supporting volunteerism and matching gifts to charitable organizations and two- and four-year colleges and universities. These programs support the communities where State Farm associates live and work.


American Fire Sprinkler Association

The American Fire Sprinkler Association created the college scholarship program to help with the educational and training pursuits of students just like you. In addition, AFSA wants to educate the public at-large about the life-saving properties of automatic fire sprinklers. So, if you meet the contest requirements and want to learn a little during the process, please enter and good luck! Please visit for more information and the scholarship application. Scholarship deadline is April 1, 2018.


The Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. The scholarships are given to deserving students each year and range in award value from $6,000. To $25,000. Eligibility criteria includes: demonstrated financial need ($55,000. or lower adjusted gross family income is required), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, maintain a GPA of 2.0 and be a U.S. citizen. For additional details and to submit your completed application by October 25 please visit


 WACE -Advancing Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education

The National Co-op Scholarship Program is looking to award merit scholarships to current high school seniors. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on 4.0 scale. Applicants must be applying for 2018-2019 admission to one of the following

  1. Drexel University, Clarkson University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, The University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Wentworth Institute of TechnologyApplication is available at
  2. There are varying application deadlines (Drexel is due 2/1/2017) Please visit for more information. Please note: the application does include 200-word essay on why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program. EARLY APPLICATIONS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED 

Christensen & Hymas General Scholarship 

Kenneth Christensen and Russell Hymas understand the importance of an education.  As a result, the Christensen & Hymas law firm is proud to offer a generous $1,000. scholarship for any individuals who qualify.  Qualifications include:  

  1. You must be currently enrolled in or have been accepted to (and planning to attend) a University or College in the United States and provide proof of current enrollment.  If you have note received acceptance, you may still apply, but be sure to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment for the scholarship to be relaesaed. (ex. Screenshot of grades, picture of acceptance letter, etc.)
  2. You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. Cumulative GPA of the current or most recent secondary education program you have attended

Application deadline is August 1, 2018.  Please visit for the application and more information.   

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes  

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities. Whether you're the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you've cultivated in the locker room and used to them create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you.  

Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities. The scholarship will be awarded in four equal annual payments of $5,000 throughout the winner's four-year college career.  To be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, the applicant must: be a current high school senior entering a four-year university or college in Fall 2018, be a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.), have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade and be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Legal Resident. Please note: Foot Locker employees and their immediate family are ineligible.  For more information and to apply, please visit Applications are due December 15, 2017 by 5 PM.   


Imagine America Foundation

This page was created as a hub where anyone can quickly learn about our career college and technical education scholarships.  Scholarship deadlines and amounts vary.  Please visit to create an account and start your search today!

The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will provide its annual scholarship aid to students regardless of race, sex, in pursuit of higher education.The minimum requirements for applicants include: students must be applying to a two or four-year college or university, minimum “B” average (3.0) and attend a Philadelphia County School. Applicants must submit the following information:

  • official high school transcripts (must include grades from September through December 2017)
  • a full statement of your educational objectives and life goals. Include realistic steps you see as necessary for fulfillment of your future plans. (must be typed)
  • Three letters of reference (family members excluded)
  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • Parents/Guardians- please describe in 150 words or less the student's financial need. 
Application deadline is February 3, 2018. Please mail the completed application and required documents to:
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 25201
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Please see your counselor for the application.
Bezos Scholarship Program  

The Bezos Scholarship Program inspires and challenges Scholars to act on their passions and lead their communities. 12 high school Juniors from across the country will be selected to attend an all-expenses paid scholarship to the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado from June 23-29, 2018. Successful applicants are students who demonstrate academic rigor, leadership, and a desire to create positive change in their community.   

Requirements for application: 

  • High school junior during the 2017-18 academic year 
  • Legal U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • Demonstrates leadership in school and community 
  • Has taken at least one of the following tests: PSAT / SAT / ACT / or ACT Aspire 
  • Be enrolled in or have taken one or more Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) classes or college level courses 
  • Availability to participate on all dates 

 The application deadline is February 9, 2018. Please visit for more information.   



The Pennsylvania JCI (Junior Chamber International) Senate is an organization affiliated with the Pennsylvania Jaycees and the United States JCI Senate.  Together, both organizations promote leadership training through community involvement and believe “that service to humanity is the best work of life.”   Commitment to working with communities and serving others is the basis for the scholarship program.  

The Pennsylvania JCI Senate annually sponsors a scholarship for senior students who are residents of Pennsylvania.  We will be awarding two $500 scholarships this year.  The applications of these two recipients will then be forwarded to the United States JCI Senate Foundation for consideration to receive an additional national grant of $1000.  Each student needs to submit only one copy of the completed application and appropriate attachments (via postal mail), for judging.  The scholarship application is available on the U.S. JCI Senate website.  Go to and click on "Scholarship Program" in the top header for the link to the application.  

The completed application, with all appropriate attachments, must be postmarked by January 5, 2018. 

Please mail to: 

Nancy Salopek                                                                                   

46 Longvue Circle  

Ambridge, PA  15003                                                                                 


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