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SCHOLARSHIPS
 
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!
     
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS

TUITION FUNDING SOURCES
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 TuitionFundingSources.com to view scholarship opportunities and to apply.  


IVY LEGACY FOUNDATION
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 www.ivylegacy.org to see the current offerings.

THE PHILADELPHIA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
More than 50 scholarships are awarded annually by The Philadelphia Foundation from scholarship funds the foundation manages.
Consult the searchable directory at www.philafound.org 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 SCHOLARSHIP

 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 www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com 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.

https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/community/education-programs/grants-scholarships/foundations-scholarships

 

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 https://www.afsascholarship.org/high-school-contest/hsstep1/ 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 https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/state-scholarships/

 

 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 http://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/scholonlineapp.html
  2. There are varying application deadlines (Drexel is due 2/1/2017) Please visit www.waceinc.org 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 https://christensenhymas.com/about-us/community-involvement/general-scholarship/ 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 http://footlockerscholarathletes.com/ 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 https://www.imagine-america.org/applyforscholarships/ 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 www.bezosscholars.org for more information.   

 

PENNSYLVANIA JCI SENATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM  

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 www.usjcisenate.org 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                 

 

The Philadelphia City Scholarship

The City of Philadelphia wants to help more students afford college and graduate with as little debt as possible.  That’s the idea behind the Philadelphia City Scholarship.  50 Philadelphia students will be awarded $1,000 per year for four years of college. 

The deadline for application submissions if February 24, 2018. For more information and specifics on how to apply please visit https://beta.phila.gov/documents/philadelphia-city-scholarship-program-application/ 

 

Gettysburg College

With help from a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), we are offering a STEM scholarship program for students interested in STEM fields (Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics). STEM Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met for all four years with no loans, and have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a STEM-focused pre-orientation workshop with other STEM Scholars.
  • Enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty.
  • Participate in bi-monthly luncheons with STEM faculty and a variety of learning activities on and off campus.
  • Take advantage of various STEM offerings, including faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, preferential residence in Gettysburg College's Science House, and internship opportunities with industrial partners.
Our deadline for Regular Decision admission (using the Common Application) is January 15, and students should file both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA by January 15.  Please visit the website for more information and eligibility requirements.
 

Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB)

The PACB has established the PACB Foundation that provides scholarships to children of PACB member institutions’ employees and directors.  The scholarships are available to high school seniors who are planning to attend an accredited college, university, or community college on a full time basis.  This is an annual $1000. award that is renewable every year for a maximum of 4 years. To ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements, please see your Guidance Counselor.  Applications are due February 23, 2018. 

PACAC Scholarships 

The PACAC Scholarships are each a one-year non-renewable scholarship for high school seniors graduating from PACAC member high schools. This scholarship is intended to support a student's goal of continuing his or her education. 

Multiple scholarships will be awarded in April 2018.  The top recipient will receive the $1,500 Scholarship in memory of one of our PACAC founding fathers, Benjamin James.  The other three recipients will receive a $1,000 Scholarship. 

High school seniors will be selected based on: 

  • Academic performance in a college prep curriculum 
  • Financial need 
  • Commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of the first semester of senior year 

The scholarship application will include: 
 

Hermine Solt Student Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) welcomes all qualifying students to submit a scholarship application for the 2018 Hermine Solt Student Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship that was established in 1992 for the purpose of aiding students in Pennsylvania to pursue higher education in a business-related field.  This scholarship will be given to an eligible senior applicant graduating from a Pennsylvania High School or Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School to be used as either tuition assistance or as a school bookstore credit at any approved two or four-year post-secondary institution, college, or university majoring in the business field.  (Examples include but not limited to: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Communications, Business Management, Business Communications, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Computer/Technology, or Secretarial/Admin. Assistant)

Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website:  https://www.paeop.com/page/71 – under Award & Scholarships.  Due March 1, 2018

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Omega Omega Chapter

The Omega Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. extends the opportunity to apply for the 2018 academic, music, art and education scholarships (Male students may only apply for the art and music scholarship).  These scholarship opportunities are offered for 12th grade students from Philadelphia High Schools, Charter High Schools or Catholic High Schools who plan on attending a 4-year college or university.  Last year, over $20,000. in scholarships was awarded.  

Applications must be completed and returned to the chair of the scholarship committee by April 1, 2018.  Please stop and see Ms. Runyen in guidance for more details. 

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship

NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship.  The website will award a $1,000. to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018.  We will award this scholarship to the applicant who best demonstrates: a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics and a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare.

This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN/LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.  Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight August 31, 2018.

Interested students may visit https://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com  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.

"I CAN" Scholarships 

AMHFCU will award (20) $1,000 "I CAN" Scholarships to graduating high school seniors enrolling in an accredited undergraduate program or trade school in the fall of 2018. The recipients of this scholarship are selected based on the applicant's demonstrated academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service involvement, resume, reference letters and writing skills.

Applicants can apply beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018 and the deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018.

Eligibility:

  • Current high school senior in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden and Mercer Counties in New Jersey
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma in June 2018
  • Carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application
  • Accepted to and enrolling full-time in an accredited U.S. undergraduate program or trade school for fall 2018
  • Member of American Heritage Credit Union in good standing
  • Employees and family members of AMHFCU and First Heritage, LLC and their Boards of Directors are not eligible.

 Application Materials:

  • Completed scholarship application (www.amhfcu.org/scholarship)
  • Submit high school transcripts
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (One from teacher/guidance counselor and one from community leader) -letters from relatives will not be accepted.
  • Submit a 350 to 500-word essay on the following topic: From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education?
 

Scholarships are updated frequently.  

 

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