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Last year, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation awarded more than $40,000 in scholarship funds to assist students with their education. Priority consideration for scholarships is given to students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or FAFSA Renewal (School Code: 031804) and have completed the online scholarship application by the priority deadline.


Steps to Apply for a Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation Scholarship

The Foundation scholarship application is available in the spring semester beginning on March 20, 2017, the first day of priority registration, and will close on May 15, 2017. Because many scholarships are based on a student’s registration status, students are advised to first register for the fall semester prior to completing the scholarship application.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or FAFSA Renewal (School Code: 031804) at fafsa.ed.gov/.
  2. Complete your course registration for the fall semester on myPEAK.
  3. Access the online scholarship application using your Penn Highlands’ computer (myPEAK) login and password at pennhighlands.awardspring.com.
  4. Complete your application, essay, and any additional questions for specific scholarships. Because the scholarship system is integrated with student data, much of your information is previously stored in your application.

Steps to Apply for the Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship

The application for the Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship is open from October 1st through January 31st.

  1. Complete the College’s application for admission and submit your high school transcripts. 
  2. Receive your acceptance letter with your computer account information, which includes your myPEAK username and password. 
  3. Access and complete the online scholarship application and essay using your username and password at pennhighlands.awardspring.com. Because the scholarship system is integrated with student data, much of your information is stored in the application.
 

Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship

American Association of University Women (AAUW), Johnstown Branch Scholarship 
American Legion Home Association of Ebensburg Scholarship
Dr. Walter and Kim Asonevich Scholarship 
Krishan Bhatia Scholarship
College Employee Supported Scholarship
Griffith Family Scholarship
Dr. Edward Haluska Scholarship
Daniel and Diane Holtzman Scholarship
Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship
Huntingdon Hope Scholarship
Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA) Scholarship
Joseph and Joan Mangarella Scholarship
Dale W. Miller Scholarship
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Scholarship
Ursula Pawlowski Memorial Scholarship
Somerset VFW Post 554 Scholarship
Stoystown American Legion Scholarship
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Supporting Success Scholarship
Valenty Scholarship
Anna D. Weitz Scholarship
Stan and Helen Westbrook Scholarship
Windber Moose Scholarship


Scholarships

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW), JOHNSTOWN BRANCH SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established through the generosity of the Johnstown Branch of the American Association of University Women.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated student in a degree program who has earned at least 30 credits.
  • Have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. 
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Reside in either Cambria or Somerset County.
  • Preference will be given to female students, 25 years of age or older.

A maximum of $500 is awarded annually.


AMERICAN LEGION HOME ASSOCIATION OF EBENSBURG SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the American Legion Home Association of Ebensburg.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras:
    • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) 
    • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) 
    • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) 
    • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) 
    • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
    • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
    • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Be a full-time student seeking an associate's degree.
  • Be a resident of Cambria County. However, the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Cambria County.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

A maximum of $5,000 is awarded annually ($2,500 per semester).


DR. WALTER AND KIM ASONEVICH SCHOLARSHIP

This is an endowed scholarship awarded to a first year student who is a single parent enrolled full-time in an associate's degree program. Scholarships are awarded for two semesters. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dr. Walter and Kim Asonevich. Dr. Asonevich is the current President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a single parent, first semester student enrolled full-time in an associate’s degree program.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded for the first semester ($500) and may be extended to the second semester based on availability of funds.


KRISHAN BHATIA SCHOLARSHIP

This Scholarship is funded by Suresh Kumar. 

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a first year student enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

A maximum of $2,000 is awarded annually ($1,000 per semester).


BOARD OF TRUSTEES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

A total of nine scholarships will be offered annually. Six scholarships will be offered to Cambria County students. Three scholarships will be offered to students from outside Cambria County. The value of these scholarships will be full tuition for both in-county (sponsored) and out of county (non-sponsored). These scholarships are valid for one associate's degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) and are renewed each academic semester, for a maximum of five semesters but no more than 66 credits, pursuant to all renewal criteria.

These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and must be used beginning with the fall semester following high school graduation. The Pennsylvania Highlands Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and recommends recipients for selection to the President's Office.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a high school senior eligible for graduation with a cumulative overall grade point average of at least 3.5.
  • Be recognized as a good citizen of the high school community by being involved and demonstrating leadership in at least three extra-curricular activities.
  • Complete the admissions process and be admitted to Pennsylvania Highlands.
  • Complete and submit a Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Compose an essay of at least 200 words explaining why he or she should be chosen as a scholarship recipient.
  • Qualify for college-ready status in writing, reading, and math through the College’s Placement Testing Policy and Waiver Guidelines. 

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition only; College fees, books, and materials are the responsibility of the student. Students will be monitored each semester to track academic progress, credit load, and eligibility.

The scholarship will be renewed each academic semester provided the following criteria are met:

  • The scholarship commences at the beginning of the fall semester following high school graduation.
  • The student maintains a 3.25 grade point average and is enrolled full-time.
  • The student must successfully complete at least 27 college credits and 10 hours of College service for each of the first two academic years. Should a student need an additional fifth semester, the College would expect the student to continue the service component.
  • The service hours in the second year will be used in the student services area and assume leadership roles in student activities.
  • The recipient must work with an assigned scholarship mentor throughout their award period.

*To apply for the Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship, please contact our Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or admissions@pennhighlands.edu.


COLLEGE EMPLOYEE SUPPORTED SCHOLARSHIP

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College employees are eligible to participate in a monthly “Jeans Day” and donate $5.00 to the College Employee Supported Scholarship. Eligibility requirements for the scholarship were approved by College Senate on October 27, 2016.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student seeking a diploma, certificate, or associate’s degree.
  • Have unmet tuition and fees not covered by grants and scholarships.
  • Preference given to a non-sponsored student.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester renewal.

A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually.


GRIFFITH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Ellis and Gladys Griffith.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be either a full or part-time student.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be a graduate of Tussey Mountain School District. If there are no eligible students from Tussey Mountain School District, the scholarship may be awarded to a graduate from a school district within Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

A total of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 each semester).


DR. EDWARD HALUSKA SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is open to any continuing Pennsylvania Highlands student.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Have completed at least three credits at Pennsylvania Highlands.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be matriculated into a degree program.
  • Have at least a 2.0 grade point average.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


DANIEL AND DIANE HOLTZMAN SCHOLARSHIP

This is a scholarship funded by Daniel and Diane Holtzman.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a first year student enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Reside in Cambria County.
  • Demonstrate involvement in your community through volunteer service.
  • Complete eight hours of volunteer service in a Cambria County non-profit organization during the semester for second semester renewal of the scholarship.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


KATHY HOLTZMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This endowed scholarship was funded by the proceeds of the Foundation’s 2016 Corks & Kegs jazz reception event. The event was designated as a fundraiser for the Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship in her memory to recognize her support of educational opportunities for all members of our community.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a full-time student.
  • Be a resident of Cambria County.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

$500 will be awarded annually.


HUNTINGDON HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Mr. Jim Foster.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be a Huntingdon County resident. However, priority consideration will be given to graduates of Juniata Valley School District.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually ($500 per semester).


JOHNSTOWN REGIONAL INDIAN SUBCONTINENT ASSOCIATION (JRISA) SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is sponsored by Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA) and is awarded to a first year student from Cambria County.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a first year student enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Live in Cambria County.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

A total of $500 will be awarded annually ($250 each semester).


JOSEPH AND JOAN MANGARELLA SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Joseph Mangarella, a long time member of both the College's Board of Trustees and the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife Joan.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
  • Preference given to students considered to be challenged and/or with special needs who reside in the Northern Cambria area.

A maximum of $2,500 is awarded annually.


DALE W. MILLER SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dale W. Miller of Huntingdon County.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a full-time student.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Must attend the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Huntingdon Center. Online students are eligible to receive the scholarship provided they have enrolled via the Huntingdon Center location.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.
  • Complete an essay explaining his/her educational goals.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL ADVISORS (NAIFA) SCHOLARSHIP

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) established a scholarship fund in 1995 to benefit Pennsylvania Highlands students. This has been funded by the proceeds from its annual golf outing through 2005. The NAIFA scholarship is offered through the Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Have already completed at least three credits at Pennsylvania Highlands.
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

A maximum of $2,500 will be available annually.


URSULA PAWLOWSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is given in memory of Ursula Pawlowski, a lifelong educator and former member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be matriculated in the Early Childhood Education program or in another academic program with the expressed goal of a career in education.
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

A maximum of $500 is awarded annually.


SOMERSET VFW POST 554 SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the Somerset VFW Post 554.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras:
    • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) 
    • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
    • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
    • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
    • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) 
    • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) 
    • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Be a full-time student in a valid (degree producing) program of study.
  • Be a resident of Somerset County, however the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Somerset County.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

The following special circumstances apply to this scholarship:

  • The recipient may use the scholarship to defer using GI Bill benefits or to enable transfer of those benefits to a spouse or child.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


STOYSTOWN AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the Stoystown American Legion.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras:
    • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) 
    • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) 
    • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) 
    • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) 
    • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) 
    • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) 
    • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Be a full-time student in a valid (degree producing) program of study.
  • Be a resident of Somerset County, however the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Somerset County.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

The following special circumstances apply to this scholarship:

  • The recipient may use the scholarship to defer using GI Bill benefits or to enable transfer of those benefits to a spouse or child.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


PENNSYLVANIA HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUPPORTING SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is comprised of general scholarship funds to assist current Pennsylvania Highlands students, qualified high school seniors preparing to graduate, and adult learners who meet the criteria listed below. The award may be applied to the costs of tuition, fees, and books.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be pursuing an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester, or
  • Have a need not met by PELL or PHEAA grants.

NOTE: Supporting Success Scholarship Funds may be awarded in conjunction with other matching scholarships and/or other special circumstances as determined by the Financial Aid Office.

A maximum of $4,000 is awarded annually.


VALENTY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Sam Valenty, a former member of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife Sara. 

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be matriculated in Business Management or business-related program.
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

A maximum of $1,250 is awarded annually.


ANNA D. WEITZ SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship honors the dedicated service of Dr. Anna D. Weitz, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College from 2002 - 2007. It was established in recognition of her visionary leadership as a lasting tribute to her many achievements at the College and impact on the community at large.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits).
  • Have earned at least fifteen credits at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
  • Have demonstrated service to the College through involvement in a recognized student club/organization or some other officially recognized College service activity.

A maximum of $500 is awarded annually.


STAN AND HELEN WESTBROOK SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by Stan and Helen Westbrook.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a graduate of Mount Union School District, located in Huntingdon County.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually ($500 per semester).


WINDBER MOOSE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is funded by the Windber Moose.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be either a full or part-time student.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Reside in Cambria or Somerset County.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually ($500 per semester).


TAX CREDITS

There are two tax credits available to help students offset the costs of higher education by reducing the amount of your income tax.  They are the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit.

The American Opportunity Credit

This credit can help parents and students pay part of the cost of the first four years of college. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act modifies the existing Hope Credit for tax years 2009 and 2010, making it available to a broader range of taxpayers. Eligible taxpayers may qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. Generally, 40 percent of the credit is refundable, which means that you may be able to receive up to $1,000, even if you owe no taxes.

The Lifetime Learning Credit

This credit can help pay for undergraduate, graduate and professional degree courses – including courses to improve job skills – regardless of the number of years in the program. Eligible taxpayers may qualify for up to $2,000 – $4,000 if a student in a Midwestern disaster area – per tax return.

For additional information, consult a tax advisor or visit http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf.


VETERANS BENEFITS

The Financial Aid Office provides information about G.I. Bill® benefits for veterans, eligible dependents of veterans, members of the National Guard, Selected Reserves, and active duty service persons. This office assists students in applying for benefits and certifies enrollment to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

For information on Veteran and Dependent VA Education Benefits call 1-888-442-4551 or access online at benefits.va.gov/gibill/. Most veterans are responsible to pay tuition and fees by the College's tuition due date. Veterans applying for benefits for the first time should expect a six to eight week wait until the first check from the Department of Veterans Affairs arrives.

The Foundation scholarship application is available in the spring semester beginning on March 20, 2017, the first day of priority registration, and will close on May 15, 2017.

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