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Scholarships

Last year, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation awarded more than $28,000 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.


College-Sponsored Academic Scholarships

College-sponsored applications are open on a rolling basis. Please select each scholarship to see when each one is open. 

  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. Because the scholarship system is integrated with student data, much of your information is stored in the application.
  • Destination Graduation Scholarship

    The Destination Graduation Scholarship is open during May and June.

    The scholarship is valid toward one associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.). A student has a maximum of three full-time semesters to complete their degree, but no more than 44 credits. Recipients are eligible to receive a scholarship until they complete one associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.), or 44 credits, or three (3) consecutive, full-time semesters.*

    Current or former College Sponsored Academic Scholarship awardees are not eligible.

    * Scholarships will be pro-rated for students taking a part-time credit load during the semester in which they are completing their credential.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

    • Have completed at least 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.30.
    • Complete and submit a Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Qualify for college-ready status in writing, reading, and math through the College’s Placement Testing Policy and Waiver Guidelines.
    • Show obvious engagement in college and community leadership, as indicated on the Scholarship Application.

    Guidelines for automatic renewal per semester: 

    • The student maintains a 3.30 grade point average and is enrolled full-time. *See exemption above regarding final semester completion of degree.
    • The student successfully completes at least 24 college credits in an academic year.
    • The student completes 10 hours per semester of participation in College-related service as defined by the Scholarship Committee.
    • The student meets with an assigned scholarship mentor throughout the award period and attends all scheduled meetings.
    • The student is meaningfully engaged in at least one club or organization (PTK, NSLS included) or athletic team involvement.

    Any recipient found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy is no longer eligible in subsequent semesters.

    The Destination Graduation Scholarship application will open each year on or about May 15 and close on or about June 5.

    $1,000 per semester, minimum of one award annually

  • Emerging Leader Scholarship

    The Emerging Leader Scholarship is open from January 10, 2022 to March 28, 2022.

    The scholarship is valid toward one associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) and is renewable each academic semester. A student has a maximum of five semesters to complete their degree, but no more than 66 credits. Recipients are eligible to receive a scholarship until they complete one associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.), or 66 credits, or five (5) consecutive, full-time semesters.*

    These scholarships, awarded to high school seniors, must be used beginning with the fall semester following high school graduation. The Pennsylvania Highlands College Sponsored Academic Scholarships Committee reviews all applications and recommends recipients for selection to the President’s Office.

    * Scholarships will be pro-rated for students taking a part-time credit load during the semester in which they are completing their credential.

    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 accepted to Pennsylvania Highlands.
    • Complete and submit a Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Qualify for college-ready status in writing, reading, and math through the College’s Placement Testing Policy and Waiver Guidelines.

    Select candidates will be asked to participate in a personal interview with the scholarship committee. Students will be monitored each semester to track academic progress, credit load, and eligibility.

    Guidelines for automatic renewal per semester: 

    • The student maintains a 3.30 grade point average and be enrolled full-time. *See exemption above regarding final semester completion of degree.
    • The student successfully completes at least 24 college credits in an academic year.
    • The student completes 10 hours per semester of participation in College-related service as defined by the Scholarship Committee.
    • The student meets with an assigned scholarship mentor throughout the award period and attends all scheduled meetings.
    • The student is meaningfully engaged in at least one club or organization (PTK, NSLS included) or athletic team involvement.

    Any recipient found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy is no longer eligible in subsequent semesters.

    The Emerging Leader Scholarship awards will be determined during two award periods. The application will open each year on or about October 1 and close on November 30 and will reopen on or about the 2nd Monday of January and close on or about March 14.

    $1,000 per semester, 13 awards each year

  • Presidential Scholarship

    The Presidential Scholarship is open during October and November.

    The scholarship is valid toward one associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) and is renewable each academic semester. A student has a maximum of five semesters to complete their degree, but no more than 66 credits. Recipients are eligible to receive a scholarship until they complete one associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.), or 66 credits, or five (5) consecutive, full-time semesters.*

    These scholarships, awarded to high school seniors, must be used beginning with the fall semester following high school graduation. The Pennsylvania Highlands College Sponsored Academic Scholarships Committee reviews all applications and recommends recipients for selection to the President’s Office.

    * Scholarships will be pro-rated for students taking a part-time credit load during the semester in which they are completing their credential.

    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 accepted to Pennsylvania Highlands.
    • Complete and submit a Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Qualify for college-ready status in writing, reading, and math through the College’s Placement Testing Policy and Waiver Guidelines.

    Select candidates will be asked to participate in a personal interview with the scholarship committee. Students will be monitored each semester to track academic progress, credit load, and eligibility.

    Guidelines for automatic renewal per semester: 

    • The student maintains a 3.30 grade point average and be enrolled full-time. *See exemption above regarding final semester completion of degree.
    • The student successfully completes at least 24 college credits in an academic year.
    • The student can be involved in the honors program.
    • The student completes 15 hours per semester of participation in College-related service as defined by the Scholarship Committee (Students involved in the honors program will be required to complete 10 hours of service per semester).
    • The student meets with an assigned scholarship mentor throughout the award period and attends all scheduled meetings.
    • The student is meaningfully engaged in at least one club or organization (PTK, NSLS included) or athletic team involvement.

    Any recipient found to have violated the Academic Integrity Policy is no longer eligible in subsequent semesters.

    The Presidential Scholarship application will open each year on or about October 1 and close on November 30.

    $3,000 per semester, 2 awards each year


College Foundation Scholarships

The Foundation scholarship application will open April 1, 2022 and close on May 15, 2022. 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).
  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.
  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.
  • 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.
    • Reside in either Cambria or Somerset County.
    • Preference will be given to female students, 25 years of age or older.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($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 degree program. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dr. Walter and Kim Asonevich. Dr. Asonevich was the fourth 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 degree program.
    • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $500 will be awarded in the first semester. Second semester funds ($500) are based on availability of funds.

  • College Employee Supported Scholarship

    This scholarship was originally funded by a monthly “Jeans Day” that Pennsylvania Highlands Community College employees were eligible to participate in with a $5.00 donation. Employees are now able to donate to this scholarship during the Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign. 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 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 ($250 per semester).

  • 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.
    • Preference given to graduates 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.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 per 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.
    • Be matriculated into a degree program.
    • Have at least a 2.0 grade point average.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

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

  • 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.
    • 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.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

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

  • 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.
    • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually ($250 per semester).

  • Huntingdon Hope Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded by Mr. Jim Foster, a member of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Huntingdon Advisory Council and Board of Trustees.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

    • 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.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

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

  • Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA) Scholarship

    This scholarship is sponsored by the Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA).

    To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

    • Be a first year student enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
    • Live in Cambria County.
    • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually ($250 per 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.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded annually to up to 2 students ($1,250 per semester per student).

  • 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.
    • Register to attend Pennsylvania Highlands Community College via the Huntingdon County location.
    • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

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

  • 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.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $2,500 will be awarded annually to up to 2 students ($625 per semester per student).

  • 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 will be awarded annually ($250 per semester).

  • Roth Family Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded by Cathy Roth.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

    • Be a graduate of Hollidaysburg Area School District or Altoona Area School District in Blair County, Pennsylvania. If there are no eligible students from Hollidaysburg Area School District or Altoona Area School District, the scholarship may be awarded to a graduate from a school district within Blair County, Pennsylvania.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded annually to up to 4 students ($125 per semester per student).

  • Spruce Street Animal Clinic Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded by Cynthia Coppock, VMD.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

    • Must be a Huntingdon or Mifflin County resident.
    • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $8,000 will be awarded annually to up to 8 students ($500 per semester per student).

  • 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 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 will be awarded annually to 4 students ($500 per semester per student).

  • Sara & Salvatore (Sam) Valenty Scholarship

    This scholarship was established through the generosity of Salvatore (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 a business-related program.
    • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

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

  • Dr. 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.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

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

  • Stan and Helen Westbrook Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded by Stan and Helen Westbrook.

    To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

    • Be a graduate of Mount Union School District or Southern Huntingdon High School, located in Huntingdon County.
    • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.
    • *Student Financial Services will review the final applicants to determine financial need based on tuition, fees, etc. based on scholarship donor request.

    A maximum of $500 will be awarded annually ($250 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 click here.


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. 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.