Scholarship Opportunities

Allegheny Specific Scholarships

B.J. Smith College Scholarship

The American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Franklin Section is offering a scholarship to students residing or attending a college/university in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, or Warren counties, PA and pursuing a career in civil engineering or transportation/highway related fields.  B.J. Smith College Scholarship Applications are due by March 31st.

Clarence Frisbee Ross Scholarship

Available for an outstanding junior in the top five percent of their class who has demonstrated significant contributions to Allegheny College through outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments and community service.  Clarence Frisbee Ross Scholarship Application deadline is April 1st.

Colleges that Change Lives Scholarship

Available to new first-year students, including international and undocumented students who choose to attend a CTCL-member college or university.  Colleges that Change Lives Scholarship Applications are due by March 1st, but admission letters to a CTCL-member college or university are due by April 7th.

Dr. Alfred W. Stone Scholarship

Available through The Erie Community Foundation. Dr. Alfred W. Stone Scholarship Applications are due May 26th.

Frank & Clara Williams

Available through the Venango Area Community Foundation 507-931-8205 (Venango County).  Frank & Clara Williams Applications are due June 10th.

Laura M. Smedley

Available to residents of Venango County. Laura M. Smedley Applications are due June 10th.

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available to students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Eligible majors are, Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, and Software), Engineering Technology, Machining, Manufacturing Operations, Supply Chain Management, Business, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Industrial Management, Information Technology, and engineering- related STEM majors planning to pursue a career in industry.  Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program Applications are due May 15th.

Paul Hyland Harris

Applications available for current students and incoming students at the Office of Financial Aid at Allegheny College (Crawford, Venango, and Warren County).

Crawford Heritage Community Foundation 

Multiple scholarship applications available for graduating high school seniors from Crawford County. Most Crawford Heritage Community Foundation Applications are due April 1.

Phi Delta Theta Scholarship

Available for an initiated undergraduate member of Phikeia or Legacy of a Brother of the PA Delta chapter of Phi Delta Theta.  Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Application deadline is April 1st.

United Methodist Scholarships

Allegheny College Ministerial Tuition Discount:

Under the Ministerial Discount Policy of Allegheny College, students meeting the requirements below (and children of retired or deceased United Methodist ministers with the same credentials) may receive, upon request, a 50% deduction for tuition.


  • Unmarried, legally dependent children under age 24 of United Methodist Ordained Deacons and Elders in full connection, good standing, and under full-time appointment by the Annual Conference
  • Students in their first four years who are seeking their first baccalaureate degree, excluding summer sessions and Experiential Learning seminars
  • Students who are full-time and remain in good academic standing with the College

Students who meet the requirements must complete THIS application every year.  Please return completed applications to the Financial Aid Office.

General Board of Higher Education & Ministry:

Students may apply for specific scholarships or the UM General Scholarship.  Application period is Jan. 4 through Mar. 1.  Scholarships include:

  • UM General Scholarship – May be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students attending any accredited institution within the US.  Average award: undergrad $500-$1,000; graduate $1,000-$2,000
  • Elvina Jane Owen Award – First preference to students in the Jonestown District of the Western PA Annual Conference enrolled at Allegheny College, preferably majoring in education.  GPA must be at least 2.85.  Average award: $500-$1,000
  • Allan Jerome Burry Scholarship – Awarded based on nominations by campus minister/chaplain.  Meant to recognize academic performance, leadership skills, and participation in the activities of a UM-related campus ministry or chaplaincy program at the college or university.  Must be member of UMC for at least 3 years.  GPA must be at least 3.0.  Average award: $1,000
  • Rev Karen Layman Gift of Hope: 21stCentury Scholars Program – For undergraduate students who demonstrate strong leadership in the UMC.  Must be a member for at least 3 years with minimum GPA of 3.0.  Average award: $1,000
  • Ethnic Minority Scholarship – For undergraduate students of Native American, Asian, African American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander parentage pursuing their first degree.  Must have minimum GPA of 2.5.  Average award: $500-$1,000
  • HANA Scholarship – For undergraduates at a junior or senior level or a graduate student born of Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander parentage.  Must be active member of the UMC for at least 3 years with plans to prepare for leadership in the UMC and in their HANA community.  Minimum GPA of at least 2.85.  Average award: $1,000-$3,000.
  • Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarship – For students pursuing ordained ministry at either the undergraduate or graduate level.  Must be of racial/ethnic minority and no older than 30 years of age.  Must also be active member of the UMC for 2 years and attend a UM related institution with a minimum GPA of 2.85 (undergrad) or 3.0 (graduate).  Average award: $5,000
  • The Edith M. Allen Scholarship – For outstanding African-American graduate or undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education, social work, medicine, and/or other health professions.  Must be enrolled at a UM college or university, have a B+ average or higher and be full and active member of the UMC for at least 3 years.  Average award: $1,000
  • David W. Self Scholarship – For students pursuing a church related career.  Only incoming freshmen may apply.  Average award: $1,000
  • Miriam Hoffman Scholarship – For those at the undergraduate of graduate level pursuing a vocational career in music education or music ministry.  Average award: $500-$1,000
  • Richard S. Smith Scholarship– For students pursuing a church-related career.  Must be a racial/ethnic minority.   Only incoming freshmen may apply.  Average award: $1,000

Apply for GBHEM scholarships or loans HERE.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation:

For details, visit or call (615) 649-3990.  Some UMHEF scholarships include:

  • UMHEF Named Scholarships – Must be an active, full member of the UMC for at least one year prior to applying.  Priority is given to applicants enrolled or planning to enroll in a UM-related institution.  Apply between Jan. 2 and Mar. 1 for following year
  • Dollars for Scholars – Provides $1,000 matching scholarships to UM students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local UMC church to help them attend a UM-related college or university.  Allegheny participates in the Triple Your Dollars component of the program, so your $1,000 donation will also be matched with $1,000 from Allegheny.  Apply between Jan. 1 and Mar. 1 for following year.
  • Social Media Contest — Take a photo or video highlighting one way you want to make a difference in the world, and tag it with #UMHEFscholar.  The winner with the most likes/loves/shares by February 5th wins a $200 textbook scholarship.  Second place wins $100 and third place wins $50.  You must also submit an application by February 5th.
  • September 11th Memorial Scholarship – The scholarships are restricted to either: (1) students attending a UM-related institution or (2) UMC students attending higher-education institutions in the US who have lost a parent or guardian or have has a parent or guardian disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Distributions will be backed on the number of students who apply for support. For information and an application form, contact UMHEF at or 800-810-8110.
  • Foundation Merit Scholars Program – UM-related institutions can nominate one student attending their school to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Candidates must be full and active members of the UMC for a least one year, GPA of at least 3.0, and demonstrated financial need. Nominations from schools must be received by the UMHE Scholarship Office by Oct. 1.

Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church:

The Western PA Annual Conference awards various scholarships to students affiliated with the UMC.  Some of their scholarships include:

  • Conference Scholarships– Three award of $1,000 granted to UMC students attending one of the following schools:  Allegheny College, Mount Union, Otterbein College, or WV Wesleyan College
  • Merit Scholarship – Two awards of around $750 granted to students attending any UMC college or university
  • UM Foundation Scholarship – Award of $1,000 granted to student attending any UMC related college or university
  • Ruth Zitzman Schall Memorial Scholarship – Award of $500 or more granted to first-year female scholarship with priority given to members of Tionesta or Mt Washington UMC
  • Christopher Smith Memorial Scholarship – One need-based award granted to student enrolled in any college or university with preference given to applicants of Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Point Park College, or graphic arts programs

The application form for Western PA Annual Conference scholarships can be found HERE.

Study Away Scholarships

Boren Scholarship:

The Boren scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to become more proficient in the cultures and languages of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).  Maximum awards are $20,000. Funding is available for the academic year, semester, and summer.  (Summer awards only available to students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.)

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited U.S. institution

Because Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year in exchange for funding.

Deadline is late January or early February each year.  Please visit to find further information and an application.

Gilman International Scholarship:

The Gilman International Scholarship offers scholarships to students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.  Over 2,300 awards are offered up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad program costs.  Students studying a critical need language (Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Swahili, Bahasa Indonesia, or Chinese, Indic, Persian, or Turkic languages) are eligible for an additional $3,000 for a total possible award of $8,000.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be an undergraduate student at a 2 or 4 year institution in the United States
  • Must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
  • Must be applying to a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student’s institution
  • Must be studying abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks

Deadline for summer or fall & academic year applications is early March each year.  The student deadline for spring applications is early October each year. Please visit to find further information and an application


Please use the Outside Scholarship Form to report any scholarships you will receive for the upcoming academic year from sources other than federal, state, or Allegheny funding. These will be added to your financial aid package, so they can be factored into your tuition bill. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 814-332-2701.

Scholarship Scams

Terms to look out for:

  • You have to pay
  • Money back guarantees
  • Anything asking for credit card or bank account information
  • Unsolicited emails that encourage you to visit a website and/or ask for your bank account information
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