Outside Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the types of aid offered by Allegheny to prospective students, there are additional opportunities listed below.

Outside Scholarships Specific to Allegheny

Paul Hyland Harris

This scholarship is for eligible current students and incoming high school seniors or graduates of high schools located in Crawford, Venango, or Warren counties. Applications can be completed on Scholarship America’s website from December 18th, 2023 until January 31st, 2024 at 3pm (Central Time).

(Frank & Clara) Williams Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school seniors living in Venango County and have completed a FAFSA.  Applications will be sent out to eligible students from Scholarship America or their high school guidance counselor’s office.

Peter A. Yeager Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is available online to students entering their junior or senior year at a qualified four-year college, majoring in an environmental concentration of engineering, science, or education, with preference given to graduates of Erie Cathedral Prep or a Crawford County High School. The board of directors accepts and reviews scholarship applications on a rolling basis, without static deadlines. Typically, they review applicants twice per year to align with fall and spring semester funding needs. Fall semester scholarship decisions are made around July and spring semester scholarship decisions are made around December.

Pears Family Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was created by the Pears Family for Allegheny College students that graduated from Lakeview High School. Interested students must complete a FASFA to qualify and the award amounts vary depending on the number of qualifying students each year. View incoming/prospective student application.

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.  Shirley Stuttler Scholarship Applications are due by April 8th.

Bridge Builders Community Foundations

This foundation offers multiple scholarship opportunities to students within the Venango, Clarion, Forest, and Punxsutawney areas. More information is available at Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

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. The application can be found here.

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.

Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH

Multiple scholarship applications are available online through the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.  Eligible counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Ashtabula, Beaver, Butler, Columbiana, Crawford, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mahoning, Mercer, Summit, Trumbull, Venango, Warren, and Westmoreland.


Crawford Area Scholarships

These scholarships offer merit based grants to graduating seniors from any high school located in Crawford County, PA. Students with a 3.2 minimum GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) are invited to apply. Application packets are mailed to every school within Crawford County in January of each year and should be available from the guidance counselor or principal of your school. If you are not able to obtain an application from your school, please download one here.


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.

Dr. Alfred W. Stone Scholarship

Available through The Erie Community Foundation. Eligible students must be from Northwestern PA. They also must be majoring in Psychology, Music, or Education at Allegheny College and must have completed their freshman year. Dr. Alfred W. Stone Scholarship Applications are due June 15th.

Lola and William Duff Scholarship

The merit and need based scholarship program was established to assist Allegheny County students who are pursuing a full time program leading to a bachelor’s degree at a college or university of up to $15,000. Students must have resided in and have attended two academic years, and graduated from, a high school or home school in Allegheny County, PA. (Students from Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland Counties may also apply, but preference will be given to students of Allegheny County.) They must also provide verification of Protestant faith and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Deadline for applications is March 6th and awards are announced in June.

Erie Community Foundation Scholarships

Multiple scholarship opportunities are available to residents of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, and surrounding counties. Applications and deadlines can be found at Erie Community Foundation.

Good Citizen Scholarship

The Good Citizen scholarship is reserved for students who have shown extraordinary commitment to community service and who have demonstrated creativity in shaping their volunteer activities. Each institution is asked to select one application to send to AICUP for the competition. If you believe you may be eligible for this opportunity, please fill out this application form and attach your essay (directions for the essay are on the application form). The deadline for turning in the completed application back to the Financial Aid Office is May 31, 2024. Please do not send applications directly to AICUP as they will not be accepted.

Junior League of Pittsburgh Scholarship

The Junior League of Pittsburgh is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership. The JLP offers scholarships to female students to support its ongoing efforts toward a food-secure community. Requirements include a minimum of 100 hours volunteer service, GPA of at least a 3.0, completed application, and a one-page document describing how and why your interest in the causes and impacts of food insecurity have influenced your career goals and major.

The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Multiple scholarship opportunities are available to residents of Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Applications can be found at The Pittsburgh Foundation and most deadlines are March 15th and April 1st, 2024.

Key into Public Service Scholarship

Phi Beta Kappa invites students to apply to this scholarship who expect to graduate in the Fall/Winter of 2023 to Spring 2025. Allegheny College is a chapter institution for Phi Beta Kappa. The Society will award Service Scholars with a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. Applicants must have an interest in working in the public sector and show academic excellence (Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher). Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others.  Membership in the Society is not required. The Society will accept applications through January 22, 2024 here

Laura M. Smedley

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

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (MAC-IECA) Collegiate Scholarship Award

MAC-IECA will be offering several scholarships totaling $3,000.00 for the spring semester 2023, to students within colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region (DC, PA, NJ, DE, VA, WV, MD). Applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior, registered full-time for the Fall 2022 semester and registered for the Spring 2023 semester, and have a career direction related to the field of Stormwater Management or the Erosion and Sediment Control industry. (Other possible fields of study could include environmental science, earth studies or earth science, agricultural and civil engineering, soil science, agronomy, geology, hydrology, construction technology, forestry, agricultural science, marine science.) Cumulative GPA must be 2.75 or higher. All applications must be postmarked by January 27, 2023. The award date will be on or about February 3, 2023. View general information regarding the scholarship and foundation.

Poise Foundation Scholarships

Numerous scholarships from this foundation are available on the foundation’s website page. Most scholarships are particular to Western PA residents, some only for Allegheny County residents. Other requirements are listed for each individual scholarship online and are particular to that scholarship.

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.

Ashland County Community Foundation

Multiple scholarship opportunities are available to residents of Ashland County, OH. Applications can be found at Ashland County Community Foundation and applications are due by March 15th, 2024.

Phi Delta Theta Scholarship

This scholarship is available for an initiated undergraduate member of Phikeia or Legacy of a Brother of the PA Delta chapter of Phi Delta Theta. The application is sent to Brothers of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity around Spring Break.

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.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to Pell-eligible students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer. A public safety officer is:

  • any individual serving as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized volunteer fire department or police department, or an officially recognized or designated public employee of a legally organized fire or police department who was responding to a fire, rescue, or police emergency; or
  • a fire police officer serving as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.

To qualify, students must be under 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of their parent or guardian’s death, complete the FASFA each year, and receive the Federal Pell Grant for that academic year. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you qualify or have any questions.


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
  • Never give out your social security, credit card, or bank account numbers to unknown sources
  • For more information on how to prevent scholarship scams as well as how to report them, go to: fastweb.com, comparitech.com

PNC Student Solution Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship is available to undergraduate students for their education expenses if they create a Financial Literacy account with PNC. They award $120,000 annually around June 1st and December 1st. View further information about the PNC Scholarship.

Sara A. Winland Scholarship Program

P.E.O Chapter BG, Mercer County service group has a scholarship opportunity to young women in Grade 12 called the Sara A. Winland Scholarship Program. Preference is given to Mercer County residents, but other students are also able to apply. Students who have overcome personal challenges, as demonstrated in their essays, will be prioritized. You can find the application here and the deadline is March 31st, 2023.

Life Reimagined First-Gen Scholarship

This scholarship is available to first generation college students (defined as someone whose parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree). All majors are encouraged to apply. More information and applications can be found on the scholarship website. The application deadline is December 31st.

Citizens Scholarships

Citizens offers various scholarships to students on a monthly basis to use for school expenses. You can find out more information about their monthly prize of $2,500 and the Grand Prize of $15,000 here. Citizens also offers a $2,500 quarterly prize for students who meet the criteria for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship Prize (American Indian or Alaskan Native, African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino/a, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander, Women, member of the LGBTQ+ community, individual with disabilities, and/or a veteran).

SoFi Scholarship

SoFi offers various scholarships to graduating high school seniors and college students throughout the year. Find out more about their scholarships such as their Monthly $2,500 Sweepstakes.

Meadville Business and Professional Women’s Organization

Meadville Business and Professional Women’s Organization offers the Helen E. Remler Scholarship to a deserving individual demonstrating financial need and scholarship merit. Eligible students must be a resident of Northwestern PA, have completed at least one year of college or half of their degree requirements. Application and official, unopened transcripts must be turned in by March 15, 2021 to the organization. 

Sallie Mae Scholarship Opportunities

SallieMae offers various scholarships to graduating high school seniors and college students throughout the year. Find out more about their scholarships such as Bridging the Dream Scholarship and their Monthly $1,000 Sweepstakes.

Veterans of the Vietnam War Jack Greer Memorial Post 52

The Educational Assistance Committee of Post 52 is offering educational assistance to eligible students of Crawford County. This educational assistance is open to anyone who has served/is currently serving in the United States Military and is also open to anyone who has a relative who has served/is currently serving in the United States Military. The application can be found here.

Discover Scholarship Opportunities

Discover offers various scholarships to graduating high school seniors and college students throughout the year. Find out more about their scholarships such as their Monthly $5,000 Sweepstakes.

PASFAA Scholarship

Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA) is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students residing in Pennsylvania. More information and the application can be found on PASFAA’s website.