Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania was founded in 1867 as Carrier Seminary of Western Pennsylvania and didn’t become a higher education institution until the 1920s. Students at the university can expect to receive financial assistance, with 91% receiving some form of financial aid. Institutional grants or scholarships are provided to 8% of full-time beginning undergraduates, state and local government grants or scholarships are provided to 47% and federal grants to 43%. Institutional scholarships are provided to 600 students each year and most of these scholarships come from private funds through the Clarion University Foundation.
Saint Vincent College
A 200-acre campus with fewer than 1,800 students, Saint Vincent College offers close to 50 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs. First-year students with excellent academic backgrounds are considered for the following merit-based scholarships: Chancellor’s Scholarship ($20,500 per year), Presidential Scholarship ($18,500 per year), Deans’ Scholarship ($16,500 per year), and the Faculty Scholarship ($15,500 per year). Transfer students may be eligible for grants that range from $13,000 to $15,000 per year. Students who are planning to pursue careers in childhood or early learning education can apply for the Fred Rogers Scholarship ($2,500 per year). The Aurelius Scholarship (administered through the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government) and the First Generation Grant both award $2,000 scholarships each per year.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a two-year college located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that offers associate degree programs, certificates, and diplomas. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has transfer agreements in place with many four-year universities and colleges. There are many scholarships available to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College students such as the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Supporting Success Scholarship, the Huntingdon Hope Scholarship, the Break Barriers, Invent Your Future Conference Scholarship, and many more, all of which have their own requirements and specifications. The Federal Work Study program is also available for students who want to work part-time on campus.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, Waynesburg University awarded more than $36 million in financial aid to over 90 percent of its students. The average freshman financial assistance package is $18,356. The following Achievement Awards are available for first-year students with excellent academic credentials: AB Miller Scholarship ($15,000/year), Presidential Honor Scholarship ($12,000/year), Waynesburg Honor Scholarship ($10,000/year), and the University Scholarship ($9,000/year). Students who do not qualify for these awards, but who show academic promise, are considered for the Waynesburg Opportunity Award ($6,000/year). Transfer students may be eligible for two awards – the Transfer Honor Scholarship ($8,000/year) or the Transfer Scholarship ($6,000/year). Out-of-state students who qualify for an Achievement Award may still be considered for the State Scholarship, for an additional $2,000/year.
Cedar Crest College
Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Cedar Crest College is a private liberal arts women’s college. Ceder Crest offers an interest-free payment plan called the EZ Pay Payment Plan, which allows student to make monthly payments online. There are many scholarships available including the Cedar Crest Scholarship which is awarded to the winner of the annual Scholarship Competition. Merit scholarships such as the Presidential Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Founders Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, and High School Achievement Scholarship are available. Other scholarships include the Latina Leadership Partner Scholarship and Girl Scout Scholarships. There are over a dozen work-study positions available for students who wish to pursue them.
Geneva College awards more than $12 million in scholarships and grants each year from its own college fund, in addition to almost $13 million in federal, state, and private loans and grants. The average freshman financial assistance package is $20,779. Thirty-three percent of beginning first-year students for the 2013-2014 academic year qualified to receive the Pell Grant, with the average grant amount coming to $3,693. Students with excellent academic backgrounds are eligible for the following scholarships: Pro Christo Scholarship ($15,000/year), Founders Scholarship ($13,500/year), Alumni Scholarship ($12,000/year), and the Northwood Award ($7,500/year). Transfer students are considered for the Tower Scholarship, which awards $10,000/year. Students who are affiliated with certain denominations or worship communities can apply for the Affinity Grant (up to $3,000/year).
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
In addition to the rolling hills, forests and glacial lakes that surround the campus in western Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University also offers ts students a wide selection of interesting and relevant undergraduate and graduate programs. The Board of Governor’s Scholarship awards up to the cost of in-state tuition for admitted freshmen who are Pennsylvania residents and who meet the other criteria of the program (minority status, financial need, excellent academic performance, leadership qualities, STEM major, etc.). The following scholarship programs automatically consider academically outstanding freshmen: SRU Merit Scholarship (up to $1,250/year), President’s Scholarship ($1,750/year) and the SRU Honors Program Scholarship ($1,500/year).
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1855, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a public liberal arts university that offers over 50 undergraduate degrees and 20 master’s degrees. The majority (86%) of full-time beginning undergraduates receive financial and 15% receive institutional grants or scholarships. The average amount of institutional gift aid awarded to first-year, full-time students is $3,624. Incoming freshmen are eligible for several university scholarships, including the Clarence Schock Foundation Scholarship, which provides an award of $6,600 over the course of four-years. Additionally, female students can apply for scholarships through the American Association of University Women or the Millersville University Women’s Giving Circle. State and federal grants are also available, including the Pell Grant, which is provided to 31% of undergraduate students.
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Established in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School and charged with the task of training teachers for the state, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania has outgrown this original mandate and now offers more than 100 undergraduate and 57 graduate programs in addition to degrees in education. Incoming freshmen who are Pennsylvania residents and who graduated as valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class, are considered for the Board of Governors Valedictorian Scholarship and the Board of Governors Salutatorian Scholarship, respectively. Both scholarships cover the full cost of tuition. For the 2013-2014 school year, 31 percent of Shippensburg students received the Pell Grant, with the average amount coming to $4,078.
California University of Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania is one of 14 schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and offers over 100 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate programs. Most full-time, first-year students at Cal U can expect financial aid, with 92% receiving aid of some form. Undergraduate students are eligible for institutional scholarships, such as the full-tuition Board of Governor’s Scholarship, the Cal U Institutional Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship ($1,000 to $4,000). Graduate students are eligible for Cal U foundation scholarships, as well as scholarships from the foundation of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Undergraduate students are also eligible for state grants, federal grants and athletic grants-in-aid. Federal Pell Grants, for example, are awarded to 39% of undergraduate students, with the awards ranging from $626 to $5,775 per year.
Holy Family University
Founded in 1954 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a Catholic university composed of four academic schools: Arts and Sciences; Nursing and Allied Health Professions; Business Administration; and Education. Institutional grants or scholarships are provided to 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates, with students receiving an average award of $12,902. Holy Family Scholarships are merit-based awards available to all incoming students and range between $2,500 and $15,000 per year. The school also offers two different institutional grants: Holy Family Grants, which range between $200 and $14,500 per year, and Holy Family Athletic Grants, which range between $1,000 and $36,780 per year.