Apprenticeships- Labor Force
General - Can be applied to most colleges
Specific - Applied to a particular college

See the guidance office for forms and information. All information/contact information is sustained on this page for your reference throughout each year. As the scholarship information is renewed it will be active/underlined so that the viewer/reader of this page can find what is viable currently. At the end of the school year most are out of date in the cycle.

Financial Aid Night at Northwestern High School was scheduled for Thursday, October 27th, 2016, at 6 PM in the High School Auditorium for parents and senior students. If you have questions please read below and contact our office (814-756-9400 x 1230) or PHEAa (Amy Sloan 724-977-3662):

For students and parents who would like help in completing the FAFSA, there are several FAFSA Completion events coming up in the region that are open to the public. These free, small group sessions will be staffed to ensure that families receive direction in beginning and/or completing and submitting the form electronically. This link will take you to the dates and locations of these sessions: __
*NOTICE! The State Grant Form (SGF), which is required to be completed and submitted by all Pennsylvania first time state grant applicants, is now interfaced with the FAFSA on the web. As of January 21st, students who complete their FAFSA electronically will automatically be led from the FAFSA Confirmation Page to the PA State Grant Form to transfer data and respond to a few additional questions needed to determine state grant eligibility. Help screens are available to assist students with this important step. Note that students are advised to print the entire state grant document and then wet sign the form’s Signature Page and mail it to PHEAA. Explicit directions are provided for this process.
Students who do not opt to complete the SGF immediately after submitting their FAFSA will be sent an email from PHEAA to do so or they may access a link to the SGF at __www.pheaa.org__.
Completing the State Grant Form is required for first time applicants to be evaluated for eligibility for the PA State Grant.

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PHEAA’s State Grant Application Now Linked Directly from FAFSA
Pennsylvania financial aid applicants have one-stop shop for federal
and state aid. Learn more here.
State Grant and Special Programs
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
1200 North Seventh Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102-1444
Financial Aid Night at Northwestern High School is Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the HS Auditorium.

State Grant and Special Programs .
You can view the State Grant Form (SGF) Emails memo here.
State Grant and Special Programs
1200 North Seventh Street, HQ 4C2
Harrisburg, PA 17102-1444

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LEHIGH CAREER and TECHNICAL INSTITUTE: CDL/A Professional Tractor-Trailer, CDL/B Driver Training and Dump Truck Heavy Equipment Operators training ,Logistics Driving, Fork Lift Operators, Building Trades Programs, Energy and Green Technology, Etc. . or (610) 1-877-440-7544.

Boilermakers Local Union/412-343-3072 (Union Hall), (412) 343-5662 (Apprenticeship Office)

Cement Mason Pre-apprentice program opportunities. Information available in the Guidance Office. Phone (412) 761-6310.

Constructor's Association of Western Pennsylvania - Apprenticeship programs start accepting applications as soon as December 7, 2015. Visit

Construction/Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship- Applications accepted every Wednesday (8:00 am - 3:30 pm) year round with classes starting in February, June, and October. 1-412-262-1830.

Elevator Constructors Local 6 Joint Apprenticeship 1-800-442-8868. Applications are being accepted for the 4 year Apprenticeship program on these 2014 dates and times: Nov. 3rd through Nov. 7th from 10 - noon, Sat., Nov. 8th, 9 am - 11 am, Nov. 10th - 10 - noon, Nov. 12th from 10 - noon and 5 pm - 7 pm, and Nov. 13th from 10 - noon. You must apply in person at the office on the dates/times listed. Location: Jacobs Building 100 Fleet St. - Greentree, PA 15220.

Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA Scholarship- (Eight scholarships will be awarded: one $2500, one $1500, and six $1000 scholarships) Awards will be based on the quality of the student's application determined through a competitive scoring system that balances need with achievement. Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2015. Questions/applications? Please call Francine Reyher at 1-800-361-5885 or 412-322-5880.

Finishing Trades- Painters/Glaziers/Drywall Finishers-Applications accepted year round, however, they will be accepting applications in person at the District Council #57 office: 101 Ewing Road, Carnegie, PA 15106. Phone (412) 276-6061 fax (412) 276-5770 on Sept. 20, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. and Sept. 22, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.

Heating, Piping and Air Conditioning Industry - The steamfitters Local Union #449 Journeymen and Apprentice Training Committee will be accepting applications for the 5-year Building Trades and Mechanical Equipment Service Apprenticeship Programs. The applicant must appear in person at THE STEAMFITTERS TECHNOLOGY CENTER, 1459 WOODRUFF ST., PITTSBURGH, PA, 15220 OR THE STEAMFITTERS NORTHWEST TECHNOLOGY CENTER, 8150 HAWTHORNE DR., ERIE, PA 16509 to obtain and fill out an application.

Heavy Highway and Railroad Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program-Applications must be returned to SPA Laborer's Education and Training Fund, 317 Deer Creek Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056. Informational packets ca be requested by calling 1-800-442-8868. here to download an application.

Heat and Frost and Asbestos Workers- Applications available outside guidance office and at: AWL#2 Apprentice Training Center, 1057 Clinton Road, Clinton PA 15026-0415. Ph 724-695-3902. Completed or postmarked by June 30, 2015.

Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers - Apprenticeship Opportunities for those who meet the requirements are announced by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Worker Local #2. Applications will be available at the : Insulators Training Center, 109 Pleasant Dr., Suite B, Aliquippa, PA 15001 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM on the following days and dates: Mon, Oct. 31, 2016, Tues., Nov. 1, Wed., Nov. 2, Thurs., Nov. 3, Fri., Nov. 4, Sat., Nov. 5, Mon., Nov. 7, Tues. Nov. 8, Wed., Nov. 9 and Thurs., Nov. 10. Applicant must pick up the application in person....deadline is Nov. 18, 2016.

Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest PA/Scholarship Opportunity: One (1) $1,000 Scholarship and four (4) $500.00 scholarships requirements: Live in NW PA, enrolling in a plumbing, HVACR, mechanical engineering, or other construction related field. Completed entries must be post-marked by May 1st. Applications available outside the HS Guidance office and also

Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program-Applications available on select dates between Jan 17th and Jan 28. Download applications and get more information at

Painter/Glazier/Drywall-(412) 276-6061, fax 412-276-5770. Applications accepted year round.

Pile Driver- Applications being accepted every Wednesday (8:00 am - 3:30 pm) November through March with classes starting in June. 412-262-1830.

Plasterers-1900 Andrew Street, Munhall, PA 15120. Office phone: (412) 464-2851. Applications obtained between 8:30 am and 12 pm every other Friday beginning January 4.

Joint Apprenticeship Journeymen Training Program Roofers Local #37 - Call 412-732-9720 Fax 412-732-9721 T. Ochap, Apprenticeship Coordinator. Applications are taken at the JAC Training Center between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and should be filed before March 25, 2017.

Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Plumbers Local Union 27 - Call 724-695-9047 Fax 724-695-9015/Martin O'Toole, Chairman.

Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers-Applications are taken at the JAC Training Center 230 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 10:30 am. Applications should be filed before March 21 to assure consideration for the June Apprenticeship class. Phone (412) 732-9720.

Sprinkler Industry Joint Apprentice Committee of Pittsburgh - Applications are taken at Pittsburgh Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local Union 542, 227 Stanton Ave., Pitts., PA 15209 from April 6th through April 10th, 2015 - 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m and April 13th through April 17th, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Applications must returned to the union office no later than Tues., April 21, 2015.

Steamfitters Technology Center Local Union 449-5 year Building Trades and Mechanical Equipment Service Apprenticeships Programs-Applications taken Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014 through Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 and various other times, check hard copy in file or if you have any questions please call the training dept. at 412-481-0333 or go to

Western Pennsylvania Construction Occupation Laborer' Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program - Applications taken for their Building and Heavy/Highway Program for 2016. Visit their website at or call 1-800-442-8868.

Western Pa Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program will accept applications for apprenticeship in their Heavy Equipment Operators Program and their Mechanic Technicians Program in 2016 for the upcoming year, Applications and information packets may be downloaded at, which helps you browse by zip code and career interest to find the best possible college for you.
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(these scholarships apply to specific people/situations)
Past year scholarships are listed but current/active scholarships are underlined with information:

ACT scholarship/contest
AJO Forever Memorial Scholarship -Awarded to a graduating senior from Erie County who is pursuing a nursing degree. To apply visit Applications are also available outside the Guidance office. Deadline: April 15.

Albion Area Clinic Foundation Educational Scholarship-Applications available in the Guidance Office. Deadline, April 22. Criteria: NWHS senior/graduate, accepted in a 2 or 4 yr college, financial need, considered in relation to the demands of type of post-secondary training, Excludes those convicted of any felonies, Race, creed, gender, or nationality shall not be a consideration.

Albion Garden Club Scholarship-Awarded to a deserving senior who is pursuing advanced education in Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape, Architecture, Floriculture, Conservation, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Control, City Planning, Land Management and/or allied subjects. The recipient of this award will be determined by scholarship, dependability, See application outside Guidance Office. Deadine: May 2, 2016.

Albion Lion's Club-HS graduating seniors, Deadline: April 15. Applications available outside the Guidance Office.Criteria based on class rank, GPA, application presentation, extra-curricular activities, and the essay.

AXA Achievement Scholarship: High School Seniors - A winner in every state, Scholarships of $10,000 and $25,000...Apply by December 15, 2016. Visit to learn more and apply online.

AXA Achievement Community Award: Up to 180 winners nationwide, Scholarships of $2,500. Every winner's high school will also receive a grant of $2,500 for educators professional development. Information about the 2017 program will be available in Fall of 2017. Visit to learn more and apply online.

Barbara A. Chambers Ed. D. Scholarship of The Erie Community Foundation: Deadline April 15, 2017.

Best Buy @ 15 Scholarship Program: Apply December 26-Feb 1,100 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded. 9-12th grades students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are eligible to apply. Students need solid grades and volunteer community service or work experience. To apply visit:

Blackwood Music Scholarship: $20,000 available, Interested students may download the guidelines & application forms at , Applications no later than February 1. Questions call Betty Digby 412-835-8056, Ben Robertson 724-735-2813, Richard Page 412-344-0726.

Bud Lutty Scholarship Competition - Applications are available on the Union's website at All applications must be received by December 31, 2016. Only students who are either employees or dependents of employees of contributing employers are eligible to apply. Questions? Call 724-743-4260 or 1-800-423-3863.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program- 100 scholarships each up to $25,000/year, renewable up to 4 years. Application deadline: (February 29) please inquire.Visit the website for program details and the online application: Applications also available in the Guidance Office.

Burger King Employee Scholarships $1000, $5000, & $25,000 available to Burger King employee High School Seniors, apply by (please inquire), Details at
Burger King Scholarship-Qualifications: HS senior, GPA 2.5 or higher, work part time for minimum of 10 hrs. per week or 40 weeks per year, active community involvement, financial need, plans to enroll in 2 or 4 yr accredited college, university, vocational/tech school by fall of application yr. or

Card-Catlin and Roesner Art Scholarship-For Art majors in a 2 or 4 year degree. Deadline, April 15th. Download application from the Community Foundation of Erie Pa or pick one up outside the Guidance Office.

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Community Blood Bank Scholarship-Graduating senior, blood donor or not, submit your name by May 18th to Brittany Yost: 814-456-4206 / Each participant will have from June 3rd until August 31st to have as many people as possible donate blood or 2RBC's at the Community Blood Bank or a blood drive. Each student must have a minimum of 10 people sign-in to qualify for the scholarship. The student with the most donors will win the $1,000 (a check will be written to their college) and the winner will be announced in September.

Current Surfaces, Inc. Track Athlete Scholarship-Deadline: postmarked by April 25th of the current year. Applications available outside of Guidance Office or online at Current Surfaces Scholarship at or call us at (517) 524-6610. $1,000 Scholarship to any High School Track participant with at least three years experience in the sport to further their education and pursue a productive and rewarding life. Criteria: 1. Graduating HS senior who has run on an existing track (Northwestern applies). 2. GPA for 2.0 or higher with initiative, honesty, integrity and community service as well as a strong work ethic. 3. Financial need will be taken into consideration. 4. Must submit the application form along with one letter of integrity from a teacher /coach and a letter from a non-family member along with a copy of their most recent school transcript. 5. Award must be used for future school related expenses. Not renewable. The scholarship recipient will be notified via letter.

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest - Are you in 9-12th grade? You're invited to participate in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. For more information see your English or Social Studies teacher. Entries must be post-marked by Friday, November 20, 2016.

Disablility? Young Adult? Need Scholarship?- PA Community on Transition Conference/Application deadline (please inquire) in order for you to be considered in the selection process. 1-800-446-5607.

PA Association of Community Bankers- available to High School seniors whose parents are PACB members. Please call 717-231-7447.
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James J. DeDad Scholarship-
The Erie Chapter of Credit Union's DeDad Scholarship is available to our Credit Union student members! There will be (6) scholarships awarded from $500 to $3,000! A pretty penny to put towards their cost of attendance. Applications are available at the branches or we encourage our bright scholars to visit our website at to download the application.Once an application and essay are complete, students may turn in the application to any of our branches. The last day to accept applications (please inquire). The awards ceremony for the winners will be held in August.

Patrick J. DiPaolo Scholarship - The Patrick J. DiPaolo Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee is pleased to announce the awarding of the third annual student/athlete scholarships to Erie County high school seniors enrolling in colleges or universities next fall. Applications must be mailed to the Patrick J. DiPaolo Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3073, Erie, PA 16508, and postmarked no later than February 21, 2017. Applications may be picked up in the Guidance Office or downloaded at

Edgar Snyder & Associates Scholarship Contest:Words to be Heard Scholarship Contest-Who can enter: Graduating high school seniors planning to attend a college, university, or trade school beginning in the Summer or fall immediately following their graduation. The Contest: fill our application and submit a presentation that discourages underage drinking and drunk driving or texting while driving. Deadline: All materials AND recent photo by March 24, 2017. 1-866-9-4EDGAR. Mail application to Edgar Snyder and Associates/Words to be Heard, US Steel Tower, 10th Floor,600 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Info available in Guidance Office. Visit to download.

Edinboro Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship- $500 opportunity/currently not renewable from among students at General McLane, Fort LeBoeuf, Cambridge Springs, and Northwestern High Schools. Criteria: must be a senior planning to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four-year accredited college/university, at least a B average, citizen of the USA. There are applications in the Guidance Office at Northwestern High School and also available on line at -should be received by April 1st.

Edinboro McKean VFW Post 740 Annual Spring Essay Contest: 3 scholarships of $1500 each. Opened to any graduating senior with a demonstrated need for financial aid. All application materials must be returned to the Edinboro-McKean VFW postmarked no later than May 1. Questions: Mr. Brian Woodward, contest chairman. 814-734-2797. Applications outside Guidance Office.

Gospel Hill Garden Club $500 Scholarship- Students pursuing a degree in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Master Gardener, Plant Biology, Ecology or related fields such as Environmental Studies. Deadline is May 12th. See,, Matthew Pluta- Program Manager 814-835-8069 x 104 , or Wendy Essigmann- Gospel Hill Garden Club Scholarship Chair @ 814-825-1585.

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award- Apply online starting October 1, at Are you an entrepreneur? Do you know a young entrepreneur? Graduating high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive this award. Visit the website!

Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA Scholarship- (Eight scholarships will be awarded: one $2500, one $1500, and six $1000 scholarships) Awards will be based on the quality of the student's application determined through a competitive scoring system that balances need with achievement. Applications must be received no later than March 17, 2017. Questions/applications? Please call Francine Reyher at 1-800-361-5885 or 412-322-5880.

Erie County Association of Boroughs-
Senior who resides in Erie County . Deadline for completed applications must be received on or before April 5th. Applications available in the Guidance Office. Qualifications: 1. student must reside within a Borough of Erie County 2. The student must be accepted at a four-year college/university with a major related in political science. Submit 2 letters of recommendation and a summary of the student's future plans to Jeanne L. Miller, 299 Riley Drive, Girard, PA 16417 or

Erie County Association of Township Officials Scholarship-
Deadline: Application must be postmarked by April 27. 3 -$700 scholarships to three selected students of Erie County. Applications available outside Guidance Office and/or is available for downloading at: Must reside in a Township in Erie County, judging on exemplary community service, demonstrated community and school leadership, academic achievement and economic need, in that order.

Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council AFL-CIO of Erie & Crawford County PA-
Members of dependents of members in good standing of Unions affiliated with this Council. Deadline: Friday March 19th. See the guidance office for forms or phone 814-455-4752: William Reynolds and Tom Wagner/Community Services Committee Co-Chairs.

Ernst R. Behrend Scholarship Fund- Must be done online!! @
Deadline April 15th. 1st preference will be awarded to lineal descendants of former employees of Hammermill Paper Company or its corporate successor, International Paper Company. $2,000-$4,000 in Standard Scholarships. $6,000 - $8,000 in Achievement Scholarships. Deadline: early April/see online. See Guidance Office for applications and details. Questions regarding this scholarship? Please contact:, 454-0843: Jayne Randall/Scholarship Coordinator.

The Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania Scholarships-Each scholarship award is a minimum or $1,000.00-Awarded to High School students, College Students, and Post Grad College Students who plan to further their education in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Forestry, Biology, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Enviornmental Control, City Planning, Land Management, and /or allied subjects. By Feb 15. Gladys Dapp, GCFP Scholarship Chairman, 2359 Hillside Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701-4268, 570-323-2180, Forms outside Guidance office or downloadable at

General Electric Federal Credit Union Scholarship Fund:
1.Casimir Kraus Memorial Scholarship Fund: Family Member required, resides in Erie or Crawford Counties, go to: deadline: must be postmarked by Feb 26. Applications available in Guidance Area.
2. Erie Chapter of Credit Unions James M. Dedad Scholarships. Credit Union Members between the ages of 17 and 24. Scholarships between $3,000 and $500. Must be full-time undergrad students of the next academic year. Applications available from April-June. (See "Dedad" on this page.)

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program-High school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2017 scholarship program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships-up to $40,000 total per recipient-and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Visit to apply.

Goodwine Scholarship Fund- you can apply online @
Amount determined on annual basis. Eligibility: Graduating senior from Erie City or Erie County, PA High School. Criteria: Applicants must be pursuing secondary study in a two-year or less program. Must have 2.0 GPA or higher, Must complete essay on "What Role Education Will Play in My Future". Applicants may be asked to interview with the selection committee to assist in making their final decisions. Recipients must begin attending classes within three months after graduation or at the beginning of the very next school term following graduation and the awarding of their Scholarship. Applications in Guidance Office. Deadline: April 15th. If you have any questions regarding this scholarship please contact Jayne Randall:Scholarship Coordinator, 454-0843,

The Ruth Morton Harris and Walter J. Harris Scholarship-Due by March 15th of the current year. There is a new application process for 2017. Go to, go to the Scholarship Tab and click the box to Apply Online. Instructions are also available outside the Guidance Office. This is a scholarship that many should check out!

HeadWaters Park – Erie County Conservation District Scholarship

Hermine Solt Student Scholarship-$500 for higher education in a business-related field (secretarial, office technology, accounting, business education) For complete details including awards and scholarships.Paper copies available outside Guidance office. Deadline on or before March 1.

"Homeless" Scholarship-National Center for Homeless Education at the SERVE Center. brad

Horatio Alger Scholarship-Receive up to $20,000 for college! If integrity, determination and courage describe you, you have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is preferred--if higher an explanation must be provided) to go to college see us at for an online application. Apply online August 1-October 25.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program - Receive up to $2,500 to pursue career or technical education. Students may apply online March 15-June 1, 2016 at

House of Representatives Scholarship Program-four year scholarships to two high school seniors per year. Deadline: March 1. Apply online:

Inter-Church Ministries Moral Leadership Award Scholarship - Educational scholarships to high school seniors in Erie County who have demonstrated leadership qualities, including: integrity, responsibility, dependability, character, positive attitude, moral leadership and service with a heart. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded. Application deadline: April 15, 2016.

Isabelle Christenson Memorial Scholarship-Requirements:Organ Donor candidate, recipient, donor family member, or immediate family member of a transplant candidate or recipient. More various requirements listed on document., Postmarked by February 28, 2017. Info in guidance office if needed.

Italian American Women's Association Scholarship
Senior in HS, Female, Mother or Father is of Italian Heritage, leadership qualities/good academics. Submit: Essay of at least 200 words by April 1. deadline (regarding all previous information plus community service/involvement or part time work, also goals and aspirations), two (2) signed recommendations (one from a teacher/counselor and one from and administrator stating why she would be worthy of such an award (will be ineligible without recommendation letters). Must submit official transcripts by deadline. Upon graduation applicant must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary college or university. After enrollment a check will be issued to that university in the summer. All information must be double spaced and applicant must be well-prepared in following the mentioned criteria. Kathi Lieb : President/The I.A.W.A, 4412 Magnolia Drive, Erie PA 16504 Ph:814-882-2872.

PACB Foundation Scholarship Program -
Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers will provide scholarships to children of PACB member institutions' employees and directors who are planning on attending an accredited college, university, or community college on a full-time basis. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, February 11, 2017. More information in the Guidance Office.

PHNCF HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIPS - Since 2005, the Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a career in the healthcare field. Apply online at: Applications are due by February 15, 2017.

STA/John Finfrock Scholarship Award Program-
HS senior who is enrolled in a district serviced by STA (Northwestern applies), GPA of 2.0 or higher, plans to continue education beyond High School.
I am pleased to announce that the STA/John Finfrock Education Foundation Scholarship Application can be found on line this year. Seniors interested in applying for the scholarship can print a copy of the application from our website. Please go to and click on the scholarship tab in the upper right hand corner. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Sharon Stewart
Student Transportation of America
Central Region
409 Elk Street, Suite 100
Carnegie, PA 15106
Phone: 412-278-2667
Fax: 412-278-0452

John G. Gillette Memorial Scholarship - Will be awarded each year to two members (male and female) of the NHS senior class in the amount of $750 each. Must be a senior at NHS and on schedule to graduate with the class. Must have solid academic performance, be involved in school/community activities and have documented financial need. A completed and signed application must be returned to the NW Business/Tax Office, Attn: Paul Sachar no later than April 15, 2016.

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The John G. Williams Scholarship Foundation - : Offers low-interest LOANS and no funds are required to be repaid while a full time student. Marcia DesForges 717-795-9880 X 225.

KFC Colonel's Scholars-$20,000 scholarship!! GPA of 2.75 or higher, enroll in a public college or university within state of legal residence, pursue a bachelor's degree, be a US citizen or permanent resident, demonstrate financial need.
Accepting applications online Dec 1 to Feb 8 at For questions visit the website or call toll-free 1-866-KFC-7240.

Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship (Edinboro)-
Criteria: Current Senior at NHS, planning to attend a four-year accredited college/university pursuing a BA, citizen of US, at least a B average in High School, must submit transcript, GPA, class rank and SAT/ACT score, references will be considered, Preference will be given to applicants who: a. Have been active in HS activities, b. community activities (employment, volunteerism, etc) c. Have been a member of a Kiwanis sponsored club. Applications on-line; Completed application along with transcript must be received no later than April 1st and should be sent to: Kiwanis Club of Edinboro, Scholarship Committee, 165 Imperial Way, Edinboro, PA 16412.

Linked By Pink Scholarship- Must have an immediate family member (mother, father, sister, brother or self) who is a breast cancer survivor or must have lost an immediate family member to breast cancer. Must be a senior graduating in 2016 from an Erie County High School. Must be attending college full time in fall of 2016 and have a 2.0 cum QPA/provide transcript. Submit March 1 through the 31st. All entries can be mailed to: Linked By Pink-PO Box 8177, Erie, PA 16505 or e-mailed to Information available in guidance office also.

Lovisa Card-Catlin Art Scholarhip- you can apply online @
Applicants must be pursuing secondary study in the field of art, architecture, or industrial art .Application deadline is April 15. Please see the Guidance Office for an application. If you have any questions please contact Jayne Randall/Scholarship Coordinator: or call 454-0843

Masonic Scholarship/s- Go to: , click on the scholarship button on left side of page. Many listings. . . Information resource booklet available outside Guidance Office: copies of information only/book must stay in file.

Ross McGinnis Memorial Award - The Honor "Service" Award - will be in the amount of $1,500. Award will be released only to the post-secondary school the recipient is attending. Funds will be released after recipient completes one school year of post secondary education with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. See the Guidance office for applications or visit the web site at Applications must be post marked by May 31st.

Mechanical Contractor's Association of Northwest Pennsylvania-Scholarship Opportunity: One (1) $1,000.00, and four (4) $500.00 scholarships will be awarded this year. Completed entries must be post-marked by May 1st. Requirements: 2 or 4 year acceptance at an accredited College or Technical College, must be a resident of Erie county (or 10 other PA counties listed on application), Essay, Must be accepted or enrolled in a plumbing, HVAC, Mechanical Engineering, Construction/Project Management, Architecture, or other Construction related major. Applications available in Guidance Office.

Msgr. John W. Mignot Memorial Scholarship Program-Sponsored by the PA State Association of County Fairs. (six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually) Eligibility: PA resident, currently or previously active for at least 2 years in a fair that is a member of PSACF, more criteria as well. Go go to print an application. Due no later than June 30.

Mikovich Scholarship-
Forms are now available in the Guidance Office. Completed applications must be turned into the Guidance Office by Monday, May 2nd, for NWHS graduate candidates accepted at a four year college or university, and Sept 6, to the Northwestern High School for graduates currently attending a four-year college or university.
__Daniel and Josephine Mikovich Community Foundation Scholarship 2016-2017.pdf (509kb)__

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter - Will award (2) $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Seniors must plan on attending a four-year college or university and intend to pursue a career in television or a television-related field. Visit to apply. Deadline is February 16, 2017.

National Federation of the Blind-go to to find the description and eligibility requirements. Deadline March 31. Apply online @.

National Scholarships Available for Seniors-$1,000 to $5,000/Washington Crossing Foundation: History buff? Enjoy Politics? Government of Military Service in your future?-. Deadline January 15. Please visit web site or call 215-949-8841.

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award:Apply online at

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NWEA/Northwestern Education Association-Deadline on or before Friday, April 29. Criteria: Top 20% of graduating class, accepted by an accredited post high educational institution, preference will be given to those students planning to major in education, financial need. Applications available outside Guidance Office.

Northwestern Community Educational Foundation- Deadline for submission is April 15. Eligibility Requirements:
1. Senior at NHS and graduate on time with class, 2.Solid academic performance 3. Involved in school/community activities, 4. Demonstrated personal initiative (summer/part-time employment to help with school related expenses). A completed a signed application must be returned to the NW Business/Tax office, Attn: Paul Sachar.

Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association - The NPAA Scholarship Competition for 2016 is now open and will award up to three $1000 scholarships at this year's event. More info in the Guidance Office. Deadline: May 1, 2016.

Nursing Schools Almanac - has just launched its third annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. The website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates: A track record of academic excellence and a passion for the nursing profession. Open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2017.

PACB/Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers Foundation/Scholarship: Applications in the Guidance office. For high school seniors who have parents as members, employees or directors of PACB and who are planning to further their education. Dominic D. DiFrancesco/President:phone 717-231-7447/1-800-443-5076/fax717-231-7445/ Applications are available in the Guidance Office.

PA House of Representatives Scholarship- awarded to two students preparing for post-secondary education/four year scholarships. Open to graduating high school seniors who are PA residents who plan to attend a PA college, university or career school as a full-time student. Must have attained a minimum 3.0 or cum GPA in high school. A student's commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration. The application process is now Online on the Foundation for Enhancing Communities' website: Application deadline is March 1.

PA Association of Medical Suppliers Scholarship-$1,000. Criteria: Resident of PA or Delaware, HS senior, Must be used toward a post-high school education. Fill out application (outside Guidance Office) and return by close of business to the PAMS office on March 25, 2016. (717) 909-1958 or

Pennsylvania American Legion Scholarships - There are six scholarships which can be found at Go online to check them out.

Pennsylvania JCI Senate Scholarship Program - Promotes leadership training through community involvement and will be awarding two $500 scholarships this year. Applications are available at Click on "Scholarship Program" in the top header for the link to the application. Must be postmarked by January 20, 2017.

Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program with the Maguire Foundation - Encouraging students to proper in their post secondary education, they are offering renewable scholarships worth up to $8,000 per year. Visit to learn more and apply. Deadline - February 2, 2016. More information is available in the Guidance Office.

Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation Scholarships - PHNCF offers six scholarships to students who are entering the medical field or allied health careers. More information in the Guidance Office. All scholarship applications must be received or postmarked no later than March 31..

PSBA Insurance Trust Scholarship- To children of PA workers who have been killed or seriously injured in a work-related accident resulting in financial need. Applications for scholarships and supporting information are due by April 15. 610-970-9143 or Info is also available in the High School Guidance area.

PSECU Scholarships - Must be a member of PSECU and a graduating senior. To see if you qualify for one of six $8,000 PSECU Scholarships, download an application at or call 800-237-7328 or for a list of qualifications, go to: All applications must be received by noon on February 28, 2017.

PA Land Surveyors' Foundation Scholarships-Interested students should complete the application found at
or a paper application outside the Guidance Office.
Return applications to:
PA Land Surveyors' Foundation
801 East Park Drive, Suite 107
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Note:Application must be postmarked by April Scholarships totaling up to $20,000. Based on achievements, content of responses, grammar, presentation, and advisor's evaluation. Announcement made in July of each 717-540-6815. Scott R. Reeser, PLS, Chairman.
Objective: to promote, improve and encourage the profession of land surveying.

The committee is pleased to announce the awarding of the first annual student/athlete scholarship to an Erie County high school senior enrolling next fall in a college or university. All applications must be mailed to the Patrick J. DiPaolo Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3073, Erie, PA 16508, and must by postmarked no later than Feb. 21, 2017. Forms can also be downloaded from the website,

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Ruth Morton Harris Scholarship-
-Due by March 15th of the current year. There is a new application process for 2017. Go to, go to the Scholarship Tab and click the box to Apply Online. Instructions are also available outside the Guidance Office. This is a scholarship that many should check out!

STA-John Finfrock Scholarship Award Program- Deadline: April 15 (must be postmarked by this date.) Eligibility:
1. Enrollment in a public or private school serviced by STA of PA, Inc. 2. Has attained a 2.0 Cum GPA on a 4.0 scale for the previous two academic years (grades 10 and 11). 3. Is planning to continue his/her education beyond high school in an accredited institution of higher education or technical school. Paper copies available outside our HS Guidance Office.

Student-View Scholarship Program-high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. One $4,000 scholarship, Two $1,000 scholarships, Eight $500 scholarships. Simply log on to and complete the 15-20 minute application. Winner announced in May. Deadline is April 22. For more info: or 724-903-0439 or John Becker/President. 2 separate scholarships: The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship. Grades 9-12/ Applications available at:, amount $1,000. Deadline: July 31. The College JumpStart Scholarship. Grades 10, 11, 12 and college students as well as non-traditional students. Applications available at $1,500 for first, $750 for second and $250 for honorable mentions. Deadline: April 15.

Sussle Scholarship-, Deadline: June 30 and December 31 each year. Value: $5,000. Scholarships available: 1 at each deadline. Mission: Sussle collects the best content by topic.Eligibility: Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student as of Fall, at and accredited college or university in the US, and BE a US resident. How to enter: Use to contribute knowledge about your interest. The goals of the scholarship are only to be an incentive to students to use the site and help them pay for their education. Chuck Kao, founder of Sussle/http://sussle .org,, ph 925-679-5260.

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship - Refer to the website or, under the scholarship section. Applications available in the Guidance Office, must be postmarked by January 20, 2017.

University Tutor holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write a short essay in response to a monthly prompt. Interested students can enter the contest here:

VFW Edinboro-McKean Scholarship- (Now voided-no longer a viable scholarship. Check Albion VFW.)
Three separate scholarships of $1,500 each to the winning applicants. Open to graduating seniors with a demonstrated need for financial aid. Complete application form (available outside Guidance Office) and essay of approximately 250 words on your educational plans and what criteria they should consider concerning your need for financial aid. Please explain what you would like to accomplish should you be awarded one of the scholarships and what financial challenges you are facing. Postmarked to Edinboro-McKean VFW Post 740, Attention: Brian Woodward-Junior Vice Commander, 10613 Route 98, Edinboro, PA 16412 no later than April 1.

The Diane and Henry Ward Family Scholarship Fund (Community Foundation)-For students interested in healthcare fields in a 2 or 4 year program. HS grad, resident Erie County, PA, 3.0 GPA, Applications available online at

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest - Varsity Tutors runs a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest. For more information click on the following link. __

Waynesburg University-One of the least expensive private institutions in the nation! $8,203 below the national average! 800-225-7393. Sarah Zwinger/Admissions.

Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship -Seniors who have at least a B average and participate in at least one school-sponsored sport can apply online in just a few easy steps. Apply at Deadline: October 3, 2016.

Will to Win-Scholarship Program for high school seniors with asthma who are pursuing higher education. Must have asthma/achieve a level of excellence in one of the following: performing arts, visual arts, community service, athletics or science; and be attending college in fall to be eligible. For application and criteria: or call 908-229-2862. Applications also available in Guidance area. Must be received by April 30.

Women of the Moose/Nursing Scholarship-Due by April 28th to the Guidance Office. Applications outside Guidance Office.

John G. Williams Scholarship: interest loans and no funds required to be repaid while a full-time student. 717-795-9880 x 225.
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SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS(these scholarships are if you want to go to this particular college)

Bell State University/Fine Arts Scholarships of $4,000 to $30,000 for four years are available on a talent basis in all areas of theater, musical theater, and dance. Muncie, Indiana. (No contact info given/google!)
Bradford School Scholarship Award Day - Saturday, Sept. 20,2014, 800-391-6810

  • California University of Pennsylvania - Cal U annually awards over $2 million in scholarships. Awards are renewable for up to four years provided eligibility criteria are met. For questions or further information about our scholarships, please contact Cal U Undergraduate Admissions at 724-938-4404 or If you are ready to complete the scholarship application go to!
  • Clarion University/Wind and Percussion Music Education Majors-Must be leaders and influence people positively as well as being good musicians and scholars. For audition dates contact: Dr. Hubert Toney, Jr., Associate Professor of Music/Director of Bands 814-393-BAND (2263)
  • Clarion University - New Scholarship Programs Fall 2015 - For new students - $4,000-$28,000 available (over 4 years at Clarion) Eligibility will be determined through the admissions process. For more information go to, or call 800-672-7171 (ext.1).
  • Cedarville University/Soli Deo Gloria Awards: Music, now awarding up to $8,000 per year. learn more at
  • Dayton University /Contest for Scholarship-: Ask A Question, Create A Video, Share Your Video, Grand prize: $40,000 to University of Dayton, $2500 toward answering their question Flip Camera, 2nd & 3rd prize: $2500 toward answering their question Flip Camera. Learn more at http//
  • Dayton University - If you have applied or are thinking of applying to the University of Dayton, there is a $10,000 scholarship available. See the High School Guidance Office for more information.
  • Duquesne University (Pittsburgh PA area)-Over $15,000 in scholarship aid. 412-396-5185
  • Edinboro University of PA-National Science Foundation -annually renewable scholarship for as much as $4,000 for an in-state student. Project S-Stem:Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors. Contact Lisa M. Unico, PH.D. Associate Professor, Chemistry at
  • GANNON UNIVERSITY/Barbara A. Chambers Ed. D Scholarship- must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher and rank in the top 10 percent of the class, must be a full time student at Gannon University or Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA majoring in Education with an emphasis in Teaching. Applications in the Guidance Office.
  • GANNON UNIVERSITY/Dagmar Horn Serr & Robert J. Serr Education Fund-an award specifically for Erie County residents. All applications must be returned to the Financial Aid Office at Gannon University, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541. Deadline to apply is March 1st. Applications available in the Guidance Office.
  • Gannon University NSF Scholarship Program - Students choosing to study engineering or computer science may apply for this SEECS scholarship. For information: contact or 814-871-7722 with any questions.
  • Gannon University Patron of Arts Scholarship- 4 yr renewable $2,500 award offered to 10 incoming freshmen who can demonstrate a strong interest and involvement in the arts. Submit application/info @
  • GANNON UNIVERSITY/Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computing Science (SEECS) - engineering or computing science majors ($600,000). one year scholarships renewable for up to four years/GPA or at least 3.0, financial need as shown on FAFSA, short application. Deadline: March. Info in guidance office or or 1-814-871-7722 or .
  • Gannon University/Schuster Scholarship-Patron of the Arts Scholarship and Memorial Music Award-Application deadline is February .Renewable (4 years), $2,500 award offered to 10 incoming freshmen each year who have a strong interest and involvement in the arts.
  • Great Lakes Institute of Technology - Medical Careers scholarships will receive 25% off the cost of tuition. All forms and essays must be received by May 1, 2015.
  • Hiram College : Between $10 to $15,000 with GPAs starting @ 3.0/SAT 900 if offered admission.
  • Indiana University- The Admissions Office gives exceptional incoming, in-state students priority consideration for scholarships through the Sutton Scholars program. Students must: Complete the admissions application to IUP before Oct. 31st, Have at least a 3.25 GPA, Score1050 or higher on the SAT reading and math sections or a 23 on the ACTs and be a PA resident. For more infomation, please visit
  • Kettering University Merit Scholarships : To check out scholarships: After acceptance merit scholarships will apply:
  • Lock Haven -30 freshman scholarships-paper applications available at the HS guidance office and also at for the complete listing. Questions? Lisa Nicholson/570-484-2860 or
  • Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) - Awarding full scholarships (tuition, room and board) to highly talented students majoring in Computer Science or Information Technology and Systems. More information may be found at Questions? Call 845-575-3226.
  • Mercyhurst University/Barbara A. Chambers Ed. D Scholarship - must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher and rank in the top 10 percent of the class, must be a full time student at Mercyhurst or Gannon in Erie, PA majoring in Education with an emphasis in Teaching. Applications available in the Guidance office.
  • Mercyhurst University - The 42nd Annual Sister Angelica Art Scholarship Competition awards $30,000 dollars in scholarships for talented artists wanting to major in one of the four art offerings - Art Education, Art Therapy, Graphic Design and Studio Art. Applicants interested in pursuing a degree in one of these art areas at Mercyhurst University should enter by December 6, 2016. Visit for more information.
  • Mount Aloysius College - Mercy Presidential Scholarship is designed to enhance & bring student leadership to the college. For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate & Graduate Admissions by calling 814-886-6383 or going to
  • Muhlenberg College - New scholarship in the amount of $40,000 per year.
  • Pittsburgh Technical Institute (Oakdale, PA)-Visions & Voices High School Scholarship Competition: Scholarships awarded to winners of artwork that is exhibited in this show on Sat, Feb 25.
  • Penn State Behrend Leadership Scholarship - Leadership Scholarship awards average $1,000 to $1,500. For further information, please contact Dr. Ken Miller, Senior Director of Campus Planning and Student Affairs, at 814-898-6111. More information in the Guidance Office. Deadline is February 15, 2017.
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Scholarship - PIA is pleased to announce the availability of up to four annual scholarship awards for qualified applicants that are new to the college. Applicant must be a woman seeking a career in aviation maintenance or electronics technology. Visit to apply!
  • University of Pitt Titusville-Merit scholarships now available. Please contact their office for more information. 1-888-878-0462/ Jessica Reynolds.
  • PTI-opportunity deadlines January through March. For an application, contact Vince Gratteri at 1-800-644-7784 ext 5362. Many ways to get scholarship $.
  • St Vincent College: Wimmer Scholarship Competition to be held Saturday, November 20th (exam that includes subject matter in English, Math, general knowledge).-qualifications: HS Senior, GPA 3.5 or higher, well rounded. Prizes: top prize-full tuition, room & board, Second through 5th- full tuition scholarship. To register call: or call (800) 782-5549.
  • Thiel College: Academic Scholarship Competitions/January and February-up to five full-tuition scholarships will be offered. Questions? Call 724-589-2345. Sonya Lapikas.
  • University of Pittsburgh/Balanced Man Scholarship -$1,750 of scholarship money in the fall for young men entering UP. Please download application from: and e-mail or mail to Balanced Man Scholarship, 94 Home Road, Hatboro, PA 19040. Also available in Guidance Office at NWHS.
  • Youngstown State University- YSU is offering the Trailblazer Scholarship Award to reach students whose cultural, ethnic, or socio-economic backgrounds are under-represented. The award amount is $2,000 and is renewable for 4 years ($8,000 total). The "priority decision" deadline for this scholarship is April 15, 2016. The application is available in the High School Guidance Office and also on the YSU admissions and Financial Aid web pages.


"Should the Supreme Court Be Appointed or Elected?"-Grades 9-12:PA American Legion 78th Annual Essay Contest. 717-730-9100

"We The People" Orator Contest/PA American Legion-Grades 9-12: 717-730-9100 First Place:$7,500, Second:$5,000, Third: $4,000. Two parts: 8-10 minute memorized oration on some phase of the US Constitution and 3-5 extemporary oration on one of the four "assigned topics" assigned by National Headquarters.

Young Writer's Workshop:-(Denison University)-June 14-21, 2015 $1,300. 1-740-587-6207.