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    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018)

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Scholarships


Since its inception, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has been committed to offering excellence in education and affordable educational opportunities. While the College adheres to the principle that students and their families have the primary responsibility to pay for college costs as their means permit, financial assistance programs represent a bridge between a family's ability to pay and the cost of higher education.

The Financial Aid Office administers many types of financial assistance including federal, state, and institution financial aid programs to help students meet their educational costs.  Scholarships are one type of gift aid available to our students. 

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the College Foundation offer more than 25 scholarships opportunities annually to qualified students.  Scholarship criteria vary, but are available for a wide range of individuals based on their financial need, academic merit, location, major, or other eligibility criteria.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation solicits and receives gifts on behalf of the College from staff and faculty, alumni, members of the community, and local businesses and organizations to provide funds for student scholarships.

To apply for the Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship or a Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation Scholarship, visit the Scholarships section of the College's website at www.pennhighlands.edu for deadline information and to access the Scholarship Application. You must be admitted into Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply. Admitted students will use their myPEAK username and password to access the 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.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Reside in either Cambria or Somerset County.
  • Preference will be given to female students, 25 years of age or older.

A maximum of $500 is awarded annually.


American Legion Home Association of Ebensburg Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the American Legion Home Association of Ebensburg.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras:
    • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) 
    • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) 
    • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) 
    • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) 
    • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) 
    • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) 
    • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Be a full-time student seeking an associate's degree.
  • Be a resident of Cambria County, however the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Cambria County
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average

A maximum of $5,000 is awarded annually ($2,500 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's degree program. Scholarships are awarded for two semesters. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dr. Walter and Kim Asonevich. Dr. Asonevich is the current 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's degree program.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded for the first semester ($500) and may be extended to the second semester based on availability of funds.


Krishan Bhatia Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by Suresh Kumar

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a first year student enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

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


Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship

A total of nine scholarships will be offered annually. Six scholarships will be offered to Cambria County students. Three scholarships will be offered to students from outside Cambria County. The value of these scholarships will be full tuition for both in-county (sponsored) and out of county (non-sponsored). These scholarships are valid for one associate's degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) and are renewed each academic semester, for a maximum of five semesters but no more than 66 credits, pursuant to all renewal criteria.

These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and must be used beginning with the fall semester following high school graduation. The Pennsylvania Highlands Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and recommends recipients for selection to the President's Office.

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 admitted to Pennsylvania Highlands.
  • Complete and submit a Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Compose an essay of at least 200 words explaining why he or she should be chosen as a scholarship recipient.
  • Qualify for college-ready status in writing, reading, and math through the College's Placement Testing Policy and Waiver Guidelines. 

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition only; College fees, books, and materials are the responsibility of the student. Students will be monitored each semester to track academic progress, credit load, and eligibility.

The scholarship will be renewed each academic semester provided the following criteria are met:

  • The scholarship commences at the beginning of the fall semester following high school graduation.
  • The student maintains a 3.25 grade point average and is enrolled full-time.
  • The student must successfully complete at least 27 College credits and 10 hours of College service for each of the first two academic years. Should a student need an additional fifth semester, the College would expect the student to continue the service component.
  • The service hours in the second year will be used in the student services area and assume leadership roles in student activities.
  • The recipient must work with an assigned scholarship mentor throughout their award period.

*To apply for the Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship, please contact our Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or admissions@pennhighlands.edu.


College Employee Supported Scholarship

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College employees are eligible to participate in a monthly "Jeans Day" and donate $5.00 to the College Employee Supported Scholarship. 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's 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.


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.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be a graduate 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 of 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

A total of $1,000 will be awarded annually ($500 each 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.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be matriculated into a degree program.
  • Have at least a 2.0 grade point average.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


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.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • 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.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


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.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

$500 will be awarded annually.


Huntingdon Hope Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by Mr. Jim Foster.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be a resident of Huntingdon County; 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.

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


Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA) Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA) and is awarded to a first year student from Cambria County.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a first year student enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Live in Cambria County.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for second semester renewal of the scholarship.

A total of $500 will be awarded annually ($250 each 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.

A maximum of $2,500 is awarded annually.


Dale W. Miller Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Dale W. Miller of Huntingdon County.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship a student must:

  • Be a full-time student.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Must attend the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Huntingdon Center.  Online students are eligible to receive the scholarship provided they have enrolled via the Huntingdon Center location.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.
  • Complete an essay explaining his/her educational goals.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


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.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

A maximum of $2,500 is awarded annually.


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 is awarded annually.


Somerset VFW Post 554 Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Somerset VFW Post 554.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras:
    • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) 
    • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) 
    • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) 
    • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) 
    • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) 
    • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) 
    • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Be a full-time student in a valid (degree producing) program of study.
  • Be a resident of Somerset County, however the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Somerset County.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

The following special circumstances apply to this scholarship:

  • The recipient may use the scholarship to defer using GI Bill benefits or to enable transfer of those benefits to a spouse or child.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


Stoystown American Legion Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Stoystown American Legion.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Currently be on active duty, serving the United States honorably or have an honorable discharge and have served during any of the following war eras:
    • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism) 
    • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama) 
    • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada) 
    • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War) 
    • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War) 
    • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II) 
    • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Be a full-time student in a valid (degree producing) program of study.
  • Be a resident of Somerset County, however the donor may waive this requirement if there are no eligible students from Somerset County.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

The following special circumstances apply to this scholarship:

  • The recipient may use the scholarship to defer using GI Bill benefits or to enable transfer of those benefits to a spouse or child.

A maximum of $1,000 is awarded annually.


Pennsylvania Highlands Community College 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's 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 is awarded annually.


Valenty Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the generosity of 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 business-related program.
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

A maximum of $1,250 is awarded annually.


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.

A maximum of $500 is awarded annually.


Stan and Helen Westbrook Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by Stan and Helen Westbrook.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a graduate of the Mount Union School District, located in Huntingdon County.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for second semester eligibility.

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


Windber Moose Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Windber Moose.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must:

  • Be either a full or part-time student.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Reside in Cambria or Somerset County.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

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