Awards - Penns Valley

Penns Valley High School Senior Awards! 
 
Each year, Penns Valley Seniors have the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarship offerings funded by community members, local businesses/organizations, and academic/athletic departments. These scholarships range in criteria, amount, and application requirements, so it is important for seniors to be aware of what awards they might be eligible for and how/when to apply for those awards. 

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DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY, APRIL 23RD!
(click to access scholarship form)
 
To be considered for many of the available Penns Valley Awards, seniors must complete the above scholarship form detailing their post-graduate plans, high school achievement and involvement, and financial need. The information that students submit on this form is reviewed by a group of Penns Valley Department Heads, Administrators, and Counselors in order to determine the awarding of many of the Penns Valley Awards.
 Please note that only seniors signed into their Penns Valley Google accounts are able to access and submit this form.
 
 
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2021 Awards - Additional Applications
In addition to the awards that seniors are automatically considered for by completing the above form, there are a number of additional awards that seniors are able to apply for directly. The paper applications for the below awards must be printed, completed, and submitted to the Penns Valley Awards Coordinator, Ms. Snider, in the Counseling Office (there are also printed copies available in the Counseling Office). The links to download the award application PDFs appear below the chart. 
 
Award Name Award Sponsor Award Amount and Application Deadline Award Criteria
Cale Shaffer Memorial
Application Below
Cale Shaffer
Memorial Trust
$471
April 23, 2021
Senior must have a 3.0 GPA, 3 letters of recommendation, and a strong interest in outdoor recreation and community service. 
Centre County Pomona Grange #13
Application Below
Centre County Pomona Grange #13 
$100
April 23, 2021
Senior should have a "C" average and have contributed to their family income through employment during school years. 
Gregg Township Alumni Association Awards
Application Below
GTVS
Alumni Association
$200
(2 awards available)
April 23, 2021
2 awards available: 
1. For a student who is a resident of Gregg Township
2. For a student who has a parent who is a Life-Member of the Gregg Township Alumni Association
Jacob F. Wetzel Scholarship
Application Below
Centre Hall
Lions Club
$1,000
(3 awards available)
April 23, 2021
Senior must be a Potter Township resident. Should demonstrate academic potential and seeking a certificate, 2-year, or 4-year degree.
James A. Bradford Memorial Scholarship for Engineering
Application Below
Penns Valley
Education Fund
$500
April 23, 2021 
Senior must have a 3.5 GPA and be accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college to study engineering. 
Keystone American Legion Post 444 Scholarship
Application Below
American Legion
Post 444
$1,000
(awarded to one male and one female)
April 23, 2021
Financial Need (80%)
Scholarship (10%)
Leadership (10%)
Student must provide proof of college acceptance and letter denying eligibility for financial aid.
Larry Leitch STEM Award
Application Below
Mr. Larry Leitch
$500
(2 awards available)
April 23, 2021
Senior accepted by a university, who is planning to major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field.
Paul & Mary Jane Rishel Memorial Loan Trust
Application Below
Mr. & Mrs. Paul and
Mary Jane Rishel
Loan Amount Varies
(up to 3 students awarded)
April 23, 2021
Senior who is a graduating senior of Penns Valley High School with GPA of 3.0.  Must provide of college acceptanceMust provide FAFSA Student Aid Report.
Senior Community Service Award
Application Below
Penns Valley
Grange #158
$150
April 23, 2021
Senior with an active involvement in community service organizations and activities.
State College Elk's Lodge #1600 Scholarship
Application Below
State College
Elk's Lodge #1600
$1,000
April 23, 2021
Selection determined by academic achievement, extracurricular/work involvement, and financial need. 
 
 
 
2021 Awards - Centre Foundation Online Applications
FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY FOR THESE OPPORTUNITIES, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE FILE BELOW. 
 
Award Name (containing link to apply) Award Funder Award Amount and Application Deadline Award Criteria
Click on link to be taken to award webpage and see the file below for instructions to apply
Centre County Bar Association & 
The Centre Foundation
$300
April 23, 2021

This fund supports a senior award for an outstanding high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to community service through involvement in civic organizations or through projects and activities that benefit the residents of the student’s hometown, region, county, or state. The recipient should also be proficient in English composition and grammar and American history.

 

Colonel Gerald F. Russell Scholarship

Click on link to be taken to award webpage and see the file below for instructions to apply
The Centre Foundation
$3,000
CLOSED

1. Graduating senior of a Centre County school district, including St. Joseph Catholic Academy
2.  Must be a child or grandchild of a military veteran or the brother or sister of a military veteran
3.  Applicant must have demonstrated academic achievements and leadership in the community, school, and/or religious activities.
4.  Must have a GPA of at least 3.0
5.  Preference will be given to a student exhibiting financial need

Dr. John L. Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Click on link to be taken to award webpage and see the file below for instructions to apply
The Centre Foundation
$1,000
CLOSED

Awarded to a senior student in Bellefonte, Bald Eagle, Penns Valley or State College area school districts who has demonstrated excellence in mathematics. Applicant should be intending to study mathematics at post-secondary level.

 

The Next Step Scholarship

Click on link to be taken to award webpage and see the file below for instructions to apply

 

The Centre Foundation
$3,000
April 23, 2021

Given to a Penns Valley Area High School senior pursuing a post-secondary technical training education and from a working-class family.   May be a 2 or 4 year program.  

SPE Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Click on link to be taken to award webpage and see the file below for instructions to apply

SPE Federal Credit Union & 
The Centre Foundation
$3,000
(3 awards available)
April 30, 2021

1. Available to high school seniors from Centre County, Huntingdon, or Mount Union areas entering CPI or the Huntingdon County Career and Tech Center
2. Financial hardship may be considered
3. Other considerations: extra-curricular and volunteer activities, grades/GPA, and career goals.

 

 Virginia Higgins Suhey Scholarship

Click on link to be taken to award webpage and see the file below for instructions to apply

 

The Centre Foundation
$1,000
CLOSED

1. Available to a graduating senior from a Centre County school district who is pursuing a post-secondary education and has been accepted
2. Must a GPA of 3.25 or higher
3. Must demonstrate financial need

The John and Janice Sherer Scholarship

Click on link to be taken to the award webpage and see the file below for instructions to apply

 

The Centre Foundation
$ TBD
CLOSED

1. Available to a graduating senior from a Centre County school district who is attending the Schreyer Honors College at PSU, University Park, PA.

2. Other considerations:

  1. Financial need
  2. Female student planning to study a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, math)
  3. Community service activities
  4. Number of AP courses credited
  5. Extracurricular activities
 
 
 
 
2021 Awards - Additional Online Applications
 
Award Name (containing link to apply) Award Funder Award Amount and Application Deadline Award Criteria
2021 PVYC Commitment to Community Scholarship Penns Valley Youth Center
$1,000 / $500
April 30, 2021
Selection determined by responses to short application essays regarding community
Dean Ripka Memorial Scholarship American Legion Post 779
$4,000 ($1,000 per year for 4 years)
CLOSED
Recipients must be either children or grandchildren of Legionaries of Post 779.