Awards - Penns Valley

Penns Valley High School Senior Awards! 
Each year, Penns Valley Seniors have the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarship and award 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. 

You may access the 2022-2023 Awards Listing below.
DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, March 31, 2023
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 faculty, 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.
2023 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
Andrew Peffer Award
Penns Valley Education Foundation
$500 (2)
March 31, 2023
  • Awarded to one male and one female senior
  • Demonstrated passion for science
  • Planning a career in either science or education, or attending IUP
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher
Cale Shaffer Memorial
Application Below
Cale Shaffer
Memorial Trust
March 31, 2023
  • 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 
March 31, 2023
  • Senior should have a minimum of a "C" average
  • and have contributed to their family income through employment during school years. 
Gregg Township Alumni Association Awards
Application Below
Alumni Association
March 31, 2023
  •  For a student who is a resident of Gregg Township
Hollier Scholarship
Application Below
Penns Valley Education Foundation
March 31, 2023
  • Senior has been accepted to a college and is planning to major in a STEM field of study.
  • Has a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Has participated in extra-curricular activities or work.
  • Preference given to engineering students and those with financial needs.
Jacob F. Wetzel Scholarship
Application Below
Centre Hall
Lions Club
(2-3 awards available)
March 31, 2023
  • 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 Foundation
March 31, 2023
  • Senior must have a 3.5 GPA
  • 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
(awarded to one male and one female)
March 31, 2023
  • Financial Need (80%)
  • Scholarship (10%)
  • Leadership (10%)
  • Student must provide proof of college acceptance,
  • and letter from college denying eligibility for financial aid.
Larry Leitch STEM Award
Application Below
Mr. Larry Leitch
(2 awards available)
March 31, 2023
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
$5,000 loan
(up to 3 students awarded)
  • Senior who is a graduating senior of Penns Valley High School with
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Must provide letter of college acceptance. 
  • Must provide FAFSA Student Aid Report.
Senior Community Service Award
Application Below
Penns Valley
Grange #158
March 31, 2023
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
March 31, 2023
Selection determined by academic achievement, extracurricular/work involvement, and financial need. 
William Young Memorial Scholarship
Application Below
Mount Nittany Medical Center
March 31, 2023
Awarded to a senior planning to enter the field of health care.  
  • Involvement in school activities
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Community involvement in activities promoting health care


2023 Awards - Centre Foundation Online Applications
Application Instructions may be found HERE
 For Application, PLEASE CLICK HERE
Award Name  Award Funder Award Amount and Application Deadline Award Criteria
Centre Bar Association Senior Award
Centre County Bar Association & 
The Centre Foundation
April 10, 2023

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

The Centre Foundation
April 10, 2023

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

The Centre Foundation
April 10, 2023

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



The Centre Foundation
April 10, 2023

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.  

Arize 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 awards available)
April 10, 2023

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


The Centre Foundation
April 10, 2023

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 have a GPA of 3.25 or higher
3. Must demonstrate financial need

The John and Janice Sherer Scholarship



The Centre Foundation
April 10, 2023

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
  5. Extracurricular activities

Centre County Association of School Retirees Scholarship 2023

The Centre Foundation
April 10, 2023

This fund provides a scholarship for a Centre County student who is in good academic standing, is pursuing a field in a technical or vocational post-secondary program and is considered a good citizen.

Priority is given to students with demonstrated financial need.

2023 Awards - Additional Online Applications
Award Name (containing link to apply) Award Funder Award Amount and Application Deadline Award Criteria
2023 PVYC Commitment to Community Scholarship Penns Valley Youth Center
$1,000 / $500
April 30, 2023
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)
April 5, 2023
Recipients must be either children or grandchildren of Legionaries of Post 779.
iRONman Scholarship
(see Counseling office)
Kayla T. Hulsizer
$ 1,650 (3 available)
Eligibility requirements:
  • Must attend a trade school, community college, or other accredited university.
  • Provide proof of acceptance to school.
  • Parent/guardian or self must be a member of the Moose or a Union member and provide proof of association.
  • Scholarship funds will be awarded based on the quality of the essay, regardless of personal financial need of the participant.
  • There will be no exceptions for missing the stated submission deadline.
  • 1-3 page essay
  • Cover letter
Paul A. & Mary Jane Rishel Trust Fund Memorial Loans
First National Bank
$5,000 (3 available)
  • Interest-free loans
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Proof of financial need
  • Provide proof of acceptance
  • FAFSA completion with a copy of your SAR
Sweat 4 Vets Scholarship Application Sweat 4 Vets
$ 1,000
April 1, 2023
Scholarships are awarded to veterans or family members of veterans.  Scholarship committee considers the service of the veteran (combat service, purple heart, service-related death or disability, etc.) as well as the student's grades, community service, and involvement in school activities and the workforce.