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Why Should I Apply for Scholarships?

Scholarships can make a big difference when it comes to paying for college. Even small scholarships can add up to much larger amounts, considerably lowering how much money you will need to pay. Many colleges may give out scholarships or grants (“gift aid”) as part of your financial aid package. These are typically associated with academic merit or community service. These forms of gift aid are funds that you will not have to pay back. In addition to the scholarships provided from the college, you are able to bring in as many outside scholarships as you receive. Outside scholarships will go towards what amount of the total cost your family is expected to pay for your education. Scholarships, both from the college itself and outside scholarships, can help to make college significantly more affordable, giving you and your family less to worry about. 

How to Avoid Scholarship Scams

You need to be careful when applying for scholarships that you do not apply for scam scholarships. As a general rule of thumb, you should not have to ever pay to apply for a scholarship. Check out some other basic rules about avoiding scholarship scams here

Here are also some good tips on making sure you are finding and applying to legitimate scholarships.

Where Can I Find Scholarships?

There are many different types of scholarships, so be sure to do an in-depth search to find the ones that best fit you.

Check out this website for financial definitions, information, resources, and scholarship links:  The Ultimate Scholarship Guide šŸ˜

Here are some great online scholarship databases to check out:

BHS Scholarship Listing
Career One Stop
Big Future

Dollars for College

Dollars for College is an organization that is meant to help students and families be prepared for sending a student off to college. The Dollars for College website has many different resources available for students in all grades of high school, college students, and for parents/caregivers. Below there are links to the toolkits for seniors in both English and Spanish.

Student Financial Planning Toolkit for 12th Grade 

un kit de herramientas de planificación financiera para el estudiante  

Scholarships Listing

Scholarships Available - 2022-2023


Clarence Schock Foundation Scholarship:

For students who have applied and are accepted at Cheyney University, Kutztown University, Millersville University, Shippensburg University, and West Chester University. If you have been accepted at one of these schools, contact their financial aid office and ask about this scholarship and how to apply. The scholarship is worth $6,600 over four years. See Ms. Riley if you have questions about how to apply.

Pennsylvania American Legion Scholarships

The PA American Legion offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities for students in grades 9-12. To see the full listing of available scholarships, please visit


Cirkled In -- The "No Sweat" Scholarship

The Cirkled In “No Sweat” Scholarship is a $2500 cash scholarship you can use for any educational purpose, from books to summer camp. In just two steps, you’re in! Apply by signing-up for a Cirkled In account and then complete your portfolio. Remaining deadlines for this year are: September 30 and December 31. Click here for application.


VFW -- Voice of Democracy Scholarship

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $35,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.



Atlanta Innovative Medicine is thrilled to announce a new annual scholarship with the objective of supporting students and their academic achievements. Commencing in late 2020, we have initiated a national scholarship award opportunity in the amount of $1500 with a deadline of December 31, 2022. This award will be granted to one exceptional student who meets the qualification requirements for the scholarship opportunity.


Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award

 A first place prize of $6,000, a second place prize of $4,000, and a third place prize of $2,000 will be awarded to high school juniors, who submit an essay discussing the modern day relevance of a selected quote by Benjamin Franklin. The deadline to apply for 2023 is Friday, February 24th, 2023. Visit for additional information.

Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter Scholarship

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Keystone Chapter is a non-profit whose mission is to provide financial assistance to students who have chosen construction-related career paths. Applicants must enroll in a trade school, college or university program that is directly related to a construction career. This includes skilled trades, engineering, or construction management. If you know of a high school senior who is planning on post-education in some aspect of construction, please let them know about this scholarship opportunity. Past scholarship recipients have pursued careers in such areas as Architecture, Welding Technology, Building Construction Technology, Construction Management, and Civil Engineering.  They have attended both two-year trade schools and four-year colleges. Eight to twelve scholarships will be distributed and can range from $1,500-$3,000. The application can be found on the ABC Keystone website and is due February 24, 2023.

PSECU Scholarship

We offer six scholarships, each up to $8,000, to members graduating from high school. Each recipient receives up to $2,000 per year for up to four years, providing scholarship requirements are met. Since the program began in 1997, more than 100 students have benefited, going on to graduate and begin careers in medicine, education, science, communications, and other disciplines. The program has awarded more than a half million dollars to students embarking on higher education.  The 2023 application will be posted this fall.


Adams County Community Foundation Scholarships:

The Adams County Community Foundation manages a variety of scholarship funds, ranging from those that support college students to those that are available for a variety of educational pursuits.To access more information or to apply for a scholarship please visit  Create your personal student profile by clicking the “Students and Parents” link. The application deadline for 2023 will be posted this fall.

To be eligible for the Adams Electric Cooperative Scholarships the student must be a senior in high school and have at least one parent or guardian currently receiving electric service from Adams Electric Cooperative, Inc. with an account(s) in good standing and the parent or guardian must live in Pennsylvania at the time of the student's application for a scholarship. Scholarships are offered to students planning to enter traditional and Career and Trade Schools. 

The Thomas E. Arnold Scholarship is open to a Biglerville High School student pursuing post-secondary education in the field of history. The student will demonstrate financial need, have high academic performance, show community involvement and demonstrate strong interest in history as indicated by enrollment in advanced history classes, and work above and beyond the instructor's requirements such as participation in National History Day Competition.

The Biglerville High School Business Award is a scholarship to a graduating senior at Biglerville High School pursuing a degree in a business-related field.

The Canner Awards Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior with high academic performance, financial need and showing community involvement.   

The Mary Sue Cline Scholarships are open to a graduating male and female at Biglerville High School. This scholarship was created to honor retired Biglerville High School Teacher Mary Sue Cline. The applicant must be a resident of Adams County for a minimum of two (2) years, be a student of the Upper Adams School District for Junior and Senior years, present evidence of acceptance to a post-secondary school pursuing a business, vocational or technical program requiring no more than two (2) years of study.

The Emma M. Duttera Scholarship is open to any graduating senior residing in Adams County, although priority is given to graduates of Littlestown Senior High School. The applicant may be any male or female who is planning on entering the Protestant Ministry.

The Ray & Violet Flickinger Scholarship is open to a Upper Adams graduating senior in good standing with financial need, good character, good citizenship & a cooperative attitude with teachers and other personnel in school.

The Berne C. Hart Technical School Scholarship was established by his sister to honor her brother who was a Biglerville student. The scholarship will be a one-time $5,000 scholarship to a student enrolling in a technical school for post-secondary education leading to employment.  The applicant must demonstrate high financial need, good academic performance, part-time employment during high school and a high motivation to have a career and be self-sufficient.  Technical courses during high school are a requirement. 

The Eddie Horst Memorial Scholarship is open to any graduating student in Adams County who is planning a career in music. Eddie Horst was a graduate of Biglerville High School whose career in music included writing arrangements for Bruce Springsteen and others. The scholarship was established by Eddie's family and the members of his graduating class.

The Kermit Jacoby, Jr. Scholarships were established by Evelyn G. Jacoby in memory of her son Kermit L. Jacoby, Jr., a gifted athlete and Big 33 participant who passed away in 2002.  These scholarships are open to a graduating male and female at Biglerville High School who have earned at least three varsity letters in two sports. The applicant must have a GPA of at least 85% and he/she must have exhibited outstanding character, sportsmanship and leadership in athletic endeavors.

Dr. Ronald Krablin Scholarship is open to any graduating senior residing in Adams County with financial need, pursuing a degree in the healthcare profession. 

The Mildred Walters Leader Memorial Scholarship is open to a graduating senior at Biglerville High School pursuing a degree in Social Sciences. High academic performance and community service must be demonstrated.

The Julie Ann Lochary Scholarship is open to any graduating girl residing in Adams County, although priority is given to graduates of Littlestown Senior High School.  It was established in 2014 in memory of Julie Ann Lochary, a 10-year-old student at Rolling Hills Elementary School who passed away in September 2013 after battling brain cancer. The scholarship is open to any girl who has been active in the 4-H program. The student may be attending any 2 - 4 year post-secondary degree program at a college or technical school.

The Meghan T. McKinney Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of this Biglerville High School Graduate. The scholarship is open to a graduating student at Biglerville High School who is pursuing a career in healthcare. 

The Luella Musselman Paul Scholarship was established by Tom and Gina Arnold in 2010 to honor his mother, Luella Musselman Paul, for her dedication to the community; to her company, the C. H. Musselman Company; and to her family. This scholarship is open to a graduating senior at Biglerville High School who demonstrates need, high academic performance and community involvement.

The Elizabeth Ferciot Roby Art Scholarship was established by her daughter, Marcia, and her husband Todd to recognize a student or adult pursuing post-secondary education at a school, college or university in the field of art, preferably studio art, but other forms of art such as photography, sculpture, or pottery may be considered.

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg Scholarship is open to students at Gettysburg, Fairfield and Biglerville High School, including home-schooled and private school students living in those districts who show community service.  Students attending any 2-4 year post-secondary degree program at a college or technical school are eligible to apply. 

Penn-Cumberland Garden Club Scholarship

High school senior who attends a four-year program with a major in horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, forestry, urban or regional planning, environmental science, botany, or plant or ecology related studies. The deadline has not yet been announced for 2023. See Ms. Riley for an application

Horatio Alger Scholarship- State Scholarship

State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*: Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States

The undergraduate application is available from December 1, 2022 - March 15, 2023.

WTS Foundation 2022 Corporate Sponsor Scholarship Application

The WTS Foundation fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in the area of transportation. One way to accomplish this goal is by awarding the WTS Foundation Corporate Partner Scholarship(s) to women or those that identify as female, who want to pursue studies in transportation or a related field, providing steppingstones to help plan for a bright future in an exciting, always advancing career. The scholarships are $5,000 each. This scholarship deadline has not been updated on the website yet.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship

The HSF Scholarship is designed to aid students of Hispanic heritage in their pursuit of a college degree. Scholarships are available to high school seniors, undergraduate students (all years), graduate students, and community college students transferring to four-year universities. Awards are merit-based, and final amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on demonstrated financial need. Phase 1 of the application, which is a short questionnaire, opens . After review of all Phase 1 submissions, the top qualified applicants will be invited to complete the application Phase 2. Apply at

Ira E. Lady Americanism Essay Contest

Each year, the American Legion Auxillary sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for students in grades 3-12. Applicants are required to write an essay of 450-500 words answering the question, "How can we address the health and well-being of our veterans, military, and their families?". Students can win an award of $25-100 for their essay. Essays should be submitted to Biglerville American Legion Auxillary no later than March 1, 2022.

PAEOP Hermine Solt Student Scholarship $500 Scholarship:

The Pennsylvania Association of Educational Office Professionals is awarding a $500 scholarship to a senior that meets the following criteria. Student must be planning on going into a career in secretarial, office technology, accounting, or business education. Student must also demonstrate academic achievement, leadership abilities, dedication to the community, and have financial need. Student must have a recommendation from a teacher in the Business Education department or from a guidance counselor. Application deadline will be updated on the website soon. Go to to apply. 

Builders Association of Adams County Scholarship

The Builders Association of Adams County Scholarship is offering $1,000 scholarship to seniors who is planning to attend a certified trade school or college studying: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, masonry, drafting, engineering, or other building trade field. See or email Ms. Riley for an application. Applicants will submit a completely filled in copy of the accompanying application to the guidance office of their respective high school or mail to: Adams County Home Show Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 3321, Gettysburg, PA 17325 along with a current transcript before January 31st of each year.

United Steelworkers Hugh Carcella Scholarship Program:

Applicant must be a member in good standing, or the son or daughter or legal ward of a member of a United Steelworkers, District 10 (Eastern) local union participating in the Scholarship Program; or the son or daughter or legal ward of a disabled or old age retiree or deceased member of an affiliated local union who has good standing with the United Steelworkers at the time of their retirement or death. Applications must be obtained, upon request, from participating local unions. No applications will be accepted unless properly signed by the President and Recording Secretary of the respective local union. The selection committee will review the applicant's grades, SAT/ACT scores, and conduct such interviews as they may choose to determine the award winners. When completed, the forms should be mailed to the Scholarship Fund Committee, Unite Steelworkers, 1o Canal Street; Suite 310; Bristol, PA 19007. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2023.

Jeanette Cartwright Memorial Scholarship

The award's purpose is to assist college-bound seniors who have or have recently had a family member diagnosed with cancer or who has died from cancer. Applicants must be high school seniors, must have an immediate family member who is diagnosed with cancer or one who has recently lost a family member to cancer. In addition to the application, applicants must write an essay from a prompt, provide 3 letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. Applications are due March 15, 2023.

Florence deHaven Stick Memorial Scholarship

The Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove is offering a $3,000-$5,000 scholarship to students planning on enrolling in an accredited nursing program or accepted for classes beginning in the fall of 2020 for a career as an RN or LPN. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic performance, and extracirricular activities. This scholarship is open to graduating high school students as well as post-high school applicants. The application is deadline will be available this fall..,Stick%2C%20Hanover's%20first%20visiting%20nurse.

Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA Scholarship:

9 scholarships totaling $9,500. The top recipient will receive $1,500 scholarship and the other 8 recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Applicant requirements include: a diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder, high school graduate of 2019, proof of acceptance to a post-secondary academic or vocational program, legal resident of Western or Central PA, must attend at least 1 of EAWCP's run/walk's in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Altoona, or Erie. Applications are due April 4th, 2022.


Good Samaritan Mason Lodge No. 336 Scholarship:

Presented to a student planning further education. This scholarship is open to students with any worthy career goal and designed to reward further interest in Liberal Arts. A written teacher recommendation is required. Applications are due on April 1 , 2023. See or email Ms. Riley for an application.

Upper Adams Jaycees 

The Upper Adams Jaycees offer a $1,000 Scholarship for any senior who plans on enrolling in a 4-year or 2-year school. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2023.

PRLAEF's Scholarship Program

The association's Educational Foundation, along with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, is pleased to once again offer scholarship opportunities to students seeking to further their education in the hospitality industry. The deadline for students to submit their completed application package is April 1, 2022. For more information about the PRLAEF's scholarship program, including eligibility criteria and application requirements, visit

The Terry Newendorp Environmental Scholarship for the Gunpowder RiverT

The Award’s purpose is to assist college-bound high school seniors who excel in their studies and who plan to use their talents and expertise in the service of environmental protection. Each year, one winner will be chosen from among the current year’s graduating class. The award will provide $1,000 towards college costs for students with strong connections to the Gunpowder River Watershed. Eligibility: Students must reside within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and have a clear connection to the Gunpowder River Watershed. Qualifying examples include: A connection to drinking water or recreational, aesthetic, and/or environmental attributes of the Gunpowder River Watershed. Applicants must also plan on majoring or minoring in one of the natural sciences and demonstrate a strong personal commitment to protecting the Gunpowder Watershed. Application deadlines will be available later this year.

Conewago Enterprises Inc. Scholarship

Conewago Enterprises will again be awarding seven (7) total scholarships to local area 2022 Seniors entering college (5 – 4-year scholarships and 2 – 2-year scholarships). The amount of each scholarship will be $5,000 per year, distributed annually for either a maximum of 2 or 4 years. See Ms. Riley for an application. The deadline will be available later this year.

Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

The Auxiliary awards an annual scholarship to local students pursuing careers in health care. The scholarship recipient must be accepted into an accredited college, institution or hospital school of nursing at the time the award is made. A 500 word essay about why you chose your major and what your career goals are is required. The deadline will be available later this year. See or email Ms. Riley for an application.

Gettysburg Women’s Club Scholarship:

Two scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to Adams County High School graduating seniors who are planning no more than a two-year course of study in a vocational or technical institution. See or email Ms. Riley for an application.

Hanover Elks Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship:

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Hanover Elks is offering two $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors who have been accepted into and will be beginning at an accredited nursing program leading to a career as a registered nurse. Criteria for the scholarship also includes: academic records; financial need; character, leadership abilities, extracurricular activities; school and community service; educational and personal goals; presentation during interview; extenuating circumstances or special factors; and letters of reference. Completed applications should be submitted to Carole Baker at 110 Ruth Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331 and she can be reached at 717-632-4315 with questions. See or email Ms. Riley for an application.

ASHE Harrisburg Engineering Scholarship

A minimum of 7 scholarships up to $4,000 each will be awarded. Applicants must be enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, a four-year college program leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering, preferably civil engineering; four-year degree in environmental/applied sciences; or, a 2- year degree or trade school equivalent leading to certification in construction technology/trade, building technology/trade, or heavy equipment operating CDL license. The deadline for this scholarship is April 2, 2022.

Metzger Wickersham Road to Safety Scholarship

This scholarship is for graduating college-bound seniors. Applicants should submit a creative project about the dangers of drunk driving or distracted driving for their chance to win a college scholarship. First, second, and third place winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive $1,000, $750, and $500 scholarships, respectively. Submissions should exclusively be audio/visual projects, rather than essays. This scholarship is great for students who plan to attend art school or study a creative field such as video production or graphic design.

Adams County Bar Association Law Day Essay Contest:

The Adams County Bar Association offers scholarships for up to 5 students with the first place recipient receiving $2,500, 2nd place $1,500, and $500 for honorable mention. This scholarship is for students who are considering a law-related career. This year's essay theme is entitled "“Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.” For a full application, please see or email Ms. Riley. 

The 2019 Richard L. Boyd Workers' Memorial Day Essay Contest 

This contest is open to High School Seniors, with the opportunity of winning $500. The essay topic is “The Important of Workplace Safety”. The deadline to submit an essay is not yet available for 2023 Please see or email Ms. Riley for more details.

Student-View Scholarship

The 2019 Student-View Scholarship Program is offering scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community college, or career school. The awards include: one $4,000 scholarship, two $1,000 scholarships, and ten $500 scholarships. Log on to and complete the application survey. The application is not yet available for 2023.

 Gettysburg Garden Club Scholarship:

$1,500 college scholarship for any student living in Adams County that plans to major in the field of Biology (excluding Pre-Med), Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation, Ecology, Plant Pathology, Floral Design, and/or related subjects.


B.Davis Scholarship

The B.Davis Scholarship is offering a $1,000 scholarship. This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. Your submission must be sent by email to at awards@studentawardsearch.com

Scott and Hoffnagle Scholarship Fund

The foundation will be offering one $10,0000 scholarship, one of $7,500 and three awards of $5,000 scholarships. Applications from individuals pursuing any type of major at a post-secondary institution will be considered. However, preference will be provided to applicants pursuing construction and trade related programs. Eligibility for the scholarship includes: attending an accredited institution within a 50 mile radius of Leola, PA or a 25 mile radius of Wilmington, DE; have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA; and must be admitted as a full-time student at an accredited college/community college/trade school. The application includes an essay, a letter of recommendation, HS transcript, and a letter of acceptance to an institution.

PB&J Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.

Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to: medical issues, peer issues: bullying, change of school, minority status, etc. family issues: divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc. Scholarships


The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is offering 500 scholarships at up to $2,500 each.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
  • Have at least half of your program remaining, with a graduation date no earlier than May 2023.
  • Cannot be taking pre-requisite courses and must be enrolled in your program
  • Must be enrolled full-time by Fall 2022 to be eligible.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer.

Big Sun Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. They are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute.

Casa De La Cultura

Scholarships will be given to students based on essay responses, financial need and timely submission of required documentation. There is no age or citizenship restriction, priority will be given to students who have participated in  Migrant Education or Casa de la Cultura programming. The scholarship check will be written out to the institution the student will attend, including universities, colleges, technical schools and community colleges. Scholarship

An academic scholarship of $500 will be awarded by to increase access to the college education necessary to become a nurse.


  • Should be planning on becoming a nurse
  • Must be enrolled, or accepted, at an accredited school
  • Continuing their studies in the upcoming academic year
  • Have at least 30 semester or 45 quarter degree hours remaining
  • Agree to provide with a digital photograph and quote to be displayed on the site should they receive the award
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or hold Permanent U.S. Resident Status