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Guidance Scholarships

There are many scholarship opportunities available to High School Juniors and Seniors for which the Guidance Department receives information.  We have information on the scholarships listed below, some with direct links to the scholarship information, others that require a paper application which are available in the Guidance Office. 



2020 ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION -MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP-The Elks National Foundation awards over two million dollars in college scholarships, to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide. All high school students in the Bangor Slate Belt and Easton area are encouraged and welcomed to submit an application, properly prepared, on-line for judging and selection, at the local level. The top three girls and top three boys, will advance to the district level, then possibly to the State and National levels. The application is totally on-line, please review instructions carefully. Applications are available online only at Deadline is November 5, 2019.

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS (VFW)-Voice of Democracy 2019-2020 Theme: "What Makes America Great" - Students in Grade 9-12 may begin by competing at the local Post level. Students must write and record a three-to-five  minute essay on the theme-applications can be found at -You may stop in Guidance for more information - Submit to: Commander Alfero - VFW Post 739 - 202 Veterans Rd. Bangor, PA 18013 Deadline: October 31, 2019

VALLEY FORGE CHAPTER - SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - Is sponsoring locally the National Society SAR Knight Essay Contest. This contest is open to high school seniors. Please stop by Guidance for more information on this contest. Deadline: December 4, 2019

LEHIGH VALLEY MALL & SIMON YOUTH FOUNDATION - Lehigh Valley Mall is once again partnering with SYF to award local students post-secondary scholarship through the Simon Youth Community Scholarship Program. Scholarship applications are available at -            Deadline:  February 18, 2020

36th ANNUAL DeSALES UNIVERSITY POETRY FESTIVAL - Join high school students from across the Northeast United States on the beautiful campus of DeSales University to participate in a day of poetry festivities on Friday, October 25, 2019. Students are invited to submit 3  poems before the festival to compete for a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to DeSales. For questions concerning the festival, registration, and/or petry submissions, contact       Dr. Myers at 610-282-1100, ext. 1387

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc receive up to a $25,000.00 scholarship. The eligibility criteria to be considered for Horatio Alger National and State Scholarships are as follows: *Be enrolled as a full- time high school in the United States with plans to enter college no later than the Fall semester following graduation.*Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a Bachelor’s degree to an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the US (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four year.*Demonstrate a critical financial nee ($55,000.00 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)*Be involved in co-curricular and community services activates*Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity*Hold a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0*Be a United States citizen Online registration application can be completed at 

Penn State’s application for summer and fall 2020 is now available online at MyPennState. The Coalition Application, or the Common Application. Students only need to submit one application, through one of these systems, to Penn State.Students interested in applying Early Action need to submit their application material by November 1 (receive a decision by December 24). This is not Early Decision. Early Action students will continue to have to May 1 to make their decision. For students not choosing Early Action, they should apply by our Priority Filing Date of November 30 (receive a decision by January 31). Admission to Penn State may become more competitive if a student waits to apply by or after the priority filing date. Please encourage your students to apply early. As an additional reminder, the complete application is made up of the application, standardized test scores, and Self-Reported Academic Record. Test scores must be sent directly from testing service.  Any questions contact us at 814-865-5471 or admissions@

 John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. *Describe and analyze an act of political courage by US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK’s birth. The essay may focus on an issue at the local, state, national or international level. *Use at least five varied, reliable sources such as books, articles, and personal interviews. Participant are encouraged to use primary source material such as letters, speeches, and government documents. Awards: First place $10,000.00, Second place $3,000.00, Five finalists $1000.00 each, Eight semifinalists $100.00 each Visit contest  for complete guidelines Submissions must be post marked by January 17, 2020

Mercyhurst University-45th Annual Sister Angelica Art Scholarship Competition Mercyhurst offers degrees in Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Art Education, and Studio Art. Students interested in pursuing a degree in one of these art areas should enter. First place $10,000.00 per year, Second place $8,000.00 per year, Third place $6,000.00 per year, Honorable Mention Award of $2,500.00 per year. Any questions please contact Tom Hubert 814-824-2384 or To mail an entry Tom Hubert, Mercyhurst University, 501 East 38th Street, Erie, Pa 16546-0001

2019 Youth Awards Presented by: Hispanic Heritage Foundation The 2019 Youth Awards are now being accepted. This award is for students who are graduating from the Class of 2020 with up to $3,500.00 in educational grants to fund their higher education or to fund a community-based project. Recipients will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community, and for their excellence in various educational categories. The 2019 Youth Award categories are (may be subject to change):*Business & Entrepreneurship*Community Service *Education *Healthcare & Science *Media & Entertainment *Technology & Engineering To be considered, students must meet the following criteria: *Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring/summer of 2020 *Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10. Scale *Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2020-2021 *Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines) *If selected, attendance to regional ceremony is mandatory and travel is at the recipient’s expense *Be a U.S. permanent resident, US citizen, or qualify under DACA The deadline to apply is Tuesday October 15th.  Apply at www.



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