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The following external scholarship providers are not affiliated with Penn State and specifically request applications from students attending or planning to attend Penn State Beaver:

The Shaw Family Trust

The Shaw Family Trust was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships to high school seniors from Beaver County who are entering their freshman year of college at Penn State Beaver. Students must have a minimum high school grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 to qualify and must maintain a college 3.0 GPA to be eligible to reapply. In addition, students must have a demonstrated financial need. Application materials must be received at the Pittsburgh Foundation by June 25.

The Edward G. Gerner Scholarship

The Edward G. Gerner Scholarship, awarded by the Western Pennsylvania Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (WPHIMSS), provides a monetary award and a student membership in WPHIMSS. Eligible students must be interested in a career in healthcare information technology and management systems, be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, have completed at least one semester, and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Students can apply by visiting http://www.wphimss.org/students/students1.html.

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is for women who earned a high school diploma or GED on or before September 1995. To obtain an application, please contact Gail Gray, Beaver campus student aid coordinator, 724-773-3803, or obtain a scholarship application at any Talbots USA store. In addition, you can obtain an application at http://www.talbots.com/about/scholar/scholar.asp. The annual scholarship application deadline is early January.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships

Fifteen awards of up to $35,000 each are given to African American students in junior status who are majoring in life science or physical science and have a minimum 3.3 GPA. To obtain an application, please visit http://www.uncf.org/merck. The annual scholarship application deadline is mid-December.

Sons of Italy National Leadership Grant Competition

This competition offers 10-13 merit-based scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 to students who are American citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian American grandparent). For information and an application, please visit http://www.osia.org/public/scholarships/grants.asp. The annual scholarship application deadline is the end of February.

Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Scholarship

Generally in the amount of $1,500, this scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in advertising. To obtain an application, please request an electronic copy at turnerd@pghfdn.org, or please visit http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/. The annual scholarship application deadline is early March.

Sabina Hilger Walsh and Harold Rex Walsh Scholarship Fund

This fund offers one scholarship to a sophomore student whose primary residence is in Beaver or Allegheny County and who is pursuing a career in teaching. To obtain an application, please request an electronic copy at mailto:turnerd@pghfdn.org, or please visit http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/. The annual scholarship application deadline is late March.

The Learning Fund

This fund offers at least one scholarship to sophomore students residing in western Pennsylvania who are graduates of a high school in Butler, New Castle, or Kittanning and have declared a major in psychology or social work. To obtain an application, please request an electronic copy at mailto:turnerd@pghfdn.org, or please visit http://www.pittsburghfoundation.org/. The annual scholarship application deadline is late April.

The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh Journalism Scholarship

This offers two $1,500 scholarships to talented students whose career goals include working in print journalism as a reporter, copy editor, photographer, paginator, or graphics designer. Eligible students must be enrolled in a journalism program or its equivalent, must attend a four-year college or university, and must have completed four semesters. Applications must be from Western Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, or Westmoreland counties), and applicants must attend a college or university within those counties. To obtain an application, please visit http://www.pghguild.com/. The annual scholarship application deadline is early March.

PA's Best 50 Women in Business Scholarship Award

Up to $3,000 is awarded to Pennsylvania residents who are women interested in pursuing a career in business and who exhibit leadership ability. For information and application, please visit http://www.best50womenpa.com/. The annual scholarship application deadline is mid-April.

Monaca-Center Lions Club Scholarships

Up to $1,000 is awarded to students who are graduates of Monaca or Center High School, are residents of Center Township or Monaca, and who will be sophomores at Penn State Beaver, Geneva College, Robert Morris University, or Community College of Beaver County. A minimum 2.8 GPA is required. To obtain an application, please contact Gail Gray, Beaver campus student aid coordinator, 724-773-3803. The annual scholarship application deadline is June 30.

Beaver Valley Contractors and Suppliers Association Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen enrolled in a qualified post-secondary trade/technical school or college/university program in pursuit of a career in one of the following industries: architectural services; building inspection; building materials, products, and equipment; carpentry, concrete, and masonry; electrical contracting and suppliers; excavating; heating and air conditioning; home financing; interior design; landscaping; painting; plumbing; real estate; security systems, and welding. For an application, please contact Gail Gray, Beaver campus student aid coordinator, 724-773-3803. The annual scholarship application deadline is April 30.

National Federation of the Blind of PA Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships recognize achievement by blind scholars. Applicants must be legally blind, pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary education, and not a winner of any of the National Federation of the Blind scholarships within the same year. Winners of the scholarships are expected to participate in the entire Pennsylvania Federation of the Blind state convention, usually held over a weekend in November. To obtain an application, please contact Gail Gray, Beaver campus student aid coordinator, 724-773-3803. The annual scholarship application deadline is August 31.

American Association of University Women (AAUW), Beaver Valley Branch

This group awards a $1,500 scholarship to a non-traditional female student from Beaver County. Applicants must attend a college or university, have a GPA of 3.00 or higher, and major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Applicants must complete an application and a 250-word essay reflecting on the impact of the AAUW's mission statement of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. To obtain an application, please contact Gail Gray, Beaver campus student aid coordinator, 724-773-3803. The annual scholarship application deadline is March 13.

ASCO Numatics Engineering College Scholarship

This offers two $5,000 scholarships for United States engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation program and must have completed their sophomore year with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for an ASCO Numatics internship. For information and an application, please visit www.asconumatics.com/scholarship. The annual scholarship application deadline is June 30.

Diversified Family Services Robin Kralevich Memorial Scholarship

This is a $500 scholarship for currently enrolled students pursuing a career in social services. Applicants must be residents of Mercer County. To obtain an application, please contact Gail Gray, Beaver campus student aid coordinator, 724-773-3803. The annual scholarship application deadline is April 3.

In addition, the Penn State Office of Student Aid provides a listing of external scholarships. Please visit http://www.psu.edu/studentaid/scholarships/private.shtml?reload.

University-wide Scholarships

Awards to both first-year and upper-division students are made by the Scholarship Committee which typically begins its review in March (prior to fall semester enrollment). All students are considered automatically. Most scholarships are merit and need-based. Awards average $1,000 annually.

The Penn State Faculty Senate also provides University-wide scholarships. Funding is limited and reserved for upper-division students. All students are considered automatically for the awards. The scholarships are extremely competitive and are awarded only to the very highest achieving students.

Students with Disabilities

The Penn State Office for Disability Services offers more than 80 scholarship awards annually to students with disabilities at all Penn State locations. To apply, please contact the Office for Disability Services, 105 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802, 814-863-1807.

Underrepresented Populations

Penn State is committed to creating a diverse student body and enhancing the educational experience for all enrolled students. Every year Penn State reaches out to extend financial assistance to those who can not enroll without some support beyond federal and state student aid programs and to students who show high academic performance. The Bunton-Waller Fellows Program, the Bunton-Waller Scholarship, and the Penn State Undergraduate Opportunity Grant are a result of this commitment.