TFEC’S Goal to Provide Access to Education to All Types of Learners

HARRISBURG, PA, Jan. 11, 2021 – Access to education can help those facing hardships eliminate barriers that keep them in a never-ending cycle of poverty. That is why The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is pleased to announce the availability of a new scholarship fund; the TFEC Aspire to Rise Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is for non-traditional students 22 years of age or older, who have experienced adversity and not completed a post-secondary degree or GED. This could include but is not limited to: substance abuse, homelessness, health issues, caregiving, involvement with the criminal justice system, or military service. Applications for the Fall 2021 Semester are due Jun. 1, 2021/ GED testing applications will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Each year, TFEC offers over 120 scholarship opportunities to current college and graduate students as well as junior and senior high school students. The TFEC Aspire to Rise Scholarship Fund is not like traditional scholarship opportunities. This unique scholarship provides financial assistance for non-traditional students who experienced adversity in their lives that prevented them from receiving their diplomas or enrolling in college immediately after high school. Applicants are looking to overcome their situation and further education.

“Our entire board and team at TFEC are thrilled about the new Aspire to Rise Scholarship Fund,” says Janice Black, CEO of TFEC. “We truly believe that access to education is crucial to the development of better communities, and this new scholarship will reach a more non-traditional group of students, including those who want to sit for their GED.”

Eligibility Criteria for The TFEC Aspire to Rise Scholarship Fund:

  • Non-traditional students 22 years of age or older who have not completed a post-secondary degree
  • A legal resident of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, or Perry County. Or, a legal resident of Dillsburg in York County
  • Plan to attend a four-year college or university, a two-year trade or technical school, or associate’s or certificate program on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Plan to register or are scheduled to take the GED
  • Financial need

In 2020 TFEC offered more than 120 scholarship opportunities and awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships to 403 local students.

For more information on TFEC’s Aspire to Rise Scholarship Fund and other scholarship opportunities, please visit



The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is a community foundation that aims to stimulate philanthropy and enhance the quality of life in the community through accumulating, managing, and disbursing financial assets while serving as a catalyst and neutral convener to meet a wide range of community needs in the south-central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and also in the Dillsburg area. Regional foundations of TFEC include the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, the Franklin County Community Foundation, the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Foundation. For more information on TFEC, please visit

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