Piggy Bank With CashThe Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year for students who reside in Pennsylvania.

There are currently more than 120 scholarship funds administered by TFEC and through a management agreement with the Samuel L. Abrams Foundation, and the Leon Lowengard and Ray S. Shoemaker scholarships of BNY Mellon, N.A. In 2017, more than $1.37 million in scholarships was awarded to 479 students.

Scholarships are available to high school seniors with plans to continue their post-secondary education by attending a four-year college or university, community college, or two-year trade or technical school. Post-secondary students may also be eligible for several TFEC scholarship opportunities. Additionally, the George M. and Mary Jane Leader Scholarship and the Grove Family Fund #1 are available to junior and senior students attending Harrisburg City schools who are enrolled at HACC to take college level courses while still in high school.

Applicants for all scholarships demonstrate individual excellence in areas such as community service, leadership, sports, music, academics, and other unique characteristics.

Each year, educational scholarships impact the community by providing financial support for students to pursue careers.

“College tuition rates are on the rise and the cost to attend college is becoming increasingly difficult to meet. Higher education isn’t just critical for our children, but it’s also the key to Central PA’s future,” said Susan Mountz, a scholarship donor and volunteer. “This generation of students deserves the same opportunity so many of us have already had… the chance to learn, to explore, and understand what inspires and stimulates them. In the end, the passions and skills they develop through higher education will only serve all of us for years to come.”

Partnership for Access to Higher Education

TFEC is one of 37 partners with American Education Services (AES)/PHEAA’s Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program. Scholarship recipients are eligible to have their awards matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by AES/PHEAA’s PATH Program. PHEAA may grant matching funds for TFEC scholarship recipients who are enrolled in an approved Pennsylvania college or career school, as an undergraduate student on at least a half-time basis, who are a state grant recipient and who demonstrate financial need. Students must also be a resident of Pennsylvania, not in default on any educational loans, maintain academic progress, and not be considered an incarcerated student. The match provides last dollar support for tuition and fees. Scholarship recipient information is submitted by TFEC staff; no additional paperwork is required by students in order to be eligible for a PATH Program match. TFEC received $233,317 in matching funds through the PATH Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. These matching funds further help lower the costs of higher education for students and families in need. For more information regarding AES/PHEAA, please refer to their website at www.pheaa.org.

Click here for more information about scholarship opportunities or to apply. Use the search feature on the website to sort TFEC scholarship opportunities by county in Pennsylvania and find scholarships that are specifically relevant to you or your student.

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