Mary Sachs Memorial Scholarship Fund

Mary Sachs was called a “Merchant Princess” by U. S. Sen. Edward Martin in 1958, and Eleanor Roosevelt described her in 1960 as “a very remarkable woman.” She came to the United States from Lithuania as a 4-year-old. After losing her job in a Harrisburg dress shop for being honest with a customer, she decided to open her own business. Long on ingenuity and short on cash, she opened her doors on September 6, 1918 and focused on personal service and style. She was quickly successful. Surviving a disastrous fire in 1931, she reopened as soon as possible at 208 N. Third Street and became the premier ladies’ fashion store in Harrisburg. Viewing herself as a collector of philanthropy, she said in a 1960 interview, “I am a collector of helping. It makes me feel more alive.” Mary Sachs died in 1960 at age 72. From Mary O. Bradley, The Patriot-News October 11, 2005 

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Scholarship FAQ


  1. Female graduating high school seniors in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, or Lancaster County 
  2. Plans to study fashion, fashion design, or business (concentrating in entrepreneurship or retailing) 
  3. Plans to attend any 2- or 4-year school or trade school as a full-time student. Extra consideration will be given to students attending a school in the state of Pennsylvania 
  4. Community involvement 
  5. Essay
  6. Supplemental documents. This may include a resume, letter(s) of recommendation, transcript, FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), or other scholarship-specific documents. Specific requirements are noted in the application.


Discuss some of your significant life experiences to date, i.e. family situations, school activities, community service, etc. as well as both educational and career goals. 3 page maximum. 


This scholarship is a one-time only award; however, college students who received the award as a graduating high school senior may reapply each consecutive year. Students must submit a full application but may be prompted to complete a different essay.

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