The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) President and CEO Janice R. Black announced today that more than $1.34 million was awarded in scholarship funds to 485 local students for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Over 1,100 students applied for scholarship assistance.

“We are committed to providing young adults in our community every opportunity to learn and grow through the gift of educational scholarships,” said President and CEO, Black. “Our scholarship funds have been created by generous, community-minded individuals and organizations that recognize the importance of investing in our community’s youth. We thank them for the opportunity to assist them in giving a gift of education to so many young adults.”

TFEC offers over 120 scholarship opportunities through various scholarship funds and management agreements. All scholarships have been established by local individuals, corporations or organizations to assist students with their educational pursuits. Whether honoring loved ones or providing for specific communities, each scholarship expresses a deep belief in the power of education to help today’s youth achieve their dreams.

Educational scholarships impact the community by providing financial support for students to pursue careers. Ashley Ramsey, recipient of The McInroy-Sheffer People Trust Fund scholarship, thanked her scholarship donor and selection committee saying, “This scholarship is very important to me because growing up in a less privileged community has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but has helped me realize the value of a college education. Your generous support has allowed me to reach my goal in attending York College for nursing to become a neonatal nurse. This would never have been possible without your support!” Ashley graduated from Trinity High School in May 2018.

TFEC, through its many scholarship programs, continues to assist local students each year. Scholarship applicants demonstrate individual excellence in areas such as community service, leadership, sports, music, academics, and other unique characteristics. Visit www.tfec.org to review available scholarships, eligibility criteria, and deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications will re-open by January 1 for online submissions.

TFEC is a partner 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 up to $2,500 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. For additional information on this program, please visit www.pheaa.org.