Seniors should be working on the College Board’s Opportunity Scholarships! Local scholarship information will be posted as soon as it is available. In the meantime, please consider the following as you prepare:

  • Be prepared by gathering these items in advance. Getting Started
  • Think of an unrelated adult (teacher, coach, counselor, boss, clergy member etc) who may be willing to write you a Letter of Recommendation.  Be sure to provide them with information about yourself using a guide like this, LOR Personal Data Sheet  Generally allow three weeks for the adult to prepare the letter.  Many scholarships ask for this, so make copies.
  • Start working on a personal essay.  Have a basic draft that you can tailor to a particular theme.  Common topics include: why you’ve chosen a particular major/career, a time when you’ve overcome adversity, describing your community service background, a person who has influenced your life. Scholarship Essay Tips
  • Come to school!  Some scholarship have attendance requirements.
  • File your FAFSA as early as October 1, 2020.  Need based scholarships may require information from your FAFSA.
  • Read applications carefully.  Pay close attention to deadlines, attach all required items and do not leave any section blank. Stay Organized with a Scholarship Tracker
  • Join the Remind Group for updates and reminders.  Instructions are here.

Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarship Recipients! 

Thank you to our donors who make these awards possible. We are forever grateful for your generosity and encouragement.

UAHS Class of 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Helen Brice Scholarship 

  • Scholarship(s) awarded to UHS senior 
  • Application due by April 16, 2021

Glozer Advanced Vocational Scholarship 

  • $5000 scholarship to a UHS Senior attending a trade/technical school or community college
  • Must have a 2.5 minimum GPA to apply 
  • Application due by April 19, 2021

NAACP Dr. F. L. Vaughns Memorial Scholarship 

  • Seniors of African- American descent with a 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Applications are due by April 19, 2021.

Fayette Veterans Advocacy Association 

  • Three $500 scholarships awarded to Fayette County Residents 
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be family member of an Armed Forces person (active or veteran)
  • Complete an essay on patriotism 
  • Applications and documents due by April 20, 2021.

New Salem American Legion Auxiliary

  • student must be child or grandchild of a Veteran or Active Service Member 
  • See Mrs. Baker for an application 
  • due by April 23, 2021. 

Eleanor Adams Memorial / AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 

  • $500 scholarship
  • 100 word essay on “what do I think of when I see the American Flag”
  • see Mrs. Baker for an application 
  • due by April 23, 2021. 

Spring Valley / New Meadow Run Community Award

  • general scholarship to a UHS senior
  • application due by April 26, 2021. 

Fayette County Conservation District

  • four $1500 scholarships will be awarded 
  • two for students majoring in Agriculture 
  • two for students majoring in Environmental Science 
  • See Mrs. Baker for Application 
  • Due by April 26, 2021.

Pittsburgh Regional Food Service Directors Scholarship 

  • Must have a 3.0 GPA to apply 
  • Must major in culinary, food service or a related field like hospitality 
  • Applications due to Mrs. Baker by April 26, 2021.

Passavant Memorial Home Foundation Community Service Scholarship 

  • one $10,000 scholarship to a Western PA senior 
  • application is due by April 30, 2021.


  • List of 15 scholarships for PA students 
  • Deadlines range from March 25 – May 11, 2021 

Opportunity Scholarships

  • Build your college list
  • Practice for the SAT
  • Improve your SAT Score 
  • Strengthen your college list 
  • Complete the FAFSA 
  • Apply to college 
  • these scholarships are open to Seniors and Juniors 

The Challenge Program

  • Open to students in grades 10, 11, 12
  • $200 Awards for STEM, Community Service, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, Attendance 
  • Challenge Program Awards Locally Sponsored COE Distributing 
  • See Mrs. Baker for information on an Internship at COE Distributing 
  • Students will be asked to fill out surveys in Spring 

Pittsburgh Job Corps / Community College of Allegheny County 

  • Job Corps is a no-cost education program administered by the US Dept of Labor that helps young people improve the quality of their lives through vocational & academic programs.  Through this program, PELL Grant eligible students can attend CCAC tuition free. There is even transportation and housing assistance.  More info here.  See Mrs. Baker if you have questions. 

The PA American Legion Scholarships

ROTC Scholarships  

ARMY ROTC Scholarship                                                                                                                                                              

Army ROTC Scholarship                                                                                                                                                             

NROTC Scholarship Programs

Be cautious when searching the web for scholarship competitions.  For example, scholarships are not “Guaranteed” and you should never have to provide your credit card or bank account number.  Visit the Federal Trade Commission for more info on project $cholar$cam.   Feel free to browse the College Board Scholarship Handbook in the library

Big Future – Free scholarship search

Black Excel  – Free minority scholarship search

FinAid – Information about scholarship process, financial aid, scams, and links to fastweb.coom scholarship base.

Fastweb – Create a profile to find scholarship matches.

Scholarship America –  Offers lots of resources for families and students, including a free ebook, The Scholarship Coach.  – allows students to earn “micro-scholarships” starting in 9th grade, to over 180 colleges and universities.

Financial Aid Finder – Lists scholarships and financial aid information

PHEAA – Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency – resource for student aid and college planning

FAFSA  –  Federal student aid application – Financial Literacy & Education Commission – Financial Literacy / Financial Aid

Register for Free Financial Aid Webinars from PHEAA: 

Understanding the Financial Aid Offer & Balances:  

Covering the Gap: Pieces of the Puzzle to Help Pay Your Education Bill:  

PHEAA Student Aid Videos 


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