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JA of Western Pennsylvania Scholarships

Junior Achievement of Western PA is proud to support JA students as they continue their education. Through EITC funding, as well as individual and corporate donations, Junior Achievement is able to offer a variety of High School and College Scholarships to students that have participated in different types of JA programming. 

Achievement Scholarship 
The Achievement Scholarships are worth up to $8,500. Scholarships are available and are rewarded to students who are currently attending a low achieving school that will attend a participating private school providing JA programming.

Requirements:

  • Students must  reside within the attendance boundary of a low-achieving school
    • To find a list visit www.pde.state.pa.us and follow the link for Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program to download a list of eligible schools
  • Students must be continuing their education at a participating nonpublic school that provides JA programs and is located in a school district outside of the recipient's school district of residence
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Students must meet the scholarship program requirements as set forth by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) through the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program
  • A completed application form
  • A copy of student's transcripts or most recent report card
  • One Teacher recommendation
  • Applicants MUST SUBMIT a 2017 Federal 1040 Form for every adult in their household with their application in order to be eligible for the scholarship
  • To determine residency, applicants must provide a copy of one of the following or a similar document to prove their permanent resident status
    • Utility Bill
    • PA Driver's License
    • Voter ID Card
    • Military ID Card
    • Pay Stub from place of employment
  • Complete an essay submission that answers the following question:  Why is having financial literacy education important to my future success? Student's grade level determines submission requirement, which are as follows:
    • K-1 – draw a picture
    • 2-3 – write 50 word essay
    • 4-6 – write 150-200 word essay
    • 7-12 – write 250 word essay
Thomas A. McConomy Scholarship (High School Senior)

The Thomas A. McConomy Scholarship is worth $1,000. It is awarded to one High School Senior from Western PA who has participated in at least one JA program during high school.

 Requirements:

  • HS senior who has participated in at least 1 JA program within the last 4 years
  • Minimum final GPA of 3.0
  •  1 teacher recommendation
  •  Verification of JA program participation from school or JA coordinator
  •  Copy of HS transcript or most recent report card
  • 250-300 word essay (typed) answering: How has your JA experience prepared you for success in your future academic and professional career?

JA/PSEA Partners for Public Education Scholarship (High School Senior)
The JA/PSEA Partners for Public Education Scholarship is worth $500. It is awarded to one High School senior from Western PA who has taught at least one Junior Achievement program at a local elementary school during high school. The winning student must plan to major in Education at an accredited college/university.

Requirements:

  • HS senior who has participated in at least 1 JA program within the last 4 years
  • Minimum final GPA of 3.0
  • 1 teacher recommendation
  • Verification of JA program participation from school or JA coordinator
  • Copy of HS transcripts or most recent report card
  • Majoring in education at an accredited college or university
  • 250-300 word essay (typed) answering: Why have you chosen education as your career, and how has participating in JA programs as a student influenced your decision to teach?

Robert J. Schuler Scholarship (High School Senior)

The Robert J. Schuler Scholarship is worth $1,000. It is awarded to one High School senior from Western PA who has participated in at least one JA program during high school.

Requirements:

  • HS senior who has participated in at least 1 JA program within the last 4 years
  •  Minimum final GPA of 3.0
  • Provide 1 teacher recommendation
  •  Verification of JA program participation from school or JA coordinator
  • Copy of HS transcripts or most recent report card
  • 250-300 word essay (typed) answering: How has your JA experience prepared you for success in your future academic and professional career?

 

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