Pennsylvania is not only the home of the Liberty Bell. It is not just a place for a great cheese-steak sandwich. It is more than the home of Benjamin Franklin. Pennsylvania is a place where students need to go to college. In order to do that, funding must be provided for the college. Scholarships are very often the only way that some students will be able to afford to pay for their college educations. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are certainly students who need scholarships. Student loans only pay for a limited amount of the cost, and freshmen receive less than upperclassmen. This means that to get to the point that students are eligible for more in federal student loans, which they must manage to pay for the first two years first. This can create quite a conundrum without scholarships. Very often, students will find that different states will offer scholarships that are not offered to students or residents in any other state. In the state of Pennsylvania this is true like it is for anywhere else.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Scholarship Program has a scholarship program designed to help students attend college in the state of Pennsylvania. This scholarship is available to any high school seniors planning to attend college in Pennsylvania. There are two awards given each year, and the award is renewable for four years. The award amount is $2500 per year. Students who receive this award may also receive matching funds from SAGE Scholars’ Program and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistants’ Agency (PHEAA) based on financial need.
The Horation Alger Pennsylvania Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students who have shown integrity in the face of adversity. Students eligible for this award must be enrolled full time in a Pennsylvania high school and planning to attend college in the coming fall at a two or four year college with an intention of earning a bachelor’s degree. Students who receive this award must demonstrate a critical need, have a 2.0 GPA, and have US citizenship.