The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) has announced the availability of scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year for students who reside in Pennsylvania.
There are currently more than 120 scholarship funds administered by TFEC and through a management agreement with the Samuel L. Abrams Foundation, along with the Leon Lowengard and Ray S. Shoemaker scholarships of BNY Mellon, N.A. In 2017, a total of more than $1.37 million in scholarships was awarded to 479 students.
Scholarships are available to high school seniors with plans to continue their education by attending a four-year college or university, community college, or two-year trade or technical school. Postsecondary students may also be eligible for several TFEC scholarship opportunities. Additionally, the George M. and Mary Jane Leader Scholarship and the Grove Family Fund No. 1 are available to junior and senior students attending Harrisburg City schools who are enrolled at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, to take college-level courses while still in high school.
Applicants for all scholarships must demonstrate individual excellence in areas such as community service, leadership, sports, music, or academics, and other unique characteristics.
Each year, educational scholarships impact the community by providing financial support for students to pursue careers.
TFEC is one of 37 partners 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 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 undergraduate students on at least a half-time basis, who are state grant recipients, and who demonstrate financial need. Students must also be residents of Pennsylvania, not be in default on any educational loans, maintain academic progress, and not be considered incarcerated students. 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. TFEC received $233,317 in matching funds through the PATH Program for the 2017-18 academic year. These matching funds further help lower the costs of higher education for students and families in need. More information regarding AES/PHEAA is available at http://www.pheaa.org.
For more information about scholarship opportunities or to apply, readers may visit http://www.tfec.org and use the search feature on the website to sort TFEC scholarship opportunities by county in Pennsylvania and find scholarships that are specifically relevant to the students seeking aid.