Looking for financial aid that won't add to your debt? Don't dismiss scholarships.
Scholarships are usually awarded on various criteria reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award, and requirements to win scholarships vary as widely as the purposes of the award -- whether it honors your ancestry or your desired career.
Aside from state-provided grants and merit scholarships from the schools themselves, millions of dollars worth of private scholarships in Pittsburgh can be found on Fastweb.com. Simply register for Fastweb, complete your profile, and be matched instantly with scholarships (or occasional internships) unique to your situation.
Here's just a sample of the awards pertinent to students in the Pittsburgh area and accessible from Fastweb:
ASHRAE J. Richard Mehalick Scholarship – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AC Engineers
The ASHRAE J. Richard Mehalick Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Your course of study must be related to heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC). A minimum 3.0 GPA and/or class standing of no less than the top 30 percent is also required.
Walter Griffith Powell Scholarship – University of Pittsburgh, School of Law
The Walter Griffith Powell Scholarship is available to male students entering the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. You must be a resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to be eligible for this award.
Pennsylvania State Grant – Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
The Pennsylvania State Grant is open to eligible Pennsylvania residents who are able to sufficiently demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the award, you must be enrolled at least half-time in a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved undergraduate program of study and have a high school diploma (or a GED). You do not necessarily have to be attending a school in Pennsylvania, but your chances of receiving more aid are significantly higher if you attend an institution within the state. Students attending postsecondary schools in Maryland, New Jersey, or New York are not eligible.
Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarship – Garden Club of America
The Katharine M. Grosscup Scholarship is available to junior, senior, and graduate students studying horticulture and related fields. Preference is given to students from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Reba M. Sebelist Award – American Occupational Therapy Foundation
The Reba M. Sebelist Award is available to students currently enrolled in an occupational therapy program in Pennsylvania at the professional or associate degree level. You must demonstrate financial need and have a record of scholastic achievement to be considered for this award. You must also be a resident of Pennsylvania and be a member of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association.
To find more scholarships that are a fit for your interests and experience, visit Fastweb.com.