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Scholarship Criteria

Qualifications and Guidelines

With the ever increasing cost of post-secondary education, scholarships are critical for our students. The GSD Foundation administers donor-advised scholarships annually.

As of June 2024, the Girard School District Foundation provided $149,010 in scholarships to one hundred seventy-one (171) deserving Girard High School students.

Sponsoring a scholarship acts as a way to provide grant-in-aid to a student and can be designed to have varying criteria, dollar amounts and funding cycles.

The GSDF has been grateful to so many individuals, families and businesses through the years who continue to lead in creating and sustaining sponsorships on behalf of District students.

Please see below for a complete listing of our current scholarships and learn about our past student recipients here.

STATS AT A GLANCE
  • 20
    2023-2024 SCHOLARSHIPS
  • $20,000
    GIVEN TO STUDENTS
  • $149,010
    AWARDED SINCE 2011

Browse Available Scholarships

Career in Trades Scholarship $500

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a trade school/Associate's Degree program.
  • Must provide proof of acceptance into a trade school.
  • MUST PROVIDE

  • Essay: 500 words or less, explain what has inspired you to pursue a career in your trade field.
  • DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Girard School District Foundation Ambassador Scholarship $1000 (Two Scholarships Awarded)

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) and show proof of acceptance.
    • Must have excellent attendance of at least 95%
    • Must have no disciplinary infractions.
    • Must list involvement in community activities, if any.
    • Must be actively involved in extracurricular activities.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Include GPA and class rank and attach your transcript.
    • Essay: Summarize your qualifications.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Mina George Memorial Scholarship $500 (Two Scholarships Awarded)

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.).
    • Must show proof of acceptance into a school of higher education (acceptance letter, tuition bill, etc.).

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Please attach a transcript; no minimum GPA requirement.
    • Essay: Talk about an adult who has had a positive influence on you throughout your high school career and why.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    The Bev Miller Scholarship $500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior accepted at Edinboro University (Penn West).

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Discuss why you chose Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Penn West) and what major you have chosen.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    The Rebecca Kuzma Widdecombe Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending some type of higher education institution and show proof of acceptance.
    • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Essay: What community service activities have you participated in that would make you a deserving recipient of this scholarship?

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    The Bob Dunn Memorial Scholarship $500

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending some type of higher education institution or technical school and show proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Essay: Why do you think you deserve this scholarship?

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    The Carol M. Nass Memorial Medical Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who declares an intention to major in a medical-type academic program in a post-secondary institution.
    • Must have lived in the Girard School District for at least the most recent 4 years and attended GHS for at least 3 years, including senior year
    • Must have attained an overall 4-year (grades 9-12) grade level of 80% or higher.
    • Must be involved in extracurricular activities in the school and community.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Why is a career in the medical field important to you and to the community?

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Donna Marasco Memorial Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Describe a development or addition to your local community that you feel would better the lives of those living there.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    The Iszkula Family Scholarship $1,500 (Two Scholarships Awarded)

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) and show proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Tell us about a time that you were proud of yourself.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    The Richard G. Payne Scholarship In Memory of Isabel Foye $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior with at least a 3.0 GPA who will be attending some type of higher education institution and submit proof of post-secondary plans.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Essay: Why do you think you deserve this scholarship?

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Al Waller Scholarship in honor of Coach Conrad "Connie" Palumbo 1958 Basketball Coach $2,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending Edinboro University (Penn West) majoring in either an art-related field or education and show proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Describe what has influenced you to have an interest in your chosen major.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Debby (Twichel) Mattson Memorial Scholarship Fund $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior with at least a 2.5 GPA who will be attending an accredited vocational or technical school, two-year, or four-year college or university.
    • Must volunteer for an organization or cause you believe in.
    • Must be involved in extracurricular activities, including (but not limited to): band, athletics, robotics, student government, etc.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must submit transcript and one letter of recommendation from a non-family member.
    • Essay: Outline your career aspirations, what motivated you, and how your community and family have shaped who you are.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    The Gregg Mitcho Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a four year program at Grove City College and show proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Essay: Explain your reason for applying to Grove City College.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Robin (Chesko) Murphy Memorial Scholarship $1,500 (Two Scholarships Awarded)

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Scholarship 1 - Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending Allegheny College, Penn State, Behrend, Mercyhurst University, Gannon University or Penn West/Edinboro University.
    • Scholarship 2 - Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a trade/technical school located within a 300-mile radius of Girard, PA.
    • Must be involved in extracurricular school activities
    • Must have high standards of personal conduct, character and integrity
    • Must demonstrate service to others at home, church, school or in the community

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Provide two Letters of Recommendation from non-relatives who are members of the community.
    • Essay: Describe how you have served others, the reason you are pursuing your chosen field of study, and how you will pay forward this scholarship award.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Award for Outstanding Character and Integrity $500

    REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution (college, university, trade school, etc.) or entering a US Service Branch and show proof of acceptance.
  • No minimum GPA requirement.
  • Must be actively involved in extracurricular or community activities.
  • MUST PROVIDE

  • Must include at least one letter of reference from a GSD Faculty member, GSD Administrator, or a local clergy, community or business leader.
  • Essay: Who in your life exemplifies outstanding character and integrity, and why? Describe the impacts this individual has on how you live your life.
  • DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    Chris Showler Class of 1962 Memorial Scholarship $1,000

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Must be a GHS graduating senior who will be attending a trade school for a hands- on profession and show proof of acceptance.

    MUST PROVIDE

    • Must provide proof of acceptance from a trade school.

    DEADLINE

    Friday, April 19, 2024

    All current GHS graduation-eligible Seniors are eligible to apply for any of the following scholarships providing the student meets the criteria listed. Please know that If you have any questions about the scholarships listed, you can reach out to the high school guidance counselor. All applications should be completed and submitted online. If you have any technical difficulties, please see Mrs. Robin Seneta. Scholarship availability is subject to change.


    Instructions:

    • Complete and save GSDF Scholarship Cover Sheet
    • Complete and save scholarship applications
    • Upload cover sheet, applications, and required documentation.

    Upload Scholarship Assets



    GSDF Scholarship Cover Sheet

    Complete the cover sheet once, save as a pdf and attach to each scholarship submission.

    Download Cover Sheet Form

    Establish a Scholarship

    Creating a scholarship is a great way to give back and reward hard-working students for their efforts.