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Featured Partner Scholarships: January 2024

By Matt Konrad

As we kick off 2024, scholarship season is in full swing, with lots of major programs opening or approaching their deadlines! Our Browse Scholarships page is your one-stop destination to make the most of your application time, and now’s the perfect time to check it out.

We’re also featuring some unique programs for January, including a significant award for Pennsylvania students; a new program for students in the hydropower industry; and a scholarship for those who have lost loved ones in the line of public-service duty.

Lola G. Duff and William H. Duff, II Scholarship

High school seniors and graduates from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, can earn renewable scholarships up to $15,000 per academic year from the Lola G. Duff and William H. Duff, II Scholarship Program, open now for applications.   

To apply, you must have attended at least two academic years, and graduated from, a high school or home school in Allegheny County, and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study next academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. You must be pursuing an initial bachelor’s degree; finally, you’ll have to get an online recommendation and submit a letter from a clergyperson verifying that you are of the Protestant faith.  

Two different types of awards are available through this program: financial need-based awards (which consider your family’s expected financial contribution to your education) and merit-based awards (which consider only your academic achievement). You can receive both types of awards in the same year, but you will have to fill out separate applications for each. All of the requirements listed above apply to both types of awards, and there’s a slight difference in GPA requirement: need-based applicants require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and merit-based applicants a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  

For students who demonstrate financial need, award amounts will range from $4,000 to $15,000. For merit-based applicants, award amounts are $6,000/year at public schools or $12,000/year at private schools. Both types of awards can be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is completed, whichever comes first, provided you continue to meet eligibility requirements.  

If you’re from Allegheny County, PA, this is an excellent and unique opportunity for a generous award! 

Applications are open through March 4. Apply Now > 

MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship Fund 

The MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship Fund honors education, health care, not-for-profit, public safety, and other local and state government employees who have fallen in the line of duty while in service to their communities. 

Created following the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire in 1999, the MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the everyday heroes and their families risking their lives to serve others. Since its first scholarships in 2001, the fund has awarded more than 600 scholarships totaling $1.6 million to surviving children and spouses of fallen public sector employees from across the nation.   

High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who are surviving children or spouses of those employees and who are planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school full time for the upcoming academic year are eligible to apply. 

The Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded post-secondary education scholarships to surviving children and spouses of local and state government employees who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities. Today, the fund also honors fallen employees in the education, health care, and not-for-profit sectors. Everyone who applies for and is awarded a scholarship has had a loved one who has made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. MissionSquare is proud to demonstrate its commitment to the families of fallen champions. 

Applications are open through April 1. Apply Now >

The National Hydropower Association Past Chairs’ Legacy Scholarship  

The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is a nonprofit association dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth of clean, renewable hydropower and marine energy. The organization’s mission is to champion waterpower as America’s premier carbon-free renewable energy resource—and they are working to support the next generation of leaders in this forward-thinking field.  

To do so, NHA has established the National Hydropower Association Past Chairs’ Legacy Scholarship, a $2,500 award for a college student pursuing a field of study related to the hydropower industry. To apply, you must be a college sophomore or junior (becoming a junior or senior in the 2024-25 academic year), or a graduate student, pursuing a program approved by NHA. (A list of eligible programs is available on the application website.) 

You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). Students at accredited four-year colleges/universities or vocational/technical schools may apply; high school seniors are NOT eligible.  

Applications are open through February 15. Apply Now > 

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