Private Outside Awards

Financial Aid: Private Awards

  • The University of Scranton Outside Gift Policy
  • Scholarship Searches on the World Web
  • Private Scholarship Announcements

Many private scholarships are offered by local civic, church, club and high school organizations. Consult your high school guidance department to determine which programs you mail be eligible for and apply to them. It is recommended that you keep photocopies of all applications and documents filed. Finally, students should respond in a timely manner to requests for corrections or additional information.


Students should notify the Financial Aid Office if they are receiving any privately funded scholarships or grants by submitting a photocopy of any scholarship notifications and information on the availability of these funds for subsequent years. The University will then be able to notify students of any impact on their financial aid package.

In recognition of its students' efforts in securing grants and scholarships from private organizations, the University has developed a gift aid policy that attempts to treat recipients in an equitable manner. The University will measure outside aid recipients' unmet financial need before adjusting any financial aid award package. Private grants/scholarships may be used to replace up to one-half of a student's remaining financial need. If no remaining need exists, University need based aid will be reduced by one-half the amount of the outside award. When a PA State Grant and/or Title IV aid composes any part of a student's package, state and federal overaward procedures will be followed even after the above policy is applied.

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    Scholarships for The High School Class of 2021

    Scholarships for Current College Students

    Scholarship Search Engines
    • Fastweb: A Scholarship database and information about loans and summer jobs.
    • FinAid: Information on scholarships, financial aid calculators, loan calculators, glossary of terms, and links to other financial aid Web sites.
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    Marc Zboch Academic Scholarship

    Scholarship Amount: $1,000

    Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

    • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
    • Current high school senior that has been accepted into a college or university

    Essay Topic: Please prepare a 500-word essay that answers the following prompt.
    Tell us about a meaningful experience where you were able to help others?


    Deadline: February 1, 2022

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    Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust

    Application available 2021-2022

    Please see application for full requirements

    • Preference will be given to Wyoming, Lackawanna, and Luzerne County Students
    • Awarded based upon a combination of financial need, academic merit and community service/extra-curricular activities

    Application available in 2022-2023

    Deadline: March 1, 2022

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    Kiwanis Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded to two students who meet the following criteria:

    • Resident of Lackawanna County,
    • Graduate of Lackawanna County secondary school – public or private,
    • Accepted in a 4 year degree program at the University of Scranton, Marywood University or Keystone College,
    • Demonstrated academic excellence and financial need.

    Application available in 2022-2023

    Scholarship winners will receive $750 per semester from the Kiwanis Club of Scranton for up to 8 semesters so long as they maintain a “B” average.  The $750 award will be matched by the respective college, making the total value of the scholarship, $12,000.


    The David Ebrahimzadeh Scholarship

    David Ebrahimzadeh Scholarship to recognize those students who are seeking a degree in real estate, or have a passion in real estate.

    Ebrahimzadeh created Corniche Capital with the goal of pursuing opportunities in the real estate and private equity sectors. The purpose of this scholarship has a similar goal, by extending an opportunity to those who are seeking to continue their education.

    Details on the $1,000 scholarship can be found below.


    Deadline: March 31, 2022

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    The McLean Scholarship


    • Full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Nursing or Physician Assistant Program
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.00
      *Ideal candidates are campus leaders and community volunteers

    Deadline: June 4, 2021


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    PNC Student Lending Sweepstakes


    Health Administration Scholarship

    We are a free educational resource for people looking to learn about careers and education in the business side of healthcare.




    If you aspire to a doctoral degree and a career in the physical sciences and related fields, you are a potential National Science Consortium Fellow - with a great future ahead.

    To learn more and to apply online, go to


    Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program

    The Air Force offers a Health Professions Scholarship Program to qualified candidates. The scholarship is for three or four-year periods. The scholarship pays full tuition and all required fees. This includes reimbursement for text-books,small equipment items and supplies needed for study.

    Qualified recipients will also receive a monthly allowance for living expenses. Eligible candidates must be a U.S. citizen enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an approved school of medicine or osteopathy. Selection is very competitive.

    While on scholarship the recipient must spend 45 days each year on active duty in the Air Force. Plus, the recipient will serve four years on active duty in the Air Force as a second lieutenant., or three years on active duty for a three-year scholarship. The active duty obligation begins after completion of the internship and residency training.

    To find out more call 1-800-423-USAF or visit the Air Force web site at


    American Meteorological Society

    Graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships pursuing degrees in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

    More information can be secured by contacting Donna Fernandez, Fellowship/Scholarship Coordinator at 617-227-2425, ext. 246;


    Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund


    • Applicants must be dependent children or spouses of persons who were killed or are permanently disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

    • Applicants may be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the United States.

    Scholarships will be offered to applicants who demonstrate financial need. School costs, family's ability to pay expenses and other aid will be considered.

    Students may submit applications for assistance each year they will be enrolled in undergraduate study. Students may receive assistance a maximum of four years or until a bachelor's degree is earned whichever and occurs first.

    Students may apply in the spring of their senior year in high school or at any time as undergraduates.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
    505 Riverview Road
    P.O. Box 297
    St. Peter, MN 56082

    Toll-free phone: 1-877-862-0136


    Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

    Fellowship program of the NATIONAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM (NPSA) is again open for receipt of applications at

    Questions and requests should be submitted to:

    3716 South Hope Street, Suite 348
    Los Angeles, CA 90007

    213-743-2409 · 800-854-NPSC · Fax 213-743-2407 ·


    Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Dante Commission on Education/Culture

    The Order sons of Italy in America awards close to one million dollars annually in scholarships to deserving students through our various state and local lodges. In addition, the Sons of Italy Foundation annually awards several National Leadership Grants.

    For information and applications, please contact the Grand Lodge office at 1-800-621-0062.


    John Gyles Education Awards

    • Available to students in both Canada and the United States

    • Full Canadian or American citizenship required

    • Minimum GPA 2.7

    • Academic ability and financial need

    • Selected students will receive up to $3,000

    To receive an application students must send only a stamped self-addressed envelope to:

    John Gyles Education Awards
    Attention: The Secretary
    P.O. Box 4808, 712 Riverside Drive
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
    Canada, E3B 5G4


    National Research Council Associateship Programs

    The National Research Council of the National Academies is pleased to announce the Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs for 2011.

    Detailed program information, including instructions on how to submit online applications, a list of laboratories and their locations, and areas of research, can be located at Applicants are invited to contact NRC directly at (202)334-2760 or if additional information or assistance is needed.



    Provides qualified students who meet the Navy's physical requirements with $54,000 to complete their education. The money is sent directly to the student. To spend on tuition, room and board, books-even purchasing a computer.

    After graduating, they will step directly into a management role as an Officer of the Navy. They will real the benefits of on-the-job training and enjoy the responsibilities of a leadership position. While growing their career, they'll earn a competitive salary with outstanding benefits.

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    College EDUCATION: Up to $30,000
    Police Corps TRAINING: FREE
    Police Officers EXPERIENCE: PAID


    Contact the U.S. Department of Justice:




    James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

    Graduate-Level Fellowship Worth up to $24,000

    If you're a secondary school teacher of social studies or American history - or planning to become one - you may be eligible to apply for a graduate fellowship program that emphasizes the study of the U.S. Constitution.

    Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States for either a Master of Arts (MA); a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); or a Master of Education (MEd) with an emphasis on American history, government, or political science.

    For an application or additional information about the fellowship program, please call 1-800-525-6928 or visit the Foundation's website:


    Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest

    Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: