The Latest

November 2015 - Issue 2

Crunch time...

This issue of The Latest is the second one for November. This issue focuses on a variety of college and scholarship opportunities. November and December are notorious for being busy with college applications and scholarships opportunities are coming into play. Set some time aside to work on applications!

Scholarship Opportunities

California University of Pennsylvania Scholarships

California University of Pennsylvania annually awards over $2 million in scholarships. Competitive, merit-based scholarships are awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to new freshmen and transfer students who have been accepted to Cal U and meet eligibility criteria. Scholarship applicants are encouraged to be accepted for admission to Cal U by December 10 for high priority full consideration of these awards.

Freshmen Criteria:

  • 2.00 high school GPA Minimum; and
  • Average or Above-Average SAT/Act scores.

Additional information can be found at www.calu/edu/admissions-scholarships. To learn more contact or by calling the admission office at 724-938-4404

Corabelle Chappell Scholarship Fund

Deadline: January 8, 2016 5pm.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be bonafide residents of the County of Lackawanna, Commonwealth of PA
  • Applicants must be high school seniors attending a high school in Lackawanna County, PA
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2015 semester.
  • Applicants must demonstrate traits of high personal character and leadership
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Applicants must attend Keystone College, LaPlume, PA
  • Applicants must be unable to acquire a college education without benefit of financial aid.

Road to Safety Scholarship Contest


Metzger Wickersham’s Road to Safety Scholarship Contest is open to graduating, college-bound high school seniors in Pennsylvania.


• Seniors may enter the contest by submitting a creative project that highlights the dangers of drunk driving and/or distracted driving.

• Entries may include posters, paintings, drawings, t-shirts, digital illustrations, public service announcements, videos, recorded songs, brochures, infographics and more. The more creative the better!

• All projects must be the original work of the entrant.

• Any pieces of writing should be 1,500 words or less. Please type submissions. If emailing any piece of writing, please submit a PDF or Word Document file.

• Videos and songs should be no longer than four (4) minutes. If emailing audio or video file, please submit in .mp3, .mov, or .wmv format. You may also submit via file sharing service (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)

• Any artwork submissions must be easily transportable. If emailing artwork, please submit JPEG or PDF.

• All projects must be submitted with a completed Entry Form. • Students may submit no more than one (1) entry.

• All submitted entries become property of Metzger Wickersham. Projects will not be returned to any entrant. Upon submission of a project, entrants acknowledge that Metzger Wickersham will have all rights to use, reproduce, publish, display, distribute or promote the entry as deemed necessary.

Additional information can be found at this link:

PSECU Scholarship

Deadline: February 29, 2016

Applications available at

PSECU will offer six scholarships, each up to $8,000, to members graduating high school. Each recipient receives up to $2,000 per year for up to four years, providing scholarship requirements are met.

Do I Qualify To Apply For A Scholarship?

To qualify for one of six $8,000 PSECU scholarships, you must:

  • Be a current PSECU member
  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university
  • Complete the scholarship application packet
  • Have the completed materials to PSECU by Noon on Monday, February 29, 2016 - no exceptions!
  • Must be a member of PSECU by December 31, 2015

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best 4-year colleges and universities.

Students selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholars may receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community.

The Foundation will select up to 40 applicants nationwide for this highly selective scholarship.

As minimum criteria, students must:

  • Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in the coming spring
  • Intend to enroll full time in an accredited 4-year college beginning the following fall
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above in high school
  • Receive standardized test scores in the top %15 (SAT critical reading/math 1200+; ACT composite 26+)
  • Demonstrate Financial Need

Learn more about this scholarship program at:

NFIB YEF (Young Entrepreneur Foundation)

NFIB 2016 Young Entrepreneur Award

Apply at:

Deadline: December 18, 2015

Are you a young entrepreneur? Do you know a young entrepreneur? Graduationg high school seniors who operate their own small business are eligible to receive a 2016 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award from the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation.


Valley Forge Military College - Office of Senator John P. Blake

Valley Forge Military College awards one student appointment from each Pennsylvania legislative district to the two-year military academy through a Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI). Senator John P. Blake (Senate of Pennsylvania, 22nd district) is now accepting applications from local students interested in becoming his legislative appointment to the prestigious Valley Forge Military College. The student who is selected as his "Commonwealth Scholar" will received guaranteed admission and a partial scholarship to The Military College of Pennsylvania. A student awarded the Legislative Appointment Initiative Scholarship may recieve the award for up to two years. The annual scholarship awards range from $12,000 to $18,000 per year. To be considered as a Valley Forge Military College appointee, a student must carry a minimum 2.5 GPA, a combined SAT score of at least 1,000, or a 20 on the ACT. If interested in this amazing opportunity, contact Michael Kushner in Senator Blake's Scranton office at 570-207-2881 to discuss the application to become Senator Blake's legislative appointment to Valley Forge Military College.

Should you have questions about the process, requirements, or to check the status of your appointment, please feel free to contact the LAI Program Coordinator at Valley Forge Military College.

Miss Siobhan A. Cusumano

Office: 6120-989-1310

Mobile: 610-247-7570

Marywood University - Exercise Science

Marywood University is now offering a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science to prepare students for careers in the health and wellness field. Marywood also offers a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. In order to provide information aobut their programs, Marywood University is hosting a one-day high school field experience for students interested in athletic training, exercise science an health related careers. This interactive program will be held in the Human Physiology Lab and the Athletic Training Lab on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 9am-3pm

Interested students should contact:

Angela Hillman, PhD, EPC

Assistant Professor

Marywood University