Central Is Scholarship Essays




Show passion in your writing.

As a student you have written a lot of essays. And let's be honest—most were probably on topics you didn't care much about. You might be tempted to approach the scholarship essay in the same way that you did when writing about the Roman Aqueducts, but this would be a tragic mistake. The last common feature of all winning essays is that they are written on subjects about which the author is truly passionate. It is very difficult to fake passion for a subject. (Just try to be excited throughout your Uncle Larry's hour-long slideshow of his tonsil operation.)

But when you are genuinely enthusiastic about something, it does not take much effort for that energy to naturally show in your writing. Therefore, when you are choosing a topic, be sure it is something you truly care about and are interested in. Without even trying, you will find that your sentences convey an excitement that the reader can almost feel.




Be specific.

A common mistake in essay writing is to use general statements instead of specific ones. Don't write, "Education is the key to success." Instead, give the judges a slice of your life that shows them how education has impacted your life in a single experience or realization. If you are writing about your desire to become an astronaut, you might explain how this started when your father bought you a model rocket for the Christmas you were five years old. Focusing on a specific example of your life will help readers relate to your experiences and ensure that your essay is memorable and (as a bonus) original.




Have a thesis statement.

It sounds obvious, but make sure that your essay has a clear point—many students' essays don't. Whether you are describing the influence of your father or the effect of World War II on race relations, you must have a central idea to communicate to the reader. To see if your essay has a central thesis, try this simple exercise. Ask yourself, "What is the point of my essay in a single sentence?"

Here are some answers that would satisfy the question for essays on independence and drug addition, respectively:

"Growing up in the country taught me to be independent."
"Treatment of addiction is the only way to win the war on drugs."

If you cannot condense the point of your essay into a single sentence, then the main point may not be clear enough. Or worse, your essay may not have a thesis.




Build on your accomplishments.

Winning a scholarship is about impressing the judges and showing them why you are the best candidate for a monetary award. Your accomplishments, activities, talents and awards all help to prove that you are the best fit. Since you will probably list your activities on the application form, use the essay to expand on one or two of the most important ones.

However, don't just parrot back what is on the application. Use the opportunity to focus on a specific accomplishment, putting it into the proper context. Share details. Listing on the application that you were a stage manager for a play does not explain that you also had to design and build all the sets in a week. The essay allows you to expand on an achievement to demonstrate its significance.


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Scholarships are available to students meeting the specific requirements. To view a list of current scholarships, please select your student type below:

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2018 High School Graduates

Residential students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, may qualify for a merit based housing scholarship up to $4,356 (divided over 3 terms) for room and board for their first award year. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA each term, and take 12 or more credits per term.

  • College must receive a completed 500 word essay application by the following deadlines: Early bird: November 15, 2017 - Final: March 1, 2018
  • Essay subject should be "How will living on campus impact your educational experience"

  • Essays should be submitted to FinancialAid@centralpenn.edu

Pennsylvania Grant Match for Out of State Students

The Pennsylvania Grant Match for Out of State Students is awarded to students who meet the Central Penn GPA and Expected Family Contribution requirement of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency but are not Pennsylvania Residents. The recipients will be awarded an amount as determined by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Up to 10 students will receive this scholarship.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be a 2018 high school graduate and enroll in the Summer or Fall 2018 term
  • Must live on campus
  • Must have completed a 2018-2019 FAFSA, have a completed financial aid package.
  • Must have a high school GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Must maintain 2.8 GPA
  • Must have continuous enrollment
  • Eassy requirement: "Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your future goals."
  • Essays should be submitted to FinancialAid@centralpenn.edu

Early bird: November 15, 2017 - Final: March 1, 2018

The Early Start Scholarship is available to students who get a head-start on their education by enrolling for Central Penn's Summer academic term. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $2,000 to be divided over their first four terms of tuition. Up to 90 students are awarded the Early Start Scholarship annually.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student 
  • Must be among the first 90 students to send in the $100 registration fee for the Summer 2018 academic term
  • Must be a 2018 High School graduate
  • No application, just verification of the above information
  • Must have continuous enrollment to qualify
  • Summer PTA students do not qualify 

The Academic Scholarship is available to students who demonstrated academic excellence throughout their four years of high school. Students who receive this scholarship will receive a $1,000 a term for their entire education (6 terms for an associate's degree, 10 terms for a bachelor's degree). Up to five students are awarded the Academic Scholarship annually. While receiving the scholarship, student's must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be a 2018 high school graduate starting either the Summer or Fall 2018 academic term
  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student 
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Must maintain a 3.5 GPA
  • College must receive completed 500 word essay application by the following deadlines: Early bird: November 15, 2017 - Final: March 1, 2018
  • Write your speech if you were valedictorian of your graduating class.

Click here to submit your applicationfor the Academic Scholarship.

The Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students accepted to Central Penn who have a 3.5 GPA or above.  Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,000 to be used toward their first three terms of tuition.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be a 2018 high school graduate and enroll in Summer or Fall 2018
  • Must be a full time, degree seeking student 
  • Must have 3.5 or higher

The Opportunity Scholarship is available to students who demonstrate a strong desire to continue their education. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $500 a term up to 10 terms. Up to 10 students are awarded the Opportunity Scholarship annually.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be a 2018 high school graduate starting either the Summer or Fall 2018academic term
  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student 
  • Must have a 2.8 or higher high school cumulative GPA
  • Must maintain a 2.8 GPA
  • College must receive completed "Who has inspired you the most and why?" 500 word essay application by the following deadlines:

 Early bird: November 15, 2017, Final: March 1, 2018

Click here to submit your applicationfor the Opportunity Scholarship.

The FBLA/DECA Scholarship is available to student members of the FBLA club. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 to be divided over their first three terms of tuition. The FBLA/DECA Scholarship is awarded to all qualifying student applicants.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be a 2018 high school graduate and enroll at Central Penn for either the Summer or Fall 2018 academic term
  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student 
  • Must be an active member in FBLA/DECA during high school senior year
  • Must have FBLA/DECA advisor information on application
  • Must have high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • College must receive completed application and essay describe a project you completed while you were in FBLA and what that project helped you learn about yourself by the following deadlines:

 Early bird: November 15, 2017, Final: March 1, 2018

Click here to submit your applicationfor the FBLA/DECA Scholarship.

The Private Scholarship Matching Program is available to students who have been awarded an outside scholarship (scholarship funds awarded to a student through an agency or other source outside of Central Penn College to be used toward Central Penn College tuition). Scholarship recipients will be awarded matching funds up to $1,000. Private Scholarship Matching Program funds are awarded to all qualifying student applicants.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must enroll as a full time/degree-seeking student 
  • Does not include employer reimbursement
  • Must submit outside scholarship award letter to Central Penn one week prior to enrollment

The Legacy Scholarship is available to full-time student applicants who are siblings, children or grandchildren of a Central Penn graduate. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,500 to be divided over their first three terms of tuition. The Legacy Scholarship is awarded to all qualifying student applicants.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must enroll as a full time/degree-seeking student
  • Must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be a child, sibling or grandchild of a Central Penn graduate
  • There is no application, just verification of the data above
  • College must be notified prior to the start of the enrollment term

*All scholarship funds are limited. Students must be accepted to Central Penn as a first-time freshman and will need to have completed a scholarship application.

The McInroy-Sheffer People Trust scholarship has an April 1 deadline and is for students who are incoming freshman for the upcoming school year from Cumberland, Dauphin, Lycoming, Tioga, or York counties, attending Central Penn and studying Business Administration, Corporate Communications, Communications, and Entrepreneurship in Small Business.

Information on how to apply and the link to the online application can be found here: http://www.tfec.org/images/McInroy-Sheffer%201%20Page%20Summary.pdf

Current Students

Scholarships for Current Students are provided through the Central Penn College Education Foundation. Scholarship applications are accepted during two periods each year:

  • January 8 - February 2, 2018
  • July 9 - August 3, 2018

The Central Penn College Education Foundation strives to respond to the financial challenges of worthy students who wish to attend Central Penn College by awarding scholarships to those individuals who have demonstrated scholastic achievement and participation in community service or other extracurricular activities. The Foundation believes that investing in the lives of young people is an investment in life itself. Scholarship amounts vary from $250-$1,000.

In order to apply for scholarships, all students must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must possess a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0.*
  • Applicants must be positive role models at Central Penn and in their communities.*
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Central Penn College.*
  • Applicants must be degree seeking.*

*If selected, information WILL be verified and scholarship recipients are REQUIRED to submit a note of appreciation to the Education Foundation.

Complete the online application and please note that applications can only be submitted once.

Following is a list of many of the scholarships that will be made available to student applicants. General scholarship amounts range between $250 and $1,000. Students who complete the online application are considered for all scholarships.

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Bailey Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Bart and Jean Milano Scholarship
  • Bob Wright Scholarship (for students interested in travel)
  • Byler Family Scholarship
  • Charles "T" Jones Leadership Library Scholarship
  • Craiger C. Parker Scholarship
  • Daryl and Dennis Kenes Scholarship
  • Dimitri Stadnyk Scholarship
  • Glenn W. and Dr. Marsha L. Zehner Scholarship
  • Jim and Tamara Hepfer Scholarship
  • Dr. J. Martin Engle '29 Scholarship
  • Harolld "Bill" Stahle '44 Scholarship
  • Derek Hathaway Leadership in Business Scholarship (for students of the business program)
  • Holtzman Family Scholarship
  • Lawrence and Julia Hoverter Foundation Scholarship (for students who reside in Perry County)
  • Jack F. Keiser Scholarship
  • Peter and Mary '77 Phillips Scholarship
  • Rhea (Paul) Reese '40 Scholarship
  • Thomas and Theresa Fraticelli Scholarship
  • Tremendous Living Foundation Scholarship
  • Wingert Family Scholarship
  • Ruth Evinger '40 Scholarship
  • Hall Foundation Award
  • Patrice Lange O'Donnell Kyle Award (for students of families affected by cancer)
  • Joseph Schneitman Award
  • Abayasekara Family Award
  • Park and Mary Barner Scholarship
  • Memorial Scholarship

(Separate application process)

The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship awards multiple student scholarships in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000.  

Special Criteria:

  • Applicants must possess a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants must make a commitment to give back to their alma mater through scholarships.
  • Applicants must exhibit strong leadership and motivation.

To Apply:

  • Follow the general scholarship application process and click "Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation" box on the scholarship application form. 

  (Separate application process)

Click here to apply.

The William and Karen Gladstone Fund awards one student $4,000 ($1,000 per academic term).

Special Criteria:

  • Applicants possess a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants must be entering final year of coursework at Central Penn.
  • Applicants must be highly motivated, and have strong oral and written communication skills and a professional demeanor.

 To Apply:

  • Submit a completed application which includes a minimum 500 word college level essay.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Central Penn College faculty member.

Now open. Closes March 15, 2017.

The Bailey Foundation provides both high school senior and college level scholarships. The application process is usually open two times a year. $5000 is awarded to one student who attends Central Penn as a current student during each application process. The award can be used over 18 months and is for tuition only. Go to www.bailey-family.org for additional information and application deadlines.

This award was established by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Fraud Examiners (CPCFE) to provide scholarship assistance to students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, Accounting or Finance who are interested in pursuing a career in fraud investigation.

The criteria for this award are:

  • Student with unmet financial need.
  • Student must have completed at least 30 credits.
  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Student must attend at least 1 meeting of the CPCFE.

Please print the application and fax to the financial aid office by August 1 at 717-728-2350

The Dermody Properties Foundation donates funds to the Central Penn College Education Foundation to provide financial assistance through scholarships. These scholarships are provided to students with learning and/or physical disabilities.  If you fit this criteria and wish to apply for this need based scholarship, please complete this application and fax to the financial aid office by August 1, 2017 at 717-728-2350.

This award was established to assist HACC Graduates with their continuing education at Central Penn College.

The criteria for this award are:

  • Student with unmet financial need.
  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Student MUST be a HACC Graduate.

To apply, please fax the application to the financial aid office by August 1, 2017 to 717-728-2350.

New Students

The following Central Penn scholarships are available to students who meet certain requirements. If you have any questions regarding these scholarships, please contact our Admissions Office. For information on additional scholarship resources and opportunities, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

All spring 2018 students who are accepted into the program and begin classes in the spring 2018 term are eligible for a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 broken out over the first 4 terms.

Fill out your free application and contact financialaid@centralpenn.edu for more information.

The $500 HACC Graduate Student Scholarship is available to new students who have graduated with an associate's degree from HACC and are transferring to Central Penn to further their education. This scholarship is divided over the first two terms of study at Central Penn. Official HACC transcripts must be provided with scholarship application.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria: 

  • Must have graduated with an associate degree from HACC and provide official HACC transcripts

The Transfer Student Scholarship is available to students who transfer at least 30 academic credits from another accredited institution. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 to be used toward their first three terms of tuition. 

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must have transferred 30 academic credits from another accredited institution
  • Must have college GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • No application necessary, just verification of the above information

The Eliminating Boundaries Scholarship is designed to assist students in having the ability to pursue their educational goals at Central Penn College. Central Penn will award a limited amount of students a scholarship of $500 per term for up to 10 terms of your education while attending Central Penn College. This scholarship will be applied directly to your tuition, and is only available to first time Central Penn students.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must complete a 500-700 word essay telling Central Penn about a time you set a goal for yourself, and how you went above ensuring you would meet your goal.
  • Must have high school or college GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Must enroll as a full time/degree seeking student
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Must maintain a 2.8 GPA or higher while at Central Penn College
  • This scholarship is offered to three students each term

*Must submit essay to LisaKennedy@centralpenn.edu

The $1000 (divided over 3 terms) Corporate & Community Partnership Employee Award is available to new students who are currently employed by one of Central Penn's Corporate Partners. Verification of employment is requested with award application.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

The $300 Veteran Appreciation Award is available to new students who are veterans or currently serving in any branch of service. A copy of your DD-214 may be required. Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be a veteran or currently serving in any branch of service
  • Military scholarship only available in the first term of enrollment

The Legacy Scholarship is available to full time student applicants who are siblings, children or grandchildren of a Central Penn Graduate. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,500 to be used toward their first three terms of tuition. The Legacy Scholarship is awarded to all qualifying student applicants.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must enroll as a full time/degree seeking student
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be a sibling, child or grandchild of a Central Penn Graduate
  • There is no application, just verification of the above data
  • Your Financial Planning Coordinator must be notified prior to the start of the enrollment term

The Private Matching Scholarship is available to students who have been awarded an outside scholarship (scholarship funds awarded to a student through an outside agency or other source outside of Central Penn College to be used toward Central Penn College tuition). Scholarship recipients will be awarded matching funds up to $1,000.  Private Matching Scholarship funds are awarded to all qualifying applicants.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must enroll as a full time/degree seeking student
  • Must submit outside scholarship award letter to Central Penn one week prior to enrollment
  • Does not include employer reimbursement

The success scholarship is available to students who demonstrate a strong desire to continue their education.  Scholarship recipientswill be awarded up to $500 over their first 3 terms. 

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must have a GPA of a 2.0 or higher
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must submit 250 word essay to LisaKennedy@centralpenn.edu describing how your education will prepare you for career success.
  • Up to 5 students will be awarded this scholarship per term

The $500 Thaddeus Stevens Graduate Student Scholarship is available to new students who have graduated with an associate's degree from Thadeus Stevens and are transferring to Central Penn to further their education. This scholarship is divided over the first two terms of study at Central Penn. Official Thaddeus Stevens transcripts must be provided with scholarship application.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria: 
Must have graduated with an associate degree from Thaddeus Stevens and provide official Thaddeus Stevens transcripts

International

The International Student Scholarships are available with a possible award of up to $5,000 per year for undergraduate students. The amount granted to the student is decided upon by the office of admissions and is based on a variety of factors including financial need, merit, living arrangements, and the degree level pursued.

Students must submit an essay on the subject of:  "How will a degree from Central Penn College help you reach your goals?"

Click here to apply for the International Student Scholarship.

The Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students accepted to Central Penn who have a 3.5 GPA or above. Scholarship recipients are awarded $1,000 to be used toward their first three terms of tuition.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be a 2017 high school graduate and enroll in Summer or Fall 2017
  • Must be a full time, degree seeking student
  • Must have 3.5 or higher

The $500 HACC Graduate Student Scholarship is available to new students who have graduated with an associate's degree from HACC and are transferring to Central Penn to further their education. This scholarship is divided over the first two terms of study at Central Penn. Official HACC transcripts must be provided with scholarship application.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must have graduated with an associate degree from HACC and provide official HACC transcripts

The $250 Corporate & Community Partnership Employee Award is available to new students who are currently employed by one of Central Penn's Corporate Partners. Verification of employment is requested with award application. This scholarship may be used towards the cost of tuition in the first term.

Recipients are selected on the following criteria:

  • Must be currently employed by one of Central Penn's Corporate Partners

Current international students are eligible for all scholarships under the Current Students Tab.

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