Scholarship Qualifications and Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded to at least one graduating senior from Ligonier Valley,  Greater Latrobe, and Mount Pleasant High Schools (or a home schooled or cyber schooled senior who resides in those school districts) who will be attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution to include college, university, trade school, or vocational school and be taking at least 12 credits a semester.

Qualifications – A student qualifies for the scholarship if:

1)  he or she has a parent, sibling, or grandparent who has honorably served or is currently serving in any branch of the Armed Forces including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Space Force with service on Active Duty or in the Reserve or National Guard.*

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2)  he or she has signed a written obligation to serve in any branch of the Armed Forces including the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Space Force with service in the Reserve or National Guard.*

Criteria – Applicants will be judged on the following criteria: extracurricular school activities, community service and citizenship, leadership positions in school and community organizations including leadership programs such as Outdoor Odyssey, employment history, and a mandatory essay.  In addition, special consideration will be given to an applicant whose parent, sibling, or grandparent was killed in action or wounded in action (recipient of Purple Heart). A mandatory essay must be submitted with the application.  The theme of this year’s essay is “What does it mean to you that Americans have fought and died for your freedom?”   The essay must be typed and single-spaced and be no more than 500 words in length.

Applicants must submit their electronic applications by February 28, 2023, at the website of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies at: cfalleghenies.org/scholarships. Proof of qualification and essays must be uploaded with the application.

*Please provide proof that your parent, sibling, or grandparent has honorably served (i.e. Department of Defense Form 214 preferred or other military document) or is currently serving and, if applicable, proof that he/she was killed or sustained wounds as a result of combat (i.e. Purple Heart citation).  Also, if you are joining the military, please provide documentation of your written service obligation.  The scholarship selection committee reserves the right to request additional evidence verifying the service of your family member.