Scholarships

Scholarships, dedicating funds for dedicated students

Did you know that Central Penn College awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships annually? Scholarships are available to students that meet the specific requirements of our numerous scholarships. Central Penn offers many scholarships to both new and current students.

Scholarships for Incoming High School Students

HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship provides up to $11,616 of support to make learning AND living at Central Penn College more affordable. The housing scholarship includes the FULL housing costs ($1,452 per term or cost of your housing) for eight (8) consecutive terms. You are still responsible for utilities ($330) and any meal plan you elect to receive, which ranges from $484 to $1,500 per term.

Students may reapply and receive an additional two years of the housing scholarship, a $23,200 value over four years!

Full details available at CentralPenn.edu/housingscholarship.

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REGIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

2021 and 2022 high school graduates from Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, may qualify for the Regional Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $3,000 to be divided over their first three terms of tuition.

  • Must be a 2021 or 2022 high school graduate starting either the Summer or Fall 2021 academic term
  • Must be a resident of Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lancaster, Lebanon or York counties.
  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student 
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Must have a high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • 500-word essay application: Please describe for the scholarship committee how your hometown community contributed to your success?
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EARLY START SCHOLARSHIP

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 student bills. Up to 90 students are awarded the Early Start Scholarship annually.

  • 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 2022 academic term
  • Must be a 2022 High School graduate
  • No application, just verification of the above information
  • Must have continuous enrollment to qualify
  • Summer PTA students do not qualify 

KEYSTONE SCHOLARSHIP

Each year Central Penn College is highlighting a county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for students to apply for a multiyear scholarship. This year, our county is Berks County. 2021 and 2022 high school graduates from Berks County with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, may qualify for the Keystone Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 a year for up to 3 years (or maximum 9 terms). Up to 15 students will be awarded this scholarship.

  • 2021 or 2022 high school graduates beginning class in the Summer or Fall 2021 academic term
  • Must be a resident of Berks County
  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Must have a high school cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • 500-word essay application: Please describe for the scholarship committee how your hometown community contributed to your success?
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ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

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, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • Must be a 2022 high school graduate starting either the Summer or Fall 2022 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
  • Write your speech if you were valedictorian of your graduating class.
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OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

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.

  • Must be a 2022 high school graduate starting either the Summer or Fall 2022 academic term
  • Must enroll as a full-time/degree-seeking student 
  • Must have a 2.8 or higher high school cumulative GPA
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • College must receive completed “Who has inspired you the most and why?” 500-word essay application.
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PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIP MATCHING

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.

  • 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

PENNSYLVANIA GRANT MATCH

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.

  • Must be a 2022 high school graduate and enroll in the Summer or Fall 2022 term
  • Must live on campus
  • Must have completed a 2021-2022 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

FBLA / DECA 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.

  • Must be a 2022 high school graduate and enroll at Central Penn for either the Summer or Fall 2022 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 a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • College must receive a completed application and essay describe a project you completed while you were in FBLA and what that project helped you learn about yourself.
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EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP

The Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students accepted to Central Penn who have a 3.5 GPA or above. Scholarship recipients are awarded $2,000 to be used toward their first six terms of tuition.

  • Must be a 2022 high school graduate and enroll in Summer or Fall 2022
  • Must be a full-time/degree-seeking student 
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Must have a 3.5 or higher

MCINROY-SHEFFER PEOPLE TRUST SCHOLARSHIP

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

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LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

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.

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

Vision Benefits of America Opportunity Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship opportunity provided by Vision Benefits of America to foster and preserve human eyesight in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing financial assistance for students in the form of scholarships to be used for Central Penn College’s Optometric Technician Certificate program.

  • The scholarship is divided across 3 terms
  • The student is a Pennsylvania resident
  • The student plans to work in Pennsylvania*
  • Employment in a small business eye center is preferred*

*Exceptions may be made with proper documentation.

Contact financialaid@centralpenn.edu for more information!

Medical Assisting Diploma Healthcare Heroes Award

New students enrolling in the Medical Assisting Diploma are eligible to receive the Health Heroes Award, which provides up to $500 in scholarship assistance per term.

  • Must start in the Medical Assisting Diploma program in July 2021 or January 2022
  • The maximum award is $2,000 over four terms

Scholarships for New Undergraduate Students

The following scholarships are available to Central Penn College students who meet certain requirements. If you have any questions regarding these scholarships, please contact the financial aid office for additional scholarship resources and opportunities.

TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP

The Transfer Student Scholarship is available to students who transfer a minimum of 30 academic credits from another accredited institution. Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,500 to be used toward their first six terms.

  • Must have transferred a minimum of 30 academic credits from another accredited institution
  • Must have a 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

HACC GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

The $500 HACC Graduate Student Award 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 award is divided over the first two terms of study at Central Penn. Official HACC transcripts must be provided with scholarship application.

  • Must have graduated with an associate degree from HACC and provide official HACC transcripts
  • No application necessary, just verification of the above information

THADDEUS STEVENS GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The $500 Thaddeus Stevens Graduate Student Scholarship is available to new students who have graduated with an associate’s degree from Thaddeus 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 a scholarship application.

  • Must have graduated with an associate degree from Thaddeus Stevens and provide official Thaddeus Stevens transcripts
  • Must be degree-seeking
  • No application necessary, just verification of the above information

PRIVATE MATCHING SCHOLARSHIP

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 another 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.

  • 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

CORPORATE & COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

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 the award application.

  • Must be currently employed by one of Central Penn’s Corporate Partners
  • Must be continuously enrolled
  • Click here to view the list of approved employers
  • Must use your company’s employer reimbursement plan
  • If you don’t see your company on this list, please contact CurtisVoelker@centralpenn.edu

LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

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. The Legacy Scholarship is awarded to all qualifying student applicants.

  • Must enroll as a full time/degree-seeking student
  • Must be a sibling, child or grandchild of a Central Penn graduate
  • Notify your Financial Planning Coordinator at the start of the enrollment term

ELIMINATING BOUNDARIES SCHOLARSHIP

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 number 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.

  • 500-700 word essay: “A Central Penn student is described as resilient. Please describe to the scholarship committee a time where you experienced a hardship in your life and how you took steps to overcome it. “
  • 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 only offered to three students each term
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HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP

The housing scholarship is at a reduced rate or one-half of the housing costs ($726 per term or 50% of your housing costs) for eight (8) consecutive terms. Student’s eight (8) terms begin with your first disbursement and failure to meet certain conditions does not extend the number of terms. Students are still responsible for utilities ($330) per term. Students may request an optional meal plan, which ranges from $484 to $1,500 per term.

Full details available at CentralPenn.edu/housingscholarship.

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SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP

The Success Scholarship is available to students who demonstrate a strong desire to continue their education.  Scholarship recipients will be awarded up to $1,000 over their first 4 terms.

  • Must have a GPA of a 2.0 or higher
  • Must be degree seeking
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must submit a 250 word essay describing how your education will prepare you for career success.
  • Up to 5 students will be awarded this scholarship per term
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PA National Guard Appreciation Scholarship

The $1000 PA National Guard Appreciation Scholarship is awarded to any student using their Pennsylvania National Guard EAP Benefit for general educational use. The award will be divided over the first 4 terms of study. Will be awarded when EAPG is processed.

Vision Benefits of America Opportunity Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship opportunity provided by Vision Benefits of America to foster and preserve human eyesight in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing financial assistance for students in the form of scholarships to be used for Central Penn College’s Optometric Technician Certificate program.

  • The scholarship is divided over 3 terms
  • The student is a Pennsylvania resident
  • The student plans to work in Pennsylvania
  • Employed in a small business eye centers

Contact financialaid@centralpenn.edu for more information!

RN to BSN Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

Students starting in this program during the winter 2022 term may be eligible to receive up to $18,000 in need-based tuition assistance during the eight terms of the program. Students will need to apply for FAFSA and accept federal or state grants first, along with any tuition reimbursement provided by their employers.

  • Must accept federal and/or state grants first
  • Must maximize any employer tuition reimbursement
  • Must start during the winter 2022 term

Medical Assisting Diploma Healthcare Heroes Award

New students in the Medical Assisting Diploma are eligible to receive the Health Heroes Award, which provides up to $500 in scholarship assistance per term.

  • Must start in the Medical Assisting Diploma program in July 2021 or January 2022
  • The maximum award is $2,000 over four terms

Scholarships for Current Central Penn Students

Scholarships for current Central Penn students are provided through the Central Penn College Education Foundation.

The Central Penn College Education Foundation strives to lessen 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 award amounts vary from $500 – $2,000.

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.
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Please note that applications can only be submitted once.

Scholarships Available through the Education Foundation

Following is a list of many of the scholarships that will be made available to student applicants. General scholarship amounts range between $500 and $2,000. Students who complete the online application are considered for all scholarships.

  • Abayasekara Family Scholarship
  • Anonymous Scholarship (3)
  • Bailey Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Park & Mary Barner Scholarship
  • Thomas Beauduy Scholarship
  • Boles Metzger Brosius and Walborn, PC Scholarship
  • Mary O. Bradley, Journalist Scholarship
  • Buehler Family Scholarship
  • Byler Family Scholarship
  • Campbell Clan Scholarship
  • Capital Blue Cross Scholarship
  • Lee Cave Memorial Scholarship
  • Conrad Siegel Actuaries Scholarship
  • Manuel Del Valle Endowed Scholarship
  • Melanie ’77 and Donald Dennis Memorial Scholarship
  • Edwin and Carol Engerer Scholarship
  • Dr. J. Martin Engle ‘29 Scholarship
  • Ruth Evinger ‘40 Scholarship
  • First Year Student Scholarship
  • Thomas and Theresa Fraticelli Scholarship
  • Marvin ’76 & AnnaMae Fultz Scholarship
  • William and Karen Gladstone Scholarship
  • Frank E. Gochenauer Memorial Scholarship
  • Duane and Susan Greenly Family Scholarship
  • Harrisburg Hornets Scholarship
  • Derek Hathaway Leadership in Business Scholarship
  • Jim and Tamara Hepfer Scholarship
  • Holtzman Family Scholarship

  • Lawrence and Julia Hoverter Foundation Scholarship
  • Jenzabar Foundation Scholarship
  • Robert L. Johnson Scholarship
  • Charles “T” Jones Leadership Scholarship
  • F. Keiser Scholarship
  • Daryl and Dennis Kenes Scholarship
  • Russell and Stella Kulp Scholarship
  • Bart and Jean Milano Scholarship
  • Linda ’78 and Todd Milano “Keep Smiling” Legacy Scholarship
  • Nancy and Donald Miller Scholarship
  • Paul Miller ’40 Scholarship
  • Edward R. Norford Charitable Foundation Scholarship
  • Craiger T. Parker Scholarship
  • George and Rita Patterson Scholarship
  • Pennlantic Systems for Business Scholarship
  • Peter and Mary ‘77 Phillips Scholarship
  • Rhea (Paul) Reese-Madden ’40 Scholarship
  • Hasu and Hersha Shah Scholarship
  • Gary C. Shatzer and Andrew B. Cisney Memorial Scholarship
  • The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation Scholarship
  • Dmitri Stadnyk Scholarship
  • Harold “Bill” Stahle ’44 Scholarship
  • Tremendous Living Foundation Scholarship
  • Wehler Vickless Family Scholarship
  • Wells Fargo Advisors Scholarship
  • Wingert Family Scholarship
  • Bob Wright Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Glenn W. and Dr. Marsha L. Zehner Scholarship 

DONALD B. & DOROTHY L. STABLER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship is awarded to multiple student scholarships in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. 

  • 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.

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

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THE WILLIAM & KAREN GLADSTONE FUND

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

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

The Bailey Foundation provides both high school seniors 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 to review application deadlines.

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HACC GRADUATE AWARD

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

  • Students with unmet financial needs.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Must be degree-seeking
  • Student MUST be a HACC graduate.
  • To apply, please fax the application to the Financial Aid Office.
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HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP

The College is pleased to announce an expanded Housing Scholarship opportunity for both current and future students! Eligible students will be able to apply for a scholarship that covers up to two years or eight consecutive terms of on-campus room costs. Although students are still responsible for utilities, this scholarship provides up to $11,616 of support to make learning AND living at Central Penn College more affordable. As an exciting addition, eligible students up to the age of 30 who are enrolled part-time or in credit-bearing diploma or certificate programs now can apply for a partial housing scholarship that covers up to $5,808 or half of on-campus room costs, excluding utilities, for eight consecutive terms.

Students may reapply and receive an additional two years of the housing scholarship, a $23,200 value over four years!

Full details available at CentralPenn.edu/housingscholarship.

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