Scholarships

Where can you find scholarships? 

1. Academic/Athletic scholarships - Academic scholarships are generally automatically granted to eligible students upon admission to the college. Sometimes students might have to separately apply for academic scholarships. From each college website, visit the financial aid page and click on "scholarships" to view them. 

College athletic coaches work with the financial aid offices to offer athletic scholarships to eligible students wishing to play a sport at a Division I or II school. Be sure to work with your high school coach throughout the recruitment process, complete "Prospective Student Athlete" forms on college websites, register on NCAA's eligibility center, and email coaches to notify them of your interest. 

2. Local Scholarships - Dieruff High School receives many scholarship offers from local organizations and donors. Once received, these scholarships will be listed on this page, will be posted on the daily bulletin, and will be placed in a binder in the College & Career Center. 

3. Outside Scholarships - Students can research and apply for scholarships on their own from a number of websites. Some of them are listed here: 
  • CollegeData: www.collegedata.com - Search for colleges & scholarships

  • FastWeb: www.fastweb.com  -- set up a personalized profile to match specific skills, abilities and interests and search the database of over 275,000 scholarships

  • FinAid: www.finaid.org  – the largest and most popular site of its sort 

  • Sallie Mae: www.CollegeAnswer.com/scholarships (also in Spanish) - scholarship search, paying for college, college costs

  • Scholarships.com: www.scholarships.com  – has database of 600,000 college scholarships

4. College Board Opportunity Scholarships - The College Board is investing $5 million per year in these scholarships, beginning with the class of 2020. Students are eligible to earn scholarships by taking the following actions during certain windows in their junior and senior years: 
  • Build a College List, $500: Build a college list on BigFuture

    • Junior Year: December 10, 2018-June 2019

  • Practice for the SAT, $1,000: Use official SAT practice on Khan Academy to get ready for test day

    • Junior year: December 10, 2018-October 2019

  • Improve Score, $2,000: Improve your SAT score

    • Spring Junior Year through Fall Senior Year: March 2019-December 2019

  • Strengthen College List, $500: Strengthen your college list with a mix of academic safety, fit, and reach schools

    • Summer and Fall Senior Year: July 2019-October 2019

  • Complete the FAFSA, $1,000: Fill out the FAFSA form to apply for financial aid

    • Fall and Winter Senior Year: October 2019-February 2020

  • Apply to Colleges, $1,000: Apply to schools you wish to attend

    • Fall and Winter Senior Year: October 2019-February 2020

  • Complete the Journey, $40,000: Complete all six scholarship steps

    • Final Drawing: March 2020

The more steps students take towards college, the more opportunities they have to earn a scholarship. Learn more about these opportunity scholarships at: http://cb.org/opportunity



The Linda M. Anthony Scholarship (Allentown Chamber of Commerce) - Due Date: March 13, 2020
This scholarship recognizes one outstanding high school senior from William Allen, Central Catholic, Dieruff, and Building 21 high schools. These students have demonstrated academic ability and a commitment to learning, achievement, and community service. The scholarship assists young men and women in their pursuit of higher education at an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university. The concentration of their continuing education is a business related field. Applicants must be in the top 10% of their graduating class. Applications are available in the College & Career Center and include an essay. Award: $1,000

PA Association of Housing & Redevelopment Agencies - L. DeWitt Boosel Memorial Scholarship - Due Date: March 16, 2020
Eligible applicants must be a high school senior OR age 20 or younger, who is not currently or has not previously been enrolled in an institution of higher learning or other accredited type of post-secondary education. Applicants must: be residents of a federally-funded public housing community, participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, or persons residing in an area directly served by a PAHRA member city or county redevelopment authority; must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

DHS Alumni Association School Spirit Scholarship
- Due Date: March 27, 2020
This scholarship is available to members of Dieruff's Class of 2020 and who are attending a post-secondary institution upon 6 months of graduation. Applications consist of an acceptance letter, a copy of your letter of intent to attend the institution, a high school transcript, reference letter, list of scholastic and extracurricular activities, and a school spirit essay. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

2020 African American Business Leaders Council Merit Scholarship - Due Date: March 30, 2020
This scholarship recognizes outstanding African American high school seniors who have demonstrated academic ability and a commitment to learning, achievement, and community service. Recipients must: be a student in good standing at the high school and have maintained an overall 2.75 GPA and above, have demonstrated community service, will be attending an accredited post-secondary program. Applicants should: complete an application and an essay. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

LGBTQ Business Council Scholarship - Due Date: March 30, 2020
There are two awards: LGBTQ Student of the Year Award, presented to an LGBTQ student based on community involvement and academic excellence, and Ally of the Year, presented to a LGBTQ Ally who is a positive force in the LGBTQ community through participation in the community activities. You are eligible for this scholarship if you are currently a senior in a high school within the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce area with plans on attending an accredited higher education institution. Applicants should complete an application with essay, submit 2 letters of recommendation, and a transcript. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

American Society of Highway Engineers - Due Date: April 3, 2020
The East Penn Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers has a scholarship for high school seniors who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a program leading to a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or Civil and Construction Engineering Technology. Applicants must: attend a school in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties and must be a U.S. citizen; must be a senior in high school; must be enrolling in civil or civil and construction engineering technology. Applications are available in the College & Career Center and include a recommendation letter, transcript, and career goals essay.
Award: $3,000

Harrison-Morton Staff Scholarship Award - Due Date: April 10, 2020
Applicants must be a graduating senior from Dieruff High School, have been a student at HMMS for at least 2 years (not necessarily consecutively), have graduated from 8th grade at HMMS, have earned at least a 2.5 GPA and can show proof of acceptance into a trade or 2-year associates program OR have earned a 3.0 GPA and can show proof of acceptance into a 4-year college or university, and have participated in some extra-curricular activities during their DHS experience. Applications are available in the College & Career Center and includes a letter of recommendation from a current academic DHS teacher AND one from a non-school source, along with an essay. 

Justin Sheftel Memorial Scholarship - Due Date: April 10, 2020
This scholarship has been established to honor and remember Justin Sheftel, who was tragically killed in a drunk driving accident. The ideal candidate is one who possesses many of Justin's characteristics: the uncommon hero, a hard worker, reliable friend, and determined student. Candidates must: be a senior graduating from Dieruff in June 2020 and attending college in the fall, have been active on an athletic team (club/freshmen/JV/Varsity), have a 3.0 GPA or higher, have financial need, have been involved in extracurricular activities, community service, or afterschool/summer job. Applicants should complete an application, submit 3 letters of recommendation, and an essay. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

Alpha Delta Kappa - Due Date: April 15, 2020
Eligible students should be pursuing a degree in education, whose scholarship, citizenship, character, and leadership qualities indicate the ability to succeed in higher education. Financial need will be considered. Applications are available in the College & Career Center and include an essay about why you have chosen the field of education. Award: $1,200

2020 Olexa-Weber Scholarship - Due Date: April 19, 2020
These scholarships are available to graduates of the Class of 2020 or students currently attending community college in Bucks, Lehigh, or Northampton counties. 
The Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber Scholarship for Criminal Justice will be awarded to a high school senior or community college student majoring in criminal justice or law enforcement at an accredited institution for post-secondary education. The Stephanie Olexa and Seth Weber Scholarship for the Life Sciences will be awarded to a high school senior or community college student majoring in life sciences at an accredited institution for post-secondary education. To apply, students should go to the online grant portal at: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=lehighvalley

Latino Leadership of the Lehigh Valley - Due Date: April 19, 2020
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be of Hispanic heritage and be a resident of Lehigh or Northampton County. An application includes a one-page typed essay describing your career objectives, community and/or school involvement, and special circumstances, a high school transcript, a copy of the applicant's latest tax return and copy of the parent(s) current tax return, one letter of recommendation, and a college acceptance letter. Applications are available in the College & Career Center or at http://www.llalv.org/.
Award: $500

PPL Future Environmental Leaders Scholarship - Due Date: April 30, 2020
This scholarship is intended for students pursuing careers in the engineering and science fields that will benefit the natural world that surrounds and sustains us. Applications are available in the College and Career Center and include an essay about why you are pursing an environmentally-related career and what future impact you expect to have on the world around you. Award: $2,000

Allentown School District Wotring Scholarship - Due Date: May 1, 2020
Eligible students for this scholarship should be sons or daughters of U.S. citizens, a graduating senior, resident of the Allentown School District, attending an accredited college or university in the U.S., and have financial need. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

Allentown Housing Authority Scholarship - Due Date: May 11, 2020
Applicant must be a high school senior or high school graduate, residing within Allentown Housing Authority administered housing development. Student must have maintained a 2.5 GPA or higher. To apply, complete an application, submit high school transcripts, 2 teacher/counselor recommendation letters, 1 personal recommendation letter, and an essay written by the student explaining how he or she would use a college degree to enhance the quality of life in their community. Scholarship funds will be distributed evenly between semesters for a total of $1,000 per school year and can continue up to 4 years to a $4,000 maximum. Funds will be sent directly to you in order to be used for tuition, books, or fees. Applications are available in the College & Career Center.