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


2020 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Due Date: January 17, 2020
Eligibility: U.S. high school students in grades 9-12 attending public, private, parochial, or home schools are eligible or U.S. students under the age of 20 enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas are eligible. All students must register online. Essays can be submitted online or via regular mail. 

Essay topic: Write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth. The essay may focus on an issue at the local, state, national or international level. Use at least 5 varied, reliable sources. Essays must be between 700-1,000 words. Visit http://jfklibrary.org/essaycontest for complete guidelines. 

1st place: $10,000; 2nd place: $3,000; 5 finalists: $1,000 each; 8 semifinalists: $100 each; 10 honorable mentions

Junior League of The Lehigh Valley Scholarship - Due Date: January 31, 2020
To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be a graduating female senior who resides in Lehigh, Bucks, or Northampton counties. Applicants should also be a first-generation college student pursuing a STEM discipline or any graduating senior pursuing a STEM discipline. Applications are available in the College & Career Center or at https://www.jllvpa.org/scholarship/and requires a transcript and one recommendation letter. Finalists will be invited for an interview in February/March. Award: $1,500

Allentown Rotary Club Foundation - Due Date: February 3, 2020
This scholarship will provide two college scholarships to qualified students attending Dieruff, Allen, Central Catholic or Building 21. Each scholarship is for the 2020-2021 academic year and is an annual award of $3,000, renewable for up to 4 years of college for at total of $12,000. It is awarded based on community service, leadership skills, financial need, involvement, academic achievement, and interview skills. Applicants must submit an application, recommendations, and transcripts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and their primary residence must be within the boundaries of the City of Allentown. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

Danny Elias Khalouf Memorial Scholarship Fund - Due Date: February 10, 2020
To be considered for this scholarship, you must: 
1) Submit a copy of your high school transcript with application.
2) Be accepted to a college or university. Include copy of acceptance letter. 
3) Submit a copy of your Student Aid Report or a copy of your parent's 2018 tax return.
4) Be in the top 20% of your class with a minimum GPA of 3.50.
5) Have financial need.
Preference will be given to students from the Middle East. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

2020 Fulton Bank Diversity Scholarship - Due Date: March 1, 2020
This scholarship will go to a s
enior pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree in business administration, communications, information technology, or marketing. Applicants must be of a diverse, ethnic background, and express financial need. Applicants need to complete an application, submit 3 letters of recommendation, submit a 500-word essay based on the question, "Five years from now how do you plan to use this opportunity?" and have a minimum of 6 months previous customer service experience. The final step will be an interview with the Fulton Financial Corporation. 

What makes this scholarship unique is that in addition to the monetary award, Fulton Corporation offers our scholarship recipient the opportunity for summer and holiday break employment; and the opportunity for full time employment upon graduation through the Fulton Financial Corporation Management Trainee Program. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. 

Award: $1,500

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.