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DHS COUNSELING STAFF
Mrs. Adrianne Lindeman
School Counselor (Last Names A-G)
adrianne.lindeman@donegalsd.org
(717) 492-1207

Mrs. Danielle Kuhn
School Counselor (Last Names H-O)
danielle.kuhn@donegalsd.org
(717) 492-1208

Mr. William Rosengrant
School Counselor (Last Names P-Z)
william.rosengrant@donegalsd.org
(717) 492-1204

Ms. Mary Chiang
College Adviser
mchiang@fandm.edu
(717) 653-1871 ext. 51583

Mrs. Tracy Donnelly
Counseling Department Secretary
tracy.donnelly@donegalsd.org
(717) 492-1209
  • DONEGAL HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING & CAREER CENTER
STUDENT APPOINTMENT REQUEST FORM

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

2 months ago

Graduation Requirements

To receive a Donegal High School diploma, a student must successfully complete a minimum number of courses during grades 9,10,11,12 as outlined below:                                                                                                                                                                                                          

AREAS                                              CREDITS                                                                             

English*                                              4.0
Mathematics*                                    4.0
Science*                                              3.0     
Social Studies*                                   4.0
Fitness                                                 2.0                                                           
Wellness 10 & 11                               1.0
Informational Literacy**                  0.5                                                                           
Personal Finance         **                  1.0
Arts & Humanities***                       2.0                                                                                                                    Electives ****                                     6.5 

TOTAL                                                  28                                                                                

Graduation requirements are modified for students attending full year CTC programs during their 12th grade year. 

* Must include required courses per items above and check department course descriptions.


** Informational Literary is required to be taken in 9th grade and Personal Finance is required to be taken in 11th grade       


***Courses that satisfy the Arts and Humanities requirements may be selected from the following areas:             
English (beyond the four required units)                                                     
Social Studies (beyond the four required units)                               
Art                                                                                                     
Music                                                                                               
World Language

**** All courses beyond the required courses are considered electives.  This includes courses in the following areas:                   
Business                       
Technology Education                       
Career and Technology Centers

CAREER INFORMATION

2 months ago

There are many informative resources to help students with their career preparation and planning. Some of these resources are online, and some can be found in the Counseling Office.
 
Career Cruising (http://www.careercruising.com) is an online assessment and exploration tool which will assist students in determining which careers match up with their interests, skills and values. The site provides students with information about almost every career available to them! Job descriptions, working conditions, earnings, and job outlook are among some of the information given. There are also interviews with professionals who describe what it's like to work in their particular career.
 
Donegal Student Login Information for Career Cruising:
                                                            username: donegal
                                                            password: highschool (one word, no space)
 
There are other excellent resources which can be found online. 
 
The Counseling Department also has hundreds of books and various other resources in the Counseling Office that will assist students in learning about the various careers available to them. If students would like one-on-one assistance in developing career goals, they should see their counselor to make an appointment!

COLLEGE INFORMATION & PLANNING

2 months ago

Obtaining Applications

 

Where do I get an application?  

Colleges and universities maintain internet websites that allow users to request, download, or print information and applications. Most institutions offer online applications, and many prefer that students apply directly through the website, with application fees charged to major credit cards. For most schools, you may also opt to submit a paper application.

 
Do I need to send my transcript?  

Official transcripts and other supporting documents, as described in the Submitting Applications section below, are required and usually must be forwarded by regular mail to the college or university. Because we do not know when you apply online, please make sure to visit the Counseling Office after you have submitted your application online and request that your transcript be mailed.

 

How can I get more information from a college?  

Admissions offices accept email and telephone requests for information and materials, and many provide toll-free numbers.

 

What are College Fairs?  

College fairs provide good opportunities to obtain applications and other information directly from representatives. Please contact the DHS Counseling Office for information about any local college fairs.

 

What is the Common Application?

This term refers to a universal, or "Common Application", used by many colleges and universities across the country. This application only needs to be completed once and can then be submitted to multiple colleges/universities. Not all colleges and universities participate in the "Common Application", so confirm a school's acceptance of the "Common Application" before submitting it. Visit http://www.commonapp.org for a list of schools that accept this application.

 
 
Submitting Applications
 
Who should complete the college application?  

Students ( not parents) should complete applications and double-check the accuracy of all application information with parents before either bringing paper applications to the Counseling Office or submitting applications online. In general, paper application forms do not need to be typed, but neatness always counts! Print neatly, in black ink (unless otherwise specified), and don't forget to sign and date each application; a parent usually must also sign if the applicant is not yet 18 years of age.
 

After I complete the application, what do I do next?  

If you complete a paper application, please bring the application directly to the Counseling Office and give it to one of the counselors or to the secretary. If you are submitting your application online, please come to the Counseling Office and request that your transcript be sent through the mail.

 

What else should I bring to the Counseling Office with my paper application?  

All attachments, including application fee checks, should be submitted with the paper application so the application and supporting materials may be mailed as a packet and arrive together at the intended college. Be sure to alert the counselor or secretary to each school's deadline for receiving applications!

 

What is on my transcript?  

Transcripts mailed with applications are official (that is, imprinted with the school seal) and include: SAT scores received by DHS to date, the most recent class rank and grade point average, final course grades and credits earned since entering ninth grade, and high school activities reported by the student in previous years. Official transcripts cannot be hand-carried or hand-delivered by students or parents to intended recipients .

 

What about letters of recommendation? Do I need them?

Letters of recommendation should be brought to the Counseling Office if you want them to be mailed with applications. If you are seeking recommendations from teachers, advisors, coaches, counselors, or administrators, be sure to give them plenty of advance notice when asking for the letters. Some colleges require letters of recommendation and some only recommend them, so be sure to read the application carefully.

 

Do I have to write an essay?  

Personal essays or autobiographical statements are required on some college applications and are optional on others. Even when optional, they represent important opportunities to favorably impress an admissions committee, especially if an interview has not been possible. If you include supplemental or separate pages, be certain they are neat, clean, and legible, and that each extra attachment contains your name; it is also helpful to clearly label the content or purpose of such extra pages.

 

Can I submit my application late?

Adhere to application deadlines and submit materials early ! Applications should never be brought to the Counseling Office on the day they are due. Submit all materials well in advance of postmark deadlines and inform the counselor or secretary of deadline dates at submission!

 

How will I know if the college has received my application and other materials?

A record is maintained in the Counseling Office of transcript mailings for each student, including the name and address of the intended recipient, date the transcript was sent, and the date of acceptance (when applicable). A stamped and pre-addressed confirmation postcard is mailed with transcripts/applications for return to Donegal High School by the college upon receipt of the transcript and accompanying materials.

 

Now that I've applied, I can relax and take it easy for the rest of my senior year, right?

No, keep those grades up! Many colleges request mid-year grades. When colleges inform students that their mid-year grades are needed, students should notify the Counseling Office immediately so this important information can be sent as soon as it is available. After the final grades are posted for the Fall Semester, the cumulative GPA and Class Rank are re-calculated for each grade level. As soon as the revised mid-year GPA and Class Rank are available, they are recorded as the official rank and average on student applications, transcripts, and supporting documents.

 

 

 

College Visits

 
The Office should be informed of all college visitations (tours and/or interviews) prior to each college visit. This is the procedure that should be followed :
  1. Prior to a scheduled visitation , you must complete a "Request For College Visitation" form. Copies can be obtained from the Main Office, the Attendance Secretary or the Counseling Office. This form must be completed, signed by a parent, and returned to the office to be approved by the principal or assistant principal.
  2. You must have a parent accompany you on the college visitation.
  3. While on the visit, you will have a college representative sign a form indicating that you visited on that particular day.
  4. When you return to school, the form signed by the college representative must be returned to the Attendance Secretary so that the absence is considered "excused".
  5. Students are permitted to be excused up to three (3) days during their junior year and three (3) days during their senior year for college visitations.

 

 

College Admissions Testing

 

How do I know which tests I need to take?

As you consider potential colleges, you should determine which admissions tests are required by those schools. Tests should be taken at least six weeks prior to the application deadline of a school requiring the score.

 

Do I need to take both the SAT and the ACT?

Most schools in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States prefer the College Board's SAT in evaluating a student's potential for success in college. Many schools in the Western U.S. prefer the ACT (American College Testing) program. Some colleges require one test over the other. On-line registration is preferred for these tests and may be accessed through each testing organization's web address:

SAT: http://www.collegeboard.org                     
ACT: http://www.act.org

 

 

What are the SAT Subject Tests?

A number of schools also require the College Board's SAT Subject Tests (formerly called the SAT II). Results from these tests may be used in making admissions decisions, but generally are used in placing accepted students at appropriate levels in the school's curriculum. Pay special attention to testing requirements of each school you consider!

 

How do I register for the SAT?

SAT test dates and registration deadlines are listed on the College Board's website. The test is offered on a Saturday at local high schools. Donegal High School also participates in SAT School Day, which allows students to take the SAT during the regular school day. 

 

What is Donegal's CEEB code?

Students must include Donegal High School 's CEEB Code Number (392795) when they register for the SAT in order for their scores to be reported to us and posted on their transcripts.
 

Acceptances
 

What should I do when I have been accepted by a college?

Students should notify the Counseling Office when they have been informed of admissions decisions by the colleges to which they have applied. We share your excitement about acceptances, want to lobby for you when your application is put on hold or if a decision is deferred, and certainly want to support you if you are not admitted. When you decide which offer of admission to accept, your commitment to that college should be reported to the Counseling Office so your final transcript can be mailed in June.

 

Should I notify all of the colleges I applied to if I have accepted admission somewhere else?

As a courtesy to the other colleges where applications have been sent (and to the candidates who may be on waiting lists for those colleges!), you should notify each school of your intentions when a commitment has been made to another school.

NCAA INFORMATION

2 months ago

Students who want to play a sport at any NCAA Division I or II university as a freshman must register and be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse).

All student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center prior to making any official school visits or receiving a written offer of athletically related financial aid. It is recommended that students register at the beginning of their junior year of high school.

There is a fee to register, and fee waivers are available to those who qualify.

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org

After your NCAA Eligibility Center account is created, STUDENTS must send their SAT or ACT scores directly to the NCAA from their College Board account using code: 9999.

Please contact Mr. Rosengrant with any questions regarding NCAA Eligibility at (717) 492-1204. 

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

2 months ago

Donegal High School's student assistance program is called CARES. 

CARES is an acronym that stands for Committee to Assist and Refer Students. CARES is a multi-disciplinary team composed of school personnel (teachers, staff, administrators, nurses, and counselors). This team has been trained to understand and identify students who are having problems in school because of chemical use/abuse, depression/anxiety, grief, or other related factors that affect the student's ability to learn or succeed in the classroom. CARES serves as an intervention and referral program to aid students in overcoming these barriers. The team does not diagnose or treat mental health or drug/alcohol disorders. 

Students may be referred to CARES by:

1. Self referral

2. Peer referral

3. Faculty/staff referral

4. Parent referral 

All referrals are kept confidential. For more information about this committee, please see your school counselor.

TESTING INFORMATION

2 months ago

SAT


The SAT is the most widely used college admissions test in the United States. If you are a student planning to apply to college, you should take the SAT. Most four-year colleges will require SAT scores. It is recommended that students take the SAT at the end of their junior year. Some students will take the test again at the beginning of their senior year. Some students will opt to take the SAT more than once, but that is not required.
 
There are two options: SAT School Day or the standard SAT administration given on a Saturday. Donegal High School offers the SAT School Day option two times a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Although Donegal High School is not a Saturday testing center, there are several local schools that do offer the test. To find test dates, locations, and test fees, visit the The College Board's website.
 
For Saturday administration, students must register directly with the College Board.  The preferred registration method is online, but you can also register by mail. SAT score results are sent directly to students.

PSAT/NMSQT


The PSAT is sometimes known as a "Practice SAT". Students who are in  11th grade and are planning to take the SAT are encouraged to take the PSAT. The test is offered at Donegal High School in October and the cost is usually around $17. Information about the test, as well as registration forms, are given to students in school (usually at the beginning of September). Registration is done through the Counseling & Career Center (not the College Board website). Students who take the PSAT in 10th grade may take the test again in 11th grade, and are encouraged to do so.  The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is the official route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship program. PSAT results are returned to Donegal High School in December and are given to students in school. Students will be given a detailed score report along with their test booklet, so they are able to review their test question by question. 


PSAT 10


PSAT 10 is offered to all sophomore students at Donegal High School every spring. Students are required to take the test, do not need to register, and there is no cost to the student. Results are returned to Donegal High School in May and are returned to students and parents. Students will be given a detailed score report along with their test booklet, so they are able to review their test question by question.


ACT


The ACT is another college admissions test similar to the SAT. Although the test may not be as widely used as the SAT, it is recognized by most college admissions departments. Test dates and locations, as well as registration and fee information, can be found on ACT's website. 
 


AP


AP, or Advanced Placement, testing is an option for students enrolled in any of Donegal High School's AP courses. The AP tests are typically offered in May during the school day. Information about these tests, as well as registration materials, will be given to students at school. The AP tests can possibly offer the opportunity for students to earn college credit or advanced standing in college. This opportunity depends on the score earned by the student and the various colleges' policies for AP credit. Students should check with their intended college to see if/how they will accept AP credit.

**Students who wish to take an AP exam for which DHS does not offer an AP course should see their counselor.

TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS

21 days ago

****Current students can request a DHS transcript electronically, from your Chromebook on the Student Portal page. 

*** If you graduated from Donegal prior to 2016, 3 years ago, we request a $2.00 transcript fee to assist in defraying the postage and handling fee.  Please make checks payable to "Donegal High School" and mailed to:  "DHS Career Resource Center, 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552."  Upon receipt of your request and/or fee, we will promptly expedite your request.

Donegal High School graduates can request transcripts by phone or fax. For telephone requests, contact Mrs. Tracy Donnelly at 717-492-1209 or email your request to tracy.donnelly@donegalsd.org.  Please leave your name, year of graduation, date of birth and the school you would like your transcript mailed to.  Please email your telephone number where you can be reached (just in case we have any questions). You may also fax your request to (717) 492-1242. 

Most colleges will ask to receive an Official Transcript. An official transcript contains the school seal, a signature from your school counselor, and is prepared on school district letterhead and mailed directly from the high school to the college/university. 

An Unofficial Transcript  may also be requested for your use to help you complete college and/or scholarship applications. This transcript will not have a seal or signature, so you should not be sending this to colleges (because it is not considered to be official). 


WORKING PERMITS

about 1 year ago

To obtain a student working permit for employment, students and/or their parents who live in the Donegal School District should contact Donegal High School at 717-492-1209 with any questions or to make an appointment. 


PLEASE NOTE :

  1. Work Permit applications can be obtained from the DHS Counseling & Career Center.  The application must be signed by the parent.
     
  2. Evidence of age is required at time of work permit request in the form of an original birth certificate, passport, baptismal certificate or certified physicians' statement of opinion.  The requesting student must be present at time of issue of work permit in order to sign the permit.
     
  3. Please Note- Under the revised labor law, the student does not need a physical or current employment to obtain a work permit. Once work is secured, the new employer may require a physical based on their individual requirements for employment.

HOURS OF ISSUE:

School Year: Monday thru Friday - 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Summer: Tuesdays and Thursdays only - 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  or by appointment.



  ** N O T I C E **

CHANGES TO CHILD LABOR LAW

(Effective:  October 24, 2012)
 
 

From:        Stephen Fisher, Director
                   School Services Office

Subject:     PDE Notification to LEAs of Changes to Child Labor Law and the Online Availability of  New Work Permits

On Oct. 24, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act 151 of 2012 resulting in sweeping changes to Pennsylvania's existing Child Labor Law. The Act which took effect on Jan. 22, 2013, confers new powers and duties on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, school districts, and others with specific responsibilities under the law.

Please be advised that the roles and responsibilities of these state agencies, issuing officers, enforcement officers, employers, parents/guardians, and minors will change significantly as the result of this new law. As such, superintendents and others in authority within Pennsylvania's public schools must pay special attention to their new and expanded responsibilities under the law.  You can access the new Child Labor Act and an Abstract of the Child Labor Act Hours Provisions on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's website at:

 http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=553527&mode=2

 
SUMMARY OF CHANGES:

The following is a brief summary of the major changes to Pennsylvania's Child Labor Law that impact school districts. There are many other changes to the law such as work hours, summer school, and high school graduates. You are encouraged to thoroughly review the new child labor law.

1. Although not specifically addressed in the new law, minors who currently possess a valid work permit may continue to utilize that permit to work.  Minors, who possess a vacation certificate and desire to work for another employer, may obtain a new work permit from the issuing officer in their school district. All minors who possess either an old or new work permit must follow the new rules regarding employment.

2. Requests for work permits involving theatrical and other similar performances will continue to be processed by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. These minors will need verification signed by the principal of the school attended by the minor or the issuing officer of the minor's school district. This statement will verify that the performance and rehearsals will not interfere with the educational instruction or school progress of the minor or a guarantee that arrangements are made for a qualified tutor for the minor. If the minor is to be tutored, the application will set forth the name and address of the tutor, whether the tutor is a certified teacher, the name and address of the school official approving the subjects for tutoring and the tutoring arrangements and the number of hours per week the minor is to be tutored. For additional information on employment of minors in performances and the role that school districts play in approving such permits, please visit the Department of Labor and Industry's website at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=553527&mode=2

3. Under the new Child Labor Law, an issuing officer can be a district superintendent or a supervising principal of a public school district. If a public school district does not have a superintendent or supervising principal, the secretary of the board of school directors may serve this function. The above officials can authorize, in writing, another individual to issue work permits.

4. Under the new Child Labor Law, neither the employer nor a physician will need to sign an application for a work permit. The new law does require that an applicant's parents or legal guardian sign an application for a work permit. In lieu of a signature by a parent or legal guardian, the applicant can sign a statement before a notary public attesting to the accuracy of facts in the application on a form prescribed by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The statement must be attached to the application. This requirement does not apply if the applicant can show official proof of high school graduation.

5. Under the new Child Labor Law, there will only be one work permit rather than three.  The new work permit will apply to all minors age 14 through 17 and can be used for more than one employer. The permit will certify that the holder personally appeared before the issuing officer, that all papers required by law have been examined and approved, and that all requirements for issuance have been fulfilled. The work permit must be signed by the holder in the presence of the issuing officer.  Minors who can demonstrate official proof of high school graduation do not have to appear before the issuing officer. The issuing officer cannot issue a work permit until they have examined and verified the following papers which verify age:  an official document of the commonwealth or if not an official Commonwealth document, an attested transcript of a birth certificate, a certified baptismal certificate, a passport, a certified documentary record, or the signed statement of a physician stating that after examination they believe the minor to be of proper age.

6. Under the new Child Labor Law, an issuing officer may deny a work permit if, in the issuing officer's judgment, the applicant cannot maintain adequate academic achievement if permitted to work during the school year. Similarly, an issuing officer may revoke a work permit if in the issuing officer's judgment the minor cannot maintain adequate academic achievement if permitted to work during the school year.

7. Under the new Child Labor Law, an employer must notify the issuing officer within five days of the normal duties and hours of employment of a minor. Within five days after termination of employment, the employer must notify the issuing officer of such termination. Employers are also required to maintain a copy of the minor's work permit.

8. Under the new Child Labor Law, enforcement capabilities have been expanded to include school personnel. The following school officials have enforcement capabilities: chief school administrator, home and school visitor, attendance officer (appointed under sections 1341 and 1342 of the Public School Code), and issuing officer. School districts administer applications and issue work permits. If an enforcement officer has reason to believe that an individual working without a permit is a minor or that a minor with a work permit is working in violation of the age restrictions under the Child Labor Act, the officer may demand that the person employing the individual, provide, within ten days the following: proof of age of the individual in question or cease to employ or permit the individual to work.

 

For additional information, please contact PDE's School Services unit at 717-787-4860 or via email at RA-PDE-SchoolService@pa.gov


SCHOLARSHIPS

1 day ago

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AES Scholarship Deadline is Approaching


AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.  

Scholarship Criteria

Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted.

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.  You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

Deadline for entry: October 6, 2019

Please see link for more information:  Apply Here


The 2019 LEDapplication is now open! 

LEDA is looking for juniors in high school who are highly motivated, have succeeded in advanced courses at their school, have the desire to be a leader, and have demonstrated compassion and care for their community.

What we do:

LEDA brings together a powerful community of student leaders from all racial and ethnic backgrounds across the United States. Because we exclusively serve students who may struggle to afford high quality summer programming, our program is COMPLETELY FREE. 

The LEDA Scholars program begins with an ALL EXPENSE PAID seven week residential program at Princeton University that includes academic preparation for college, leadership training, college guidance, SAT/ACT preparation, help with college applications and scholarships, and a chance to experience life on a college campus. 

LEDA is for life. After the Summer Institute, the LEDA team continues to work with Scholars intensively on all aspects of their college applications and their transition to college. The LEDA community is a network that will continue to provide support and opportunities beyond college graduation.   

Why LEDA:

Students who attend our program feel more prepared to apply to selective colleges, pursue competitive scholarships, and make a positive impact on their communities with their leadership skills. 

86% of LEDA Scholars have enrolled in an Ivy League or Most Competitive college supported by excellent financial aid and scholarships.

Flyer Here:

More Information Here: 


Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PHEAA)


When students receive funding from PHEAA, they may also be considered for the PATH program, which provides supplemental grant funding to students demonstrating need.

APPLY HERE:




Opportunities Through PEO Organization


 Several opportunities are available, see details through the link below:

DETAILS:

 


Horatio Alger Association


As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

Click here for details:

All requirements must be completed by October 25




Penn State Millennium Scholars-STEM 


  • High achieving students interested in pursuing a degree at PSU in one of the following five STEM colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Information Sciences & Technology, or the Eberly College of Science
  • This is a full-ride scholarship (tuition, room, & board) for students from freshman year until they obtain their PhD as long as they maintain the required GPA! Graduate work does not have to be completed at Penn State
  • For more details please visit….  millennium.psu.edu.
  • Students will be required to live in Millennium Scholars Program housing for the first 2 years of college

Deadlines & Dates:

  • PSU Early Action - November 1st, 2019
  • Millennium Scholarship application deadline - December 6th, 2019 at 11:59 PM (all parts of the application must be complete & turned in by this deadline)
  • Interview weekend for the top 100 applicants: January 31st, 2020 through February 1st, 2020 (tentative)


SUBWAY FRANCHISEE SERVICE CENTER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


The Central PA Franchisee Service Center is excited to announce  the return of our scholarship program to assist present and potential Subway® employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.  This program is administered by Scholarship America®.  We will again be awarding up to ten (10) $1,000 scholarships.   High school seniors or graduates, or current post-secondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2020-2021 academic year AND who obtain employment at any eligible Subway® restaurant across central Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for this scholarship.


January 31, 2020   Deadline for applicants not currently employed to gain employment

February 17, 2020 Recipients selected 

August 1, 2020       Scholarship award funds disbursed


Click link below to apply: 


Elks National Foundation Scholarship 


The 2020 MVS application is now open!

The 2020 Most Valuable Student scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Eligibility:
  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

  • The application deadline is November 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM 

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Pennsylvania American Legion Scholarships


The Robert J. Trace Scholarship fund was established to assist young patriotic students achieve their academic dreams.

The Robert J. Trace Scholarship Fund is available to every student 15 to 18 years of age residing within the state of Pennsylvania and meeting the following criteria:

  • A child or grandchild of a Pennsylvania Legionnaire in good standing;
  • A child or grandchild of a deceased Pennsylvania Legionnaire;
  • A child of a Pennsylvania soldier that was killed as a result of the war on terrorism including the Pentagon, Iraq and Afghanistan.

To be eligible a student must compose a 300 to 500 word essay on the topic “Patriotism and Citizenship – What America Means to Me”, and complete an application containing the information of the person through which the eligibility for this scholarship is made. Applications have been sent to each American Legion Post and you can also download the application on our website. The essays will be judged by the members of the Department Finance Committee.

Essays and application must be sent to the Pennsylvania American Legion. One winner will be selected and will receive a $500 scholarship.

Deadline for submission of this essay will be May 31, 2020

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American Legion Scholarships Continued

Scholarship Endowment

Joseph P. Gavenonis Plan #1

The Joseph P. Gavenonis is awarded twice a year of $500 each semester after the student sends a copy of their grades to Department Headquarters and has a grade point average of 2.5 or better. A check will be mailed directly to the student for that semester. This scholarship is for seniors who wish to receive a degree in a four year college.


Robert W. Valimont Plan #2

The Robert W. Valimont is awarded once a year of $600 and is mailed directly to the student after a copy of their grades for that semester is sent in to department and has a grade point average of 2.5 or better. This is a two year community college scholarship.

Applications are requested through Department Headquarters.

Who is Eligible?

Children and Grandchildren of PA Legion members who are deceased, KIA or MIA or has a parent who has been in the military or is in the military and is a member in good standing in the American Legion.

The Scholarship Endowment Committee will study the applications and pick the most eligible ones that our budget permits. An award letter will be sent to the student informing them they have been chosen for the scholarship.

Click Here for Plan I the Four (4) Year Plan – Joseph P. Gavenonis Scholarship

Click Here for Plan II the Two (2) Year Plan – Robert W. Valimont Application

You can talk your way through college if you’re a winner in the American Legion National High School Oratorical contest.

The Oratorical contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities,rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The Department of Pennsylvania American Legion awards the first place winner a $7,500 scholarship, plaque and expense paid trip to the Pennsylvania American Legion State convention to present his/her winning oration, plus the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania in the National and Regional Contests and receive an additional $1,500 scholarship from the National Organization. The second place winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and plaque and the third place winner receives a $4,000 scholarship and plaque.

The winner of the Pennsylvania Oratorical contest will move onto the National American Legion Oratorical program and will be eligible to win $18,000 for first place, $16,000 for second place and $14,000 for third place. First round participants in the National contest receive a $1500 scholarship. Second Round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1500 scholarship.

The Contest

The contest will consist of two parts (A) An 8 – 10 minute, memorized oration will be given on some phase of the United States Constitution. (B) A 3 – 5 minute oration on one of the four “assigned topics” assigned by National Headquarters.

The contestant may not use any notes or prompts when giving their oration. A minimum of five (5) judges will judge all contests, grading independently. Local and county contest can be judged by a minimum of three (3) judges.

The tabulators will tabulate all scores of the judges and apply any penalties as directed by the Chairman of the contest. The Chairman will verify the result and announce the winners.

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2020 PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS


How the program works

In the United States, each program year begins in September, when information and application instructions are mailed to all middle-level and high schools in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., and to local chapters of five officially designated local organizations: Girl Scouts of the USANational 4-H CouncilAmerican Red CrossYMCA of the USA and a Points of Light Global Network member.

Local Honorees are selected at participating schools and organizations in November. From these winners, an independent judging organization – International Scholarship and Tuition Services – names the top volunteers in each state and Washington, D.C. Results are announced in February

Ten National Honorees are then chosen by a panel of prominent public figures, and announced in early May at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Due by November 5, 2019

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND EMPLOYMENT

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PA American Legion
Keystone Boys State Program

Pennsylvania American Legion Keystone Boys State is a unique week long summertime educational program that does not emphasize classroom lectures and textbook learning. Instead, it focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governing bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government.

The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American Government. Boys State is designed to supplement the information taught in high school civics classes. It is an activity born out of a need for youth training in practical citizenship, leadership and to instill a working knowledge of the structure and operation of government.

Keystone Boys State has the following objectives:

  1. to develop leadership and pride in American citizenship
  2. to arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of government
  3. to develop in the young citizens of boys State a full understanding of our American traditions and belief in the United States of America
  4. to arouse in the young citizens a determination to maintain our form of government, and from the Preamble to The American Legion’s constitution
  5. “to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation, and to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy.”

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining are to be considered.
  • Any boy who has previously attended a boys State is not eligible to attend a second session.
  • Only boys with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty, and service to their schools are to be considered.

In the actual selection process, merit and ability are the two most important factors considered. No boys are permitted to attend because of either poverty or wealth. It is not a program for underprivileged boys nor is it a summer camp for recreation. Fees, or “tuition,” are paid by American Legion Posts, with little or no expense to a young man and his family.

Those applying for the Samsung Scholarship will need a copy of the military discharge (DD-214). If one is not easily available you can request a copy.