Grants & Scholarships

PENNSYLVANIA STATE GRANT (PHEAA)


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awards grants to state residents pursuing postsecondary degrees, including associate degrees. To be eligible for a PHEAA grant, you must complete the FAFSA by May 1 of each year. PHEAA will contact you via mail or email requesting additional information to determine eligibility.

Your grant award will be re-evaluated each year on the basis of continued need, your academic progress and to ensure you are taking at least six credits per semester. Credits in remedial courses may be eligible depending on how many regular credits you are also taking. They usually will require additional information to determine eligibility.

Create an account at www.PHEAA.org to track your PHEAA eligibility 

  • FAFSA completed by May 1st
  • Graduate from a Pennsylvania High School
  • Pennsylvania Resident
  • Enrolled at least half time (6 credits)
  • Enrolled in a 2 year program
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress (as defined by PHEAA)
  • Create an account on www.aessuccess.org to view up to date State Grant information

FEDERAL PELL GRANT

Federal Pell Grants are determined by the Department of  Education based upon demonstrated financial need and full or part-time enrollment at Thaddeus Stevens College. To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, students must complete the FAFSA. Our priority deadline is March 1 of each year. Once the College receives your FAFSA and you have received an offer of admission, we will begin to process your application to ensure everything was completed accurately.

  • U.S. Department of Education determines student’s eligibility from information gathered on the FASFA application
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress 
  • Awards depend on financial need and enrollment status

STEVENS GRANT

For more than 100 years, the Stevens Grant and its predecessors have enabled thousands of students to realize the American Dream.

The Stevens Grant assists those students that are financially disadvantaged. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • FAFSA processed by May 1st . Late applicants may receive reduced award.
  • Completed all required paperwork with the FA office by October 1st for Fall and Feb 1st for Spring
  • Pell Grant Eligibility as determined by the FAFSA
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress 
  • Enrolled in 12 or more credits and working towards degree requirements
    • In some cases, students that are taking less than 12 credits but are taking a full load of their program courses according to the model schedule and have full filled all general education requirements may be eligible on a prorated basis.
  • Complete all PHEAA paperwork

Grant Covers:

  • Remaining costs after Pell, PHEAA, outside scholarships, VA benefits and EFC are taken into consideration.
  • If the EFC is greater than zero student are expected to take out a loan to cover the amount of their EFC.
  • Costs can include, tuition, fees, room and board ( 7 day meal plan for resident students and 5 day meal plan for commuter students)
  • Text Books and tools will be lent to students by instructors on the first day of the semester
  • All books must be returned at the end of each semester.
  • If a student withdraws or is dismissed prior to graduation they must return their tools or be charged a replacement fee.

Length of time:

  • 4 semester maximum
  • Pre-Majors may receive the grant for 6 semesters

Notes:

  • If the EFC is greater than zero, students can take out a loan or pay out of pocket to cover the amount of
    their EFC.
  • All books must be returned at the end
    of each semester.
  • If a student withdraws or is dismissed prior to graduation they must return their tools or be charged a replacement fee.
  • If a student withdraws or is dismissed during the refund period, their Stevens Grant will be prorated based upon the business office’s refund policy.

Maintaining Eligibility:

  • Complete 10 hours of community service
  • Continuous Full time enrollment
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Uphold the Colleges Code of Conduct

THADDEUS STEVENS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Thaddeus Stevens Foundation awards more than 50 scholarships annually. You may complete a scholarship application to apply for all of the available scholarships for which you may meet the criteria. Amount of scholarship is determined by the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation.

Students may submit an online scholarship application (below) to apply for all of the available scholarships in which they meet the criteria.  The reference form may be downloaded below and we recommend providing two reference forms.  The application must be submitted prior to May 31, 2018.  Decisions and notifications of scholarships will be made by the end of July.


Outside Scholarships

You are encouraged to apply for scholarships from outside sources. However, the Financial Aid Office is not responsible for these scholarships, so you should confirm with the sponsor any rules or requirements that may apply. Please notify the Financial Aid Office of any other scholarships, as they may change your award/amounts that you are federally eligible for. We will complete any paperwork required to assist in the follow-up process.

You can use one of the many free scholarship searches online. It is not recommended to ever pay any amount or fee to apply for an outside scholarship.


The following scholarships are currently available to students based on the criteria listed for each scholarship. Please note that scholarship payout amounts might vary from what is stated and will also be determined by the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation on an annual basis and based upon current investment return rates.

Unless otherwise stipulated, the following general criteria shall apply to all applicants for scholarship consideration:

  1. All applicants must first qualify by passing the entrance exam conducted and administered by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
  2. Each recipient of a scholarship must meet the academic standards of a 2.0 GPA or above.
  3. Student with financial need is given first preference. Financial need can only be determined by completing the FAFSA. We encourage all applicants to also complete the FAFSA. Consideration for those with academic achievement will be given second preference.
  4. None of the following forms of discrimination will be used in selecting a qualifying student. Neither race, creed, color, age nor gender shall be used as a determining factor in awarding the scholarship.
  5. Scholarship applicants shall be residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
THE AIR PRODUCTS WELDING SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2017 by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.  This scholarships should be awarded to students in the Welding program at TSCT.

AMERICAN FOUNDRY SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

Annual scholarship established in June 2015 by the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Foundry Society. The scholarship will provide a minimum of $1,000 to a student in the Foundry/Metal Casting Program.

ASTRO MACHINE WORKS MACHINE TOOL
TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP

Annual scholarship established in February 2010 by employees of Astro Machine Works, Inc. The scholarship will provide $1,000 ($500 per semester) to a second-year student in the Machine Tool and Computer Aided Manufacturing
Technology Program.

BARLEY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Established in November 2001 by the John E. Barley Family.

Specific Criteria:

  1. The scholarship gives preference to students residing in the school districts of Penn Manor, Solanco, Lampeter-Strasburg and Pequea Valley.
  2.  Prior to the beginning of the fall semester, the scholarship shall be awarded to a first year student who is majoring in:
  • Automotive Technology
  • Cabinet Making & Wood Technology
  • Carpentry Technology
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Electronics Technology
  • HVAC/R
  • Machine Tool & Computer Aided Manufacturin
  • Masonry Construction Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Metals Fabrication & Welding Technology
  • Plumbing Technology

3. The scholarship will be given in two increments: one in the beginning of the fall semester and the other in the beginning of the spring semester. Each year the scholarship will be awarded to a new incoming freshman student. No scholarship will continue through sophomore year.

RICHARD S. AND ANN B. BARSHINGER FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2015 by Ann Barshinger (coordinated by Fulton Bank Trust Office). The scholarship will be given to a student residing in Lancaster or York Counties.

Larry E Peifer Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2018 by the family and friends of Larry E. Peifer, who was a carpenter and encouraged others to work in the building trades.

Specific criteria:

  1. First preference for the award will be for residents of Manheim Central or Hempfield school districts. If no one qualifies, then the scholarship shall be awarded to a resident of Lancaster County.
  2. The recipient shall be enrolled in an associate degree program in one of the building construction trades.
  3. Each year, a qualified incoming freshman will have first preference for this one-year award.
MICHAEL BARTONE SCHOLARSHIP

Established by the family of Michael Bartone ‘73, who passed away following a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Specific Criteria:

  1. The Bartone family has established a local foundation in the Downingtown area in memory of Michael.
  2. Priority will be given to a student applicant from the Downingtown School District. If none is eligible, then Coatesville or West Chester areas.
BECOMING THE SUM OF ONE SCHOLARSHIP

Established in May 2010 by the Becoming The Sum of One Foundation of Harrisburg to encourage graduates of Harrisburg School District to pursue a technical career

Specific Criteria:

  1. The scholarship will provide a minimum $500 annual scholarship.
  2. Priority is given to a student applicant that is a graduate of Harrisburg High School. If none is available then a graduate of the Dauphin County Technical School will be considered.
  3. The applicant must complete an essay on “becoming the sum of one” and submit it to the Foundation office by August 1st of each year.

 

THE RICHARD A. BOUDER MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2017 by UGI Utilities, Inc. in memory of their employee, Richard A. Bouder, who died in the performance of his duties.

Specific criteria:

  1. The minimum scholarship awarded annual to a student is $1,000.
  2. Graduates of McCaskey High School in the Lancaster School District will be given first preference; otherwise a resident of Lancaster County.
  3. The student recipient(s) is to be enrolled in the welding, plumbing, or electrical programs.
GEORGE BRODY SCHOLARSHIP

 An endowed scholarship established in 1996 by Roger J. and Lynn C. Brown in honor of former Stevens English instructor George Brody. (Note: In the past this was given as a spring award to a student going on to a college or university for further education.)

Specific Criteria:

  1. The minimum scholarship awarded annually to a student is $1,000.
  2. The purpose of the scholarship is to aid students with academic ability and financial need to continue their studies.
THE FREDDY BUSTAQUE SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2000 with a $5,000 gift from Alfredo R. Bustaque, a trustee at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, in memory of his son. 

Specific criteria:

  1. This scholarship shall be awarded annually prior to the beginning of the fall semester to a second year student.
  2. Criteria for receipt of this scholarship award shall be, in order of preference, (1) Latino student with sound academic standing and financial need; (2) other minority candidate with sound academic standing and financial need; or (3) any other student with sound academic standing and financial need.
KEVIN J. CASCIO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

An annual scholarship established in June 2016 by the Cascio Family

Specific Criteria:

  1. The scholarship is recommended by the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Counseling to the Cascio family for approval and designated for a student who is in recovery.
  2. The Scholarship Award is $5,000.
THOMAS J. CENCE SCHOLARSHIP

Endowed scholarship established in November 2009 by Thomas J. Cence ‘35. The number and amount of the scholarship will depend on the number of qualified applicants and the annual earnings of the fund. The minimum scholarship awarded annually to a student is $1,000.

THE CLARK ASSOCIATES SCHOLARSHIP

Annual scholarship established in May 2016 by the Clark
Foundation.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Must be a resident of Central or South Central PA.
  2. Must be enrolled in one of the following technical programs: Business Administration; Computer & Network Systems Administration; Computer Software Engineering; Electrical Technology; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R); and Metals Fabrication and Welding.
  3. Two to four scholarships will be available annually.
THE EXELON GENERATION WOMEN IN STEM SCHOLARSHIP

Established in August 2017 by Exelon Generation of Kennett Square. The scholarship is to provide tuition support to two female students in Electrical Technology, Electro-Mechanical Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, or Machine Tool Manufacturing Technology.

BRYAN K. FRANTZ SCHOLARSHIP

Annual scholarship established in January 2012 by Mr. & Mrs. Terry K. Frantz in memory of their son, Bryan K. Frantz ‘82 Architectural Technology.

Specific Criteria:

  1. The scholarship is to provide tuition assistance for a student or students in the Architectural drafting or C.A.D. programs.
  2. Annual funding in the total amount of $2,000 may be awarded to one or two students.
  3. Funding may continue for a student into their second year at Stevens, if eligible.

 

THE GENE HAAS MACHINE TOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2017 by the Gene Haas Foundation. The scholarship criteria will be determined based on GPA with input from Machine Tool & Computer Aided Manufacturing instructors.

EARL HAGY SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 1996 by a bequest from Earl W. Hagy.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship will be awarded to a student residing in the Ephrata School District.
  2. The applicant’s major must be Automotive Technology, Cabinetmaking or Carpentry.
  3. The monies awarded will be given out of the earned interest from a $50,000.00 restricted gift.
HALL FOUNDATION MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

Established in March 2014 by the Hall Foundation.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship will be awarded to one female and one male student, divided into 2 semesters.
  2. The scholarship shall be awarded first to students from Dauphin/Cumberland Counties (Harrisburg) region, then to Lancaster, York or Lebanon.

 

S. DALE & SADIE HIGH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

An endowed scholarship established in December 2014 by Dale and Sadie High.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship will be awarded to students of families who have financial needs that may otherwise prevent them from attending college and pursuing a life-changing career. Recipients also may be the first in their families to enroll in college or continue their education. Recipients must possess traits likely to lead to a successful completion and career. Demonstration of academic achievement and/or community service, while in secondary school, will be an additional weighted factor for award.
  2. Recipient must be pursuing a career in one of the construction trades or construction design technologies.
  3. Recipient must live in a county that has the presence of a High-affiliated company. These counties currently include: Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Luzerne, Montgomery and York.
GREGG T. KISSINGER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established in March 2007 by the executors of the estate of Gregg T. Kissinger, a skilled German-trained finish carpenter who had a business in Lancaster County.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship is for males only who reside in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  2. Two awards will be awarded to incoming freshman each fall.
E. ANN KLEIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established in November 2008 by the executors of E. Ann Klein, a successful businesswoman and former owner of Klein Kars, Lancaster.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student pursuing a major in Automotive Technology or Collision Repair.
  2. The candidate selection process will involve the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Financial Aid Department and representative faculty from the Automotive Technology or Collision Repair Technology Departments.
LANCASTER COUNTY CODE ASSOCIATION (LANCODE) SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2011 by the ICC Professional Chapter to support student education of building codes in the construction trades. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student enrolled in one of the following programs: Architecture, Carpentry, HVAC, Electric, Plumbing or Masonry.

VINCENT J. LATTANZIO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established in March 2015 by Rebecca Lattanzio in memory of her husband Vincent Lattanzio ‘78 (Cabinetry),former board member of the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation and Alumni Association. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the TSCT Financial Aid Office. There are no specific designations as to program, geographic location or class year.

WALTER H. LORENZ ‘31 SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established in November 2001 in memory of Walter H. Lorenz by his family.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Scholarship applicants shall be students pursuing technical majors in electronics technology or electrical technology.
  2. Each year the scholarship will be awarded to a new incoming freshman student. No scholarship will continue through the sophomore year.
JOHN P. MAZZA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2014 by Caroline Mazza and the Mutual Fire Foundation in memory of John P. Mazza. This scholarship is to a student in Electrical Technology.

THE DANIEL ROBINSON MOLINARI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2017 by Alexander Molinari in memory of his brother, Daniel Robinson Molinari, who was not a graduate of Stevens, but was an established and skilled tradesman.  Daniel passed away suddenly while working in Lancaster, and his brother wished to honor his memory with this scholarship. This scholarship is undesignated and may be used where the student need is best served in any technical program.

THE PATRICIA MORTENSON SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2017 by Patricia Mortenson to help people of economic misfortune meet the cost and special needs of attending college. The minimum annual scholarship to a student is $1,000.

 THE NATIONAL NOVELTY BRUSH COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2018 by the National Novelty Brush Co. (NNB). The scholarship shall be awarded to a student in the Machine Tool and Computer Aided Manufacturing Technology program or the Electro-Mechanical Technology program.

PRYOR E. AND ARLENE R. NEUBER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established in August 2006 by the trustees of the Pryor E. Neuber estate. Each year the scholarship will be awarded to a new incoming freshman student. No scholarship will continue through the sophomore year.

THE PORSCHE CLUB OF CENTRAL PA SCHOLARSHIP

Established by the Porsche Club of America (PCA) Central PA Chapter in October 2013

Specific Criteria:

  1. The scholarship shall be awarded to 2 students, one of whom should be a second-year student.
  2. The eligible programs are Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology.
  3. Students must have permanent residency in Central PA and have financial need.
EARL F. “KELLY” REBMAN III SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established in May 2007 by the family of Kelly Rebman in his memory.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student in the Automotive Technology program.
  2. Each year the scholarship will be awarded to a new incoming freshman student. No scholarship
    will continue through the sophomore year.
THE RESSLER MILL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN J. KINDIG

Established in December 2016 by the Ressler Mill Foundation.

Specific criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to help a student of financial need by defraying his or her tuition cost in
    part or in full.
  2. Scholarship recipients shall be residents of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
THE GEORGE W. RETTEW, JR. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Established in September 2016 by Rettew employees and friends in honor of George “Hank” Rettew upon his retirement.

Specific criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to provide assistance to a deserving, financially disadvantaged student to attend TSCT.
  2. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student in either Water & Environmental Technology or CAD.
  3. The student must be under 30 years old.
THE RICE FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2017 by the Rice Family Foundation.

Specific criteria:

  1. The minimum award will be $1,000
  2. The student must be from a Hanover area school district.
EDWARD H. SEARS, JR. ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY EXEMPLARY STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Established in March 2013 by the Electrical Technology Class of 1985 Reunion Members.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to be awarded to a second-year student in the Electrical Technology
    program.
  2. Financial need is not to be considered.
  3. The student must be an exemplary student who demonstrates: a positive, motivating and supportive attitude; good stewardship (giving of time/talent in class, campus and community) academic excellence (the higher GPA being the tie breaker)
  4. Student is to be chosen by the first-year Electrical Technology instructor with second-year
    instructor consultation.
WILLIS W. SHENK SCHOLARSHIP

Established in September 2001 by Willis Shenk, who was Chairman of Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Prior to the beginning of the fall semester, this scholarship shall be awarded to a first-year
    student who is majoring in Graphic Arts Communications & Printing Technology.
  2. If the above qualifications cannot be met within the Graphic Arts Communication program, then
    the scholarship committee may select a candidate pursuing a major in another technical major.
  3. Each year the scholarship will be awarded to a new incoming freshman student. No scholarship
    will continue through the sophomore year.
THE MAYNARD C. SPADE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established in May 2016 by Josephine Spade in memory of her husband, Maynard, Class of 1963, Carpentry.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student in the Carpentry Technology program.
  2. Scholarship amount is to be $1,250 annually.
THE SUSQUEHANNA LITHO FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Established in May 2001 by the Steinman Foundation/Intelligencer Printing, this scholarship is
administered by the Susquehanna Litho Foundation.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Awarded to 2 students who are pursuing a printing or graphics communication major.
  2. Each will be awarded a check for $500 (fall-sophomore/spring- freshman).
  3. The scholarship monies will be provided by the Susquehanna Litho Foundation on an annual renewable agreement.
TURKEY HILL DAIRY SCHOLARSHIP

Established in November 2015 by the Turkey Hill Dairy.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Two annual scholarships of $1,250 for qualified students entering the Mechanical Engineering or Electro-Mechanical technology, one of which is specifically for a female student.
  2. Additionally, funding is available up to $500 to support tools needed for the program in which they enter.
VETERAN SERVICE APPRECIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2016 by Bob and Barb Strickler to honor military veterans who are attending Stevens College.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Preference is given first to a needy veteran with a family.
  2. Second preference is a needy veteran without a family.
  3. The minimum award is $1,100 renewable annually for 5 years.
THE WILLIAMS COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP

An annual scholarship established by Williams Atlantic Pipeline, Inc. in February 2009.   

Specific criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to be awarded to one or more students in Metals Fabrication & Welding Technology or Welding Technology.
  2. The scholarship shall be in the amount of $2,000-$5,000 annually, to be divided into the fall and spring semesters. 
WOMEN in stem scholarSHIP

An annual scholarship established in 2016 by Deb Strubel to encourage and support females in enrolling and pursuing STEM careers.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This scholarship is to be used to support a needy female student in Electrical Technology, Machine Tool and Computer Aided Manufacturing, or Water and Environmental Technology . If no one in these programs qualify, then an option will be to select a female student in Masonry or any other STEM associate degree program.
  2. The scholarship will be at least $1,250 annually.
SHORT TERM SCHOLARSHIPS

Available during the 2016 and 2017 school year, these organizations or companies have made available limited scholarships for students enrolled in the short term Metal Casting /Foundry and Welding Technology courses. These are limited in number and amount available. Funding is based on reimbursement at the successful completion of the course and earning of the Certification.

  • American Foundry Society- Chesapeake Chapter Scholarship
  • American Welding Society Foundation Scholarships
  • Conestoga Foundrymens Association Scholarships
  • Green Packaging Co- Metal Casting Scholarships

Note: The availability of any of the listed scholarships, the scholarship criteria and scholarship values are subject to renewal and change without notice.